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Obama picks major proponent of spying on Americans to head NSA

Obama picks major proponent of spying on Americans to head NSA

President Barack Obama, determined to avoid real curbs on the ability of the National Security Agency to spy on Americans and foreign nationals, is turning to a Navy Admiral who shares his view that personal rights to privacy are secondary for a government who believes in the right to know everything about everyone. His choice […]

Air Force: ‘Culture of fear’ led to nuke force cheating

Air Force: ‘Culture of fear’ led to nuke force cheating

A worrisome culture of fear that made launch officers believe they had to get perfect test scores to be promoted fueled a widening cheating scandal within the military’s nuclear missile corps, according to Air Force officials. Half of the 183 launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been implicated in the cheating […]

Air Force says 92 implicated in nuclear cheating scandal

Air Force says 92 implicated in nuclear cheating scandal

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Thursday the number of nuclear force officers implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal has grown to 92 out of a force of 500. James spoke to reporters after touring nuclear bases around the country. The cheating has been found at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. The […]

Intel chief to Snowden: ‘Return stolen documents’

Intel chief to Snowden: ‘Return stolen documents’

The top U.S. intelligence official called on Wednesday for Edward Snowden and journalists who obtained documents the former contractor took without authorization from the National Security Agency to return the materials to authorities. At a hearing where the heads of five U.S. intelligence agencies ratcheted up rhetoric calling Snowden a “grave threat” to the nation, […]

In a way, new health care law is about transfer of wealth

In a way, new health care law is about transfer of wealth

Maybe the health care law was about wealth transfer, after all. If the gap between haves and have-nots is the defining issue of President Barack Obama’s second term, his health overhaul was its first-term counterpart. Turns out the two are linked. New research shows that the Affordable Care Act will significantly boost the economic fortunes […]

Cheating scandal increases strain on U.S. nuke force

Cheating scandal increases strain on U.S. nuke force

The Air Force’s nuclear missile corps faces new strains after dozens more officers were implicated in an investigation of cheating on missile-launch proficiency tests. The number implicated in the probe has roughly doubled from the original 34 officers, meaning that about 14 percent of all launch officers are now sidelined. Officials on Tuesday said the […]

NSA uses smartphone apps to spy on all us

NSA uses smartphone apps to spy on all us

Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in the apps installed on smartphones across the globe. The documents, published by The New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica, suggest that the mapping, gaming, and social networking apps available on smartphones can feed America’s National Security Agency […]

Rand Paul resurrects Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky affair

Rand Paul resurrects Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky affair

Sen. Rand Paul is defending his fellow Republicans against criticism that the party is out-of-touch on women’s issues by reminding voters that the Democrats’ last president had an affair with a White House intern. The Kentucky Republican’s Sunday mention of President Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky comes as Democrats have been redoubling their efforts […]

Can Obama generate second-term momentum?

Can Obama generate second-term momentum?

Struggling to generate second-term momentum, President Barack Obama will use Tuesday’s State of the Union address to announce new executive actions on job training and retirement security, while prodding a divided Congress to work harder on expanding economic mobility for middle class Americans. Obama’s broad themes — described by the White House as opportunity, action, […]