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Don't Blame Encryption for the Paris Terrorist Attacks

Ryan Hagemann | Posted 11.25.2015 | Technology
Ryan Hagemann

Major news outlets and American politicians have been hammering home this message of Syrian nationals as the source of these attacks, but they've also begun catapulting another culprit into the blameworthy limelight: encryption.

Lawmakers May Have A Better Idea Than Turning Away Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress considers how to enhance national security in response to the Paris terrorist attacks, one idea gaining traction is to refor...

Dianne Feinstein Says Islamic State Stronger, Criticizes U.S. Approach

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics

Leading Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday the United States is not doing enough to fight Islamic State, and the group is gaining str...

Senators Are Really Worried About Encrypted Data After Paris

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The failure to pick up communications between terrorists involved in the deadly Paris attacks last week is feeding a belief in Washingt...

Don't Get Fooled Again: What NOT To Do Is Clear

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Robert S. McElvaine

What France, the United States, and other Western nations should do in response to the unmitigated evil that was perpetrated by terrorists, apparently associated with ISIS, in Paris on Friday is not at all clear.

Senate Democrats Unveil Measure To Close Gun Background Check Loophole

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

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The Small Brooklyn Publisher That Brought The CIA Torture Report To The World

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dennis Johnson remembers a Melville House staff meeting on a Tuesday morning last winter, smack in the middle of the publishin...

Can the Democrats Lose California?

William Bradley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Last week's legislative defeat for a couple of key items in Governor Jerry Brown's climate and energy agenda suggests a question: Could the Democrats lose control in California?

Bummer: The CIA Didn't Kill Jesus

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former CIA Director Michael Hayden still isn't pumped about last year's Senate report on the agency's torture program. It's slante...

Relax, The CIA Didn't Torture People; It Just Tortured People

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a collection of essays set to be released this week, former CIA Director Michael Hayden unabashedly defends the CIA’s pos...

Shocker: The CIA Isn't Sorry For Torture

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a year after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify its massive study on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture pro...

A Little Celebritician History

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

The victories of both Schwarzenegger and Ventura do have one very important lesson to teach, one that so far is mostly being ignored by most everyone in the political world. The lesson might be phrased: "Strange things happen when the political and entertainment worlds collide."

Senate To Tackle Cybersecurity Bill Before Summer Break

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators aren’t leaving for summer vacation yet. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said Monday night he'll ask lawmakers to ...

Dianne Feinstein Should Not Lead Democrats on Donald Trump's Immigration Bandwagon

Cristina Jiménez | Posted 07.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Cristina Jiménez

It seems that my family, and the entire immigrant community, become political targets every time Republicans face off in a primary election. For too long, these primary politics have pulled the center of the immigration debate to the right.

Immigrant Youth Give Dianne Feinstein 'Donald Trump Award'

The Huffington Post | Dhyana Taylor | Posted 07.24.2015 | Latino Voices

A group of mostly undocumented immigrant youth gave Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) the "Donald Trump Apprentice Award for Immigrant Fear Mongering" ...

Friday Talking Points -- Racist Domestic Terrorism

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's been a rollercoaster week in the political world, beginning with Hillary Clinton shifting the gears of her campaign by holding her first big rally, which was immediately followed by the man we're going to call "Jeb! Bush!" finally officially announcing his own candidacy.

Ali Watkins

Senate Votes To Outlaw Torture | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a landmark showing, lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to outlaw the practice of torture and solidify a noncoercive method of int...

Patriot Games

William Bradley | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

I'm not a big fan of libertarians or libertarian Republicans, but Kentucky Senator Rand Paul deserves tremendous credit for his brinksmanship on the Patriot Act in forcing the U.S. Senate leadership to bend on the issue of the federal government's massive, once very secret, monitoring of our private communications.

Ali Watkins

Senate Lets NSA Spying Expire | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) succeeded Sunday in forcing certain controversial provisions of the Patriot Act to expire, including the NSA’s...

Presidents and Their Political Bases Don't Always Sing From The Same Song Sheet: Obama and His Democratic Base are a Prime Example

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Barack Obama is certainly not the first president to challenge and even oppose the positions of his political base. The current battle over the Trans-Pacific Partnership showcases a classic struggle between a president and his political base.

The New Devolution: Hillary's Troubled Launch and the Latest Drone Fiasco and Bush Antics

William Bradley | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Think of it not as a new deal but a new devolution, an ongoing decline of quality substance, concern, and even basic awareness in public life. With th...

Ali Watkins

Meet The Only Person Being Punished After The Senate Torture Report | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its gruesome report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program, someone is fi...

Ali Watkins

Congress Doesn't Seem Totally Sure Who Should Deal With NSA Reform | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- All eyes are on Congress as the June 1 expiration date looms for the National Security Agency program that sweeps up massive dragnets of...

Amanda Terkel

Dianne Feinstein: Iran Deal Does Not Threaten Israel's Survival | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the new nuclear accord with Iran will not threaten the survival of Israel, criticizing...

In Greenhouse California, the Hissing of Summer Lawns Fizzles While Races for Senator and Governor Quietly Take Shape

William Bradley | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

One of the most curious staples of suburban American living, the lawn, seems to have had its day in California. With voluntary cutbacks coming up short of the need, Governor Jerry Brown has ordered a mandatory cut of 25 percent on water use from 2013 levels.