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Ross in Thailand, 2017.

Wilbur Ross wrote a memo arguing that the benefits of the controversial question would outweigh any harm Read more»

The Census Bureau is exploring options about adding a citizenship question to the next census, amid a firestorm of protest about the controversial proposal. Read more»

“This is a recipe for sabotaging the census,” said one. The administration’s stated reason for the controversial move: protecting civil rights. Read more»

I experienced firsthand the incompetence and neglect behind Obama’s failure to make good on his FOIA promises. Read more»

An amendment designed to bar the National Security Agency from undermining encryption standards was approved by the House on a voice vote Thursday night. Another amendment, barring NSA "backdoor spying" via foreign databases, was opposed by Rep. Ron Barber and supported by Rep. Raul Grijalva. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson(D-FL) in 2010.

An amendment would remove requirement that the National Institute of Standards and Technology consult with the NSA on encryption standards . Read more»

A screenshot from a section of the publicly released version of a semiannual report from the administration to Congress describing NSA violations of rules surrounding the FISA Amendments Act.

Disclosures by the spy agency about violations of privacy rules have been almost entirely redacted. Read more»

The telecom consulting firm TeleGeography's 2013 map of 244 active and planned submarine cable systems.

Among the snooping revelations of recent weeks, there have been tantalizing bits of evidence that the NSA is tapping fiber-optic cables that carry nearly all international phone and Internet data. Is the NSA really sucking up everything? It’s not clear. Read more»

The NSA is a "supercomputing powerhouse" with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture. But ask the NSA to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees' email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology. Read more»

A spider of the Cicurina genus delayed a large highway project in Texas.

The group that put out a mailer last year to Texas voters, A Better America Now, reported to the Federal Election Commission it had spent about $65,000 for the mailer and TV advertising in the hard-fought race to represent Texas’ 23rd district. But in a tax return recently filed with the IRS, the group claimed it did not spend any money at all on “direct or indirect political campaign activities.” Read more»

In defending the NSA’s sweeping collection of Americans’ phone call records, Obama administration officials have repeatedly pointed out how it could have helped thwart the 9/11 attacks: If only the surveillance program been in place before Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. authorities would have been able to identify one of the future hijackers who was living in San Diego. Read more» 1

In the months following the October 2001, passage of the Patriot Act, there was a heated public debate about the very provision of the law that we now know the government is using to vacuum up phone records of American citizens on a massive scale. Instead, the debate centered on something else: library records. Read more»

Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But secrecy around the programs has meant even basic questions are still unanswered. Here’s what we still don’t know. Read more»

A screenshot from a State Government Leadership Foundation ad targeting President Obama's energy policies.

Some of the nation’s biggest corporations donated more than a million dollars to launch a Republican nonprofit that went on to play a key role in recent political fights. Like the nonprofit groups that poured money into last year’s elections, the decade-old State Government Leadership Foundation has been able to keep the identities of its funders secret. Until now. Read more»

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi

An official with the Library of Congress says a widely cited but poorly sourced report his office did on Iran's intelligence ministry has been pulled from circulation. Read more»

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