Kyle Kasten

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Secret court lets NSA extend its trawl of Verizon customers' phone records

The National Security Agency has been allowed to extend its dragnet of the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon through a court …

8 reasons our economy is more dysfunctional than ever

Self-sacrifice, fear and lowered expectations are the new normal in post-recession America<p>There’s a new normal in the American economy for vast slices of society and it’s discouragingly tough, despite all the cheerleading from the White House and economists that the country is in a slow but steady …

W.H. greases Obamacare squeaks

The delay of Obamacare’s employer coverage rules is giving the critics plenty of new ammunition — but that doesn’t mean the sudden movement is out of character for the administration at all.<p>It’s just the latest example of a pattern with the implementation of Obamacare: The Obama administration …

West demands more progress from Afghanistan in return for aid

After years of lavish spending in support of the now-waning military mission in Afghanistan, the west on Wednesday embarked on an attempt to reset …

'We're not inventing the dead': Genocide case casts spotlight on Guatemala's past

Life for indigenous Ixil Mayans in the mountains west of Guatemala City is simple, but overshadowed by a dark past.<p>Seventeen years after the end of a civil war that saw hundreds of their villages razed and thousands of their loved ones killed, the Ixil people still live in mud-and-wood houses in …

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US and Germany to hold talks over European NSA surveillance concerns

Germany and the US will begin talks as soon as Monday, to address mounting European concerns over internet surveillance that are threatening to …

US image in world slips as conflicts deflate Obama euphoria

Even with President Barack Obama fresh off a trip to Africa and headed in late summer for a trip to Russia, people outside the United States take a less favorable view of America than they did right after he became president.<p>Surveys from different parts of the world show the initial goodwill toward …

Koreas Agree To Talks Over Closed Factories

By Jack Kim<p>SEOUL, July 4 (Reuters) - North and South Korea agreed on Thursday to hold talks aimed at reopening a jointly run factory park that was a rare source of cash for the North three weeks after their last attempt at dialogue collapsed in bickering over protocol.<p>North Korea accepted the …

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Early humans in Iran were growing wheat 12,000 years ago

Stone tools and clay artifacts were collected from a site in the Zagros Mountains in Iran, where humans were cultivating plants 12,000 years ago.<p>Among stone grinding tools, clay figures shaped like humans and animals and carved bone artifacts, archaeologists have harvested ancient grains from an …

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France Says 'No' to Snowden After They're Busted for Spying, Too

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On the same day <i>Le Monde</i> revealed the French intelligence service has a domestic spying program that …

Poll: 71 percent of Americans say founding fathers would be disappointed

As the United States celebrates its independence, a new survey reveals most Americans believe the nation’s founding fathers would not agree with the way the Constitution is being followed today and would be disappointed with how the country has turned out.<p>The poll, released Thursday by Gallup, …

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North Korea agrees Kaesong talks

<b>North Korea has agreed to hold talks on the Kaesong industrial complex, hours after the South called for a meeting.</b><p>Working-level officials from the two sides will meet on Saturday at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone.<p>Work at the factory park - a major source of income for the …

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Egypt must complete its revolution with the ballot box

The US should use its leverage to compel the military to commit to elections as soon as possible, preferably with a timetable attached<p>Reflecting on the events in Egypt, William Hague told a reception of the Conservative Middle East Council yesterday that “Democratic change is a process, not an …

Egypt's revolutionaries should heed lessons from Algeria's bloody civil war

Egypt's prospects after the ousting of Mohamed Morsi are unclear, but one fear stands out: that the overthrow of a democratically elected president …

Egypt crisis: mass arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders as army takes firm grip

Egypt's new military leaders tightened their grip on the country on Thursday night, arresting the Muslim Brotherhood's leader and throwing other Islamists in the same jail where the deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak is being held.<p>To the shock of <b>Egypt's</b> backers in the West, the army showed no sign of …

If PRISM Is Good Policy, Why Stop With Terrorism?

Defenders of the program say its effectiveness excuses it -- but they ignore the Fourth Amendment.<p>"There are more instance of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." -- James Madison, 1788<p>My first day …

Obama’s war on July 4th: The perfect right-wing scandal

An Independence Day-themed right-wing fever dream: The president wants to deprive our troops of fireworks<p>It's been almost ten years since Barack Obama first exploded onto the national stage in a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, but after three elections, two years in …

Morsi's Fall Is A Brutal Blow To Islamists Everywhere

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt was the centerpiece of the Islamist movement's vault to power in the Arab world's sweeping wave of uprisings. Winning election after election here, the Islamists vowed to prove they could govern effectively and implement their vision of political Islam, all while embracing the …

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