The Federal Bureau of Investigation is issuing a new edition of its manual, the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, the New York Times reports. The 2011 edition, the paper says, gives “significant new powers” to FBI agents, allowing them “to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.”

Earlier in the month a headline on the Rasmussen Report website reported that “21% say states have right to secede.”

That figure was derived from the results of a survey of 1,000 adults conducted on May 30-31, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error was +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

Does purchasing nail polish remover or hydrogen peroxide at the local pharmacy put you on a federal terrorist watch list? Apparently, the answer to that question is "yes" under a broad-based "interpretation" of the Patriot Act used by the Bush and Obama administrations.

RomneySeven Republican candidates for U.S. President agreed on vaguely defined economic issues in a debate at Manchester, New Hampshire's St. Anselm College June 13, and the GOP rivals failed to attack poll leader Mitt Romney.

National correspondent Andy Ramirez of the Liberty News Network stepped up his criticism of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) labor union on several fronts in a new video report released over the weekend (below), addressing multiple issues including the case of jailed Border Patrol agent Jesus Diaz, Jr. and some of the union’s shortcomings.