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Obama won't halt deportations for parents of children brought to US illegally

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that it is “not an option” for his administration to take executive action to freeze the deportations of parents of children brought to the United States illegally, a move that immigrant rights advocates have pushed him to take if Congress fails to pass …

Fisa court: no telecoms company has ever challenged phone records orders

No telecommunications company has ever challenged the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court's orders for bulk phone records under the Patriot Act, the court revealed on Tuesday.<p>The secretive Fisa court's disclosure came inside a declassification of its legal reasoning justifying the …

Conservative party has shrunk 47% since Cameron became leader

Conservative party membership has almost halved since David Cameron became leader, it was confirmed, as party chiefs bowed to pressure to reveal the latest figure.<p>There are now 134,000 constituency members, down from the 253,600 who voted in the 2005 leadership contest – a drop of 47% – the …

Gates, Panetta question Obama's Syria strategy

Robert Gates and Leon Panetta say Obama should not have asked Congress to OK a strike.<p>DALLAS (AP) — President Obama's first two defense secretaries on Tuesday night questioned his Syria strategy and said they would have told him not to seek Congress' approval for a strike on President Bashar …

Gun Control Failed in Congress. It’s Happening Anyway.

Gun-con­trol le­gis­la­tion failed loudly fol­low­ing the New­town school shoot­ing, but that has not stopped Pres­id­ent Obama from leav­ing …

Gun Control

Obamacare Is Secretly A Bailout Of State And Local Governments

Here's how it's going to work.<p>States and localities have enormous liabilities in the form of health benefits they have promised to provide to retired workers. (Finance professionals call these benefits OPEB, or "other post-employment benefits.") Most public sector retirees get health plans until …

Health Care

A September to Surrender: Syria and Summers Spell Second-Term Slump

There is no great­er and polit­ic­ally sig­ni­fic­ant power of the pres­id­ency than the use of mil­it­ary force, no mat­ter how “un­be­liev­ably …

sequester

FISA Court Backs NSA Program Of Phone Data Collection

A special federal surveillance court has reaffirmed the constitutionality of a National Security Agency program that collects data about most of the nation's phone traffic. NPR's Larry Abramson reports that the court says the records of phone metadata are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.<p>The …

DEM SENATE AIDE: Republicans' New Plan To Defund Obamacare Is Dead On Arrival

"I would say that there is a reason House Republican leaders didn't do this in the first place, which is that there's no chance in hell it passes the Senate," the Senate aide said in an email.<p>"It's just a waste of time. The House will eventually have to pass a clean CR or Republicans will shut down …