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U.S. Senate adjourns after failing to take any action to reform or renew the unPatriot Act

Excerpt: Well, that was really something. Just minutes ago, the United States Senate adjourned for an extended Memorial Day weekend recess after having failed to pass any legislation to reform or renew expiring provisions of the (un)Patriot Act — which means that the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation will need to start winding […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Roberts Court’s logic: Corporations are people, so they’re entitled to religious liberty

Excerpt: The Roberts Court has done it again. Determined to make the terrible implications of the Corporations United and McCutcheon decisions look tame by comparison, the Supreme Court ruled this morning that because it believes corporations to be people, an artificial for-profit entity like Hobby Lobby is entitled to religious liberty, and so it does not […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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In landmark ruling, U.S. Supreme Court bars warrantless searches of mobile phones

Excerpt: Who says there’s no such thing as privacy in the digital age? Not John Roberts’ Supreme Court, which today issued a much-needed decision ruling that American police forces must generally obtain a warrant before they can legally search the mobile phone of someone they have arrested. Roberts’ majority opinion was signed by every other justice, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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When are SSL and VPNs not secure? Why, when the NSA wants to spy on you, of course!

Excerpt: With each passing week, it is becoming increasingly clear that former NSA employee Edward Snowden’s document dump constitutes the largest and most important leak in the history of the United States of America. While Snowden remains in Russia, newspapers in the West continue to sift through the documents he leaked, using those as the basis […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican Todd Akin’s offensive comments about rape draw widespread condemnation

Excerpt: Yesterday, Missouri Republican Todd Akin, who currently serves in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the party’s U.S. Senate nominee this year, was interviewed by St. Louis’ local Fox affiliate about his candidacy. During the interview, Akin was asked if he believed that abortion should be available to women who are raped. Akin gave […]
Written by:Lorrie Sullivan DeKay
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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Wanted: Women willing to run for office

Excerpt: At a time when women’s reproductive rights are under attack in state legislatures across the country, there might soon be no female Democratic governors to push back. The only two such governors left in office – Washington’s Chris Gregoire and North Carolina’s Bev Purdue – are leaving office in 2013, and only one state, New […]
Written by:Kathleen Reynolds
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What does Rob McKenna have against family planning?

Excerpt: Yesterday, gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna posted on Crosscut a variety of statements on how to impair our state Medicaid system, and chose to omit any sort of content on how consequences of those changes would affect our state. While blasting Medicaid expansion(which, by the way, is in contrast to how 67% of Americans feel), Mr. […]
Written by:Patrick
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Supreme Court says police can strip-search anyone they arrest without probable cause

Excerpt: Federal, state, and local authorities may force any person they arrest to submit to a strip-search, whether or not there is probable cause for such an invasion of a suspect’s privacy, the Supreme Court ruled this morning, setting a dangerous and unwelcome precedent that NPI strongly condemns. In a five-to-four decision, Justices Anthony Kennedy, John […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Google+: Step right up if you want to help Google complete its profile of you

Excerpt: Earlier this week, Google finally took the wrappings off of the Facebook clone it has been developing, sparking a prolonged media frenzy about its efforts to catch up with Twitter and Facebook in the social networking arena. By all accounts, Google+ represents the company’s most sophisticated attempt to build a social network. It is a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Researchers’ discovery demonstrates that Apple users don’t really own their devices

Excerpt: Two security researchers investigating visual uses for geolocation data revealed today that gadget giant Apple has been secretly shipping spyware inside of its mobile operating system (iOS) that constantly records its customers’ whereabouts. The discovery, which has ignited a firestorm of criticism, was first made public at O’Reilly Radar by the researchers (Alasdair Allan and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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