New NSA Privacy Chief Promises Transparency

In a Q&A online, Rebecca Richards promised a new era in transparency at the United States’ eavesdropping agency The National Security Agency’s newly appointed Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer Rebecca Richards said Monday in an online Q& A she hopes to inject a sense of transparency into the secretive spy agency. “Until somewhat recently, relatively little information about NSA was […]

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Legal Scholars: Obama’s Immigration Actions Lawful

Backing the President’s Move President Barack Obama’s announced immigration executive actions are lawful, a group of ten prominent legal scholars wrote in a joint letter shared by the White House with TIME. Pushing back on Republicans who have blasted Obama’s action as unconstitutional and unlawful, the signatories include Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe, conservative […]

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House Republicans Argue Over Immigration Response

Conservatives want a spending fight that appropriators say wouldn’t work Even before President Obama officially announces a major executive action shielding millions of undocumented workers from deportation, Republicans in the House are clashing over how to stop it. On one side: Conservatives who want to revoke funding for the government programs that will carry out Obama’s unilateral actions. On the […]

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Jim Webb is Running

He’s a long shot, but could give Hillary heartburn With all the impact of a sparrow’s feather landing in the forest, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb announced the formation of a 2016 presidential exploratory committee last night. He did it in a video and letter sent to supporters. He thus becomes the first official challenger to Hillary Clinton, who has […]

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Conservatives Overwhelmingly Back Net Neutrality, Poll Finds

. A poll released today by the Internet Freedom Business Alliance (IFBA), found that conservatives voters like the idea of net neutrality. Within a few hours of President Barack Obama’s call on Monday for regulators to ensure strict “net neutrality“—rules requiring Internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all Internet content equally—the Republican establishment’s hair caught on fire. Senator Ted Cruz […]

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Boehner Reelected As House Speaker

After extending their party’s House majority to the largest margin in decades, the top Republican Congressmen will all return to leadership roles for another two years. House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Whip Steve Scalise and Republican Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers all ran unopposed. National Republican Conference Chairman Greg Walden will continue to serve as the head […]

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What Republicans Could Do if the President Acts on Immigration

Will Republicans opt to shut down the government if the President asserts his executive authority on immigration? They could, but no plans have been set yet President Obama is poised to take unilateral executive action on immigration despite warnings from Republican leaders in Congress. The President’s plan, which would block deportation for as many as 5 million illegal immigrants, could […]

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