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Jessi Stitt protests against the execution of Warren Lee Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta. The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of Hill whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)

Supreme Court cancels three Oklahoma executions until they rule on lethal injection drug

Just one day before his planned execution, Richard Glossip and two other prisons have received stays of execution.

The only thing people hate more than the U.S. government is their internet provider

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Americans officially cannot stand their government more than ever. In fact, there is only one industry they hate worse –internet service providers. A report released Tuesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found that Americans are more dissatisfied with the federal government and the services it provides than ever before. The average industry rating in the […]

The government’s new social media guidelines are designed to avoid another CENTCOM hack

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The General Service Administration is buckling down on cybersecurity for federal agencies’ social media accounts, after this month’s embarrassing hack of CENTCOM’s Twitter and Youtube accounts in the middle of the president’s big speech on cybersecurity.

Rand Paul reintroduces bill to curb civil asset forfeiture

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul reintroduced his bill to limit civil asset forfeiture, with the practice under ever-increasing scrutiny since Attorney General Eric Holder put the brakes on part of the federal program.

Report predicts that 18 states will have legalized weed by 2020

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Over the last few years, marijuana has been legalized in four states–Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, along with partial legalization in the District of Columbia. By 2020, one group thinks that number will grow to 18.

The Justice Department is quietly tracking the movements of millions of cars all over the country

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If you’ve ever had the feeling of being watched while cruising down I-95, good news! You might not actually be crazy.

Police want Google to pull Waze app’s ability to mark cops’ location

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Should you be free to tell other drivers where cops are lurking? A lot of sheriffs don’t think so.

Pediatricians appeal to DEA to allow research on medical marijuana treatment for children

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Critics of marijuana legalization love to argue about its repercussions for “the children”—paging Nancy Grace—but the American Academy of Pediatrics seems to disagree.

The Supreme Court will rule on the lethal injection used in Oklahoma’s botched execution

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A drug is headed to the Supreme Court: midazolam, which makes up a third of the lethal cocktail used in Oklahoma’s botched execution last year.

Colorado’s Dem governor calls his state’s marijuana legalization a ‘bad idea’

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Colorado’s marijuana industry is booming, but the state’s Democratic governor is still reluctant to praise legalization.

Bill to allow concealed carry on campuses moves forward in Florida House

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A bill that would make college students free to carry concealed weapons on campus has moved past a Florida House committee, inching Florida one step closer to becoming the eighth state to pass such a law.

Healthcare.gov may start sharing less of your personal information, after wide criticism

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After the Associated Press revealed that the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, divulges massive amounts of personal information to third-party companies, the administration quietly began making changes to the website’s privacy practices.

The weirdest discoveries in the TSA’s year-end report

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The TSA blog’s year in review highlights some of their proudest accomplishments—like apprehending an alarm clock they mistook for an explosive, or seizing a revolver from a 94-year-old.

Police radars can now detect your breathing and see through concrete walls

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A stunning array of powerful surveillance tools and weapons are now available to local police, from software that scans online activity and delivers instant “threat ratings,”, to surplus military equipment like armored vehicles.

Healthcare.gov shares personal information with outside companies

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When it’s not busy glitching and mis-translating Spanish, Healthcare.gov might be giving your personal information away to third-party websites.

Holder’s forfeiture reform will only halt 14 percent of police seizures

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Reason’s Jacob Sullum has a piece deflating Friday’s big news of forfeiture reform—or as he titles it, “How the Press Exaggerated Holder’s Forfeiture Reform.”

Republican FCC commissioner says agency’s lack of transparency ‘leads to confusion’

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When the Federal Communications Commission convenes over important items—like, say, an impending net neutrality vote—nobody except the commissioners knows, ahead of time, exactly what they’ll be deliberating.

The DEA shut down its spying program after journalists caught wind of it

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Timing is everything!

British PM praises free speech days after proposing ban on messaging services

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British Prime Minister David Cameron trumpeted his support for free speech in an interview with CBS over the weekend, days after suggesting a ban on communication through encrypted services–a move widely denounced as chilling to free speech.

Senator proposes new government agency: the ‘Cyber Defense Administration’

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The government’s management of cyber issues is, at this point, notoriously terrible. And since the problems stretch across various agencies, one senator seems to think the problem is not enough government agencies.