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How Rand Paul Is Trying to Win Over the Right on Foreign Policy

July 2, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul has a new an op-ed in the National Review calling for increased U.S. support for Israel, and giving grist to the idea that he is an inevitable 2016 candidate. If he is indeed planning to run for president in 2016, the column gives us a good preview...

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The Supreme Court Just Dealt a Devastating Blow to Public Unions

June 30, 2014 The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision on Monday that mandatory public union dues violate some members' First Amendment rights. In the ruling on Harris v. Quinn, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the precedent that had upheld the state of Illinois' right to require membership dues was shaky. The...

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The Suspected Ringleader of the Benghazi Attacks Is in U.S. Custody

June 17, 2014 One of the suspected architects of the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was captured over the weekend by U.S. Special Operations. The man, Ahmed Abu Khattala, was taken by American troops near Benghazi. The Washington Post first reported the raid Tuesday morning. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear...

U.S. Forces Capture Benghazi Suspect

June 17, 2014 One of the suspected architects of the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was captured over the weekend by U.S. Special Operations, The Washington Post reports. The man, Ahmed Abu Khattala, was taken by American troops near Benghazi. The Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, confirmed...

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Bowe Bergdahl's Prison Letters Reveal His Frustrations With the Army

June 13, 2014 The Daily Beast has obtained copies of two letters Bowe Bergdahl wrote to his family from a "Taliban prison" in 2012 and 2013. The website received the letters from "sources in contact with the Taliban." The first letter, dated Nov. 27, 2012, is more philosophical and encourages his family to...

Google Is Making It Harder for the Government to Spy on Your Emails

June 6, 2014 Edward Snowden's biggest fear about leaking the secrets of the National Security Agency's surveillance, he said via video at an event Thursday, was that no one would care. The hundreds of people who gathered to see him talk on a screen spoke to the contrary. The Personal Democracy Forum, hosted...

The House Science Committee Has Held More Hearings on Aliens Than on Climate Change

May 21, 2014 Congress is fascinated by the search for intelligent life on other planets. Apparently, they've given up the search at home. In this session of Congress, House committees tasked with covering U.S. energy and science have held a total of seven hearings to discuss climate change. By contrast, the two chambers...

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President Obama Dedicates the 9/11 Museum to the Man in the Red Bandanna

May 15, 2014 In the footprint of Ground Zero, the site of the tragedy that killed more than 2,000 people, President Obama and New York political leaders gathered to remind us that the emotional weight of Sept. 11, 2001, still hasn't lifted. They, along with hundreds of people, were gathered to dedicate the...

The White House Has Solar Panels ... Again

May 9, 2014 President Obama is working to make good on his promise for an "all of the above" energy strategy—and close to home. On Friday, while Obama was promoting renewable energy plans in California, the White Houseunveiled an array of solar panels installed on its roof. Watch: The installation of the solar...

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Hillary Clinton: Edward Snowden's Leaks Helped Terrorists

April 25, 2014 Speaking at the University of Connecticut on Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton made a restrained but nonetheless damning attack against Edward Snowden. At the event, an interviewer asked Clinton whether she thought the former National Security Agency contractor's disclosures about its domestic spying programs had any positive effects on American security...