December 2013

Dec 20, 2013

Analysis - U.S. surveillance case: Tech may clash with 18th Century right

By David Ingram and Joan Biskupic, Reuters

A judge's bid this week to stop the U.S. government from collecting Americans' phone records raises a question that the U.S. Supreme Court has confronted before: at what point should modern technology force judges to revisit legal precedents?

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A Legacy in the Balance on Surveillance Policies

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

For President Obama, the proposed overhaul of the American surveillance state confronts him with a fundamental choice: Will he become the commander in chief many expected in 2008 or remain the one he became in 2009? Or is there a balance in between?

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Dec 19, 2013

David Wessel: Fed Has Pulled Off Its Goal

With David Wessel, Wall Street Journal

WSJ Global Economics Editor David Wessel joins our post coverage of the Fed's decision on interest rates to give his take on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's final press conference.

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Tea-Party Candidates Shunned by Senate Idols

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

Chris McDaniel sits atop a wave of conservative Republicans challenging sitting U.S senators from their own party, wielding a tea-party trifecta of endorsements from the Club for Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund, and FreedomWorks.

Yet McDaniel is unlikely to receive support from any of his tea-party idols in the Senate who, in part, owe their own elections to those same groups.

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Senate passes bipartisan budget agreement

By Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post

Congress declared a holiday truce in the budget wars Wednesday, sending President Obama a blueprint for funding the government through 2015. But the next skirmish was already on the horizon: an election-year fight over the national debt.

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What Edward Snowden started

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

Edward Snowden should be proud.

Until this week, the National Security Agency could argue that its massive effort to collect every American's telephone records had been approved, at least tacitly, by all three branches of government.

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Obama Is Urged to Sharply Curb N.S.A. Data Mining

By David E. Sanger and Charlie Savage, The New York Times

A panel of outside advisers urged President Obama on Wednesday to impose major oversight and some restrictions on the National Security Agency, arguing that in the past dozen years its powers had been enhanced at the expense of personal privacy.

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Obama Is Urged to Sharply Curb N.S.A. Data Mining

By David E. Sanger and Charlie Savage, The New York Times

A panel of outside advisers urged President Obama on Wednesday to impose major oversight and some restrictions on the National Security Agency, arguing that in the past dozen years its powers had been enhanced at the expense of personal privacy.

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Officials want to limit controversial NSA program

With Pete Williams, NBC News

A report commissioned by President Obama recommends tighter legal control over the way an NSA data gathering program collects and use information it collects.

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Dec 18, 2013

Majority of Americans want minimum wage to be increased, poll finds

By Michael A. Fletcher and Peyton M. Craighill, Washington POST

A large majority of Americans want Congress to substantially increase the minimum wage as part of an effort to reduce the nation’s expanding economic inequality, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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Snowden's Document Leaks Shocked The NSA, And More May Be On The Way

With Tom Gjelten and Melissa Block, NPR

In the six months since leaks about NSA surveillance began, the intelligence community has struggled to cope with the ramifications of the unauthorized disclosures. With the scandal still reverberating, we take a year-end look at how NSA contractor Edward Snowden got the documents, the scale of what he took, what other categories of documents might still be revealed.

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Tech Leaders and Obama Find Shared Problem: Fading Public Trust

By Jackie Calmes and Nick Wingfield, The New York Times

President Obama met with top technology industry executives on Tuesday to discuss two seemingly distinct controversies: a faulty health care website, and the digital surveillance practices of the National Security Agency.

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