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Oregon senator questions ICE 'bulk surveillance' of millions of wire transfer records

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is calling for an investigation into what he called "an indiscriminate and bulk surveillance program" that collected data on millions of money transfers managed by federal officials in Phoenix. ... Read more»

Despite restraints, Democrats’ drug pricing plan could still aid consumers

The Medicare prescription drug pricing plan Democrats unveiled this week is not nearly as ambitious as many lawmakers sought, but they and drug policy experts say the provisions crack open the door to reforms that could have dramatic effects. ... Read more»

Chief Magnus' confirmation for CBP's top position moves forward

The nomination of Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection moved forward Wednesday after a Senate committee voted 15-13 to advance his confirmation. ... Read more»

GOP senators press TPD Chief Magnus on border in CBP nomination hearing

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus walked a fine line in a hearing Tuesday on his nomination to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, easily fielding questions from Democrats while telling GOP senators some of what they wanted to hear. ... Read more»

TPD Chief Magnus' confirmation for top Customs & Border Protection post to finally move ahead

Five months after Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus was tapped to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, his nomination will move forward after the head of the Senate committee responsible for the process resolved a months-long dispute over questions about the actions of federal officers during unrest in Portland, Oregon last year.... Read more»

Border agents seeing large groups of migrants—mostly children—in Arizona

Since the beginning of September, Border Patrol agents have encountered more than 432 people traveling in large groups of people on the Tohono O'odham Nation southwest of Tucson. ... Read more»

Oregon senator delays confirmation of TPD's Magnus as CBP head

Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, is holding up the confirmation process for Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, who was tapped by the Biden administration in April to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ... Read more»

ProPublica’s tax revelations lead to calls for reforms — and investigation

ProPublica’s investigation released Tuesday revealing that the top 25 wealthiest Americans have paid little, and sometimes nothing, in federal income taxes has resulted in demands to rewrite the tax code and to investigate how the confidential data was released.... Read more»

FactCheck

Is unemployment bonus keeping workers on sideline?

Despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate of 6.1% in April — representing 9.8 million people who say they are actively looking for work — many employers are reporting that they can’t find people to hire, and economists disagree whether a too-generous unemployment supplement is the cause.... Read more»

Intuit TurboTax and other for-profit tax prep companies lead Americans to pay for their stimulus checks

Congress gave the IRS the job of sending out coronavirus rescue checks. But the underfunded agency is struggling, while for-profit companies like Intuit have started circling, hoping to convert Americans in need into paying customers.... Read more»

‘Fast and Furious’ whistleblowers welcome effort to protect others

Two men who exposed the government’s failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-running probe in Phoenix said they hope a new Senate caucus can keep other whistleblowers from enduring the retaliation they faced.... Read more»

Analysis

3 reasons Obama's proposed wildfire budget reforms are critical

By enacting the president’s recent budget proposal, Congress can provide the Interior Department and the Forest Service with critical funds needed to effectively prevent and fight wildfires.... Read more»

Geithner book: 'I should have paid more attention' to Citigroup’s woes

The former treasury secretary says his close ties to ex-Citigroup executive Robert Rubin ‘tempered my skepticism’ about the bank’s health in the years before the financial crisis hit. ... Read more»

The surveillance reforms Obama supported before he was president

When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. was part of a group of legislators that supported substantial changes to NSA surveillance programs.... Read more»

Boy’s death in drone strike tests Obama’s transparency pledge

It’s the first prominent allegation of a civilian death since President Obama pledged in a major speech in May “to facilitate transparency and debate” about the U.S. war on al Qaida-linked militants beyond Afghanistan. He also said “there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured” in a strike.... Read more»