States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

Monday, the attorneys general of 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, said they had begun an investigation of whether Google is abusing its power as the dominant provider of internet search.

State Attorneys General Sue to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

State Attorneys General Sue to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is among the officials suing to block the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger. Nine states and the District of Columbia filed suit Tuesday to block T-Mobile and Sprint's planned $26.5 billion merger, complicating the companies’ path to completing the deal.

Indictment Alleges Who Hacked Anthem, but Not Why

Indictment Alleges Who Hacked Anthem, but Not Why

“More than 90 percent of the department’s cases alleging economic espionage over the past seven years involve China,” then-deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said in a December press conference announcing a wave of indictments that specifically tied hackers to the Chinese government.

While You Were Offline: Was the Mueller Report Worth the Wait?

While You Were Offline: Was the Mueller Report Worth the Wait?

What Happened: As if Bill Barr hadn't demonstrated that he was hardly the most independent attorney general with his four-page summary of the findings of the Mueller report last month, his press conference ahead of the release called his allegiances into question even more.

A Top Dark Web Drug Ring Goes Down—Thanks to ATM Withdrawals

A Top Dark Web Drug Ring Goes Down—Thanks to ATM Withdrawals

It took in millions of dollars shipping fentanyl-laced heroin, methamphetamines, and hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Xanax tablets across the US—until the Manhattan district attorney's office shut it down, and arrested the three men who allegedly ran it.

The Mueller Report Is Done. Now Comes the Hard Part

The Mueller Report Is Done. Now Comes the Hard Part

Continuing a now time-honored tradition of creating explosive news late on a Friday afternoon, special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his final report to attorney general William Barr .

Nancy Pelosi's Clap at the State of the Union Tops This Week's Internet News

Nancy Pelosi's Clap at the State of the Union Tops This Week's Internet News

What Really Happened: Welp, after a lot of political rigamarole, President Trump gave his State of the Union speech last week—and what a speech it was.

Pan Am Flight 103: Robert Mueller’s 30-Year Search for Justice

Pan Am Flight 103: Robert Mueller’s 30-Year Search for Justice

And the light of hope for better days to come.” He talked of Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and of inspiration drawn from Lockerbie’s town crest, with its simple motto, “Forward.” He spoke of what was then a two-decade-long quest for justice, of how on windswept Scottish mores and frigid lochs a generation of FBI agents, investigators, and prosecutors had redoubled their dedication to fighting terrorism.

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Is Still Calling for an Encryption Backdoor

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Is Still Calling for an Encryption Backdoor

Rosenstein did, though, repeat past assertions that unyielding encryption blocks crucial investigative avenues, and potentially endangers public safety."There is nothing virtuous about refusing to help develop responsible encryption, or in shaming people who understand the dangers of creating any spaces—whether real-world or virtual—where people are free to victimize others without fear of getting caught or punished," Rosenstein said.It is not so certain, though, that encryption meaningfully hinders law enforcement to the degree that the government alleges.

The Mueller Investigation May Be Safe Despite Matt Whitaker

The Mueller Investigation May Be Safe Despite Matt Whitaker

At the same time, the forced resignation of attorney general Jeff Sessions, and appointment of his chief of staff Matt Whitaker to be the acting attorney general—a decision that is of at least debatable legality—has raised fears that the Trump administration is closing in on firing Mueller himself.Yet as the dust settles from the midterms and Sessions’ abrupt departure, there are five clear reasons to be optimistic that the rule of law will hold, and that Mueller will be able to complete his probe, regardless of what he ultimately finds.

Races to Watch on Election Night 2018

Races to Watch on Election Night 2018

For Republicans, it’s an opportunity to press forward on reforms to healthcare and tax policy that evaded them in the first two years of the Trump presidency.This election also comes at a critical time for the tech industry, when members of both parties are beginning to challenge the dominance of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.

Exxon Sued by NY for Deceiving Investors on Climate Change

Exxon Sued by NY for Deceiving Investors on Climate Change

(IW 500/1) stood before a New York judge in August and told the state’s attorney general to "put up or shut up" after investigating the company’s public disclosures about climate change, saying it should sue the company or move on.