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Google Says It's Getting Far More User-Data Requests From Government

According to its semiannual Transparency Report, Google received 10,918 government orders from January to June of this year, compared with 4,287 in the same period three years ago.
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Democrats Try To Stanch Political Bleeding From Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act's rollout has taken the remarkable Democratic Party unity that existed during the government shutdown and smashed it to smithereens.
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Four Marines Killed In Camp Pendleton Training Accident

The deaths occurred at the base near San Diego during what officials have described as a range maintenance operation.
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How Obama's Response To NSA Spying Has Evolved

Over the five months since Edward Snowden began leaking secret documents to the media about American spying, President Obama has adjusted his response to the disclosures. At first, he suggested the concern was misplaced, but more recently, his message has been that something needs to change.
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Intelligence Officials Aim To Pre-Empt More Surveillance Leaks

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden is believed to have taken 200,000 NSA documents, and the vast majority have yet to be released.
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Who Gets The Blame For NSA Spying? NSA Says Not Us

Faced with harsh criticism over its vast surveillance operation, the NSA and its allies are pushing back. They say their intelligence collection is being done in response to demands from the executive branch of the U.S. government and not on its own. The NSA says it is currently working on 36,000 pages of what it calls "requirements" — intel speak for intelligence assignments it gets from branches of the U.S. government.
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Obama's Choice For Homeland Security Chief Testifies In Senate

President Obama's choice to run the department of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, made his first appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
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Obama's Surveillance Review Panel Issues Initial Findings

The team was appointed by the White House in August following months of revelations about the National Security Agency's programs. President Obama asked the five intelligence experts to make recommendations about balancing security and privacy concerns.
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What Happens To Guantanamo After The War In Afghanistan Ends?

U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan are set to end after next year. So if the fighting stops, does the war on terror end? What does the end of the war mean for the detention center in Cuba and on drone strikes in Afghanistan?
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Why Does The NSA Keep An EGOTISTICALGIRAFFE? It's Top Secret

EGOTISTICALGIRAFFE, MINARET and SHAMROCK are a few of the tens of thousands of code names the NSA gives everything, including programs, exercises, weapons and even its budget.

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