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DHS misplaced 12,000 FOIA requests and forgot they existed

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.

Every public tweet in history is now searchable, so get ready for a never-ending game of ‘gotcha’

The new universal symbol of "gotcha."

Twitter announced the remarkable achievement of indexing half a trillion tweets Tuesday.

Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists

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BUZZFEED — A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.

Eric Holder applauds Koch brothers, talks marijuana legalization

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Outgoing attorney general Eric Holder sat down with Bill Keller and Tim Golden of the Marshall Project for an interview that spanned a range of topics, including prison reform, marijuana, and the death penalty—and included some praise for Harry Reid’s favorite punching-bag along the way.

London Mayor Boris Johnson sides with Rosetta scientist Matt Taylor in Shirtgate

In this image issued from ESA, showing British physicist Matt Taylor Thursday Nov. 13, 2014, sporting a garish bowling shirt featuring a collage of pin-up girls in various states of undress, during an interview at the satellite control centre of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt, Germany, on Thursday Nov. 13, 2014. (AP)

We’ve achieved a full orbit in “We need to shut up, Pt. 2.”

Tech companies and the White House back NSA reform bill

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The Senate is expected to vote today on a bill to reform the NSA, leaving supporters and detractors scrambling to make their final case to legislators.

D.C. police plan civil asset forfeiture profits into their budgets

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Some cops aren’t just profiting from civil asset forfeiture—they’re counting on it.

What’s at stake for NSA reforms and cybersecurity in the coming weeks

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The upcoming weeks could be pivotal for privacy advocates fighting for reforms on the Hill, with two crucial bills nearing Senate votes.

Poll: Most Americans don’t think their data is safe

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In the “post-Snowden era”, few Americans believe they have any privacy left.

Obama addresses Jonathan Gruber’s ‘stupidity’ comments, says he disagrees with him

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Over a week after video surfaced of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber alleging that the Affordable Care Act passed thanks to “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter,” President Obama is finally answering questions about the comments.

Landing a spacecraft on a comet doesn’t leave time to get dressed

In this image issued from ESA, showing British physicist Matt Taylor Thursday Nov. 13, 2014, sporting a garish bowling shirt featuring a collage of pin-up girls in various states of undress, during an interview at the satellite control centre of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt, Germany, on Thursday Nov. 13, 2014. (AP)

On Wednesday, the European Space Agency successfully landed a small spacecraft launched over 10 years ago on the surface of a comet for the first time in human history. For one of the scientists responsible for that achievement, it should have been the most significant day of his career.