Secrecy and Security News
- Senate gives limited resources to Russia election-meddling probe by Dustin Volz, Reuters, April 24. "The Senate's main investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is equipped with a much smaller staff than previous high-profile intelligence and scandal probes in Congress."
- White House Press Briefing -- Excerpts on Trump Administration Transparency, with press secretary Sean Spicer, April 17. "We are going to follow the law the way that every administration has followed up until the last one."
- Trump's no populist. He's a swamp monster. by Dana Milbank, Washington Post, April 17. "Trump has embraced a level of corporate control of the government that makes previous controversies involving corporate influence seem quaint by comparison."
- Tom Cotton: It's 'unusual' for White House officials like Susan Rice to make unmasking requests by Lauren Carroll, Politifact, April 6. "However, experts in intelligence collection and classified information told us it's normal for someone in such a high-up national security role to make unmasking requests, and it would be hard, though not impossible, to abuse the practice for political purposes."
- Trump's Plan to Raise Defense Budget by $54 Billion Technically Breaks the Law by Eric Pianin, Fiscal Times / Yahoo Finance, April 4. "Trump's fiscal 2018 defense buildup would breach the 2011 Budget Control Act -- a budget law worked out by former President Obama and Republican congressional leaders."
- CRS Confirms Trump's Defense Spending Hike Would Violate Budget Law by Charles S. Clark, Government Executive, April 4. "The Congressional Research Service on Monday confirmed that President Trump's March 16 proposal to boost the defense budget by $54 billion would run afoul of the 2011 Budget Control Act that equally caps defense and non-defense spending."
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