Obama's legacy might be likened to that of Augeas, whose piled up excrement needs immediate cleaning despite the seemingly daunting size of the job. 

The walk back to full enjoyment of the Second Amendment is a long one, taken one step at a time. This bill, if passed, would lower hurdles to buying a suppressor and be one of those steps.

With less than a week left of Obama’s presidency, a coalition of organizations has collected more than a million signatures on a petition urging Obama to issue a full pardon to Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed the size and scope of the surveillance conducted by the NSA and other federal agencies. Snowden fled the country and has lived in exile in Russia since May of 2013. If pardoned, he could return to American soil a hero to many.

President-elect Donald Trump has named former Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Before retiring from Congress last year, Coats served on the Senate Intelligence Committee. He is also an unapologetic surveillance hawk who wrote an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal condemning Ed Snowden and defending the surveillance state.

The Department of Homeland Security has declared the nation’s electoral systems “critical infrastructure,” potentially giving the federal government control over the electoral process.

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