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British spies want to be able to suck data out of US Internet giants

10 minutes agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

As the UK government passes increasingly far-reaching surveillance laws that bind companies to capture, store and share data on their customers' activities, US tech giants like Facebook and Google are caught in a dilemma: much of what the UK government demands of them, the US government prohibits. (more…)

Just Give Us the Data! End-of-Term Org-Chart Edition

Public oversight of government and internal managment could both improve dramatically with an authoritative, machine-readable representation of what the federal government is. Right now, there isn’t a list of all of the federal government’s agencies, bureaus, programs, and projects. Show More Summary

Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel

BOSTON (Reuters) - A winter storm was expected dump close a foot (30 cm) of snow on southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas.

UAE plans to trim ministries, outsource most government services: PM

59 minutes agoNews : Reuters: World News

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates plans to outsource most government tasks to the private sector and cut the number of ministries, the prime minister said on Monday, without providing a timeframe for the changes.

Cruz’s Latest Dirty Trick?

Sen. Ted Cruz is out with a deceptive new mailer that masquerades as official government business and promises people there’s a “check enclosed” when it’s actually asking for money instead, the Huffington Post reports.

How the Colombian Government Keeps Afro-Colombians Poor

The country's armed conflict has been used by the Colombian government for decades to systematically deny basic labor and human rights. This crisis disproportionately impacts the Afro-Colombian population. A recent trade union delegation to the nation documented how Afro-Colombians have been excluded from economic growth. Show More Summary

The Feministing Five: Swapna Reddy

For this week’s Feministing Five, we spoke to Swapna Reddy, current law student and immigrant rights’ advocate. She recently co-authored a letter to the Obama Administration that calls for an end to the government mistreatment of Central American immigrants. Feministing, along with many others, endorsed the letter, so we were especially keen to learn more about […]

The refugee crisis: Biologists warn of the problems of determining age from biological indicators in children

The thousands of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) entering Europe to seek escape from war and poverty are in the headlines as the British Government considers the acceptance of 3000 refugee children to the UK.  In addition...Show More Summary

"The First Terrorist Attack in the U.S." - The Letelier-Moffitt Assassinations

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered official statements of the U.S. government or the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Show More Summary

Rick Pitino is Wrong About NCAA Justice

It comes up nearly every time a high-profile program runs seriously afoul of the NCAA’s Byzantine set of rules and regulations governing the multibillion-dollar college sports industrial complex. Scholarships get docked, postseason bans...Show More Summary

Cast Mold Your Own AR Lower Receiver

80% lowers are all the rage for the do-it-yourself types or those wanting to avoid the prying eyes of the US Government. The lowers are effective, but always require a machine to be able to finish (including the polymer lower receivers). Show More Summary

For sugar tax supporters, 2016 may be the sweet spot

By Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - 2016 could be the year of the sugar tax, as several large nations consider levies on sweetened food and drinks to battle obesity and fatten government coffers. For years, public health advocatesShow More Summary

“Bradley A. Smith commentary: Obama should not violate deal with Congress”

Columbus Dispatch oped: President Obama has indicated that he is considering issuing an executive order requiring companies who have contracted with the federal government to disclose their giving to trade associations, nonprofits and other organizations that participate in the political … Continue reading ?

Why the Big US Airlines are Losing their Fight Against the Middle East Carriers

A year ago Delta, American, and United started beating the drum that the US government ought to shut down our markets to Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar because of subsidies. US Airlines Believe Emirates Showers in the Sky are Unfair The US airlines weren’t concerned with free markets and don’t hate subsidies, they hate competition. Show More Summary

Story of Resilience: Syrian Couple Escaped War to Rebuild Shattered Life

The clashes between Syrian government forces and armed Islamist troops have continued for more than five years now, changing the lives of thousands of Syrian citizens forever.

Negative gearing next tax target

The federal government is looking at ways to cap the use of negative gearing without harming average workers.

Indian government ready to push through approval of local Apple Stores - report

The Indian government is said to be preparing to fast-track approval of the country's first Apple Stores, detouring normal rules about foreign ownership.

Toshiba Faces Tight Deadline for Restructuring Plan

Troubled electronics maker Toshiba is facing a tight deadline for mapping out a restructuring plan that has been made more difficult by the ambiguous role of the Japanese government.

When Government Makes Your Choices for You – You End Up with No Choices

The old politician saw is: “The most dangerous place for you in Washington – is between (fill in name of pol) and a camera.” We’ll coin a government saw: “The most dangerous place for you anywhere on the planet – is government between...Show More Summary

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