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Bipartisan bill could help veterans gain access to medical marijuana

Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) have introduced a bill that would allow veterans suffering from PTSD consult with their doctors about medical marijuana treatment.

This graphic illustrates sharp divides in perceptions of police by race

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Reason has produced a graphic from the latest Reason-Rupe survey of perceptions of law enforcement by race:

Shocking new government research finds that fast food is unhealthy, saves time for consumers

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As always, your taxpayer dollar are being spent wisely in Washington. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a study Tuesday that examined years of data to find out that Americans buy fast food because it saves time. They also discovered that fast food is very unhealthy. The study was conducted by USDA’s Economic Research Service […]

Report: IRS has ‘billion-dollar problem’ of paying prisoners’ fraudulent tax refunds

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The IRS shelled out $70 million for illegitimate tax refund claims from prisoners in 2012, according to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Poll: Most fear for their online privacy, but decline to do much about it

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Although a majority of people worldwide are increasingly concerned about online privacy, few choose to take added precautions to safeguard their data, according to a new poll.

NSA ‘privacy director’ went on Tumblr to convince people ‘this is a real job’

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The NSA’s “Civil Liberties and Privacy Director” Rebecca Richards did a Tumblr Q&A Monday, answering a number of questions about her job and the agency’s privacy practices.

Privacy advocates debate how to use looming Patriot Act expiration dates to their advantage

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Since the Senate’s NSA reform bill failed to move forward last week by just two votes, privacy advocates have split amongst themselves over how to leverage several soon-to-expire provisions of the Patriot Act.

Marijuana arrests have been declining since 2009

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It’s been a productive several years for marijuana legalization.

FAA wants to require a pilot’s license to operate a tiny camera drone

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Tiny remote-controlled drones have millions of uses.

Regulators jump on Uber privacy concerns, call for strict new laws

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Several recent reports of abuse of user data by Uber are renewing calls to tighten regulations on apps that have access to users’ locations and other sensitive information.

DHS misplaced 12,000 FOIA requests and forgot they existed

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Count the Department of Homeland Security as yet another government agency that has trouble keeping track of important documents.

Colorado weed shops get in the spirit for ‘Green Friday,’ ‘Happy Danksgiving’

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Can’t think of any original Christmas gifts this year? A weed-laced mini-pumpkin pie might do the trick.

Russian site hacks into and livestreams 4,500 private U.S. webcams

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A Russia-based website has hacked into thousands of webcams and baby monitors across the world, and displays their feeds to anyone who wants to watch.

Utah lawmakers are thinking about cutting off the NSA’s water supply

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Some Utah lawmakers want to leave the NSA high and dry—by cutting off their water supply.

Museum can no longer display WWII rifles thanks to Washington state’s new gun control law

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A Washington state museum is pulling World War II rifles from a display in order to comply with new background-check legislation for gun permits.

Uber’s privacy protections now a target of Senator Al Franken

Minnesota Senator Al Franken, center, watches results come in from his and other races at the DFL Victory Party in Minneapolis, Minn., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glenn Stubbe)

A lawmaker who oversees privacy issues in the U.S. Senate is pushing ride-sharing titan Uber for answers about its handling of customer data.

DOJ memo urges reduction in overcrowded prisons, details prison mismanagement

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The Department of Justice plans to prioritize its long-standing need to reduce the federal prison population, according to a recent department memo. Federal prisons are currently at 33 percent overcapacity, which is considered a security concern.

Report: Some EPA employees paid to not work for months or even years

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks to the Center for American Progress’ Second Annual Policy Conference in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

American taxpayers have spent over $1 million paying Environmental Protection Agency employees to do nothing. And we don’t mean just being unproductive. Quite literally nothing, as they enjoy paid administrative leave for months and sometimes even years. A report released by the Office of Inspector General Wednesday found that eight EPA employees garnered 20,926 hours of paid administrative […]

Jesse Jackson thinks Obama’s net neutrality plan would hurt low-income Americans

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to ignore Obama’s advice on how to implement net neutrality.

CA’s AG is ‘shocked’ her lawyers want to keep nonviolent offenders in prison for cheap labor

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Despite prisons so overcrowded that the state faces a Supreme Court order to reduce its prison population, lawyers for California’s attorney general want to keep nonviolent offenders behind bars.