Feds probe potential breach at election agency

A government agency that assists states in improving voting systems and acts as a clearinghouse for electoral information may have been the target of a hacker, although the breach was blocked very quickly. The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) said Thursday that the FBI is investigating a “potential intrusion into an EAC web-facing application” and that access was blocked as soon as EAC officials learned of the […]

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Feds to Collect Nationwide Data on Police Shootings

The Department of Justice announced several steps Thursday to start collecting nationwide data on interactions between law enforcement and civilians, including police shootings and in-custody deaths. The move follows demands born out of protests surrounding the deaths of unarmed black people in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland. So far, the task of aggregating information on police shootings has […]

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Schumer, Cuomo: Feds should close gun-terror loophole

Top New York officials demanded Sunday that the federal government share classified watch-list information on suspected terrorists so the state can block such people from buying guns legally. Sen. Charles Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that keeping the information secret creates a dangerous “terror gap.” “This loophole does nothing more than help radical people kill innocent Americans, and it […]

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Feds Limit Law that Lets Cops Seize Your Stuff

Enacts major limitations on federal civil forefeiture law that allow police to seize assets without evidence of wrongdoing Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that state and local officials would no longer be allowed to use federal law to seize private property such as cash or cars without evidence that a crime had occurred. It’s the first major reform of […]

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Feds Try to Scare Migrants Away From Border

In new ad campaign U.S. officials struggling to deal with a crush of children and undocumented immigrants arriving on the Texas-Mexico border are waging a war of words to keep more from coming. Many children and other immigrants have arrived from violent and impoverished countries after hearing that families and the young get to stay in the U.S once they […]

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Feds Will Recognize Michigan Same-Sex Marriages

Attorney General Eric Holder says the U.S. government will extend marriage benefits to the 300 same-sex couples who wed over the weekend The 300 same-sex couples who married over the weekend in Michigan during a brief period in which gay marriage was legal in the state will soon be eligible for federal marriage benefits, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday. […]

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Feds To Let Pot Shops Use Banks

The federal government took a significant step Friday toward addressing the marijuana’s industry’s banking problems, issuing guidance designed to help pot shops gain access to the financial system. Joint memos from the Department of the Justice and the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network gave individual banks the discretion to transact with legal marijuana companies, which have been denied access […]

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