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Obama talks curbs on some, but not all, of NSA’s abuses

Obama talks curbs on some, but not all, of NSA’s abuses

President Barack Obama’s orders to change some U.S. surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from across the globe. In a speech […]

What Obama did and did not change on NSA spying

What Obama did and did not change on NSA spying

President Barack Obama is putting limits on the harvesting of Americans’ phone records and seeking revisions to a program that sweeps up email and Internet data around the world, seven months after former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden began divulging the secret spying. Some questions and answers about Obama’s plan: ___ Q: Why did […]

Supremes to look at police cell-phone searches

Supremes to look at police cell-phone searches

The Supreme Court decided 40 years ago that police don’t need a search warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested. But that was long before smartphones gave people the ability to take with them the equivalent of millions of pages of documents or thousands of photographs. In a new clash over […]

Feds look for ways to curb abuses on racial profiling

Feds look for ways to curb abuses on racial profiling

The Justice Department is likely to expand the definition of racial profiling to bar federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a person familiar with the issue said Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity about the matter because a Justice Department review of the issue is […]

Cybersecurity chief worried about healthcare.cov

Cybersecurity chief worried about healthcare.cov

The top cybersecurity officer for the Health and Human Services Department said he was concerned about potential vulnerabilities ahead of the launch of the Obama administration’s health care website. But Kevin Charest told congressional investigators he was unable to get answers to his questions from others inside the department. He concluded that the testing of […]

A combination of failures led to Benghazi attacks

A combination of failures led to Benghazi attacks

A bipartisan Senate report on the attacks on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, paints a picture of systemic failure of security for U.S. diplomats overseas that led to the deaths of the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. The intelligence community didn’t send enough warnings, the State Department didn’t take the warnings it […]

Resistance to changes in NSA phone record keeping

Resistance to changes in NSA phone record keeping

Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans’ phone records to help the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. They’re worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do. President […]

More older Americans than young applying for Obamacare

More older Americans than young applying for Obamacare

Younger people went for President Barack Obama at election time, but will they buy his health insurance? New government figures show it’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under Obama’s health care law. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from […]

Without young enrollees, Obamacare could get sick

Without young enrollees, Obamacare could get sick

Now that more than 2 million people have signed up for private insurance plans created by President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, a crucial next check-up for the new marketplace will be to see how old customers are. Early data from a handful of state exchanges shows the administration needs more young adults to sign up […]