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Leaked NSA Documents Reveal How To Hide From The NSA

If you want a truly anonymous life, then maybe it's time you learned about Tor, CSpace and ZRTP.<p>These three technologies could help people hide their activities from the National Security Agency, according to NSA documents newly obtained from the archive of former contractor Edward Snowden by the …

How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

The kids are asleep, and I've settled into a comfy armchair in the corner of my New England living room, one of my favorite spots for shopping online. I've got my laptop open and I'm ready to search for a bone density test.<p><i>Hmmm ... looks like the price that my insurer pays for that test varies from</i> …

NSA Chief Bet Money on AT&T as It Spied on You

The former head of the world’s biggest spy agency didn’t just oversee the collection of billions of AT&T records. He also tried to make money off its …

The Traffic Laws of Sexual Culture

Will affirmative consent make women more comfortable displaying a green light? Several readers think so.<p>Yesterday, I shared the thoughts of a recent college grad who gave his reasons for abandoning affirmative consent. As he told it, women were more often frustrated by his deference than …

Courting Corruption: The Auctioning of the Judicial System

Don't believe the Citizens United pollyannas. Watching money flooding into elections for judges' seat shows how dangerous unregulated campaigns can be.<p>Every once in a while, David Brooks writes a column in <i>The New York Times</i> that makes one just cringe. That was the case with his "Don't Worry, Be …

Ebola Evacuees: Who Are They, Where'd They Go, How'd They Fare?

Ten days ago, Ashoka Mukpo, an NBC freelance cameraman who caught Ebola in West Africa, arrived in Omaha, Neb., for treatment.<p>He is one of "hundreds" of foreign nationals who were exposed to the virus in West Africa and have been flown to another country for treatment, says Robert Quigley, the U.S. …

This is your brain on money: Why America’s rich think differently than the rest of us

<b>(Universal/Battrick via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Nobody’s perfect. But only the rich get away with thinking that their luck and their flaws are actually strengths<p>Sean McElwee<p>October 11, 2014 6:30pm (UTC)<p>Consider the following recent headlines:<p>“What The Middle Class Doesn't Understand About Rich People”<br>• “9 …

Georgia's voting backlog battle

ATLANTA — Democrats Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter need to scrape together every vote they can to take a Senate seat and the Georgia governor’s mansion in November.<p>And as many as 40,000 votes could now be at stake.<p>Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit on Friday over a backlog of new voter …

How Activist Judges Undermine the Constitution

Checks and balances are an essential part of the American system—but so too is respect for Congress in interpreting laws.<p>Edward Corwin was a political scientist who served for decades as the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton. He is best known for his phrase about the American …

In the Future We’ll All Be Renters: America’s Disappearing Middle Class

America’s wealth is concentrating in fewer hands, and while the rich are getting super rich, the once vital middle class is nearing extinction.<p><i>An</i> …

Malaysia Flight Wreckage Was 'Like The End Of The World'

Sabrina Tavernise, one of the first journalists to arrive at the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last month, says it was strange how quiet it was. The wreckage was still smoldering; she was surrounded by miles of fallen bodies.<p>"When you arrive to the scene of a …

Democrats Are Ready to Declare Victory in the 'War on Women'

The party plans to keep talking about the pay gap and reproductive freedom. But the martial metaphor just isn't working.<p>Democrats want to talk about "personhood" and reproductive freedom. They want to tell voters about a stubborn pay gap and women hurt by a low minimum wage. But what they don't …

WHO says Ebola outbreak is out of control

The World Health Organisation is warning that West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people since February, is spreading far quicker than efforts to contain the disease.<p>The WHO's chief, Margaret Chan, urged the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast at a …

World War One: The speech that made the case for war

<b>One hundred years ago this summer Britain and her Empire stood on the brink of war. Frantic last-minute diplomacy had come to nothing - and armies were mobilising across Europe.</b><p>On the afternoon of Monday 3 August 1914, the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, headed to the House of Commons …

Any Insurer Angst On Obamacare Subsidies May Emerge This Week

If there is any anxiety from the health insurance industry in regard to the potential for certain Americans who signed up for medical coverage on the federally-run exchange to lose coverage, it could emerge later this week.<p>A parade of publicly-traded health insurance companies are expected to …

“You could blackmail LBJ”: The other Nixon scandal behind the Watergate scandal

<b>Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon (AP/Charles Tasnadi)</b><p>In 1971, Richard Nixon ordered <i>another</i> politically motivated burglary in hopes of saving his reelection<p>Ken Hughes<p>July 27, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of …

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Hamas and North Korea in secret arms deal

Exclusive: Hamas has paid North Korea for missiles and communications equipment in arms deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars<p>Hamas militants are attempting to negotiate a new arms deal with North Korea for missiles and communications equipment that will allow them to maintain their offensive …

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District of Columbia's handgun ban ruled unconstitutional

• Federal judge lifts ban on carrying guns outside home • City has option to appeal against ruling<p>A federal judge has ruled that the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional.<p>In a 19-page ruling made public on Saturday, US district judge Frederick J …