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White House Says Obama Would Sign a Short-Term DHS Bill

February 27, 2015 White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama would sign a stopgap measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks and prevent a partial government shutdown, if he's presented with one. "If the president is faced with a choice of having the Department of Homeland ...

Obama Still Debating Whether To Arm Ukraine

February 9, 2015 Eleven months after the Russian annexation of Ukraine, one far-reaching question still lingers over the future of the conflict there: Will sanctions against Russia be enough to deescalate the conflict? Or will greater international force be needed? "The possibility of lethal defense is one of those options that's being examined," ...

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Why Women Are Wired for Governance

February 2, 2015 There are currently more women serving in Congress than at any other time in history. This undoubtedly is a benefit for the institution, which for most of its history has been a boy's club. And the change has had immediate, major impact: Consider the bipartisan coalition of female House members ...

What Do Americans Hate More: Their Internet Providers or Their Government?

January 27, 2015 No big surprise here: According to a recent American Customer Satisfaction Index Survey, Americans aren't happy with their government. On a scale of 100, citizen satisfaction with government services is at 64.4, down for the third consecutive year. Compared with the private sector, this rating is very low. "Only Internet ...

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YouTube's GloZell Asks Obama About the Castros, Who Put the 'D— in Dictatorship'

January 23, 2015 Faced with sagging viewership of the State of the Union on television, the White House pushed hard this week to ignite some Internet virality around the president and his policies. Thursday, President Obama spoke with three YouTube "celebrities" who have a combined following of 13.8 million as a part of ...

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Eric Holder Keeps Chipping Away at ‘The War on Drugs’

January 19, 2015 Attorney General Eric Holder effectively gutted a national policy Friday called equitable sharing—a policy that for decades has allowed law enforcement to seize billions of dollars from criminal activities. Under the policy—often called civil forfeiture—law enforcement has been able to channel drug money, stolen vehicles, and even real estate, back ...

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Texas Politician Makes Good on 'Right to Cupcake' Pledge

January 14, 2015 On Monday, Sid Miller, Texas's newly elected agriculture commissioner, said the following: "I'm announcing that I am giving full amnesty to the cupcakes in Texas," he said to cheers, standing beside a table of treats, according to FOX 26 Houston. "I'm also granting full pardon to pies and cookies and ...

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FBI Arrests Ohio Man for Plot to Attack U.S. Capitol

January 14, 2015 The Justice Department announced Wednesday a Cincinnati-area man has been arrested in connection to a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials. "Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, OH, was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States ...

Free Speech, Meet the Quadcopter

January 13, 2015 CNN announced Monday it has come to an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration: The news network will be allowed to test drone systems for news-gathering. "Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high-quality video journalism using various ...

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How Much Money Is NYC Losing in Its Policing Slowdown?

January 8, 2015 New York has become a city virtually without parking tickets. Since the assassination-style deaths of New York Police Department officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, officers in the city have all but stopped issuing tickets for small offenses, such as jumping subway turnstiles and parking when street-cleaning rules are in ...