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South Korean Parents Will Be Required to Have Government-Approved Spyware on Teens’ Smartphones

It appears that South Korea is playing Orwellian catch-up with its security-obsessed northern neighbor.

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Obama Bans Federal Government From Giving Some Military Gear to Local Police Departments

In an attempt to rein in the reckless federal transferral of military equipment to cops, the president made a “surprise announcement” Monday ordering that certain gear stop being provided to local police departments, which were starting to look like “occupying forces.”

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Edward Snowden: ‘If I Had Taken [the NSA] Documents to Congress, I Would’ve Gone to Jail’

Addressing an audience at Stanford University via video chat on Friday, Edward Snowden discussed the moral conundrums he faced as a whistleblower. He also made some recommendations on how authorities should address whistleblowers and surveillance.

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Big Oil Gets $10 Million From Taxpayers Every Minute (Video)

Governments give fossil fuel companies $5.3 trillion in subsidies every year—more than the world spends on health care, a new estimate by the International Monetary Fund says.

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Memo to the Media: Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden Story Isn’t About Seymour Hersh

How did the veteran journalist’s recent investigation into how the Obama administration might not have shot straight with its account of how Osama bin Laden met his end in 2011 turn into another tedious attempt to shoot the messenger by certain members of the U.S. media?

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Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Trial Was Far From Impartial

The jury that convicted the accused in the Boston Marathon bombing was biased before the trial even started, a wave of suicides is sweeping through a town in California and an activist works toward getting women to “free the nipple.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE



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Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Want Obama to Join the ‘Fight for $15’ to Raise Minimum Wage

The effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour is gaining momentum, and two of American progressives’ biggest allies are doing what they can to get the executive branch behind the movement.

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The Obamas’ Net Worth Is as Much as $6.9 Million

The first family almost qualifies as 1 percenters, with a 2014 adjusted gross income a bit shy of the $521,411 that would put them among the richest segment of Americans, according to financial disclosures released Friday.

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Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, an attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE



Study Shows Gender Equality Prevailed Among Prehistoric People

A review of the way gatherer-hunters live in our own time suggests that the gender inequality observed today did not exist for the vast majority of our evolutionary history.

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