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Government Spying Continues, Full Speed Ahead

A top-secret federal court has renewed the authority of the U.S. government to collect telephone records as part of its surveillance program

  • July 22, 2013
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  • Desiree Everts DeNunzio
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Judge Troubled by Obama Administration’s Position on Drone Strikes

A federal judge said she was “really troubled” by the Obama administration’s “disconcerting” position that drone strike decisions are outside the court’s competence

  • July 22, 2013
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  • RT News
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#History: Detroit Goes Under

The city of Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history Thursday afternoon, culminating a decades-long slide that transformed the nation’s iconic industrial town into a model of urban decline crippled by population loss, a dwindling tax base and financial problems

  • July 18, 2013
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  • Robert Snell, Daniel Howes, Chad Livengood and David Shepardson
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Snowden Fears Torture, Execution by U.S.

Following the official asylum petition by Edward Snowden to the Russian authorities, RT interviewed Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena who consults Snowden

  • July 17, 2013
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  • RT News
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Under Obamacare, 74% of Small Businesses Will Cut Hours, Fire Workers

Despite the administration’s controversial decision to delay forcing companies to join Obamacare for a year, three-quarters of small businesses are still making plans to duck the costly law by firing workers

  • July 17, 2013
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  • PAUL BEDARD
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NSA Fallout: Obama Administration Drowns in Lawsuits

Attorneys for the Electronic Frontier Foundation have sued the Obama administration and are demanding the White House stop the dragnet surveillance programs operated by the National Security Agency

  • July 17, 2013
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  • RT News
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Untallied: State Dept Travels on Taxpayer Dime

The State Department is one of five Cabinet offices that have yet to fully comply with requests under the Freedom of Information Act to disclose the details and expenses of official travel more than a year after they were filed

  • July 15, 2013
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  • Jim Snyder & Danielle Ivory
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U.S. Quietly Legalizes Government-Run News Propaganda

For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January

  • July 15, 2013
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  • John Hudson
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Snowden Has NSA Blueprints

Edward Snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the National Security Agency is structured and operates that could harm the U.S. government, but has insisted that they not be made public

  • July 15, 2013
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  • JENNY BARCHFIELD
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Heroic Effort at Great Personal Cost

A Swedish sociology professor has nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. He says the NSA whistleblower could help “save the prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision” to give the 2009 award to Barack Obama

  • July 15, 2013
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  • RT News
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Crackdown on Leaks: Obama Orders Government to Spy on Itself

In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues

  • July 10, 2013
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  • Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor
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It Begins: Liberty Activist Arrested, Treated as Terrorist

Police searched the Northern Virginia home of libertarian activist Adam Kokesh Tuesday evening and took him into custody, according to a news release posted on Kokesh’s Web site

  • July 10, 2013
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  • Trishula Patel
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The Absurd Charge Against Bradley Manning

As military prosecutors wrapped up their case against Bradley Manning just before the Fourth of July, their most serious charge against the Army private first class — aiding the enemy — rested tenuously on circumstantial evidence

  • July 9, 2013
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  • Matt Sledge
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One Third of America Gets Food Aid From Federal Government

The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.

  • July 9, 2013
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  • Elizabeth Harrington
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IRS Screws Up Again: Posts Thousands of Social Security Numbers Online

The Internal Revenue Service mistakenly exposed as many as 2,319 Social Security numbers by posting them on the Internet, which a California-based archivist discovered last week

  • July 9, 2013
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  • RT News
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Edward Snowden Interview Pt. II

Edward Snowden predicted more than a month ago while still in hiding in Hong Kong that the US government would seek to demonise him, telling the Guardian that he would be accused of aiding America’s enemies

  • July 9, 2013
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  • Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill
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Young, Qualified and Jobless

“All your life,” says Argyro Paraskeva, “you’ve been told you’re a golden prince. The future awaits: it’s bright, it’s yours. You have a degree! You’ll have a good job, a fine life. And then suddenly you find it’s not true.”

  • July 2, 2013
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  • Jon Henley
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E.U. Says U.S. Spying is ‘Out of Control’

Europeans are furious. Revelations that the US intelligence service National Security Agency (NSA) targeted the European Union and several European countries with its far-reaching spying activities have led to angry reactions from several senior EU and German politicians

  • July 2, 2013
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  • Claus Hecking and Stefan Schultz
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