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Secret-Law Alert: Congress Tries to Hide Its Drone Policy

The latest legislative act that undermines self-government<p>Last spring, amid increasing controversy over U.S. targeted killings, President Obama assuaged the concerns of legislators and citizens by signaling his intention to shift control of most drone strikes from the CIA to the Department of …

Dude, where’s my pardon?: Colorado’s marijuana law raises serious legal conundrums

Now that pot’s legal in Colorado, it brings up a host of thorny legal questions regarding past and future offenders<p>Now that you can buy, sell and smoke pot under Colorado law, there are a few questions that remain to be answered, about basic concepts of liberty and fairness.<p>First, what shall become …

Robots are stealing your job: How technology threatens to wipe out the middle class

Machines are replacing workers at an alarming pace. Here’s how to avoid a middle-class robot apocalypse<p>A few hours before I interviewed Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, the co-authors of "The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies," the U.S. …

Robert Reich: Red-state voters are paralyzed by economic anxieties

The former secretary of labor explains why so many Americans vote against their own self-interests<p>Last week’s massive spill of the toxic chemical MCHM into West Virginia’s Elk River illustrates another benefit to the business class of high unemployment, economic insecurity, and a safety-net shot …

Morning Must Reads: January 17

Syrian Rebels Say Cease-Fire Deals Prove Deceptive [NYT]<p>“President Obama will call Friday for significant changes to the way the National Security …

Why Immigrants Boomerang to Mexico

Mex­ic­an im­mig­rants are re­turn­ing home in sig­ni­fic­ant num­bers but it’s not mainly due to the tep­id U.S. eco­nomy, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey …

Immigration

I served my country in uniform. I won't stand by and watch corruption ruin it

I joined Lawrence Lessig and others in the New Hampshire Rebellion walk to remember Aaron Swartz and stop corruption<p>Two years ago, I came to New Hampshire to rediscover America. I drove from the Republican primary in Manchester to the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch to witness for myself the …

Helping the NSA could become a crime in Washington state

Providing water and electricity to the National Security Agency in Washington state could soon mean a year of jail time.<p>In response to national security leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency, two Washington state lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday aimed at denying any …

Obama bans spying on leaders of U.S. allies, scales back NSA program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama banned U.S. eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies on Friday and began reining in the vast collection of Americans’ phone data in a series of limited reforms triggered by Edward Snowden’s revelations.<p>In a major speech, Obama took steps …

Getting Off the NSA's Grid: Late-Night Comedy Roundup

Plus: Hamas hires its first female spokesperson, Chris Christie gets new legal representation—and more.

Five important questions President Obama’s NSA speech will answer

President Obama will deliver a highly anticipated speech on the National Security Agency and its surveillance programs later today, an address that, if early reports are right, will try to walk a very fine line between addressing the public's privacy concerns and preserving the government's ability …

Obama’s Plan to Rein In NSA Phone Sweeps

Pres­id­ent Obama will out­line a plan Fri­day to lim­it the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency pro­gram that col­lects re­cords on vir­tu­ally all phone …

US senator Tom Coburn announces resignation following cancer diagnosis

GOP's Coburn will resign after current session of Congress Senator from Oklahoma diagnosed with prostate cancer<p>US senator Tom Coburn has announced he will resign at the end of the current session of Congress, nearly two years before his term is scheduled to end.<p>The decision comes just months after …