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Records Sought for Luxury Vacations Taken by Obama, First Lady, and Biden

On June 21, 2013, JW filed a FOIA lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Secret Service to obtain information pertaining to the costs to taxpayers of Barack Obama’s February 2013 “boys’ weekend” in Palm Beach, Florida, and the simultaneous vacations of Michelle Obama and Joseph Biden in Aspen, Colorado. Aug 7, 2013 8:02 AM PT

HHS Planned for High-Level Hiring Surge on Day Obamacare Passed

According to documents we released this week, on the day Obamacare passed, HHS obtained permission from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to cast aside normal hiring procedures in order to hire 1,814 highly-paid, top-level administrators to expedite Obamacare implementation. Jul 30, 2013 3:50 PM PT

Judicial Watch Asks Court to Order Release of bin Laden Funeral, Burial Documents

“The necessity of conducting the global war on terror should not render the U.S. government so afraid of its own shadow that it refuses to release truthful information to the American people when required by FOIA.” This was an argument Judicial Watch made in a key motion filed on July 11, 2013, with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Judicial Watch continues its pursuit of records related to the burial of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. Jul 23, 2013 11:47 AM PT

Sheriff Refuses to Honor ICE Immigration Detainers

Cook County, in the typical Chicago political tradition, thinks it is above the law. And this administration refuses to take legal action against Obama’s hometown cronies to enforce the law. This case demonstrates that our immigration enforcement efforts lie in shambles. Cook County’s sanctuary policy is against the law, wasteful, and deadly dangerous. Jul 22, 2013 4:20 PM PT

Terrorist Invited to Dine at Pentagon Despite FBI Warning

“Approach with caution.” That’s the instruction the FBI gave to agents who spotted Anwar al-Aulaqi on September 4, 2002, according to new records obtained by Judicial Watch. And yet, the very next day, al-Aulaqi, identified by the FBI as a “terrorist organization member,” was an invited guest speaker and luncheon guest at the Pentagon. Jul 8, 2013 5:06 PM PT

Obama Admin's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Collecting Credit Card Data

In Judicial Watch’s effort to follow the law and uncover the truth behind what your government is not telling you, JW obtained information concerning the activities of a new federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which is every bit as alarming as the information disclosed by the fugitive NSA leaker, Edward Snowden. Jul 8, 2013 3:10 PM PT

NSA Scandal: Keep Fighting for Civil Liberties

The American people are in an uproar over the revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) has gathered billions of phone and Internet records from millions of American citizens. In response, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has now introduced legislation that could substantially limit the NSA’s data-collection programs under both the USA PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Jun 27, 2013 7:32 PM PT

State Department Releases First Photos of Benghazi Aftermath

Judicial Watch forced The Department of State to release the first seven photos depicting the aftermath of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic and CIA facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The release of the photos on June 6, 2013, was in response to a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department on February 25, 2013. These are the first Benghazi photos released by the State Department. Jun 25, 2013 11:45 PM PT

Immigration Reform's Potential Effect on Elections

In May, the “Gang of Eight’s” immigration reform bill passed a procedural hurdle in the United States Senate and moved to full Senate consideration. Now the debate is underway and expected to last through the month of June. Proponents of the amnesty plan in the Senate pretend to be confident that the mammoth bill – which weighs 24 pounds – will pass, with a few “tweaks.” Jun 25, 2013 11:41 PM PT

'District of Corruption' to Debut June 17 on AXS TV

Judicial Watch's hard-hitting documentary "District of Corruption" will receive its national television premiere June 17 on the AXS TV network, reaching 41 million households. Additionally, HDNet Movies will air the documentary this fall. Jun 4, 2013 11:35 AM PT

Amnesty: Politics Before the Public's Safety

It started as a dirty little secret several years ago. Frustrated by opposition to amnesty legislation, the Obama administration bypassed Congress and enacted a backdoor scheme to bypass Congress and enact illegal alien amnesty via executive fiat. That’s when phrases such as, “selective deportation,” entered the administration’s lexicon. Jun 3, 2013 1:01 PM PT

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