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Court Rules Obama's Immigration Executive Actions Are Unconstitutional

November 10, 2015 The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a series of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration on Friday, frustrating the administration’s efforts to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and setting up a potential showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel ruled against the Obama administration...

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Thursday's Benghazi Hearing Was Tense, Lengthy

October 23, 2015 It’s a good bet that Thursday was the climax for the House select committee on Benghazi. After almost 18 months and dozens of hearings, the committee interviewed Hillary Clinton on Thursday, in a marathon public hearing that lasted 11 hours. The session was tense, often testy, and saw some heated...

Daily Fantasy Sports Labeled Gambling, Shut Down in Nevada

October 16, 2015 The Nevada Gaming Control Board ruled Thursday that daily fantasy-sports games constitute gambling under state law, dealing a significant blow to the multi-billion-dollar industry as it comes under increasing scrutiny from state and federal law-enforcement agencies. Under federal law, daily fantasy-sports sites like FanDuel and DraftKings are considered games of...

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Obama Discusses Syria, Russia Policy on '60 Minutes'

October 13, 2015 Anyone who got beat up as a kid knows there’s no one weaker than a bully. International politics is slightly more complicated than that, of course, but not by much. During a lengthy interview with Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes that aired Sunday night, President Obama tried to explain how...

As Syria Heats Up, Obama Defends Mideast Policy

October 12, 2015 Anyone who got beat up as a kid knows there’s no one weaker than a bully. International politics is slightly more complicated than that, of course, but not by much. During a lengthy interview with Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes that aired Sunday night, President Obama tried to explain how...

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The Justice Department Invests in Combatting Recidivism

October 2, 2015 U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Thursday that the Justice Department will award $53 million in “second-chance” grants to organizations that help prevent recidivism. “This is an important part of the Department's work in making sure that people coming out of prisons have an opportunity to rebuild their lives and...

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What the FBI Crime Stats Can – And Can't – Tell Us About Crime

September 29, 2015 The FBI says violent crime fell again across the nation last year, continuing a two-decade-long downward trend. The 2014 edition of the Uniform Crime Report released Monday said violent crime dropped nationwide by 0.2 percent. New England saw the sharpest declines, with double-digit falls in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and...

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Carson Says Americans Should Not Elect a Muslim President

September 21, 2015 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday that the United States should never elect a Muslim president. “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” he told host Chuck Todd. When asked...

Japan Just Authorized Its Most Assertive Military Stance in Decades

September 20, 2015 Seven decades after its surrender ended World War II, Japan took its most significant step away from the pacifist foreign policy that shaped 70 years of its post-war history. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spent considerable effort to push a bill reinterpreting Article 9 of the country’s constitution through the...

The West Point Professor Who Contemplated a Coup

September 1, 2015 On Monday, West Point law professor William C. Bradford resigned after The Guardian reported that he had allegedly inflated his academic credentials. Bradford made headlines last week, when the editors of the National Security Law Journal denounced a controversial article by him in their own summer issue: As the incoming...