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GOP’s image: Nothing to brag about?

GOP’s image: Nothing to brag about?

The Republican Party’s image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party’s appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, women and gay voters who backed Democrats decisively in 2012. “The issue that remains an open book for the Republicans is: What is […]

Christie aides played politics with Hurricane relief

Christie aides played politics with Hurricane relief

The Christie administration withheld millions of dollars in Superstorm Sandy recovery grants from a New Jersey city because its mayor refused to sign off on a politically connected commercial development, the mayor said Saturday. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer alleged that Gov. Chris Christie‘s lieutenant governor and a top community development official told her recovery funds […]

Scandal-ridden Christie hightails it to Florida

Scandal-ridden Christie hightails it to Florida

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie left a political scandal back home as he raised money Saturday for fellow Republicans in Florida. As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie was headlining a series of events over the weekend to help Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, and the state party. The private events were giving Christie his […]

Obama talks curbs on some, but not all, of NSA’s abuses

Obama talks curbs on some, but not all, of NSA’s abuses

President Barack Obama’s orders to change some U.S. surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from across the globe. In a speech […]

What Obama did and did not change on NSA spying

What Obama did and did not change on NSA spying

President Barack Obama is putting limits on the harvesting of Americans’ phone records and seeking revisions to a program that sweeps up email and Internet data around the world, seven months after former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden began divulging the secret spying. Some questions and answers about Obama’s plan: ___ Q: Why did […]

Supremes to look at police cell-phone searches

Supremes to look at police cell-phone searches

The Supreme Court decided 40 years ago that police don’t need a search warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested. But that was long before smartphones gave people the ability to take with them the equivalent of millions of pages of documents or thousands of photographs. In a new clash over […]

Feds look for ways to curb abuses on racial profiling

Feds look for ways to curb abuses on racial profiling

The Justice Department is likely to expand the definition of racial profiling to bar federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a person familiar with the issue said Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity about the matter because a Justice Department review of the issue is […]

Cybersecurity chief worried about healthcare.cov

Cybersecurity chief worried about healthcare.cov

The top cybersecurity officer for the Health and Human Services Department said he was concerned about potential vulnerabilities ahead of the launch of the Obama administration’s health care website. But Kevin Charest told congressional investigators he was unable to get answers to his questions from others inside the department. He concluded that the testing of […]