Edward Snowden criticized the U.S. government for failing to anticipate the Boston Marathon bombings, blaming their focus on mass surveillance for allowing them to miss actual credible threats.
Convicted felons are not allowed maintain ownership of their guns—but can they give them away?
The tech world’s recent efforts to strengthen encryption appear to have left the FBI in a panic, as FBI Director James Comey appeals to Congress for easier backdoor access to Americans’ data.
A new poll suggests that the minimum wage could play a significant role in six upcoming competitive races—and it doesn’t look good for Republicans.
It’s not even Halloween, but the federal Grinch has already appeared, armed with new regulations, to un-deck the halls of America. On Tuesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released twenty-five pages of new rules governing “seasonal and decorative lighting projects”– basically everything from strings of lights to glowing Santa Clauses. The Hill reports that the […]
Remember when the FBI said they didn’t spy on Americans without a court order, just a few days ago? They were just kidding about that.
Afroman is back. But now he’s not just singing about Colt 45s and smoking that tumbleweed, he’s here to tell you about about the positive impact of marijuana. Afroman’s “Because I Got High” was released 13 years ago, but his new version “Positive Remix” just dropped Wednesday. The new version sees Afroman making better choices as a result […]
A United Nations report concluded that mass surveillance of the internet is “corrosive” to privacy and violates international law.
A startup in Silicon Valley hopes to streamline the cumbersome immigration form backlog with a program that would be the TurboTax of immigration forms.
Small businesses were less optimistic about their economic prospects in September than in August, according to the optimism index measured by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
REASON — Was the failure of the federal government’s $2.1 billion Obamacare enrollment website an isolated fluke or part of a broader pattern of overpriced government failure when it comes to consumer-facing technology? Recent events show a pattern. The other failures aren’t as costly or as high-profile as Healthcare.gov. But they’re worth paying attention to nonetheless. […]
Edward Snowden gave a remote interview to the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, during which he offered his tips for securing information on your phone and on the internet. He particularly cautioned against Dropbox, Facebook, and Google, calling them “dangerous services.”
Healthcare.gov is gearing up for another round of tests—but you won’t get to know how it fares.
More Americans still believe Obamacare has harmed them rather than helped them, the latest Gallup survey finds.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is continuing his push to “destigmatize” drug addiction, and released a new video sympathetically telling the stories of former drug addicts from all walks of life and income levels.
Although most Americans continue to think military service is good for young people, less now know someone who has joined the military to find a job, according to the latest survey from Rasmussen Reports.
Federal agencies spent taxpayer money on artwork, booze and pianos during ‘use it or lose it’ season
The federal government’s fiscal year ended Tuesday, meaning that a whole bunch of strange purchases were made by the federal government to use all of their annual budget. Real Clear Markets has a list of some of the more bizarre agency choices: – The IRS spent $2,410,000 on “toner products” in a single purchase. – […]
Economists are confirming what anyone who has ever taken a taxi already knows: Uber and Lyft are good for consumers.
VANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and […]
What have you heard about terrorism lately? According to a recent study of speeches and public statements from the last two administrations, the answer is probably, not much. The American Presidency Project analyzed the speeches of government officials from the last two administrations–everyone from Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to their secretaries of […]