The data shows a 55 percent increase in the number of Suspicious Activity Reports filings after the Patriot Act was passed from the pre-2001 trend.
Given the importance of the Kurds in combatting the growing threat of ISIS, the United States can hardly afford to lose favor with such an effective ally.
The history of the Bank Secrecy Act demonstrates a pattern of lawmakers expanding its scope and liability to an ever wider class of institutions and activities.
Leadership is not always about winning. Sometimes it comes down to knowing when you are on the losing side of a collision and swerving out of the way.
Paul Stern contributed to this post. Much has been said about the feasibility of passing major pieces of legislation through a partisan Congress, especially with 2014 being an election year. With both parties trying to maintain their majority on one…