- 10:47 pm Sunday, May 31st, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Ignoring calls for action by President Obama and members of both parties in Congress, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked action Sunday night on a bill to reform terrorism surveillance laws, as three anti-terrorism powers expired at midnight.
“I came here to defend the Bill of Rights and to defend the Constitution,” Sen. Paul said on the Senate floor after tangling with fellow Republican Senators, as the candidate for President cheered the end of the government’s ability to collect bulk telephone records.
“We’re gathering up the records of innocent Americans,” Paul said, as his campaign did all it could to broadcast his [More]
- 8:00 pm Saturday, May 30th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
After failing to move forward on legislation dealing with intelligence surveillance reform before Memorial Day, Senators will return to work on Sunday afternoon facing a midnight deadline to renew several expiring provisions of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act.
For President Obama and many in both parties in the Congress, the simplest thing to do is for the Senate to just accept the “USA Freedom Act” – a bipartisan bill that was easily approved in the House, which makes surveillance changes and reforms.
The most notable part of that plan would end the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency; but [More]
- 8:48 pm Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
After a legal setback at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this week, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday that it would not pursue an emergency effort to lift a stay that has blocked the President’s immigration actions, instead focusing on the next round of appellate arguments on the matter.
“Although the Department continues to disagree with the Fifth Circuit’s refusal to stay the district court’s preliminary injunction, the Department has determined that it will not seek a stay from the Supreme Court,” said Patrick Rodenbush, a spokesman for the Justice Department.
Instead, the Obama Administration will zero in on arguments [More]
- 3:00 pm Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
A federal court has ordered the State Department to publicly release Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary of State on a monthly basis, starting on June 30 and wrapping up by the end of January 2016.
The Wednesday decision by federal judge Rudolph Contreras was a compromise between the proposal of the State Department, which wanted to release emails every two months, and Vice News reporter Jason Leopold, whose lawyers wanted releases every two weeks.
The judge’s decision requires the State Department to produce Clinton emails on the following schedule, and required the Obama Administration to produce a certain amount [More]
- 10:59 am Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
A federal judge in Washington, D.C. is being asked to force the State Department to move more swiftly to release emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.
A day after the State Department proposed releasing emails every two months, lawyers for Vice News asked Judge Rudolph Contreras to force the State Department to release emails “on a rolling bi-weekly basis beginning no later than June 30, 2015 and completing no later than January 31, 2016.”
“Frequent productions are also important in a case of such “intense” and “considerable” interest to the public,” lawyers for reporter Jason Leopold argued in a [More]
- 8:53 pm Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Angered by revelations that hackers may have gained access to around 100,000 taxpayer accounts, lawmakers in Congress made clear they want answers out of the IRS and a better understanding of how online thieves were able to gain access to such information on the IRS website.
“Protecting the taxpayer is supposed to be the IRS’s top priority, and we need answers from them,” said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who chairs a panel with direct oversight on the tax agency.
“While the committee is seeking more information,” Ryan added, “it’s deeply concerning that taxpayer information has been compromised.”
“This is especially egregious given the [More]
- 3:12 pm Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
In another legal setback for the Obama Administration, a federal appeals court panel has refused to lift an injunction against the President’s executive actions on immigration, leaving on hold plans that would allow some 4-5 million people in the U.S. illegally to stay and avoid deportation.
“The separation of powers and checks and balances remain the law of the land, and this decision is a victory for those committed to preserving the rule of law in America,” said Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of the state of Texas, who has led the legal charge against the President’s immigration changes.
The ruling came [More]
- 8:33 pm Monday, May 25th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The failure of the U.S. Senate last weekend to deal with expiring provisions of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act has led the Obama Administration to begin work to end a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program dealing with the bulk collection of phone records.
“We have long said that we would not continue the program if the statutory authority expired on June 1 and we have begun the wind down process, including by not filing an application for reauthorization,” a senior intelligence official told me on Memorial Day.
The move came after gridlock in the Senate early on Saturday morning, as Senators could [More]
- 8:48 am Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Unable to muster enough votes to either approve a House-passed reform of terrorist surveillance laws or push forward on a GOP alternative, the Senate left town for an extended break early on Saturday morning, with the clock running out on several provisions of the Patriot Act that expire on June 1.
“My colleagues, do we really want this law to expire?” said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who led Republican opposition to the USA Freedom Act, a bipartisan reform bill that had won easy House approval earlier in May.
“We’ve got a week to discuss it,” McConnell said as Senators ran into gridlock [More]
- 1:38 pm Friday, May 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Three days after a judge rejected the idea of releasing all of Hillary Clinton’s emails early next year, the State Department released the first batch of electronic mail from her time as Secretary of State, as the Obama Administration downplayed the idea that it sheds any new light on the Benghazi attacks of 2012.
The 296 emails were previously released to the Congress, something the White House readily noted.
“They do not change in any way anyone’s understanding about the events of that tragic evening,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
On the campaign trail in New Hampshire, Clinton said she was [More]