Alongside a flimsy majority opinion in Glossip v. Gross, Justice Breyer’s dissent exposed just how much cruelty must be tolerated to defend the death penalty in 2015.
The former Maryland governor has avoided public access to his Gmail archive — relying on an apparently secret legal interpretation according to which the governor’s office does not always count as a state agency.
A federal judge reinstated the NSA bulk domestic surveillance that was temporarily halted a month ago, allowing the agency to go back to hoovering up metadata while it unwinds the program for good.
President Obama has been denouncing “dark money” since 2010, when he declared it a “threat to our democracy.” But Obama doesn’t need Congress to force dark money into the sunlight.
Sen. Jeff Sessions said that calls to take down the Confederate flag are among efforts by “the left” to “delegitimize the fabulous accomplishments of our country.”
The State Department announced it will lift its freeze on arms sales to the repressive government of Bahrain on Monday, despite the country’s myriad human rights abuses in recent years, including arbitrary detention of children, torture, restrictions for journalists and a brutal government crackdown on peaceful protestors in 2011. “The Administration has decided to lift>>
Two years after she cancelled her state visit to Washington in outrage over revelations that the U.S. had spied on her, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is back in Washington, taking a decidedly more friendly approach to President Barack Obama. News articles in July 2013 based on documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden>>
The Center for Security Policy’s gala last Monday, a black-tie affair at the stately Metropolitan Club of New York, featured a procession of speakers warning darkly about the threat posed by the religion of Islam. Tommy Waller, a marine veteran and the legislative outreach director for the group, said he had fought the enemy on the battlefields>>
The U.S. government had produced “snippets of information from various sources, out of context, to weave together a narrative of terrorist ideation,” a Florida judge said Friday, ordering the release of Marcus Dwayne Robertson, an Orlando-based Islamic scholar who stood accused of supporting terrorism. Robertson, also known as “Abu Taubah,” had been incarcerated since 2011>>
We are characters in narratives constructed by algorithms. Joshua Cohen’s new novel, Book of Numbers, explores the ambiguity of surveillance.
A multibillion-dollar ed-tech industry says it needs to track student performance to improve education, but privacy advocates and parents worry about children’s data being exploited for profit.
A recent article in Politico includes a fantastic anecdote about Hillary Clinton’s worldview as of 1993. It describes how she believed that universal Medicare-for-all health coverage like Canada’s made rational sense, but that insurance company money would stop it from ever happening — and that it was hilariously naive to think a U.S. president could do anything about that. From>>
Today’s Court Ruling, Though Expected, is Still Shocking — Especially for Those Who Grew Up LGBT in the U.S.
Given how embedded, pervasive and recent anti-gay sentiment has been in the fabric of American life, witnessing the arrival of full-scale legal equality is surreal.
After the newspaper published its 2005 story, the NSA issued a top-secret assessment of the damage to intelligence efforts. The memo, along with a marked-up copy of the article, is among the Snowden files.