President Barack Obama said Thursday that he'll be reining in some of the snooping conducted by the National Security Agency, but he did not detail what new limits he plans to impose on the embattled spy organization. "I'll be proposing some self-restraint on the NSA ... to initiate some reforms that can give people more confidence," Obama told Chris Matthews in an interview for MSNBC's Hardball. read more
Reminds Us That Vader's Just A Poor Boy, He Needs Your Sympathy
The Star Wars saga has nearly 40 years of story and legacy behind it as it enters this new, Disney-fied era. Decades' worth of Jedi and Sith and droids and bounty hunters and incestual kisses and Wookiees and gold bikinis and roguish smugglers and midi-chlorians and Jar Jar Binkses and holding me like you did by the lake on Naboo and holy crap that got away from me, I should have stopped while I was ahead.
With Episode VII and a Disneyfied future looming before us, how should we celebrate that long history? What perfect form can sum up the width and breadth of George Lucas' fictional universe? Howzabout a bunch of cosplayers singing a Star Wars version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody?"
That lovely video up top is the creation of the students and faculty from the Digital Video Program at University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona read more
President Barack Obama said Thursday that he'll be reining in some of the snooping conducted by the National Security Agency, but he did not detail what new limits he plans to impose on the embattled spy organization.
"I'll be proposing some self-restraint on the NSA. And...to initiate some reforms that can give people more confidence, " Obama told Chris Matthews in an interview recorded for MSNBC's "Hardball." read more
Concerned by the attempts of Al Qaeda and its global affiliates to attract more Americans and other Westerners, the State Department is stepping up its online efforts to combat violent extremists' recruiting of English speakers. For the past three years, a small band of online analysts and bloggers in a tiny State Department office have focused their efforts on trying to understand what inspires their target audience -- men 18 to 30 years old, mostly in the Middle East -- to violent extremism, and on finding ways to steer them away from that. The analysts speak Arabic, Urdu, Somali and Punjabi. In the pilot program that began Wednesday, the same analysts will for the first time also post messages on English-language websites that jihadists use to recruit, raise money and promote their cause. read more
WASHINGTON -- More than two dozen of the nation's biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming.
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