This post, written by legislative analyst Mark Jaycox, was originally published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on April 2. Representatives Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger, the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, introduced HR 4291, the FISA Transparency and Modernization Act (.pdf), to end the collection of all Americans’ calling records using Section 215 of […]
As Governor Chris Christie proclaimed his exoneration in the Bridgegate scandal, he refused to discuss his lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno. “This is my press conference, not hers,” snapped Christie. A reporter who attempted a follow-up question was quickly interrupted. The internal investigation commissioned by the governor also cleared Guadagno of an allegation she threatened to withhold Superstorm […]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is telling the Nation’s grandparents to get on board with first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move government-approved diets and start offering their grandkids “hugs” instead of sweet treats.
Another attempt from Congressional Democrats to define the media faces a shaky future. If Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) is right, the so-called media “shield law” bill, which essentially segments application of the 1st Amendment to lock out citizen journalists while favoring members of the media establishment, will never see a floor vote.
First Lady Michelle Obama locked the press out of her extravagant trip to China on the public dime. But she was fine with spending quite a few public dimes on pieces of propaganda like this, which summarize whatever portion of her trip the White House deems appropriate for people to know about.
President Richard Nixon’s faithful secretary Rose Mary Woods famously claimed to have stretched to answer a phone call when she inadvertently erased 18 ½ crucial minutes of the Watergate tapes. This week, National Intelligence Director James Clapper was awarded the 9th annual National Security Archive Rosemary Award for worst open-government performance, named for the 37th […]
It was almost ten years ago when, before the House International Relations Committee, I objected to the U.S. Government funding NGOs to meddle in the internal affairs of Ukraine. At the time the “Orange Revolution” had forced a regime change in Ukraine with the help of millions of dollars from Washington. At that time I […]
Republican State Senatorial candidate Scott Wagner, running a write-in campaign, beat establishment standard-bearers for the State’s 28th Senate district. It’s the first time a write-in candidate has ever won a seat in the Pennsylvania Senate.
A series of reports out in the latter part of this week gives the impression that the GOP’s rifts are growing ahead of the midterm elections, even as Republicans can roundly agree on the issues which may cost Democrats in 2014. The GOP establishment’s efforts to marginalize Tea Party and libertarian-leaning Republicans within the ranks […]
Joe Visconti believes that the 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate on the national stage the difference that voters can make by recognizing the truly conservative candidate.