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NSA Spying Wins Another Rubber Stamp

Dustin Volz | National Journal Mass surveillance will continue for now, but is set to expire on June 1—unless Congress acts. A federal court has again renewed an order allowing the National Security Agency to continue its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, a decision that comes more than a year after President Obama pledged […] Continue reading →

Republicans Pledge to Fight FCC’s Open-Web Rules

 Republican lawmakers pledged to try to overturn net-neutrality rules adopted Thursday by U.S. regulators, as a long-running battle over the handling of Internet traffic shifts to Congress and the courts. The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to adopt a sweeping measure to ensure all Web traffic is treated equally. The vote fulfilled a […] Continue reading →

Antidote to Obamacare

Paige Lewis,   In recognition of the February 15 deadline to sign up for health insurance, or else the I.R.S. will come knocking on your door, here is a current events quiz: How many times have Republicans in Congress proposed alternatives to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare? According to Democrats and most […] Continue reading →

U.S. plans to resupply Jordan with munitions

 The United States is readying plans to resupply Jordan with munitions in the coming weeks, possibly including precision-guided arms, expediting support for the kingdom as it expands its role in airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS), officials say. The State Department and Pentagon declined comment on any future moves to assist Jordan with requests for […] Continue reading →

Johnson asks how 80,000 ‘lost’ Lerner emails were recovered by IRS watchdog

After the Internal Revenue Service’s inspector general recovered some 80,000 emails to and from former agency executive Lois Lerner, lawmakers began asking why the IRS had previously claimed most of those emails were permanently lost. In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Tuesday, Sen. Ron Johnson demanded details about the agency’s attempts to produce […] Continue reading →