Government

  • Short-term highway extension may be way out for Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are weighing a three-month highway funding extension that could offer Congress a way out of an impasse days ahead of a crucial deadline.

    Associated Press
  • Citigroup's Mexican Operations Under Wider Scrutiny For Possible Money Laundering

    The Department of Justice has reportedly expanded its probe into Citigroup's Mexican unit by issuing a subpoena demanding information about its anti-money-laundering controls.

    Forbes
  • Scalia Gets It Pretty Much Right

    Two recent items in the news reflect the continuing fallout from Obergefell v. Hodges, the case barring states from restricting marriage to the union of a man and a woman. Senator Ted Cruz is holding hearings in response to what he takes to be the "lawlessness" of the decision. And in the New York…

    Huffington Post
  • Boy Scouts of America end ban on gay troop leaders

    The Boy Scouts of America on July 27 ended its ban on openly gay troop leaders. Of those present and voting, 79 percent of BSA's National Executive Board voted in favor of the resolution.

    Vox.com
  • Pool fire at The Cosmopolitan fueled by fake palm trees

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fake palm trees and high winds fueled a poolside fire on a rooftop at The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip over the weekend, fire officials said Monday.

    Associated Press
  • NSA analysts will lose access to phone record database on November 29th

    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has laid out a roadmap for restricting access to, and eventually deleting, years' worth of telephone records collected under the Patriot Act. In a statement today, the office addressed questions about how intelligence agencies will…

    The Verge
  • Civility's Place Is in the Senate and the House

    The weather is getting a bit warm in Washington as July rumbles into August, and tempers in the Capitol are heating up as well. In a rare Sunday session of the United States Senate, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who also serves as president pro tempore, took the time to remind his colleagues of where…

    Huffington Post
  • Uber mobilizes customers to channel its message

    As Uber grows in number and popularity, regulators face a new lobbying group: app users who love Uber. An app company itself, Uber has proved adept at energizing its customers through their personal electronic ...

    Los Angeles Times
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    President Obama visits Ethiopia (15 photos)

    President Barack Obama urged Ethiopia's leaders Monday to curb crackdowns on press freedom and political openness as he opened a trip that human rights groups say legitimizes an oppressive government. "When all voices are being heard, when people know they are being included in the political…

    Yahoo Politics
  • Brazil's biggest party sticks with unpopular Rousseff - for now

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's largest party is standing by deeply unpopular President Dilma Rousseff for now despite the defection of one of its own leaders, but that could change if an expected recession stirs up social unrest, party leaders say. Eduardo Cunha, speaker of the…

    Reuters
  • New York Times public editor says the paper's latest story on Hillary Clinton's emails was 'a mess'

    New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan published a column on Monday wherein she critiqued...

    Business Insider
  • What’s the Semiannual Humphrey-Hawkins Testimony?

    The FOMC is required to report to Congress on the economic situation and the monetary policy stance. It's known as the "Humphrey-Hawkins Act."

    Market Realist
  • Hillary Clinton sticks to safe ground on climate

    Hillary Clinton unveiled a proposal to combat climate change last night, and it appears to be in the pragmatic Clintonian space of sticking to safe ground. Rather than trying to outdo her Democratic rivals, Clinton's plan seems designed to allow her to contrast with Republicans who either don't…

    Vox.com
  • Peru decrees warrantless geolocation tracking of cellphones

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government on Monday ordered telecommunications companies to grant police warrantless access to cellphone users' locations and other call data in real time and store that data for three years, a decree that civil libertarians called an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.

    Associated Press
  • Citizens United loses New York ruling over donors

    A federal judge on Monday rejected Citizens United's effort to block New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman from demanding that the conservative group disclose more information about its major donors. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan refused to impose a preliminary injunction to…

    Reuters
  • Number of wildfires in California up, but damage is smaller

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California has seen more wildfires so far this year, but the acreage burned is smaller thanks to favorable weather and more firefighters who can quickly be dispatched to corral flames, fire officials say.

    Associated Press
  • Greek creditors seek third wave of reforms before loan

    BRUSSELS/ATHENS (Reuters) - International creditors want Greece to enact a third wave of politically sensitive reforms before they will release any money to keep the near bankrupt country afloat under a third bailout they began negotiating on Monday. The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras…

    Reuters
  • Tech Firms Resist Role Of Policing Terror Talk

    Ever since former CIA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the breadth of U.S. electronic surveillance, tensions have simmered between the government and technology companies over access to users’ online communication. The Senate Intelligence Committee included language in an annual…

    The Wall Street Journal