Internal government documents exposed Monday by Reuters reveal that the Obama administration has long known that the 18-month military campaign in Yemen is killing thousands of civilians and could implicate the United States in war crimes.
And more than two-thirds of U.S. voters want to change the process by which the political parties choose their presidential nominees, a poll by Reuters/Ipsos finds.
An undercover agent encouraged protesters at a demonstration in Oakland, Calif., against recent police killings to commit crimes, then pulled his gun out on them; a group of net neutrality activists interrupted an FCC meeting to demand commissioners "Reclassify Now!"; meanwhile, a Bible-themed amusement park in Kentucky lost its tax exemptions due to religious discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.
According to a report published by Reuters on Monday, a secret special unit within the Drug Enforcement Administration is using data from Internet and phone records obtained by the NSA to help launch investigations in the U.S. that are largely unrelated to national security issues.
A look at the day's political happenings, including a Reuters editor is indicted on suspicion of aiding hackers and Barack Obama wants Democratic lawmakers to know he's not Dick Cheney.
Figures from the Internal Revenue Service suggest that nonfinance companies based in the United States are holding more than $5 trillion in cash, triple what the Federal Reserve reports -- idle money that Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston suggests would be better spent creating jobs, paying dividends and sharing the burden of taxes.
Washington journalism is like high school It has the same cool kids, mean girls, social rankings and the big prom—the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner But unlike what happens in high school, the insular behavior of the Washington media affects the whole nation.
"Which federal program took in more than it spent last year, added $95 billion to its surplus and lifted 20 million Americans of all ages out of poverty?" finance columnist David Cay Johnston asks.
The White House's reported "kill list" reminds us that government death panels in general are anything but rare -- they are all around us, making blood-curdling decisions to kill people all the time.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has defended the U.S. soldiers who were made infamous in a video released by the website Wikileaks last week, saying the critiques of those who fired upon and killed a group of reporters and civilians lack context.