The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225-200 on June 20 to legalize the industrial farming of hemp fiber.

Following news accounts of how the government has been collecting and storing millions of phone call records, e-mail messages and other forms of electronic communications every day, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday greater protections are needed — for the government.



Attorney General Eric Holder offered to answer in closed session when asked in a Senate hearing if the executive branch had been monitoring the phone calls of members of Congress.

The latest report from Social Security's trustees has resulted in claims from supporters that the program is safe and sound and will be for years, if one doesn't look out too far into the future.

The National Taxpayers Union’s count of the cost of each member of Congress' "wish list" shows a dramatic shift away from more spending and toward less spending. Moving from "wish" to "reality" may be a long jump, but the trend is encouraging, nevertheless. 

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