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Issa leading effort to fire National Intelligence Director James Clapper

A few items that caught our attention on Monday:

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Issa leads push to fire U.S. intel chief: The Republican chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is leading an effort to dismiss National Intelligence Director James Clapper, co-signing a bipartisan letter to the President Obama that includes five Republicans and one Democrat. They say Clapper misled Congress about the extent of the NSA’s surveillance activity, according to a report from The Switch.

Files detail spate of misconduct among military brass: Details from military investigations into personal misconduct by U.S. generals and admirals have added to a slew of revelations about misbehaving senior officers that have sullied the reputation of U.S. military leadership, according to a Washington Post report.

Spy agencies mining for personal data on phone apps: Previously undisclosed classified documents show that American and British intelligence agencies gather data from so-called “leaky apps” that spill information ranging from users’ smartphone identification codes to their locations, according to a New York Times report.

Postal Service delays mail-processing closures: The U.S. Postal Service has postponed a second round of closures scheduled to start on Feb. 7 for mail processing centers, putting a temporary hold on its consolidation plan and saving 90 facilities from shuttering, according to a Government Executive report.

GSA cuts annual conference again: The General Service Administration, which landed in trouble over a lavish 2010 conference in Las Vegas, has canceled its annual training and expo event for a second straight year, once again citing budget concerns, according to a Federal News Radio report.

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