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Government Surveillance Budget Revealed, $52.6 Billion To Spy

The U.S. government has a $52.6 billion “black budget” to operate its massive surveillance assets, according to new documents leaked by National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The documents, which were publicized in an article by The Washington Times, reveal that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) receive […]

EFF Explains Perfect Forward Secrecy, an Important Web Privacy Protection

When you access a Web site over an encrypted connection, you’re using a protocol called HTTPS. But not all HTTPS connections are created equal. In the first few milliseconds after a browser connects securely to a server, an important choice is made: the browser sends a list of preferences for what kind of encryption it’s willing to support, and the server replies with a verification certificate and picks a choice for encryption from the browser’s list. These different encryption choices are called “cipher suites.” Most of the time, users don’t have to worry about which suite the browsers and servers are using, but in some cases it can make a big difference.

Russia Flexes; Obamacare Helps The Really, Really Poor; Fed Ignores Global Growth; The Cash-Only Housing Recovery; North Korea’s Take On Free Speech – Thursday Morning News Roundup 8-29-2013

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

Big Sis’ Long Goodbye Ends With Speech Urging ‘Common-Sense’ Immigration Reform

Big Sis’ Long Goodbye Ends With Speech Urging ‘Common-Sense’ Immigration Reform

Outgoing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s long goodbye ended Tuesday with a farewell speech in which she urged Congress to pass some form of amnesty for the 11 million or so illegal aliens now living in the United States.

‘Black Kids In Hoodies’ Attack Bicyclist On Martin Luther King Boulevard; Media Refuses To Identify Race

‘Black Kids In Hoodies’ Attack Bicyclist On Martin Luther King Boulevard; Media Refuses To Identify Race

Local media in Portland, Ore., took notice of a Reddit poster’s chronicle of being attacked during an unfortunate bike trip down a Northeast Portland street. But they had a little trouble providing a description of the attackers.

Homeless? No Food For You!

In Raleigh, N.C., a nonprofit group was threatened with arrest last week if it went forward with its weekly plan to feed about 70 homeless people sausage biscuits and coffee at a downtown park.

The Rev. Hugh Hollowell of Love Wins Ministries wrote on his organization’s website that the ministry showed up at Moore Square to pass out food at 9 a.m., as it had done almost every Saturday and Sunday for the past six years. This time, officers from the Raleigh Police Department prevented it from handing out the food.

Harvard Study Finds Violent Crime Rises As Gun Ownership Falls

Harvard University has released a study on whether it’s possible to discern patterns of cause and effect between gun ownership and the incidence of violent crime. Study authors Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser did find such a relationship: an inverse one. The study, called “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?” compares data on […]

Biden Said He Will Impeach The President For War Not Approved By Congress… In 2007

If President Barack Obama launches an attack on Syria without full Congressional approval, do you think Vice President Joe Biden will attempt to have him impeached? On Tuesday, we brought you Constitution-friendly Obama, circa 2007; today, we will revisit a Biden of the same vintage. In 2007, Senator Biden said that he would absolutely do […]

Ron Paul: Middle Of The Road In Healthcare Leads To Socialism

This article by physician and former Texas Congressman Ron Paul was first published Monday at his website. Read Paul’s thoughts on why free-market health care isn’t the absurdity that liberal pundits make it out to be, and feel free to share the article with friends. The ever-expanding role of government in healthcare provides an excellent example of Ludwig […]

Only Black Senator, A Republican, Left Out Of 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights March

There was a noticeable absence Wednesday from the speaker line-up at the Let Freedom Ring event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: Tim Scott, the Nation’s only black Senator. Speakers at the event included Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.), Martin Luther King III, MSNBC host Al Sharpton, along with Jamie Foxx, Oprah Winfrey and […]

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