Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and the group Republicans Overseas Action are planning a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, the latest effort to stop a deeply controversial scheme known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) that turns constitutional privacy protections upside down. Represented by a leading constitutional attorney, Senator Paul is taking aim at a barrage of pseudo-treaties — so-called “Intergovernmental Agreements” (IGAs) — negotiated by the administration with foreign governments and dictatorships under FATCA to share personal data. Critics contend that the information-sharing agreements and the statute itself are unconstitutional for numerous reasons.

On June 29, the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ruled that a federal court and Congress were wrong to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone metadata; therefore, the mass surveillance can carry on as before — for now.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas, who issued an injunction on February 16 blocking President Obama’s executive action to grant amnesty to four million illegal aliens, recently berated Justice Department lawyers for ignoring his order.

 

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on limiting the power of government employee unions to collect dues from non-members in the term beginning next fall.

ObamaCare's insurance co-ops are fast running out of money, yet their executives are being rewarded with huge salaries.

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