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Know Your Enemy Better: The Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2013

A few years ago, I shared with you patterns of connection between the Top 10 federal contractors of 2011. Let’s return to that subject with federal contracting data for 2013, released last month by the Federal Procurement Data System. The top 10 private contractors with the United States government in fiscal year 2013 were:

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Political Group Reinvents A New Direction For The Second Time

What could be more temporally confused than a political group that calls itself Reinventing A New Direction? A direction, if it is truly new, and not merely rehashed elements from an old direction, cannot be reinvented.

How about a group that calls itself Reinventing A New Direction 2014, which is a successor to an organization [...]

In Process: A Report On Surveillance By The 2016 Presidential Candidates

This report, which we will update several times during the primary campaign and general election, will summarize what actions the different declared and likely presidential candidates are taking to incorporate surveillance software into their own political web sites. [...]

Federal Contracts: Concentrated? Yes. Increasingly Concentrated? No.

A lot of information about the United States government hides in plain sight, shared in reports that few people know about and that the news media ignore (as they’re too busy covering the switch in directors for an Ant Man movie). Every spring, the federal government releases a report describing trends in its private contracting. [...]

Can Unity Among Political Independents Be Genuine?

The United Independent Party is being established in Massachusetts, but nowhere else. So, all of you Americans who live in other parts of the country aren’t being invited to join the unity. [...]

The Congressional Candidate For A Nice Long Nap

I’m looking for an answer to a campaign finance oddity. Yesterday, the American Society of Anesthesiologists Political Action Committee declared to the FEC that it had spent $110,000.00 for radio advertisements supporting Patrick Hope, one of many Democrats competing for their party’s nomination to Virginia’s 8th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Amash: USA Freedom Act was Flipped so badly, a Majority of Cosponsors Voted Against It

A funny thing happened to the USA Freedom Act on its way to passage: it was turned inside-out and upside-down.

Just how bad were changes to #USAFREEDOMAct? MAJORITY of 152 cosponsors voted NO. Roll call: http://t.co/2kaG5hrmw1

— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) May 23, 2014

Rep. Justin Amash explains the turnabout in the legislation (HR 3361) [...]

Roll Call: Who Voted To Confirm Drone Executioner David Barron To Appeals Court Post?

No U.S. senator comes out of this vote looking good. The David Barron confirmation vote exposes the lot of them as opportunists who cannot be counted on to stand up for Americans’ legal rights when doing so interferes with their strategies for gathering political power. [...]

Why has President Obama Ignored the Petition he Promised to Answer? (11 Months and Counting)

11 months and counting.

That’s how long it’s been since the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed the threshold on petitions.whitehouse.gov above which the Obama administration promised to offer a substatntive response. The Obama administration pledged that of all petitions receiving a hundred thousand petitions, “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent [...]

Voting To Confirm Judge David Barron, Bernie Sanders Lost My Support In The 2016 Presidential Election

The vote by Bernard Sanders to confirm David Barron today supports such a fundamental violation of our civil liberties that it cannot be reasonably excused. Sanders helped put a man who has no respect for our constitutional rights into a high judicial position. If he did it as a Senator today, he would do it as President in 2017. [...]

Government Integrity Fund Action Network Tries To Buy Itself A U.S. Senator

What does Tom Cotton know about GIFAN? What contact has he had with the group? Is he coordinating campaign tactics and policies with its officers? [...]