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

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.

Former NSA chief: Sony hack shows ‘we’re not ready’ for a cyberattack

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On the heels of Sony’s hack and Obama’s renewed push for cybersecurity, national security personalities are decrying the stability of U.S. systems.

A Republican governor vetoed an NRA-backed bill

In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, in the House Chambers of the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

A governor vetoed a concealed carry permit law yesterday, but he wasn’t a Democrat.

Holder ends federal civil asset forfeiture program, blocks police from warrantless seizures

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A huge victory over civil asset forfeiture law: Attorney General Eric Holder has banned both local and state police from seizing resident property without any evidence of a crime under a frequently-used federal program called Equitable Sharing.

New poll: New Yorkers disapprove of Al Sharpton, NYPD behavior

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In a poll gauging police-community relations in New York City since the murder of two police officers last month, Quinnipiac University found that New Yorkers overwhelmingly disapprove of officers turning their backs to the mayor, but also slam Rev. Al Sharpton’s and police union leader Patrick Lynch’s behavior.

Washington’s pot industry is struggling to overcome regulatory burdens

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, Ashley Green trims a marijuana flower at the Pioneer Production and Processing marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash. Washington’s second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed, with some stores periodically closed because they didn’t have pot to sell and prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry. Prices are starting to come down in the state’s licensed pot shops, but due to a glut, growers are struggling to sell their marijuana. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington may have legalized weed, but there’s no guarantee you’ll get a license to sell it.

A gun activist prompted TX Reps to buy panic buttons. Other activists aren’t happy with him.

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A confrontation between a controversial gun advocacy group—disavowed by other gun groups—and a Texas state representative’s office got ugly earlier this week.

Rand Paul would be ‘happy to dissolve’ the U.N.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., waits to be introduced to members of the Londonderry Fish and Game Club, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Litchfield, N.H. Paul is a possible Republican presidential candidate. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Sen. Rand Paul—not one for pulling punches recently—had some pretty disparaging things to say about everybody’s favorite issuer-of-stern-warnings, the United Nations.

Liam Neeson rants about how ‘there are too many f—ing guns out there’

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Liam Neeson, famous for movies in which he shoots guns, thinks it’s just awful when people shoot guns.

Obama gets Republican support for his cybersecurity proposal

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A rare point of seeming agreement in Washington.

GOP congressman’s bill would prevent FCC from regulating internet like a utility

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As the FCC gears up for a net neutrality announcement, Republicans are lining up their attack.

The Idaho police jailed a 9-year-old who shoplifted $1.68 worth of gum

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The police department of Post Falls, Idaho, has their finger on the seedy underbelly of local crime: 9-year-olds who boldly flout the law and miss their court date.

PA towns forced to give up gun control measures thanks to new state law

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A recently-enacted Pennsylvania law has already resulted in 100 threats of legal action against local gun control laws, and forced 22 municipalities to revoke their laws rather than engage in a legal battle, according to the Guardian’s report.

Court to decide whether marijuana deserves same drug classification as heroin


Last October, for the first time in decades, a federal judge accepted a hearing on whether marijuana belongs in the same classification as heroin