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Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado over marijuana legalization

Colorado’s neighbors don’t seem to be catching on to the marijuana-acceptance trend.

Privacy experts predict a future without privacy

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Ten years from now, will privacy be the exception?

IRS considers temporary shutdown and delaying tax refunds

In this July 23, 2014 file photo, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday. About half the people who call the IRS for assistance this filing season won't be able to get through to a person, Koskinen said. Once returns are filed, there will be fewer agents to audit them. (AP Photo, File)

Good luck getting help on your taxes this season–and don’t count on a prompt refund.

Software lets police assign you a ‘threat rating’ based on social media activity

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The future of policing may be here, and it’s more than a little intrusive.

Study: Smartphone users ‘are their own worst enemies’ when it comes to privacy

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The smartphone users who worry the most about their online security also happen to be the least motivated to take added precautions, according to one study.

What a Supreme Court ruling on police mistakes might mean for the Fourth Amendment

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A police stop and search conducted over a “mistake of the law” on the police officer’s behalf is still lawful, according to the Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision in Heien v. North Carolina.

Wyden on FBI backdoor spying: ‘There are no magic keys that can be used only by good guys’

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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a long-time critic of government spying, has an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times denouncing the FBI’s push for tech companies to enable easier backdoor access to Americans’ data.

Sandy Hook victims are suing the manufacturers and distributors of Lanza’s rifle

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Nine families of victims and one survivor of the Sandy Hook shooting are suing the manufacturers and distributors of the gun wielded by the shooter, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Teen marijuana use declined this year, despite increased legalization

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A favorite argument of the anti-marijuana crowd is that legalization would send the wrong signal to the youth and make them think drugs are good for them.

This Tumblr page is dedicated to blacklisting an anti-pot congressman from local businesses

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Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) has quickly become a persona non grata in Washington, D.C., and a Tumblr page of posters is encouraging local businesses to formally ban him from their premises.

You can start buying extra Humvees from the military in just two days

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The military has so many extra Humvees lying around these days, it’s auctioning them off to the public.

Congress just banned the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws

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Dispensaries in the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Gun ‘give-backs’ ask residents to hand over toy and real weapons

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Two separate events this weekend encouraged gun owners to voluntarily relinquish their weapons in the name of reducing gun violence.

Cuomo requires New York insurers to cover sex change surgery, hormone therapy

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) wrote a letter to insurance companies this week, warning that they will no longer be allowed to refuse to cover gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy or other treatments needed to change a person’s gender if a doctor deems such treatments medically necessary. In the letter, Cuomo highlighted a state […]

Poll: Majority favor gun rights over gun control for the first time in over 20 years

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Gun rights supporters outnumber gun control advocates for the first time in over twenty years, the latest Pew poll found.

Democrats in Congress haven’t given up on their failed gun control legislation

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A group of Democrats remains determined to bring up gun control legislation despite past failures to muster support, The Hill reports.

New anti-pot argument: Don’t legalize because Monsanto and GMOs

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For the most part, a Tuesday afternoon anti-marijuana legalization panel hosted by the Heritage Foundation featured traditional conservative arguments against legalizing recreational marijuana.

Desperate police attempts to figure out who owns guns include neighbor-spying and home searches

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Across the country, police have become very interested in finding out the exact details of their residents’ gun ownership.

Senate passes bill to combat cyber attacks after repeated hacks of federal systems

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The Senate has passed a measure updating federal information security rules—their first update in 12 years.

Report: Congress quietly striking a deal to kill D.C. marijuana legalization with spending bill

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Some members of Congress are trying to quietly put the kibosh on Washington, D.C.’s recently-passed marijuana legalization by sneaking a measure into their $1.1 trillion spending bill, the Washington Post reports.