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Call It the Bureau of Corrections Instead of the Bureau of Prisons, Lawmakers Say

August 8, 2013 Prisons in the United States are something of a disaster—both in terms of justice and the budget. Some background: Roughly 1,000 California inmates may be released this year before they complete their sentences because of a court order based on severe overcrowding in the state's prisons. At the same time,...

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Oprah Is Getting a Presidential Medal of Freedom

August 8, 2013 On Thursday, the White House announced the list of people who will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Media colossus Oprah Winfrey is among them. We'd like to imagine that she found this out by looking under her seat. The White House credits Oprah as having "long been active...

Dempsey Warns of 'Significant Threat Stream'

August 5, 2013 On Saturday, most of the United States' top national security officials met to discuss the possible terrorist threat that has already caused the closure of 21 U.S. embassies and a global travel warning for Americans through the rest of August. The global travel warning is the first issued by the...

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Joint Chiefs Chairman: 'There Is a Significant Threat Stream'

August 5, 2013 On Saturday, most of the United States' top national security officials met to discuss the possible terrorist threat that has already caused the closure of 21 U.S. embassies and a global travel warning for Americans through the rest of August. The global travel warning is the first issued by the...

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Edward Snowden Has Left the Airport

August 1, 2013 NSA leaker Edward Snowden's long layover appears to be finally over. According to Interfax, Snowden received papers on Thursday that allowed him to finally enter Russia and leave Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. Crews from RT say that they saw Snowden actually leave. According to his lawyer, Snowden has been granted a...

Journalists and Whistleblowers Are the Real Winners in the Manning Trial

July 30, 2013 On Tuesday, Judge Col. Denise Lind convicted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of many major charges, but Manning dodged the big one: "aiding the enemy." That charge would have come with a possible life sentence. The conviction still includes six charges under the Espionage Act, although that had previously been reported...

How the Bradley Manning Verdict Avoided a Serious Chill on Whistleblowing

July 30, 2013 On Tuesday, Judge Col. Denise Lind convicted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of many major charges, but Manning dodged the big one: "aiding the enemy." That charge would have come with a possible life sentence. The conviction still includes 5 charges under the Espionage Act, and Manning could face a long...

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Analysis: Senator Julian Assange, Care of Edward Snowden

July 25, 2013 Julian Assange may not be able to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. But that's not stopping him from announcing a campaign for the Senate in Australia. On Thursday, Assange announced seven candidates from his WikiLeaks Party for the Senate elections this year. One of those candidates is Assange himself....

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One Month Later, Edward Snowden Is Finally Leaving the Airport. Now What?

July 24, 2013 On June 23, Edward Snowden arrived at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, then presumably en route to Ecuador. But instead, he wound up with an incredibly harsh layover. Now, just a bit over a month later, and one week after he formally applied for asylum in Russia, Snowden reportedly has been granted...

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The Cheney Dynasty Rises

July 17, 2013 The Bushes. The Clintons. Now, the Cheneys hope to be the new political dynasty on the block. On Tuesday, Liz Cheney issued a statement saying she will run for the Senate seat from Wyoming in 2014. Her statement came just minutes after the man holding that seat, Republican Senator Mike...