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The NSA Doesn't Think Your Joke Mug Is Funny

The latest twist in the unfolding National Security Agency surveillance story comes in the form of a coffee mug. The NSA filed a cease-and-desist order over a parody of their logo and now the affected artist is fighting back with a lawsuit.
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Pakistani Taliban Chief Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

U.S. and Taliban officials have told various news agencies that Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in the tribal North Waziristan region of Pakistan.
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Friday Political Mix: Democratic Jitters Over Obamacare's Woes

Obama administration officials try to calm congressional Democrats anxieties triggered by the flawed Obamacare website and insurance policy cancellations... Leaders of big tech firms want Congress to rein in the NSA... It just got harder to get an abortion in Texas.
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U.S. Spying Efforts Sometimes 'Reached Too Far,' Kerry Says

The secretary of state's comments are the sharpest to date from a top Obama aide. He also said, though, that "innocent people are not being abused" and that the intelligence gathered by the National Security Agency has prevented terrorist attacks.
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Global Internet Infrastructure Makes It Hard To Reel In Spying

The NSA has apparently figured out a secret way to tap into the links between Internet users and Google and Yahoo data centers overseas. The companies say they didn't give the NSA permission, and they are angry. Because the data centers are located outside the United States, the NSA may not be bound by the same laws that govern domestic surveillance. The case shows how difficult it is for policymakers and legislators to oversee NSA surveillance activities.
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NSA Snooping Shows Tensions Between Security And Privacy

In the decade since Sept. 11, the public's focus seems to have swung from a fear of individual terrorist attacks to a fear that the government will go too far in trying to prevent the next attack. Right now, there is a backlash against NSA spying. Recent surveillance scandals show a larger effort to strike a balance between privacy and security.
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Capt. James Kirk To Command Navy's New 'Stealth Destroyer'

The U.S. Navy officer is listed as "prospective commanding officer" of the newly launched USS Zumwalt.
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As Iraq's Leader Meets Obama, Here's Why The Stakes Are High

Violence is rising again in Iraq, with at least 5,000 people killed this year. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wants U.S. military hardware to fight back. He's also seen as a key figure when it comes to developments in Iran and Syria.
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Report: NSA Has Broken Into Google And Yahoo Data Centers

Documents obtained from NSA leaker Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials reveal the program, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
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Intelligence Officials Defend Spying On Allies

U.S. intelligence officials are defending their surveillance operations carried out in allied countries. Testifying on Capitol Hill, they said reports that the NSA intercepted phone calls of European citizens are "completely false" and based on a misreading of the leaked documents on which the reports were based. They did not deny monitoring the communications of European leaders, saying such intelligence-gathering is normal.

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