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U.S. Sen. John McCain after a June 2014 tour of a Nogales Border Patrol facility holding hundreds of undocumented children.

I believe the American people have a right – indeed, a responsibility – to know what was done in their name. They must know when the values that define our nation are intentionally disregarded. Those policies stained our national honor, did much harm and little practical good. Read more»

The U.S. intelligence community has been outsourcing much of its sensitive work to private contractors, but it’s had a hard time figuring out just how much and explaining why. That’s made it particularly difficult for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to assess whether the contracting is excessive or wasteful, as some independent groups have alleged. Read more»

Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table. Read more»

With regard to the hiring of government contractors, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said that the time had come 'for that pendulum to swing back as it has historically.'

The Obama administration promised four years ago that it would significantly shrink the number of private contractors working for U.S. intelligence agencies. But a key member of Congress said this week she remains unconvinced the administration has done enough to shift critical intelligence-related jobs back to government employees. Read more»

AR-15 20 round magazines.

Ammo supplier Brownells says sales of 3 1/2 years of magazines in 72 hours a response to stricter gun control. Read more»

Vice President Joe Biden has been tapped by President Barack Obama to lead the White House's effort to address gun control in the United States. Read more»

South of the border, war is raging with guns mostly supplied by merchants in the United States. Mexico has estimated that almost 50,000 people have been killed since 2006, a toll that has made its top officials irate about the persistent flow of weapons south. Read more» 2

The Senate Judiciary Committee has given preliminary approval to Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz’s nomination to a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Hurwitz is shown here in a file photo from his January nomination hearing before the committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz’s nomination to a federal appeals court Thursday.. Read more»