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No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Get Your Digital Data

ProPublica is back with an update of their December 2012 reference guide outlining the many, many ways law enforcement can get into your personal data – phone records, GPS, email and much more – without a warrant, and without informing you you’re being watched. This is an immensely informative reference, and it’s as up to […]

Yikes! Yelp Critics Lose Anonymity

“Takes you to court if he doesn’t like your anonymous Yelp review. He will literally make a federal case out of it.” That was a review of Hadeed Carpet posted on Yelp today, in light of a ruling by the Virginia Court of Appeals confirming a lower court’s decision that Yelp must provide the names […]

15 Minutes Of Fame, Courtesy Of Google

The words “shared endorsement” sound fairly benign. But in fact, it’s a scheme cooked up by Google to feature users’ names, photos and profile information in advertising. The Google Terms of Service, under the heading “Your Content In Our Services,” state: If you have a Google Account, we may display your Profile name, Profile photo, […]

Christie To Address Scandal; Congressmen Demand American Jobs Before Amnesty; Baucus Has Sketchy Chinese Ties; IRS Investigation ‘Compromised’; Double The Number Of Martyrs — Thursday Morning News Roundup 1-9-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

Poll Spells Bad News For Political Establishment, Possibly Good For Tea Party

Poll Spells Bad News For Political Establishment, Possibly Good For Tea Party

The results of a new poll indicate that a record number of Americans identify themselves as political independents. And while the number of Americans who call themselves Democrats remains unchanged from the past four years, Republican identification is at its lowest point in 25 years.

Obama’s Poverty Pivot Invites More Poverty

Obama’s Poverty Pivot Invites More Poverty

As President Barack Obama attempts to stave off an election-year repeat of the public relations disaster he saddled his own party with in 2013, he’s kicking his policy rhetoric into community-organizing mode. Launching an income inequality initiative is Obama’s way of bailing incumbent Congressional Democrats out of the Obamacare debacle.

Overall Obama Regulatory Burden Nears $500 Billion

Overall Obama Regulatory Burden Nears $500 Billion

The American Action Forum, a moderate conservative research institute, released its most recent examination of the regulatory burden caused by government, finding that Federal regulations cost the U.S. economy $112 billion in 2013.

EPA Takes Land From State In Violation Of Century-Old Congressional Act

EPA Takes Land From State In Violation Of Century-Old Congressional Act

Republican Wyoming Governor Matt Mead issued a statement Monday blasting the Environmental Protection Agency for unilaterally ignoring Congressionally established law in order to take roughly 1 million acres of property out of State jurisdiction and hand it over to two Indian tribes.

Income Inequality: Obama Rewards More Donors With Posh Ambassador Posts

President Barack Obama demonstrated his commitment to ending income inequality in America this week by asking the Senate to lavish five major Democratic donors with cherry ambassadorships in conflict-free countries like Iceland, New Zealand and The Netherlands. Obama sent his picks to the Senate on Monday for confirmation, even though the nominees knew before Congress […]

Democrat Lawmaker Wants To Rename Welfare; EPA Proposals Would Kill Coal; Boehner Says GOP Is On Immigration Reform; Approval Of Congress Still Dismally Low— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 1-8-2014

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links.

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