Government Oversight

Obama’s NSA rebuked for snooping on Americans; journo says it proves wide pattern
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The secret court that oversees government snooping took the Obama administration to task late last year, suggesting it created “a very serious Fourth Amendment issue” by violating rules the government itself had implemented regarding the surveillance of Americans.

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Trump's Nationalism Veers Right While May's Shifts to Center
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The conservative parties in the U.S. and U.K., buoyed by a nationalist push against immigration and trade, face a once-in-a-generation choice: shift toward small-government conservatism, or reach across traditional divides by appealing to workers? Trump and May appear to have chosen differently.

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Mnuchin Wants Debt-Limit Increase With No Conditions
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Trump administration officials, testifying on Capitol Hill Wednesday on their 10-year budget plans, pointed to a more pressing fiscal problem: They could run out of room to pay the government’s bills within the next few months.

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Judges divided over power of federal consumer agency
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Federal appeals judges are divided as they hear arguments over whether the president should be able to more easily fire the head of the government’s consumer finance watchdog agency.

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Watchdog says DEA botched deadly Honduras raids
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration misled the public, Congress and Justice Department officials about an aggressive yet poorly planned strategy that led to a series of deadly confrontations involving agents in Honduras, government watchdogs wrote in a scathing report released Wednesday.

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Sen Murphy says Mike Flynn ‘faces a lot of jail time’ and could be big trouble for Trump
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Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said that President Trump’s former national security advisor “faces a lot of jail time” over a subpoena issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee having to do with their investigation into Russian meddling and collusion. He made the comments to Wolf Blitzer Tuesday on CNN. “I mean Michael Flynn can’t hide for […]

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Trump Praises Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown in Call Transcript
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A Philippine account of the phone call includes President Trump commending a program in which the government has sanctioned the killing of drug suspects.

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