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    North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity

    The United Nations commission of inquiry on human rights abuses in North Korea began taking testimony from defectors in South Korea yesterday. It is the first U.N. commission to investigate whether North Korea’s human rights abuses could be classified as crimes against humanity. “Crimes against humanity” are legally defined as … More

    Government Watchdog to Investigate Planned Parenthood Funding

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to investigate the use of federal funds by Planned Parenthood. The probe was announced by Representatives Diane Black (R–TN), Pete Olson (R–TX), Chris Smith (R–NJ), and Senator David Vitter (R–LA). The announcement comes as Planned Parenthood, which received more than half a billion … More

    The Real IRS Scandal

    Contrary to President Obama’s claim last week in a speech at Knox College, the political targeting of conservative organizations by the IRS is not a “phony scandal.” It is a real scandal that brings into focus the danger of an all-powerful federal government, particularly an agency like the IRS, which … More

    Q&A on the NSA Leak

    Recent reports indicate that a government contract employee leaked the details of a classified National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program to the media. We asked James Carafano, who authored a book on Washington’ s use of contractors, Private Sector, Public Wars, what to make of these recent revelations. Is it … More

    Morning Bell: Q&A on Scandals and Eric Holder

    Attorney General Eric Holder is head of the Department of Justice—in charge of enforcing the nation’s laws. So what happens when the head law enforcer gets caught up in questionable conduct? The Obama Administration is under scrutiny for the scandals of the IRS targeting conservative groups and the Justice Department … More

    Benghazi Exposes Failures of Obama Doctrine

    President Obama’s aggressive response to legitimate questions about Benghazi at his news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron—calling these important investigations a “sideshow” and a “political circus”—exposed an Administration with little substantive argument on its side. U.S. foreign policy is in shambles, and the Obama Doctrine lies at the … More

    Morning Bell: Ghosts of Benghazi

    The White House might have wanted to mute its response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi for fear of inflaming Anti-American sentiment. Perhaps the President did not want to acknowledge a successful attack by an al-Qaeda affiliate on the anniversary of 9/11—right before a national election. Maybe it was just … More

    Lessons Learned from the Tragic Boston Marathon Bombing

    Enough time has passed to identify some important, early lessons from the tragic events surrounding the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Here are a few things that, even now, are evident: Practice does make perfect. The response to the Boston tragedy was exemplary. First responders were able to effectively and … More

    Boston Marathon Bombing: Counterterrorism Investigation Process in Full Swing

    In the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the key to the investigation is strong cooperation and teamwork by the law enforcement entities involved. This cooperation largely occurs in the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) overseeing the investigation. Led by the FBI, the JTTF will work closely with all … More

    Jesse Jackson Jr. Facing "Significant Jail Time"

    Jesse Jackson Jr. is facing “significant jail time” in his pending plea deal over a Justice Department investigation of the misuse of his federal campaign fund, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Apparently, Jackson was using those funds to purchase things like a $40,000 Rolex. Jackson resigned last November in the … More