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May 23, 2017

By Andrea Peterson

Investigation Pro-Tips from the Church Committee’s Chief Counsel



Photo of Special Senate Committee on Intelligence Operations Fritz Schwarz, Jr., on what made the Church Committee work—and why Congressional investigations today are harder.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 19, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

What to Look For Next: Leak Investigations and More Attacks on the Press



Freedom of the press The administration has signaled it wants to aggressively go after the press and its sources. Congress should push back on attacks on the First Amendment.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

May 9, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Health and Human Services Illegally Gags Its Employees from Communicating With Congress



Photograph of the US Capitol - West Front View The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a memorandum to its employees on May 3, 2017, that gags them from speaking with Congress and thus violates the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012. The memorandum was made public today b

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

April 24, 2017

By Justin Rood

Martin Hellman: Congress Should Determine Facts About Chem Attack in Syria



syria missile One of Congress's responsibilities is to check and balance executive power. Stanford professor Martin Hellman argues in a recent article that it should act on that responsibility by examining the intelligence Trump used to justify bombing Syria.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 5, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Senators Question Administration’s Reversal on Phasing out Private Prisons



Prison fence Senators Chris Van Hollen and Cory Booker are questioning the Justice Department’s reversal of its decision to phase out private prisons.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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