The Obama Administration's insistence on using secret evidence to short-circuit challenges to the no-fly list was shot down by a federal judge who slapped the government's "persistent and stubborn refusal" to follow the law.
- In its efforts to pin down a definition of "homeland security," the Congressional Research Service discovered that there is no definition — the phrase means whatever federal officials want it to mean, at any given time.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers bulldozed a Los Angeles park area the size of 40 football fields because, they said, it had become a hangout for gay men and homeless campers.
- Restrictive new mortgage rules would severely dumb-down offerings in an effort to make them comprehensible to the least common denominator. Too bad for anybody looking for a more-sophisticated deal.
- Virginia is caught up in yet another series of battles over abortion, apparently facing off fans of restrictions against proponents of subsidies in an everybody-loses match.
- Proposed legislation in Pennsylvania would legalize marijuana, treating it just like alcohol.
- Crusty political commentator Charles Krauthammer caused a bit of a stir by cautioning that outright confiscation of scary-looking firearms would be "unconstitutional and would cause insurrection." The NRA, by the way, remains popular with a majority of Americans.
- Twitter is refusing French demands for the name of a racist user, saying it's subject only to U.S. jurisdiction.
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