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Former CBO directors defend agency's integrity

- The Washington Times

Former chiefs of the Congressional Budget Office defended the federal agency in a letter to congressional leaders Friday, saying its nonpartisan scorekeepers cannot nail every prediction about policy but frequently do a better job than less-informed analysts.

Different strains of pot are displayed for sale at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver, Friday Dec. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Marijuana taxes in Colorado surpass $500 million milestone

- The Washington Times

Colorado has collected more than $500 million in marijuana taxes since becoming the first state in the nation to legalize recreational weed, a cannabis consulting firm said Wednesday, surpassing previous expectations several times over barely three years after beginning retail pot sales.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency will take greater control of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense missile system from Boeing at the end of this year, according a spokesman. This is a major shift in oversight. (Department of Defense)

Military building for info warfare

Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate this week that the military is taking steps to improve its capabilities for countering and conducting information warfare — the use of cyberattacks and influence operations.

In this Aug. 30, 2013, file photo, David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Freedom Partners ramps up campaign against border tax

- The Washington Times

Freedom Partners, a pro-free market advocacy group affiliated with the industrialist Koch brothers, is launching a series of digital ads on Thursday intended to pressure members of the House Ways and Means Committee to drop a controversial tax on imports from the GOP's broader tax reform efforts.

President Trump wants $1.6 billion to build 60 miles of new barriers, 500 more Border Patrol agents, 1,000 more agents and officers to handle deportations from the interior of the U.S. and enough money to maintain an average of 44,000 detention beds to hold illegal immigrants. (Associated Press)

House funding bill sets up shutdown showdown over Trump's border wall

- The Washington Times

Republican House leaders on Tuesday earmarked $1.6 billion to begin building President Trump's border wall next year, including the money in their homeland security spending bill, setting up a fight with Democrats who have vowed to fight any funding for the wall, even if it means sending the federal government into a partial shutdown.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, during the committee's confirmation hearing for Nay Secretary nominee Richard Spencer.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

McCain vows to restore federal aid to Tunisia

- The Washington Times

Sen. John McCain vowed Tuesday that Congress will restore Tunisian aid cuts that were proposed by President Trump as a top official said U.S. support is critical to keep reforms alive and spur new economic growth.

Eric C. Conn, one unscrupulous judge, pleaded guilty to paying off a network of doctors and psychologists to write fake medical reviews, and then paying the ALJ to rubber-stamp the applications. He is now on the lam. (Associated Press/File)

Feds pay Social Security judge $500,000 to sit at home on leave

- The Washington Times

A Social Security judge has collected somewhere in the neighborhood of half a million dollars over the past three years while sitting at home on administrative leave, according to a report that details just how much trouble the agency faces in trying to fire bad employees.

In this Sunday, July 2, 2017, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, uses the beach with his family and friends at the governor's summer house at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. Christie is defending his use of the beach, closed to the public during New Jersey's government shutdown, saying he had previously announced his vacation plans and the media had simply "caught a politician keeping his word." (Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP)

Christie ends shutdown, but beach pictures left an imprint

- Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, by his own admission, entered lame-duck territory on Tuesday, signing his final budget after a bruising three-day state government shutdown that included a viral photo of him lounging on a state beach that was closed to the public because of a budget impasse.