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America Unhinged

North Korean diplomacy, even if it proves to be theater with no substance, sets the United States up in a stronger position and may yield a …

NSA has top-secret catalog of ‘keys’ into world’s security architecture

Around the world, corporations, nonprofits and government agencies depend on the computer security architecture made by companies like Cisco, …

Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished

MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.<p>“What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.<p>He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.<p>“I’ll see you there,” he said.<p>Edward Joseph Snowden emerged at the appointed hour, alone, blending into a …

Congress Faces Farm Bill, Debt Ceiling In 2014

The Senate left town Friday, wrapping up the first session of the 113th Congress. Capitol Hill reporter Ailsa Chang joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about the many things left to tackle in the year ahead.<p><b>Listen · 3:25</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>The U.S. Senate …

New NSA Documents Make Case For Keeping Surveillance Programs Secret

The Director of National Intelligence declassified a set of 10 court documents on Saturday, in which both the Bush and Obama administrations argue that sensitive NSA programs should be kept secret.<p>The administration declassified the documents under a court order related to two lawsuits filed the …

'I May Die Broke. I May Get More Poor. I May Turn Around And Get Money Again. I Just Don't Know.'

<i>Carol Sarao, 57, was a successful musician for many years before the economy soured on the music business. For the past seven years, she's worked a series of hourly jobs and now brings in $240 a week writing web content.</i><p>A lot of the problems that I have are maybe of my own creation.<p>I grew up in …

Former Billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky Out of Jail, Issues Statement From Germany

In a stunning turn of events, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin pardoned Mikhail Khodorkovsky, on Thursday at the end of his annual press conference, citing the famous prisoner’s recent request seeking a pardon due in part to his mother’s ill health.<p>Khodorkovsky, who is already in Germany with his …

People with HIV Can Live as Long as Uninfected Populations

A new study reports that young people with HIV have a life expectancy similar to that of the general population.<p>Researchers of the new study …

NYC lumps electronic cigarettes with tobacco-filled brethren, bans vaping in public places

New York City's war on smoking continues unabated. Today, the city council voted to equate electronic cigarettes with real ones by extending NYC's public smoking ban to cover both types of smokes. That's bad news for folks who liked to do their vaping in public parks, or the hangers-on looking to …

Spain accused of blocking Gibraltar aid to Philippines

Spain has been accused of acting in a “hateful fashion” as it banned emergency food from Gibraltar destined for the typhoon-hit Philippines<p>Spain's customs officials prohibited food donated in a charity drive on the Rock from entering Spain where it was due to be shipped from the port of Algeciras …

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More last-minute fixes to ObamaCare to avoid net loss of uninsured Americans by Jan. 1

The Obama administration’s announcement this week that Americans with cancelled insurance can enroll in bare-bone ObamaCare coverage reflects its urgency to ensure that by January 1 the total number of people with polices doesn’t decrease and to avoid another black eye in implementing the law.<p>The …

Judge strikes down Utah's same-sex marriage ban

A federal judge struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that brings a growing shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it.<p>The Salt Lake County clerk's office started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. …

National intelligence chief declassifies Bush-era documents on NSA programs

The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorised to start collecting bulk phone and internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program, after …

Uganda passes world’s most draconian anti-gay law

<b>(AP/Stephen Wandera)</b><p>The law (supported by U.S. evangelist Scott Lively) punishes second-time “offenders” with a lifetime sentence<p>Allison Jackson<p>December 21, 2013 8:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, but that wasn’t enough for the …

Wyoming to fight U.S. over Indian reservation land grant

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Wyoming will challenge a U.S. government ruling that more than one million acres of the western state’s land still legally belongs to two Native American tribes, Governor Matt Mead said on Friday.<p>In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week, Mead said …

Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry, Reuters …

Suspend U.S. cloud data deal, European Parliament’s civil liberties committee says

Europe should suspend the Safe Harbor agreement with the U.S. that allows American cloud firms to handle the data of EU citizens, the European …

Snowden: 'I Would Rather Be without a State than without a Voice'

A day after a ruling by a federal judge was seen to vindicate the whistleblowing of Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor published "an open …

David Michael Miranda

Original Edward Snowden letter published on A Folha today.<p>An open letter to the people of Brazil, from Edward Snowden<br>Six months ago, I stepped out …

Proof That It Pays to Be America's Most-Hated Companies

The potential buyout offer for Time Warner Cable serves as a reminder that the stock is up 39 percent this year through Dec. 13 and has surged 450 …

NSA ruling fallout hits White House

In legal terms, a federal judge’s decision Monday questioning the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s massive call-tracking program seems almost certain to have no practical significance.<p>In political terms, it comes at a critical time for the NSA and President Barack Obama.<p>U.S. …