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FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel fought back against allegations that Democrats had proposed regulations for Internet politicking. (Associated Press)

FEC deadlocks on wealthy donor giving limits

- The Washington Times

The Federal Election Commission stalemated Thursday on writing new campaign finance rules to limit wealthy donors’ spending in federal elections, virtually ensuring next year’s elections will be fought under the current rules that the Supreme Court has written in several major decisions this decade.

"We will continue to fight for the rule of law by asking the district court to carefully review the administration's withheld documents and hold the DOJ accountable so they provide reliable information about this case," said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. (Associated Press)

Texas demands Obama prove he’s halted deportation amnesty

- The Washington Times

Texas asked a federal judge Wednesday to consider imposing a fine on the Obama administration lawyers who misled the court over President Obama’s amnesty, filing papers saying the Justice Department is still trying to hide details of how Homeland Security botched the rollout of the program.

Rolling Thunder founder Artie Muller has brought attention to veterans' issues for years; here he is greeted at the White House by President George W. Bush in 2008. (white house)

‘Never forget’: Rolling Thunder founder stays true to his mission for POWs, MIAS, vets

- The Washington Times

Rolling Thunder is revved and ready. Indeed, the capital of the free world will soon reverberate with the thud of several hundred thousand motorcycles, assembled for the annual Ride for Freedom on Sunday, piloted by patriots who have a mission on their minds. Despite the spectacle of noise, power and prowess, none of these riders forgets that the Washington visit is to draw attention to the visceral question of POWs and those still missing in action, along with the ongoing needs of military veterans.

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This picture released on Thursday, May 21, 2015 by the website of Islamic State militants, shows damaged Syrian military helicopters at Palmyra air base that was captured by the Islamic State militants after a battle with the Syrian government forces in Palmyra, Syria. Activist and officials say members of the Islamic State group are conducting search operations in the ancient town of Palmyra where they have detained and killed dozens of people. (The website of Islamic State militants via AP)

IS captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria's Palmyra

- Associated Press

Islamic State group militants searched through the Syrian town of Palmyra for government troops and fighters, using lists of names and informers to track them down and shooting some in the head on the spot, activists said Friday, estimating at least 150 have been killed in the past two days.

Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol

- Associated Press

Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.

Watchdog report examines FBI's use of Patriot Act authority

- Associated Press

The FBI has broadened the scope of records it seeks under a section of the Patriot Act that permits agents to gather wide-ranging materials during national security investigations, and also took too long to create procedures for the handling of certain nonpublic information it collects, according to a watchdog report issued Thursday as Congress weighs the future of government surveillance authority.

White House aide Sidney Blumenthal, shown in this video image, says during his Feb. 3, 1999, deposition that President Clinton lied to him. The videotape was part of House Manager Rep. James Rogan's, D-Calif., presentation in the Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton, Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, in Washington. (AP Photo/APTN)

Flying as close to the flame as Hillary dares

- The Washington Times

Everything about the Clintons, both Hillary and Bubba, is a lie, including (to steal a memorable line from the author Mary McCarthy) the "a," the "and," and the "the." Neither Bubba nor Hillary know how to tell the truth, but both of them are masters at spinning the lie.

This undated photo provided by Anna Schiffbauer shows Schiffbauer. Private colleges' police departments are subject to the state open records law, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, May 21, 2015, in a case involving a lawsuit brought by student journalist, Schiffbauer. The ruling followed the lawsuit by the student journalist last year against Otterbein University after it denied a request for arrest records and other information. (Anna Schiffbauer via AP)

Court: Private college police subject to open records law

- Associated Press

Private colleges' police departments are subject to the state open records law, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case involving a lawsuit brought by a student journalist.

FILE - In this 2011 file photo, Ellis K. McCoy, speaks outside his Hillsboro, Ore., apartment. Government prosecutors have recommended a sentence of more than two years for the former Portland, Ore., parking manager who pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a business owner who got a contract to install high-tech parking meters. (Maxine Bernstein/The Oregonian via AP, file) MANDATORY CREDIT

Government seeks 2 years in parking meter bribery case

- Associated Press

Federal prosecutors have recommended a sentence of more than two years for the former Portland parking manager who pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a business owner seeking a contract to install high-tech parking meters.

Senators offer compromise on domestic surveillance changes

- Associated Press

The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee floated a compromise Thursday that would end bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency after a two-year transition period, leaving it up to the House to accept the deal or allow expiration of government surveillance powers June 1.

Nebraska votes to scrap ban on immigrant driver's licenses

- Associated Press

Nebraska's Legislature voted Thursday to end the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, agreeing to scrap the policy by a veto-proof margin even as the state's new Republican governor continued to signal his opposition.