U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, has renewed his push for a resolution he introduced last year that seeks to declassify 28 pages of the official 9/11 report. Jones and other lawmakers who've read the redacted material say it doesn't pose a threat to national security but would embarrass the Bush administration, which initially classified them.
A federal program to transfer Defense Department gear to local law enforcement has led to police even in small communities looking like an occupying military force. It's now under scrutiny because of shocking scenes of police violence that unfolded this week in Missouri following an officer's deadly shooting of an unarmed black teen -- and it's also caused problems across the South.
Civil rights and gun safety leaders are calling for the repeal of what some decry as racially biased "shoot-first" laws, which are especially popular in the South. Some are putting renewed pressure on the corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the business advocacy group that promoted such laws in the states.
In the wake of the NSA surveillance revelations, Gulf Coast advocate Cherri Foytlin considers her own experience of monitoring by federal authorities while pressing for justice from BP, part of a long history of U.S. spying on people's movements.
Booz Allen Hamilton employed Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's massive domestic spying program. The Virginia-based company has long had close ties to government intelligence.