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Railroad-Related Fatalities, and More from CRS

The leading cause of railroad-related deaths is not collisions or derailments, but trespassing, explains a neatly argued new issue brief from the Congressional Research Service. See Rail Safety Efforts Miss Leading Cause of Fatalities, CRS Insights, April 2, 2015. Show More Summary

Jersey Cops: “Hey, Let’s Kill A Man – It Will Be Fun!”

Daily Beast: A video filmed a week ago Tuesday appears to show local police allowing a K9 dog to tear into the face of what looks to be an unarmed black man while he is curled up on the ground. The man, identified as 32-year-old Phillip White, later died while in police custody. [ … […]

Defense In Depth In Firearms Design And Operation

We’ve discussed the Remington 700 trigger issues at length, here, here and here.  There is no reason to rehearse what I’ve said, but this report (and the associated comments are interesting).  An “experienced hunter” is suing the Remington rifle company after shooting himself in the leg. Brent Bachert had just gotten finished with killing an […]

Notes From HPS

David Codrea: There’s a real simple way for those in the gun rights community who wish this issue to go away to get those of us who keep bringing it up to stop: Provide credible evidence — not anecdotes and platitudes, but something that can be independently validated — that refutes and puts to rest […]

Comment Of The Week (Open Carry Caste System)

SunwolfNC: Hah. That author has no intention of ever questioning LEOs’ ability or The System at large. That article clearly demonstrates where she is in their caste system. She is fully entrenched and a willing minon. To her anyone who wants to think and act on their own within the framework of the Constitution, is […]

Fort Leonard Wood to Assess New Field Kitchen

The U.S. Army's mobile kitchen will be put to the test on Fort Leonard Wood during a demonstration.

VA Makes Little Headway in Fight to Shorten Waits for Care

Months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms costing billions of dollars, government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

Without Funding Boost, Navy Shipbuilding Plan Runs Aground

On the surface, the Navy's new 30-year shipbuilding plan looks like smooth sailing for Huntington Ingalls Industries and other shipyards that contribute to the U.S. fleet.

Intelligence Oversight in the 113th Congress

During the last two years, the U.S. intelligence community has faced momentous challenges and experienced extraordinary upheaval, including the Snowden disclosures beginning in June 2013 and the release of a redacted summary of the Senate report on CIA interrogation practices last year. Show More Summary

FRUS on Investigating Intelligence in the 1970s

“There is too much disclosure,” complained George H. W. Bush, then-Director of Central Intelligence, in a 1976 memo to President Gerald Ford. “We are continually pressed by Congress, by the courts, by the Freedom of Information Act, to give up sensitive material,” DCI Bush added. Show More Summary

Afghan Soldier Shoots, Wounds 3 US Troops in Insider Attack

An Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday, wounding three before he was shot dead by American troops, an official and an eyewitness said.

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