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Here's the software that helps Edward Snowden avoid the NSA

Edward Snowden hasn't escaped the NSA's watchful eyes purely by exploiting lax security -- he also uses the right software. He communicates with the media using Tails, a customized version of Linux that makes it easy to use Tor's anonymity network and other tools that keep data private. The …

Carson: White House wanted me to apologize for 'offending' Obama

Conservative sage Dr. Ben Carson is claiming the White House was offended by his now-famous keynote address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast and asked at the time for an apology call to President Obama -- which he didn’t make.<p>The anecdote is found in Carson’s upcoming book “One Nation: What We …

Bundy to Reid: Go back to D.C.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has a message for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: Get out of Nevada and go back to D.C.<p>“Harry, get back there and take care of that work and leave us alone here in Nevada,” Bundy said Tuesday on Fox News’s “Hannity.” “You have no business here in Clark County, Nevada.”<p>…

Putin: Escalating conflict puts Ukraine on 'brink of civil war'

The escalating conflict in Ukraine "essentially puts the nation on the brink of civil war," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.<p>His assessment came during a telephone conversation with his German counterpart, according to the Kremlin, the same day Ukraine's military launched its first, …

IRS considers taxing work perks like food, gym memberships

In competitive job markets like Silicon Valley, companies are doing everything they can to entice the best and brightest -- offering freebies that have become the stuff of legend.<p>Employee perks like free food at lavish cafeterias, laundry and even yoga are not unheard of.<p>But the taxman could soon …

Google Warns: We Are Scanning Your Email

It added these sentences:<p>Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is …

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The Senate GOP Has Moved Its Tea Party Insurgent Problem to After Election Day

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>As more primaries near, Republican leaders appear to be justifiably confident that they've kept …

Tennessee is Making Pregnancy a Criminal Liability

The state legislature has passed a bill that would allow police to investigate drug-taking mothers if their unborn children are harmed by their …

Munich Legalizes Nudity

Ditch the lederhosen. You can now walk around certain parts of Munich naked, thanks to a new policy.<p>The German city allows people to publicly roam and sunbathe in the buff as long as they keep to six official "Urban Naked Zones." The parks offer some privacy, but they're not exactly remote.<p>"While …

Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the “Obamacare” health plan.<p>Julissa Esparza, 2, sleeps in …

Tea party to rancher: Happy trails

Sorry, Nevada rancher guy, you’re no Obamacare.<p>The story of Cliven Bundy, the rancher who stood up to the Bureau of Land Management after it rounded up his cattle over years of unpaid grazing fees, is getting lots of attention. Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck have interviewed him on their shows. Fox …

Pentagon says automatic budget cuts would hit F-35, other weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday detailed $48.3 billion in cuts to major weapons programs like Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet that would kick in from fiscal 2016 to 2019 if Congress does not reverse automatic budget cuts that are to resume in 2016.<p>U.S. Secretary of Defense …

‘We’ve Got to Make Them Afraid of Us’: Guess Who Plans to Spend $50 Million to Create Anti-Gun Version of NRA

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million in 2014 to build a “nationwide grass-roots network to motivate” anti-gun voters, the New York Times reports.<p>Basically, the billionaire wants to create the anti-Second Amendment version of the National Rifle Association. Eventually, …

Here Are The Angry Handwritten Notes Donald Trump Sends To Reporters Who Cover Him

Trump drew an arrow pointing to a line that said, "Trump also spoke" and added some thoughts.<p>"Benjy — And got the biggest response (by far) + standing ovation," Trump wrote. "Be honest now."<p>He finished his note by sending Sarlin "best wishes." Sarlin told Business Insider he was glad to hear …

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Poll: Most say federal taxes too high

The day before Tax Day, April 15, a new poll shows that more than half of Americans think the amount they pay in federal income taxes is too high.<p>Fifty-two percent said the amount they have to pay is too high, while 42 percent called it “about right,” according to a Gallup poll released …

Snowden looms over Pulitzer Prizes

<i>NOTE: Ahead of the awarding of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes at 3 p.m. today, POLITICO is republishing this March 13, 2014, story looking at the issue raised by Edward Snowden being the source of stolen government documents that were used in the reporting of the NSA stories.</i><p>Next month, the trustees …

Hate crime charges planned after Jewish center slayings

A white supremacist accused in a shooting rampage that left three people dead outside two Jewish centers in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan., will face hate crime charges, authorities said Monday.<p>Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, from rural Missouri, was arrested Sunday and held on a charge of …

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NSA can keep quiet on internet flaws it discovers in 'clear national security' cases

When news of the Heartbleed internet security bug broke last week, <i>Bloomberg reported</i> that the NSA may have known about the OpenSSL flaw for years, using it to gain info instead of warning the public. The government agency was quick to deny that story, saying that it found when the rest of us did. …

A Mathematical Proof That The Universe Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Cosmologists assume that natural quantum fluctuations allowed the Big Bang to happen spontaneously. Now they have a mathematical proof<p>One of the …

Paul defends Bush on immigration but says US 'can't invite the whole world'

Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."<p>In an interview that aired Sunday, Paul said that those immigrants "are not bad people" but added the United States "can't …

Florida bill would allow guns with no permit in natural disasters

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - In a crisis situation or evacuation for natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires, people with no criminal record would be allowed to carry a firearm without a permit, under a bill approved Friday by the Florida House of Representatives.<p>“The bells of …

Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus …

GOP base includes racist 'elements,' congressman charges

<b>(CNN)</b> – Over 50 years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, the issue of race is back in the political headlines, after comments from Attorney General Eric Holder and events marking the anniversary of the law’s passage renewed the dialogue over race relations in the 21st century.<p>Rep. Steve …

'Modest hope' to slow warming, but no 'free lunch,' U.N. warns

Keeping global warming down to a level people can live with means cutting carbon emissions to "near zero" by the end of the century, even in an increasingly industrialized world, the top U.N. experts on the issue reported Sunday.<p>That may be doable, but it will take "substantial investments" in …

America stands accused of retreat from its global duties. Nonsense | Michael Cohen

US foreign policy,Obama administration,US politics,Barack Obama,Syria,John Kerry,US defence spending,Afghanistan,US national security,UK news,US news,World news<p>Naysayers allege that American influence is waning and cite Barack Obama's inaction on Syria and Ukraine as proof that its foreign policy …

Rand Paul On Edward Snowden: 'We Can't Have An Intelligence Community That Can Do Whatever The Hell They Want'

Paul's libertarian views and his stance as a prominent critic of the NSA have put him at odds with many Republican Party leaders, who consider Snowden a "traitor." Paul was careful to say that not every government contractor should be free to disclose what he sees fit. But he was sympathetic to …

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