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Most Americans still support the death penalty

A majority of Americans still support the death penalty, despite the outcry raised by inhumane injection practices and the botched execution in Oklahoma earlier this year. According to a recent Gallup poll, 63 percent of Americans support the death penalty for murderers, with “an eye for an eye” as the most commonly cited justification. Most–64 […]

A conservative lawmaker’s fight against civil asset forfeiture

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A conservative Virginia lawmaker is tackling one of the most abuse-prone practices of law enforcement: civil asset forfeiture.

FBI considers adding new whistleblower protections

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The Justice Department has announced a plan to revamp its whistleblower protections, supposedly with an eye to making it easier for whistleblowers to report misconduct.

An order for green paper fuels speculation that Obama will grant amnesty to millions

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For months Washington has been trying to guess what President Obama’s promised executive action on immigration will entail.

Survey: Morale among VA employees dips, faith in VA leadership falls

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In results that no one should find surprising, a new employee survey finds that overall morale at the Veterans Affairs Department is down. According to the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint survey, 64 percent of respondents reported being content with their job overall, down from 66 percent last year. Satisfaction with the department as a whole was worse, with […]

Snowden blames mass surveillance for missing Boston marathon threat

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Edward Snowden criticized the U.S. government for failing to anticipate the Boston Marathon bombings, blaming their focus on mass surveillance for allowing them to miss actual credible threats.

Supreme Court to decide whether felons can give away their guns

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Convicted felons are not allowed maintain ownership of their guns—but can they give them away?

The FBI pushes Congress to broaden its access to Americans’ communications

FBI Director James Comey speaks about the impact of technology on law enforcement, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Brookings Institution in Washington. Comey gave a stark warning Thursday against smartphone data encryption, saying homicide cases could be stalled, suspects could go free and “justice may be denied because of a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.”  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The tech world’s recent efforts to strengthen encryption appear to have left the FBI in a panic, as FBI Director James Comey appeals to Congress for easier backdoor access to Americans’ data.

Voters want Republicans to lead Congress over Democrats, poll says

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According to a recently released Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg poll, likely voters and registered voters in general would prefer the GOP have control of the House of Representatives and the Senate as opposed to Democrats.

Poll suggests minimum wage could be key in upcoming elections

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A new poll suggests that the minimum wage could play a significant role in six upcoming competitive races—and it doesn’t look good for Republicans.

Government Grinch proposes new rules on Christmas lights

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It’s not even Halloween, but the federal Grinch has already appeared, armed with new regulations, to un-deck the halls of America. On Tuesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released twenty-five pages of new rules governing “seasonal and decorative lighting projects”– basically everything from strings of lights to glowing Santa Clauses. The Hill reports that the […]

The FBI takes it back: They do spy on Americans without a warrant

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Remember when the FBI said they didn’t spy on Americans without a court order, just a few days ago? They were just kidding about that.

Afroman releases new version of ‘Because I Got High’ promoting legal weed

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Afroman is back. But now he’s not just singing about Colt 45s and smoking that tumbleweed, he’s here to tell you about about the positive impact of marijuana. Afroman’s “Because I Got High” was released 13 years ago, but his new version “Positive Remix” just dropped Wednesday. The new version sees Afroman making better choices as a result […]

UN Report: Mass surveillance violates international law, ‘corrosive’ to privacy

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A United Nations report concluded that mass surveillance of the internet is “corrosive” to privacy and violates international law.

A startup’s plan to fix immigration form backlog

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A startup in Silicon Valley hopes to streamline the cumbersome immigration form backlog with a program that would be the TurboTax of immigration forms.

‘It’s a girl:’ Heritage Foundation Panel addresses three ‘deadliest’ words and China’s One Child Policy

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“It’s a girl.”

Study: Small business owners are losing faith in the economy

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Small businesses were less optimistic about their economic prospects in September than in August, according to the optimism index measured by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

The Return of the Tyrant: North Korea releases photos of Kim Jong Un with a cane

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A weight has been lifted from the world’s shoulders — and his, too, it would appear.

Why Government Websites Cost More and Perform Worse Than Private Sector Sites

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REASON — Was the failure of the federal government’s $2.1 billion Obamacare enrollment website an isolated fluke or part of a broader pattern of overpriced government failure when it comes to consumer-facing technology? Recent events show a pattern. The other failures aren’t as costly or as high-profile as Healthcare.gov. But they’re worth paying attention to nonetheless. […]

Privacy advice from Snowden: Programs to use and programs to avoid

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Edward Snowden gave a remote interview to the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, during which he offered his tips for securing information on your phone and on the internet. He particularly cautioned against Dropbox, Facebook, and Google, calling them “dangerous services.”