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FISA court grants extension of license for bulk collection of U.S. phone records

US intelligence agencies have made a fifth attempt to extend their bulk collection of American telephone records – more than a year after the controversial practice was first revealed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Despite repeated calls from Congress and President Obama for the mass gathering of private…

Obama tells Congress: U.S. will deploy up to 275 troops to Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told Congress on Monday the United States was deploying up to 275 military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the country’s embassy in Baghdad after militants seized control of the north of the country. “This force is deploying for the…

Mia Love gets second chance to become first black GOP woman elected to Congress

Utah’s Mia Love, a Republican darling who could become the first conservative black woman elected to U.S. Congress, is getting a second, and likely better, chance to make history after narrowly losing to a popular incumbent Democrat in 2012. Love, 39, is a Mormon mother of three who is upending…

How Congress and the White House are trying to screw you over with the USA Freedom Act

So we already wrote about how the House completely watered down the USA Freedom Act to the point that it really does very little, leading basically all of the civil liberties community to withdraw their support for the bill. If you want to know a little……

Internet blacklist? Congress continues to pretend that SOPA actually is the law

Congress Continues To Pretend That SOPA Actually Is The Law (via Techdirt) One of the more troubling aspects that we’ve seen in the past few years is that, despite SOPA failing to pass in Congress, thanks to widespread public outcry, various copyright interests have continued to look for ways to…

Pick up the phone and tell Congress to fix patents

Since the SHIELD Act was introduced two years ago, momentum has been building for patent reform in Congress. And when the House overwhelmingly passed the Innovation Act in December, it seemed real legislation might be close at hand. Since then, the……

Lawmaker prods attorney general to revise ‘fallacious’ pot laws: Order the study already

A pro-pot legislator pointedly asked Attorney General Eric Holder why he wants to wait for Congress to loosen marijuana laws. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) reminded Holder during a House Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday that the attorney general had the authority to ask the Secretary of Health and Human Services to…

Congress unlikely to act quickly to give IRS regulatory powers over tax preparers

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Obama administration push to clean up the tax preparation industry has landed in Congress where it is expected to stall, meaning further delays to rules to stamp out shoddy and deceptive tax preparers who are a drain on the U.S. Treasury and taxpayers.…

Comcast: Throwing money at Congress to approve our merger is OK because Congress represents the people!

Comcast is using a variety of sophisticated lobbying tricks to get the company's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable approved, including using minority groups and an endless roster of think tankers to parrot merger support. They're……

Congress passes bill cutting farmer payments and SNAP benefits

The US Congress passed a massive, long-overdue bill Tuesday that overhauls agriculture policy, including halting direct payments to farmers. The five-year $956.4 billion measure, which also reforms the food stamp program for the poor to save $8 billion, marks a rare point of cooperation among bitterly divided lawmakers. It passed…

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