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How the Obama campaign won the race for voter data

From the moment Barack Obama took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009, and every day thereafter, his team was always preparing for the 2012 campaign. Everyone said Obama’s 2008 operation had rewritten the book on organizing. But that was just a beginning, a small first step toward what the team …

Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Ban Faces ACLU Challenge

Two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union is bringing that decision to the state level.<p>The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the group is filing a lawsuit against Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban. …

After Newtown shooting, mourning parents enter into the lonely quiet

In NEWTOWN, Conn.<p>They had promised to try everything, so Mark Barden went down into the basement to begin another project in memory of Daniel. The families of Sandy Hook Elementary were collaborating on a Mother’s Day card, which would be produced by a marketing firm and mailed to hundreds of …

What does rural mean? Uncle Sam has more than a dozen answers.

Lenoir is a small town in western North Carolina. It has 18,000 people, a Wal-Mart, a Waffle House and an annual parade famous for people carrying pans of blackberry cobbler.<p>Is it a rural place? The U.S. government has an answer: Yes.<p>No.<p>Yes. Yes. No. No. No. Yes. No. No. No. No. No.<p>The problem is …

How Europe can save Turkey

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged that some Turks have taken part in the protests out of environmental concerns but insists that terrorist groups are involved in the unrest.<p>Taksim Square was largely cleared of protesters Wednesday, with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan …

Obama defends sweeping surveillance efforts

President Obama on Friday defended the government’s collection of data on the phone records of millions of Americans, saying that it was a modest encroachment on privacy and one he thinks is both lawful and justified in order to identify terrorists plotting to attack the United States.<p>Obama …

Secret cyber directive calls for ability to attack without warning

President Obama called on national security leaders to develop destructive cyberwarfare capabilities that could be triggered with “little or no warning” against adversaries around the world, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.<p>Presidential Policy Directive 20, issued …

Tweets after soldier’s death lands some in jail

After the recent slaying of a British soldier in a suspected Islamist extremist attack, angry social media users took to Twitter and Facebook, with some dispatching racially and religiously charged comments that got them quickly noticed on the busy boulevards of the Internet.<p>For at least a …

Naval Academy deals with fallout of sexual assault allegations

The mother of a woman who says she was raped by three U.S. Naval Academy football players accused the institution Saturday of not taking the case seriously or doing enough to protect her daughter.<p>The mother said her daughter, a third-year midshipman, has been seeing a counselor off-campus once a …

Commissary plan, backlash show difficulty of cutting military personnel spending

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Motion sensors and razor-wire coils ring the ammunition depot on this vast Marine Corps base. Sentries stand watch in the lobby of the headquarters complex. Military police officers patrol the barracks every few hours. But no building here boasts the defenses of the giant, …

Rep. Michele Bachmann will not run for reelection in 2014

On a hot July afternoon in 2010, in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) launched the House Tea Party Caucus with much fanfare and a little humility, declaring, “I am not the head of the tea party.”<p>It was a signature moment for the tea party and for Bachmann, who had …

So far, District feeling little pain from sequester’s bite

In the months since the automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester took effect, the Washington area has added 40,000 jobs. Income-tax receipts have surged in Virginia, beating expectations. Few government contractors have laid off workers.<p>It’s too early to be certain, but initial …

Smithfield Foods to be bought by Chinese firm Shuanghui International

Smithfield Foods, whose signature hams helped make it the world’s largest pork producer, is being bought by a Chinese firm in a deal that marks China’s largest takeover of an American consumer brand.<p>The $4.7 billion purchase by Shuanghui International touches several sensitive fronts at once — the …

JP Morgan fined £3m for advice failings

<b>JP Morgan's international bank division has been fined £3m by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).</b><p>The fine is for failures in the way it advised some of its wealthiest clients and maintained records in a two year period up to February 2012.<p>The FCA said that no customers had lost out financially, …

Investing

US 'faith healers' charged over second baby's death

<b>A Philadelphia couple said to reject medicine in favour of faith healing have been charged with the murder of their infant son.</b><p>Herbert and Catherine Schaible withheld medical care from the seven-month-old boy, who died in April of pneumonia and dehydration, prosecutors said.<p>Four years ago, another …

Crime

US report warns on China IP theft

<b>The theft of intellectual property from the US is "unprecedented" and costing the nation an estimated $300bn (£200bn) each year, a report says.</b><p>The study, led by former top-ranking officials, said China was thought to be behind 50-80% of the theft.<p>Stronger deterrent measures that made IP theft …

China

Solar Impulse plane sets new distance record on Dallas flight

The plane took off from Phoenix, arriving in Dallas after a flight of 18 hours and 21 minutes<p><b>The Solar Impulse plane has set a new distance record for solar-powered flight on the second leg of its trans-American journey on Wednesday evening.</b><p>The craft landed in Dallas, Texas, after an 18-hour flight …

Solar Impulse

Man shot during Boston probe was 'on verge of confession'

<b>A Chechen immigrant shot and killed during a violent confrontation with Boston Marathon bombing investigators was about to confess to other killings, officials have told US media.</b><p>Ibragim Todashev reportedly admitted a role in a triple murder near Boston in September 2011 and implicated bombing …

Crime

US man sought over murders of 'Czech ukulele family'

<b>Czech police are looking for a US man from California suspected of killing a family of four in the southern city of Brno.</b><p>Officials warned the 20-year-old, named as Kevin Dahlgren, was "dangerous and possibly armed".<p>The bodies of a couple and their two sons were discovered overnight after a blaze …

Palo Alto

Chinua Achebe: Nigeria holds funeral for author

<b>Thousands of mourners have paid their last respects to renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe in his home town in Anambra state.</b><p>A host of dignitaries attended the funeral including Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.<p>Crowds of mourners surrounded the church, some wearing traditional shirts …

Africa

French court questions IMF chief Christine Lagarde

<b>French judges in Paris have questioned IMF chief Christine Lagarde over a controversial payout made to a tycoon when she was finance minister.</b><p>She has been asked to explain her handling of a dispute in 2007 which resulted in some 400m euros (£342m; $516m) being paid to Bernard Tapie.<p>Ms Lagarde …

Christine Lagarde

Moore tornado: Thunderstorms hamper recovery

<b>Cleanup efforts in an Oklahoma community smashed by a huge tornado have been hampered by thunderstorms, as the first victim's funeral was held.</b><p>Antonia Candelaria, nine, who died as the twister hit her school, killing six classmates, was laid to rest.<p>Amid heavy rain and hail, a flash flood alert was …

Barack Obama

Silvio Berlusconi sex trial prosecutor 'sent bullets'

<b>A prosecutor who requested a six-year sentence for Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sent threats including a letter with two bullets, her office says.</b><p>Ilda Boccassini had also asked that Mr Berlusconi be banned for life from public office for allegedly paying for sex with a …

Corruption

Bangladesh factory collapse probe uncovers abuses

<b>A Bangladesh government report into the collapse of a multi-storey factory building, which killed more than 1,100, has uncovered a series of violations.</b><p>The report said the building had been constructed with sub-standard materials on unsuitable land.<p>It also recommended life sentences for the …

Manufacturing

Niger suicide bombers target Areva mine and barracks

<b>Suicide bombers have struck a military camp and a French-run uranium mine in two towns in north-west Niger.</b><p>A bomb at a barracks in Agadez killed 19, including 18 soldiers. Four attackers died. A fifth held out but officials said he too was overpowered.<p>The attack on the Somair mine, in the town of …

Terrorism

Uefa: New drug-testing plans and 10-match bans for racism

<b>Uefa will retrospectively study 900 doping samples given since 2008 as it attempts to combat use of performance-enhancing drugs in European football.</b><p>Though it will not lead to future punishments, the governing body intends to identify the scale of steroid use.<p>Uefa will also carry out blood testing …

Arsene Wenger