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USS Nimitz Heading Closer To Syria, No Orders Yet

With the tough decision on whether to enter Syria still to come from President Obama, it appears that the USS Nimitz has already set sail and is headed in that direction. The carrier has been set in place simply as an act to be prepared with its current status. With no orders to attack, it is just there waiting, in …

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Congress Split: Syrian Response Divides Nation

Congress may mirror America after all. After President Barack Obama’s Saturday Rose Garden speech proclaiming his decision to take military action in response to Syria’s chemical weapons aggression, legislators appear to be split in their anticipated response. Obama will look to Congress for authorization when lawmakers return from recess a week from now. Public opinion polling shows a split in …

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Tulsi Gabbard: Hawaiian Congresswoman Threatened

CNN had a downright freaky story this morning, with a man from Tijuana arrested for vowing to “behead” freshman congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Aniruddha Sherbow was arrested by officers working in conjunction with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Marshals Service, the D.C. District Attorney’s office, and the San Diego and Honolulu divisions of the FBI. Sherbow allegedly sent …

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Should Internet Access Remain Tax Free?

You probably pay a lot for Internet, but at least you don’t have to pay taxes on your service with each monthly bill. That may all change next year, and two senators want to stop that from happening. The Hill reports that Sens. Ron Wyden and John Thune introduced the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act into the Senate on Thursday. …

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Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Calls For The NSA To Be Abolished

The NSA has become quite the touchy subject in Washington these past few months after leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s spy programs. The president and those who support the NSA have been on the defensive claiming that the agency doesn’t abuse its powers (it does), while those against the agency have been calling for it …

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Senator Thinks Smart TVs Might Be Watching You

Smart TVs are incredibly easy to hack. In a report from last year, hackers had discovered an easy exploit in Samsung Smart TVs that allowed them to take control of the camera and spy on the owner of said TV. A similar hack has one Congressman very concerned. Sen. Chuck Schumer wrote a letter to television manufacturers earlier this week …

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Sen. Dick Durbin Wants The NSA To Reveal The Scope Of Its Phone Surveillance Program

In late July, Rep. Justin Amash proposed an amendment to the annual Defense spending bill that would prevent the NSA from targeting anybody not currently under an investigation. Unsurprisingly, the amendment was voted down. Now one Senator is trying the same thing in the Senate, but his attempt might be more successful. The Hill reports that Sen. Dick Durbin, chairman …

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House Judiciary Committee Votes In Favor Of Cellphone Unlocking

Should you be able to unlock your cellphone? Over 100,000 Americans and the White House certainly think so. Some members of Congress think so as well, and the House-backed legislation that would legalize cellphone unlocking is one step closer to a final floor vote. The Hill reports that Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act was approved …

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Senate Wants Somebody To Argue For Your Privacy In The FISA Court

The NSA can spy on just about everything you do. The agency is able to do this thanks to the FISA Court – a secretive judicial system that approves or denies government requests to collect data. The only problem is that the government is the only one at these court hearings arguing in favor of surveillance. Three senators want to …

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Sen. Al Franken Wants To Make The NSA A Little More Transparent

How many American citizens are targeted by the NSA? It’s a question that the agency refuses to answer, and today’s leak makes it seem like the agency targets just about everyone. The NSA needs to be transparent about its domestic operations, and one senator wants to make that happen. The Hill reports that Sen. Al Franken announced on Wednesday that …

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Senate Panel Thinks The Government Should Study Video Game Violence

Is there a direct correlation between violent video games and violent acts committed by young people? Most studies say no, but most also say that there is a correlation between violent video games and increased aggression. Note that aggression and violence are not one in the same, but your elected officials don’t care about semantics. The Hill reports that the …

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Chandra Levy: Court Documents To Be Unsealed

Chandra Levy was a name heard on news reports around the world for months in 2001, after her body was found in a D.C. park and lab tests found DNA on her clothing from congressman Gary Condit. Now, a judge has ordered court documents from 2009 to be unsealed after the attorneys representing the man convicted of her murder said …

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