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Eric Holder just made it a little harder for the IRS to raid the bank accounts of small businesses

Attorney General Eric Holder has placed new restrictions on the government’s ability to seize money suspected of so-called “structuring” violations—the practice of intentionally depositing or withdrawing just under $10,000, or making a series of small transactions, in order to avoid federal laws that mandate disclosure of larger sums.

Arkansas Governor: ‘There’s a generational difference of opinion’ on proposed religious freedom bill

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

It was a generational gap and a political divide in his own family that Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) cited when he pulled back his support for a religious freedom bill Wednesday. “The issue has become divisive because our nation remains split on how to balance the diversity of our culture with the traditions and […]

Obama doubles his sentence commutations, but still has one of the worst clemency rates in history

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President Obama has commuted the sentences of 22 people in federal prison for drug crimes, doubling the total number of commutations granted during his presidency.

The Nevada DMV wants to arm its staff with semi-automatic rifles

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Trips to the DMV are already a harrowing experience, with most people inches away from killing everyone around them.

Mike Lee wants to investigate Google’s frequent meetings at the White House

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Has Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) incurred the wrath of Google?

Expensive, sensitive military gear went missing and somehow ended up all over eBay and Craigslist

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You can find anything on eBay and Craigslist—including sensitive military gear that somehow went missing from a $750 million roadside bomb detection program!

The FCC chairman is confident net neutrality rules will be upheld in court

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The lawsuits against the FCC’s new utility-style internet regulations have already begun, but Chairman Tom Wheeler declared Friday that he is confident his agency’s rules “will be upheld by the courts.”

The TSA monitors yawning, whistling, ‘improper’ dress, and throat-clearing for its terror checklist

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Ever catch yourself yawning and fidgeting at the airport? Don’t be surprised if you get corralled for some extra-vigorous pat-downs.

Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits.

The White House tells Republicans to back off of D.C. gun laws

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Republicans in Congress want D.C. residents to be free to carry firearms. The White House is not pleased about that.

Chris Christie: Taxes from legalized marijuana are ‘blood money’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie channeled “The Sopranos” when he took his hard line stance against legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, calling any tax revenue that would come the venture “blood money.” Christie was speaking at at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for an outpatient drug abuse rehabilitation facility when he made the remarks, the Asbury Park Press […]

Millennials rally around criminal justice reform at bipartisan summit

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For the most part, the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform featured staid, high-profile speakers like Cory Booker and Eric Holder, giving somber talks about the broken justice system.

The authors of ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘The Wire’ talk criminal justice reform

David Simon's interview with President Obama, which aired at the end of Thursday's Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform (via screenshot)

David Simon, the creator of HBO’s “The Wire,” kicked off his remarks at the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform on Thursday with an argument that could have come straight from Bunny Colvin—law enforcement should oppose the drug war, because it hampers real police work.

Newt Gingrich predicts prison reform will be a major GOP issue in 2016

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“It’s just really a revolution.”

A millennial duo’s ambitious goal to make prison reform go viral — and be a top issue in 2016

Bill Smith, a former meth dealer, displays his tattoo for the camera. (via Strong Returns/screenshot)

Bill Smith rolls up the sleeve of his plaid shirt, revealing a tattoo of a goateed devil whose ice-blue eyes look down his forearm.

Report: The IRS lets unauthorized employees and visitors see sensitive taxpayer data

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Happy tax season! Here’s some news you will not appreciate.

Senate budget amendment would protect ammunition from bans

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Republicans are still looking for ways to kill the Obama administration’s failed bullet ban for good.

New Mexico just passed a bill banning cops from seizing property without a conviction

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Both houses of the New Mexico legislature have unanimously passed a bill that would require cops to wait until someone is actually convinced of a crime before seizing their property.

Two lawsuits target FCC’s ‘arbitrary, capricious’ net neutrality rules

Federal Communications Commisison (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on net neutrality. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

The next step in the net neutrality fight has arrived: litigation.

Texas bill would ban filming cops up close

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If a Texas state representative gets his way, filming a cop too close would land violators with 180 days of jail-time and a $2,000 fine.