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Wonkbook: What good is a climate summit without emissions cuts?

The most interesting part of President Obama's U.N. speech was what he didn't say.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Sep 24, 2014
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Wonkbook: The policy implications of Obama’s campaign against the Islamic State

A look at the Islamic State plan policy and economic fallout

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Sep 12, 2014
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Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about Obama’s new plan to fight ISIS

On the eve of 9/11, a new front in the fight against Islamic militants

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Sep 11, 2014
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Wonkbook: After Obama’s delay, what’s the future of immigration reform?

What's the future of immigration reform?

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Sep 8, 2014
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Obama administration: No time to waste on patent reform

The White House wants Congress to act this year to address the growing problem of patent trolls.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Nov 15, 2013
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How the Tea Party broke the Constitution

The American system of government requires compromise. And the tea party is making the GOP incapable of compromising.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Oct 14, 2013
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Obama still uses a BlackBerry? Here’s why presidents always fall behind the times.

But it's not entirely their fault -- the responsibilities of the oval office pre-empt being on the cutting edge of tech trends.

Obama’s ‘outside experts’ for NSA review are former intel and White House staffers

"Outside experts" means different things to the Obama Administration and privacy advocates.

How a secretive trade deal could help American tobacco companies hook new smokers

A reversal on the tobacco provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement would not slow the industry's global march.

Did President Obama know about the NSA’s privacy problems?

Obama wasn't telling the truth when he denied the NSA had abused its authority. Is it possible he didn't know?

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Aug 16, 2013
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Why a more transparent NSA would be good for Barack Obama

Transparency doesn't just give the public more confidence in their government. It also helps the president keep his subordinates in line.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jul 3, 2013
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Lobbyists becoming public officials isn’t as bad as the other way around

Obama's pick to head the Federal Communications Commission is a former telecom industry lobbyist. Maybe that's okay.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 20, 2013
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Poll: Republicans hate NSA spying. Democrats are ambivalent.

A majority of Americans oppose the NSA surveillance programs revealed last week. But the poll found a surprising partisan split

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 12, 2013
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Obama says the NSA has had plenty of oversight. Here’s why he’s wrong.

American democracy can't work effectively with the NSA spying programs shrouded in secrecy.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 7, 2013
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How Congress unknowingly legalized PRISM in 2007

They didn't know it at the time, but members of Congress who supported the Bush Administration's surveillance legislation in 2007 and 2008 were voting to approve PRISM.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 7, 2013
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Everything you need to know about the NSA’s phone records scandal

What has the government been doing? Is it legal? Does it mean some bureaucrat somewhere has heard all your phone calls? Read on to find out.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 6, 2013
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Daniel Ellsberg: ‘I’m sure that President Obama would have sought a life sentence in my case’

Daniel Ellsberg risked life in prison to release a classified indictment of the Vietnam War. He says Bradley Manning has followed in his footsteps.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 5, 2013
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How patent trolling went mainstream

The problem has grown so serious it has captured the attention of the Obama Administration.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 5, 2013
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Obama wants to crack down on patent trolls. That’s not enough.

The Obama administration is set to unveil a package of reforms aimed at reining in "patent trolls." But trolls are just a symptom of the patent system's problems.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 4, 2013
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Obama’s six-point plan to wind down the ‘war on terror’

Barack Obama's Thursday address on counter-terrorism strategy was surprisingly substantive. Here's a summary of all the policy proposals discussed in the speech.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • May 24, 2013
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