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File photo of a prisoner in handcuffs. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Orders Review Of Government Response To Overseas Hostages

President Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of how the U.S. government responds when American citizens are taken hostage by terrorists overseas, including protocol for how families of those being held captive are kept informed.

11/18/2014

Iraqi forces on an armored personnel carrier (APC) advance in the Jurf al-Sakhr area, north of the Shiite shrine city of Karbala on October 30, 2014, after they retook the area from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists over the weekend after months of fighting the regain the ground. (credit: HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS Militants Kill More Than 200 Iraqi Sunni Tribesmen In Recent Days

An Iraqi official and a Sunni tribal leader say Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants have shot dead 36 Sunni tribesmen, women and children, pushing the total number of people killed by the group’s apparent drive to punish the tribe in recent days to more than 200.

11/03/2014

Medical workers of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy hospital in Monrovia put on protective suits prior to carrying bodies of Ebola virus victims on September 6, 2014.   (credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Largest Liberian Newspaper: US Government Manufactured Ebola, AIDS Virus

The largest newspaper in Liberia published a conspiracy theory accusing the United States of intentionally engineering the Ebola and AIDS viruses in bioterrorism research labs and infecting Africans with the virus through vaccinations.

09/11/2014

J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States, gives a speech during a testimony before the Senate Internal Security Committee, on Nov. 17, 1953, in Washington. (credit: BOB MULLIGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US Trained Alaskans As Secret ‘Stay-Behind Agents’ As They Feared Russian Invasion During Early Cold War Years

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

09/01/2014

A photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows U.S. freelance reporter James Foley resting in a room at the airport of Sirte, Libya. (credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Americans Oppose Paying Ransom For Hostages Held Captive By Terrorists

Nearly two-thirds of Americans agree with U.S. and British government policy of refusing to pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages.

08/26/2014

File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Court Orders US To Pay Conservative Group $50K

A federal court has ordered the U.S. government to pay $50,000 to a conservative group that says confidential information from its tax returns about its donors was published on the website of a political opponent.

06/24/2014

United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum.  (Photo by Ross D. Franklin-Pool/Getty Images)

Dems Announce Bill For Legal Representation Of Illegal Immigrant Children

A group of Democratic congressmen announced a bill on Monday that would give legal representation to unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border illegally.

06/24/2014

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Gov’t: Airlines Should Disclose Detailed Ticket Info To Passengers

Going to bat for confused passengers, the government is proposing that airlines be required to disclose fees for basic items like checked bags, assigned seats and carry-on bags so consumers know the true cost of flying.

05/21/2014

The former Guardian journalist who helped publish former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks last year took a series of scathing shots at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the possibility of her 2016 presidential run. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Greenwald Blasts Clinton 2016: ‘They’ll Probably Have A Gay Person After Hillary To Do The Same Thing’

The former Guardian journalist who helped publish former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks last year took a series of scathing shots at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the possibility of her 2016 presidential run

05/13/2014

The U.S. government ran a big surplus in April, thanks to a flood of tax payments that helped keep the budget on track for the lowest annual deficit in six years. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

CBO: US Set For Narrowest Budget Gap Since 2008

The U.S. government ran a big surplus in April, thanks to a flood of tax payments that helped keep the budget on track for the lowest annual deficit in six years.

05/12/2014

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