Associated Press

States Confirm Hundreds Of  Water Contamination Cases From Fracking, Drilling
The pollution comes from both hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and conventional drilling methods to extract petroleum and natural gas. Read more...
Wisconsin Bridge Closed Indefinitely After 911 Callers Discover 400-Foot-Long 'Sag'
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has vowed to repair a Green Bay bridge that carries 40,000 vehicles a day after it was recently closed when motorists suddenly complained about a 400-foot-long sagging section. Read more...
Former F.B.I. Agent Pleads Guilty In Leak
Former FBI agent Donald Sachtleben has agreed to plead guilty to the unauthorized disclosure of secret government information about a bomb plot, the Justice Department says. Read more...
Florida Education Chief Resigns After Fixing Charter School Grades For GOP Donor
Florida Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett resigned on Thursday after he was accused of changing a grading system while serving as Indiana school superintendent so that a Republican donor's charter school would not receive bad marks, <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/01/3535902_p2/amid-grading-controversy-florida.html">according to <Em>The Miami Herald</em></a>. Read more...
Wyden: Patriot Act Overreach Wasn't Envisioned By 'Anachronistic' 1970s FISA Law
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) says that the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court created in the 1970s is "just anachronistic" because it was not designed for the "astounding reach that the court has gone to with respect to the Patriot Act." Read more...

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During a Thursday rant about news that the National Security Administration (NSA) had been collecting phone records from millions of Americans, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) seemed to be a little confused when he proclaimed that freedom of the press is "granted in the Second Amendment." Read more...
It's time federal officials stopped playing games with email addresses. Read more...
You can't even follow this without a scorecard! Read more...
I guess the producers of Morning Joe thought there was no one better for their audience to hear from when it comes to Department of Justice scandals than Gonzo. Read more...
As Esquire's Charlie Pierce relayed to Stephanie Miller this Tuesday morning, between Benghazi, Benghazi!, BENGHAZI!, the IRS and now the Associated Press phone records, get ready for a really long summer of scandal mongering from Republicans the the beltway Villagers. Read more...