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Yemeni journalist who reported U.S. drone strike released from jail

A Yemeni journalist who was kept in prison for years at the apparent request of the Obama administration has been released in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, according to local reports. Abdulelah Haider Shaye was imprisoned in 2010, after reporting that an attack on a suspected al-Qaida training camp in…

Obama administration appears to have filed first legal defense of NSA phone data spying

The new National Security Agency (NSA) Utah Data Center in Bluffdale is expected to open this fall. It will store massive amounts of data. (National Security Agency/Reuters) The Obama administration has filed what appears…  …

Justice Department backs off on secret seizure of reporters’ records

Under heavy criticism from media organizations and others, the Obama administration has pulled back on one important aspect of its crackdown on government leaks: the ability of prosecutors to secretly seize reporters’ records while investigating leaks…  …

IRS suspends two employees for taking conference gifts

By Kim Dixon and Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has suspended two employees – including one working on President Barack Obama’s healthcare initiative – for improperly accepting gifts at an agency conference, two congressional staff members briefed on the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. The…

Obama may back FBI proposal for expansive Internet wiretapping powers

The United States may soon require Internet companies to build in the capacity to let federal investigators wiretap their users, according to The New York Times. The Obama administration is weighing a proposal that would fine companies that do not comply with wiretap orders. An earlier proposal by the Federal…

‘President Hillary Clinton’ wallops the competition in mock election

Clinton is working on a memoir and policy book about her years with the Obama administration. The book is tentatively scheduled for June 2014.(Marc Bryan…  …

Obama plan would give spymasters access to Americans’ bank accounts

The Obama administration is planning a proposal to open up the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Center (FinCEN) to spies at the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, Reuters reported Wednesday. The move would ensure that counter-terrorism and anti-money laundering efforts conducted by the nation’s spy agencies…

HHS takes final steps toward near-universal contraception coverage

Reproductive rights groups are applauding the latest announcement by the Obama administration of proposed policies aimed at providing contraceptive coverage to women employed by religious organizations. NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, the Guttmacher institute and other organizations have enthusiastically greeted the news that under the provisions of the Affordable Care…

ACLU: Obama’s extra-judicial killings raise ‘profound legal and moral questions’

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is strongly objecting to a speech given Monday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at Northwestern University’s law school, during which he offered a public acknowledgement that the Obama Administration believes it has the right to kill U.S. citizens anywhere in the world without…

Obama administration to offer legal justification for targeted killings of Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday plans to outline how U.S. laws empower the government to kill Americans overseas who engage in terrorism against their home country, a source familiar with the matter said, months after a drone strike killed a U.S.-born cleric who plotted attacks from Yemen.…

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