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Snowden still stirring the political pot

Edward Snowden may be living on the lam in Russia, but he continues to be a lightning rod in American politics.<p>The former government contractor’s stolen documents revealing vast amounts of government overreach have damaged poll numbers for defenders of the surveillance programs while handing …

ObamaCare will hasten income inequality, union report says

A new report from a major U.S. union says ObamaCare will hasten income inequality.<p>Although it defends the intent behind the Affordable Care Act, the report, entitled “The Irony of ObamaCare: Making inequality worse,” concludes that the law will transfer a billion dollars in wealth to insurance …

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SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden will speak via videoconference to the attendees of South by Southwest Interactive later this morning, and you can bet a much wider audience than just those here in Austin will be watching.<p>Snowden will be speaking from Russia, which is still offering him asylum …

US officials reportedly plan system to monitor behavior of workers with security clearances

U.S. intelligence officials are planning a sweeping system of electronic monitoring that would tap into government, financial and other databases to scan the behavior of many of the 5 million federal employees with secret clearances, current and former officials told The Associated Press.<p>The system …

Court Rejects NSA Bid to Hold Phone Data Longer

A fed­er­al sur­veil­lance court has re­jec­ted the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s bid to hold onto mil­lions of phone re­cords bey­ond the cur­rent …

Mysterious underground caves discovered in Chile

A group of researchers in Chile discover 20 underground caves which could help unlock mysteries about how continents are formed<p><b>Chilean</b> and <b>French</b> scientists have discovered a network of underground caves on a remote island in Patagonia that could provide valuable clues as to how continents were …