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New Yorker's Haunted Congress Cover Is Both Spooky And Depressing (PHOTO)

Just in time for Halloween, the New Yorker brings us a Congress haunted by the terrifying specter of Ted Cruz and John Boehner.

Democratic senator warns of Civil War-level danger

“We are at one of the most dangerous points in our history”<p>Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin registered his profound concern over the direction of U.S. government on Friday, calling the current dynamic in Congress "very dangerous" and comparing it to "the breakup of the Union before the Civil …

Jack Lew To Congress: Debt Limit Will Be Reached On Oct. 17

WASHINGTON -- The debt ceiling will be reached Oct. 17 and the Department of the Treasury will have less cash on hand than it previously estimated, said Secretary Jack Lew in a letter released Wednesday.<p>"Treasury now estimates that extraordinary measures will be exhausted no later than October 17. …

Nearly One In 10 U.S. Watersheds Is 'Stressed'; Demand For Water Outpacing Supply: CIRES Study

Nearly one in 10 watersheds in the United States is "stressed," with demand for water exceeding natural supply -- a trend that appears likely to become the new normal, according to a recent study.<p>"By midcentury, we expect to see less reliable surface water supplies in several regions of the United …

Gun Control Advocates Urge Patience In The Wake Of Navy Yard Shootings

The Newtown tragedy in December seemed to upend the typical narrative that had followed previous mass shootings in America: A gunman mows down innocent victims, a significant slice of Americans lament the laxness of firearm regulation, lawmakers shrug and move on. The death of 20 children …

An illustrated guide to avoiding the NSA online

This summer, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked a trove of documents exposing the U.S. government’s massive Internet …

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Gun Control Polls Find Support Sliding For Harsher Laws

Support for stricter gun laws has dropped since reaching a peak just after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., according to two polls conducted immediately following this week's Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C. However, both surveys found that support for stricter laws remains higher than …

'Columbine' Author Dave Cullen Criticizes Media's Handling Of Mass Shootings

NEW YORK -- Dave Cullen, a journalist and the author of the definitive book on the Columbine High School massacre, says he's conflicted when interview requests start coming in after yet another mass shooting, whether it occurred in Aurora, Colo., Newtown, Conn., or most recently, Washington, …

Gun Violence In America: At Least 57 Shot In Weekend Preceding Navy Yard Shooting

WASHINGTON -- Just after 1 a.m. this past Sunday, police in Shreveport, La., stumbled upon a horrifying scene at the city's Cedar Grove neighborhood. Lying on the pavement with a gunshot wound in his upper body was Sidney Thomas.<p>A 32-year-old man who relatives said had a condition similar to …

Chicago bans guns in places that serve booze

Chicago suffered a recent setback when an appeals court struck down an Illinois concealed weapons ban, but the city put new regulations on the books Wednesday.<p>CHICAGO - The Chicago City Council fired a retaliatory shot in the gun-control battle Wednesday, passing ordinances that ban concealed …

10 ways America has come to resemble a banana republic

What will it take to reverse this trend?<p>In the post-New Deal America of the 1950s and '60s, the idea of the United States becoming a banana republic would have seemed absurd to most Americans. Problems and all, the U.S. had a lot going for it: a robust middle-class, an abundance of jobs that paid a …

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Analysts: iOS growth lags, and iPad is losing market share

On the eve of Apple’s big iPhone announcement, we’ve got some interesting stats for your perusal. First, there’s the iOS-versus-Android news: The OSes are fairly close when it comes to growth, with Android taking a slight advantage. But Android still trumps iOS on market share by 7 percent.<p><i>In toto</i>, …

Privacy

NSA decryption revelations 'provide roadmap' to adversaries, US warns

Office of the director of national intelligence also suggests stories published by the Guardian and New York Times are 'not news'<p>The Obama administration has responded to revelations on the NSA's successes in defeating online security and privacy published on Thursday by the Guardian, New York …

Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

• Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism • Outlook.com encryption unlocked even before official launch • Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls • Company says it is legally compelled to comply<p>Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services …

Edward Snowden accuses US of illegal, aggressive campaign

Whistleblower uses first public appearance since surveillance leaks to defend decision and praise states that offered asylum<p>The American whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the US of waging a campaign of "historically disproportionate aggression" against him during an extraordinary meeting …

Anti-iPhone ads told a “cheeky story,” allowed Samsung to “really mess with the order of things”

In an interview, a Samsung exec admitted that the anti-iPhone ad campaign was overall beneficial for the company by getting the discussion going and helping Samsung’s mobile brand to mature.<p>Talking to <i>AdNews</i>, Samsung Australia’s chief marketing officer Arno Lenior said that while the ads from the</i> …

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Review: Google Nexus 7 (2013)

When Google debuted its first Nexus-branded tablet last summer, it was pretty much everything we wanted. Its pint-sized body was handsome and speedy, …

Google Nexus 7 (2013) review

The new Nexus 7 has big shoes to fill, but Google has made all the right choices<p>When Google launched the original Nexus 7 in June of last year, it in …