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NSA spied on journalists, other Americans 24/7

Russell Tice, a former analyst for the uber-secret National Security Agency, says former President George W. Bush's warrantless wiretapping program including spying on millions of Americans, including journalists, 24 hours…

The influence game: How lobbyists work an inaugural

The sushi was plentiful, the jazz ensemble loud and the guest list included just what the party-givers wanted: members of Congress, incoming Obama administration officials and celebrities.

The invitation-only…

Guess who’s paying for all the fun and festivities?

Donors from the securities and investment industries -- which stand at the vortex of the Wall Street meltdown -- have been the most generous in helping to pay for Barack…

Foreclosures up 81 percent

U.S. foreclosure activity jumped 81 percent in 2008, with one in every 54 households getting at least one filing notice, suggesting various state laws and private programs to slow the…

When you torture, criminals go free

We did torture a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, to the point of twice almost killing him. That judgment comes from Susan Crawford, the Bush administration official responsible for convening the military…

U.S. official admits Guantanamo detainee tortured

The Pentagon official overseeing the tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees has concluded that the U.S. military tortured a Saudi national who allegedly planned to participate in the Sept. 11, 2001,…

Gitmo: A good idea gone bad

In theory, a special prison at Guantanamo Bay for captives in the war on terror made sense. It would be totally under U.S. control and unlike prisons in Afghanistan and…

Tax problems threaten Obama’s treasury nominee

A Capitol Hill grilling is likely for Timothy Geithner, President-elect Barack Obama's pick to head the Treasury Department, after public revelations he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes several years…

Will Bill’s charity continue to haunt Hillary?

Concerns about her husband's foreign fund-raising cast a shadow over Sen. Hillary Clinton's nomination as U.S. secretary of state when Republicans on Tuesday pressed her to do more to avoid…

Memo to Virginians: Stay home on inauguration day

Washington has a curious way of celebrating Barack Obama's inaugural. The authorities are shutting down most of the city for the day.

Particularly hard hit will be the capital's…