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Pulitzer Honoring Snowden’s Leak Validates Whistleblowing April 16, 2014
Granting a Pulitzer Prize to reporting based on information leaked by Edward Snowden legitimizes -- and may even encourage -- whistleblowing.
Cesar Chavez Biographer Aims To Go Beyond Labor Activist’s Saintly Image
Cesar Chavez has been mythologized to the point of saintliness, but one biographer’s new book brings the activist’s image back down to Earth.
Rice Joins Dropbox Board, Sparks Online Protests
Condoleezza Rice seems an odd choice for Dropbox, a company whose future success depends upon its users believing their data is secure and safe from prying eyes.
Battle At Bundy Ranch Highlights Americans’ Political Priorities
A 20-year stand-off between a rancher and the federal government turned violent late last week, when hundreds of armed Americans came to stop the feds from evicting the rancher’s cattle.
Texas Rep. Introduces Bill To Make Bitcoins Currency
The IRS has ruled that, for tax purposes, bitcoins should be classified as securities, but a controversial Texas politician wants to return the virtual currency to currency status.
LAPD To Discuss Disabled, Missing Recording Equipment
LAPD officers continue to tamper with recording equipment on patrol cars and on their person because no one is holding them accountable, but a public hearing could change that.
Latest Bank Fine Shows Broken Regulatory System, Out-Of-Touch Industry
Bank of America is the latest major bank to get slammed with fines and orders to repay customers affected by unfair and deceptive practices and products.
“Heartbleed” Exploit Deals Major Blow To Online Privacy
A recently discovered coding error has devastating implications for the security of personal information online. It also shows that online privacy may be an ideal that doesn’t exist in reality.
Progressive or Chameleon? Corruption Case Targets Mysterious Calif. Lawmaker
A California politician has made a career out of telling people what they want to hear. Now he’s facing fierce allegations that could answer the question: Who is Leland Yee?
Palestinian Prisoner Support Movement Highlights Gates Foundation’s Reckless Spending
A call for a show of solidarity and support for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian jails also highlights questionable choices made by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Fighting Cyberbullying With A Mobile App
Technology’s nature as an ever-evolving landscape and its growing presence in the lives of young people means fighting cyberbullying is both more difficult and more critical than ever.
Calif. Student’s Stand For Trauma Survivors Triggers Furor Over Academic Freedom
A student calls for teachers to warn students before showing potentially distressing content in class, prompting debate over whether this is sensitive to students’ needs or simply coddling.
Stop-And-Frisk Policies Proof Of Racism In America
Stop-and-frisk policies disproportionately affect Americans of African, Latin and Middle Eastern descent, yet the existence of racism in America continues to surprise many.
Will BDS Movement Finally Force Change For Israel?
A movement protesting Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories and human rights abuses gains steam -- possibly enough to finally force Israel to confront and correct its actions.
SCOTUS Ruling Reflects Shifting Role Of Money In Politics
The Supreme Court overturns aggregate limits on campaign contributions, further opening the political arena to corruption and making it harder for party outsiders to get elected.
NY State Passes Pro-Wall Street Budget Bill
Gov. Cuomo becomes “Wall Street’s newest hero” by passing a budget that favors tax cuts for the corporate and wealthy elite over funding for the state’s schools.
Senate Report Shows CIA Torture Ineffective
A Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation” is poised to elevate hostility between the two groups into an all-out war.
Journalists On Trial: Why Barrett Brown’s Case Matters
The outcome of the trial of journalist Barrett Brown could mean either a further decline of U.S. press freedoms or legislation ensuring protection for journalists.
Riot Police Attack Albuquerque Police Brutality Protest (Video)
In recent years, Albuquerque police have been involved in more fatal police shootings than police departments in similar-sized cities and bigger, and residents have had enough.
IRS Labels Bitcoin Property Not Currency
By classifying bitcoins and other virtual currencies as property, and thus making them subject to capital gains tax, the IRS may have hammered in the final nail in the coffin for cryptocurrencies.
6M Enrolled, But Obamacare Fight Is Vicious As Ever
Thanks to a recent surge in enrollment, Obamacare enrollment rates are on track to hit goals and defy the expectations of even the most derisive Republicans.