Archive | August, 2014

Six Serious Questions Regarding Elusive Federal Documents

When it comes to accountability questions, one owes the benefit of the doubt to the U.S. government, whoever may be in charge. Managing the massive federal bureaucracy isn’t easy. Responding to the demands from the public, the press and Congress for public information can be time consuming.  However, it becomes increasingly difficult to suspend disbelief […]

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No Kidding? HHS Likely Lost Subpoenaed Docs, Too.

Two federal agencies “losing” subpoenaed documents in major investigations may not exactly be a trend–but it certainly doesn’t look good. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) presented the House Oversight Committee with disturbing news that some subpoenaed documents in the Congressional investigation of HealthCare.gov “might not be retrievable.” This revelation comes on […]

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Another Fast and Furious Indictment in Brian Terry Murder

A seventh defendant, who was in the U.S. illegally, has been charged in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The Department of Justice today announced that a federal grand jury in Tucson has indicted Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez. The Terry family issued a statement saying, Burboa-Alvarez is charged with multiple counts, including first degree […]

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Cost of Illegal Immigration Minors Crisis

Congress adjourned for a five-week recess with no agreement on how much to spend on the costly illegal immigration crisis or what to do about it. A system that, a decade ago, handled just 6,000 illegal immigrant minors a year has been flooded with more than 57-thousand since last October, most from Central America. President […]

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“If everything is terrorism, then nothing is terrorism”

Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept has published a thought-provoking article about the federal government’s database of terrorist suspects. It says that nearly half of the those on the list are not connected to any known terrorist group. The article also states that, since taking office, Obama has boosted the number of people on the no fly list […]

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Et tu, Washington Post? The Copycat Syndrome.

Today, there are plenty of outstanding journalists at the networks, national newspapers and Web sites, and other traditional outlets. But there are lots of problems, too. One disturbing trend lies in some reporters’ tendency to parrot rumors and copycat what others say or blog, rather than doing the job we’re supposed to do: original research. It’s […]

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Secrecy Surrounding Shelter for Illegal Immigrant Minors

A thought-provoking article in Time regarding the federal contracts given to house tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children. It highlights the role of a nonprofit called “BCFS” which, according to Time, has received more than $280 million since December to operate temporary housing shelters for children who illegally cross the Mexican border into the […]

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Quick Hits from President Obama’s Surprise News Conference

Here are some of the highlights from the President’s news conference today, in case you missed it. Please excuse typos. Economy (States the economy is showing record improvement} On executive authority and illegal immigration: (States that he will continue to use his executive authority to accomplish his goals without Congress, including on the illegal immigration […]

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