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    Serious New Questions on Obama Labor Nominee

    A surprising development on Wednesday has raised new questions about President Obama’s nominee to be the new Labor Secretary. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez is one of the nominees over whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) just staged his filibuster fight. As a result of the deal Reid worked … More

    Human Rights Watch Decries Russia Opposition Crackdown

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently released a scathing new report focused on the crackdown on Russia’s civil society. Since December 2011, the Kremlin has committed to squashing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that promote democracy and are alleged conduits of Western influence, HRW says. The report, titled “Laws of Attrition,” focuses on … 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

    President Obama Should Uphold the Magnitsky Act’s Legislative Intent

    Next week, the Obama Administration faces an important foreign policy decision in U.S. relations with Russia—how to champion human rights and the rule of law. The State Department is trying to avoid a gust of chilling wind from Moscow. However, the last thing the Administration should do is show weakness … More

    London Mayor Decries Posthumous Trial of Russian Whistleblower

    London mayor Boris Johnson published an op-ed Monday in which he decried the posthumous trial of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. Johnson called Magnitsky “a martyr trampled by a corrupt system” and called on the United Kingdom and the European Union to pass a Magnitsky Act—which levies financial sanctions and visa restrictions … More

    Dead Man on Trial: Russian Whistleblower Tried After Death

    The Russian government is set to posthumously try the brutally murdered whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky for tax fraud. While working for Hermitage Capital, formerly one of Russia’s largest foreign investment firms, Magnitsky uncovered a massive fraud and accused Russian police and tax officials of embezzling $230 million from the Russian treasury. … More

    Commerce Department Scrutinized for Alleged Whistleblower Retaliation

    House investigators are probing allegations that a Commerce Department agency has retaliated against numerous whistleblowers who spoke out against financial mismanagement by agency officials, Scribe has learned. The allegations involve the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) program. In a September letter to Commerce’s inspector … More

    Justice Department Used Enemies List to Attack Critics, Including Me

    It’s an odd feeling to see your name on the list of individuals targeted by the Justice Department. Especially when you used to work there. The DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs appears to have enlisted Media Matters to serve as its unofficial PR wing — the one responsible for running … More

    Fast and Furious: The Events Leading to Eric Holder's Contempt Vote

    The House of Representatives will vote today on contempt charges for Attorney General Eric Holder related to his involvement in Operation Fast and Furious. The vote follows Holder’s refusal to produce documents requested by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA). The following is … More

    Problems Exposed in SEC Whistleblower Law

    The folks at the National Whistleblowers Center (yes, there is one) like to tell of Samuel Shaw and Richard Marven, two sailors who landed in the brig in 1778 in retaliation for blowing the whistle on the commander of the Continental Navy, who had “treated prisoners in the most inhuman … More