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People would rather the NSA or their mom read their emails than Google

This privacy survey’s questions would make for a killer “Would You Rather” game.

Rand Paul: Civil asset forfeiture lets government ‘take property from innocent Americans’

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Sen. Rand Paul highlighted the potential for abuse in the common law enforcement practice of “civil asset forfeiture” in an op-ed for Breitbart, saying “The federal government has made it far too easy for government agencies to take and profit from the property of those who have not been convicted of a crime.”

The FCC could pave the way for a new era of internet TV

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Regulators are tip-toeing toward a huge change that would grant new content to online TV companies.

Wisconsin cops sent 24 officers and an armored truck to collect money from a 75-year-old

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If you were on the fence about whether police militarization is a real thing in America, read this story of how a small Wisconsin town thinks armored vehicles are “a necessity” when dealing with grumpy elderly men.

Poll: Americans fear hacking more than any other crime

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There’s only one type of crime the majority of Americans (including, probably, Jennifer Lawrence) worry about: hacking.

FEC threatens to curb political speech on the internet

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Democrats are gearing up to attack political free speech on the internet.

IRS: Sorry, we’ll stop seizing your bank accounts for no good reason

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The IRS, the trustworthy federal tax-collecting agency that always has its stuff together, announced a shift in policy that should lead to less arbitrary targeting of Americans.

Snowden filmmaker: ‘Our elected officials have failed the public’

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Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who worked with journalist Glenn Greenwald to cover NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s story, has a bleak opinion of the U.S. Congress.

Religious knives permitted in Washington school

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A Sikh family’s son will be allowed to bring his kirpan, a religiously-symbolic knife, to school in Auburn, Washington.

Most Americans still support the death penalty

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A majority of Americans still support the death penalty, despite the outcry raised by inhumane injection practices and the botched execution in Oklahoma earlier this year. According to a recent Gallup poll, 63 percent of Americans support the death penalty for murderers, with “an eye for an eye” as the most commonly cited justification. Most–64 […]

A conservative lawmaker’s fight against civil asset forfeiture

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A conservative Virginia lawmaker is tackling one of the most abuse-prone practices of law enforcement: civil asset forfeiture.

FBI considers adding new whistleblower protections

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The Justice Department has announced a plan to revamp its whistleblower protections, supposedly with an eye to making it easier for whistleblowers to report misconduct.

An order for green paper fuels speculation that Obama will grant amnesty to millions

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For months Washington has been trying to guess what President Obama’s promised executive action on immigration will entail.

Snowden blames mass surveillance for missing Boston marathon threat

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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.

Supreme Court to decide whether felons can give away their guns

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Convicted felons are not allowed maintain ownership of their guns—but can they give them away?

The FBI pushes Congress to broaden its access to Americans’ communications

FBI Director James Comey speaks about the impact of technology on law enforcement, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Brookings Institution in Washington. Comey gave a stark warning Thursday against smartphone data encryption, saying homicide cases could be stalled, suspects could go free and “justice may be denied because of a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.”  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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.

Poll suggests minimum wage could be key in upcoming elections

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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.

Government Grinch proposes new rules on Christmas lights

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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 […]

The FBI takes it back: They do spy on Americans without a warrant

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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 releases new version of ‘Because I Got High’ promoting legal weed

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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 […]