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The TSA monitors yawning, whistling, ‘improper’ dress, and throat-clearing for its terror checklist

Ever catch yourself yawning and fidgeting at the airport? Don’t be surprised if you get corralled for some extra-vigorous pat-downs.

Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits.

The White House tells Republicans to back off of D.C. gun laws

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Republicans in Congress want D.C. residents to be free to carry firearms. The White House is not pleased about that.

Bill Clinton’s ‘flaws’ the subject of off-Broadway musical

In this image released by JT-Pr, from left, Tom Galantich, as Bill Clinton, Kerry Butler, as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Duke Lafoon as Billy Clinton, appear during a performance of "Clinton the Musical."The musical begins previews off-Broadway at New World Stages on March 25 and opens April 9. (AP Photo/JT-Pr, Russ Rowland)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Clintons are going back to the White House this spring — onstage, that is. “Clinton the Musical,” the brainchild of two Australian brothers, makes its off-Broadway debut in April with a hysterical premise and a gentle look back at the ’90s. The play celebrates the first baby-boomer president — the […]

Chris Christie: Taxes from legalized marijuana are ‘blood money’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie channeled “The Sopranos” when he took his hard line stance against legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, calling any tax revenue that would come the venture “blood money.” Christie was speaking at at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for an outpatient drug abuse rehabilitation facility when he made the remarks, the Asbury Park Press […]

Millennials rally around criminal justice reform at bipartisan summit

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For the most part, the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform featured staid, high-profile speakers like Cory Booker and Eric Holder, giving somber talks about the broken justice system.

The authors of ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘The Wire’ talk criminal justice reform

David Simon's interview with President Obama, which aired at the end of Thursday's Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform (via screenshot)

David Simon, the creator of HBO’s “The Wire,” kicked off his remarks at the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform on Thursday with an argument that could have come straight from Bunny Colvin—law enforcement should oppose the drug war, because it hampers real police work.

Newt Gingrich predicts prison reform will be a major GOP issue in 2016

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“It’s just really a revolution.”

A millennial duo’s ambitious goal to make prison reform go viral — and be a top issue in 2016

Bill Smith, a former meth dealer, displays his tattoo for the camera. (via Strong Returns/screenshot)

Bill Smith rolls up the sleeve of his plaid shirt, revealing a tattoo of a goateed devil whose ice-blue eyes look down his forearm.

Report: The IRS lets unauthorized employees and visitors see sensitive taxpayer data

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Happy tax season! Here’s some news you will not appreciate.

Senate budget amendment would protect ammunition from bans

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Republicans are still looking for ways to kill the Obama administration’s failed bullet ban for good.

New Mexico just passed a bill banning cops from seizing property without a conviction

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Both houses of the New Mexico legislature have unanimously passed a bill that would require cops to wait until someone is actually convinced of a crime before seizing their property.

Two lawsuits target FCC’s ‘arbitrary, capricious’ net neutrality rules

Federal Communications Commisison (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on net neutrality. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

The next step in the net neutrality fight has arrived: litigation.

Texas bill would ban filming cops up close

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If a Texas state representative gets his way, filming a cop too close would land violators with 180 days of jail-time and a $2,000 fine.

The net neutrality fight is not dead yet, as lobbyists hold out hope for new legislation

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Once the FCC has dropped its new rules to regulate the internet last month, the lobbyists were not far behind.

Anti-pot activist says America has ‘horrible history’ with legalizing ‘vices’ like alcohol

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Kevin Sabet, the anti-marijuana legalization activist who formerly advised the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations on drug policy, has a new interview out with Vox in which he explains why he opposes “Big Marijuana.”

Police raided the marijuana club run by former anchor Charlo Greene, of ‘f— it, I quit’ fame

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You might remember Charlo Greene, aka Charlene Egbe, the former Alaska anchor who dramatically quit live on-air by declaring “F—it, I quit” and left to promote marijuana legalization with the Alaska Cannabis Club.

Study: Fast food ban left poor areas of L.A. more, not less, obese

Food specials are offered at a Burger King  fast food restaurant in Los Angeles Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

In which California regulators discover that those in poverty cannot magically eat healthier simply by government mandate.

The FAA is letting Amazon try out their drone delivery service on an ‘experimental’ basis

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Amazon may one day be sending drones to your doorstep, after all.

A deaf man was wrongly held six weeks in jail without an interpreter

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Abreham Zemedagegehu, a 42-year-old deaf man originally from Ethiopia, spent six weeks in jail after being falsely accused of stealing an iPad.