One man provided his mistress secret information for use in a biography about himself and then lied about it. The other openly shared secrets to stop what he saw as improper mass surveillance, spawning Supreme Court-bound lawsuits, presidential policy pivots and global concern about privacy.
The former disgraced ex-CIA Director David Petraeus won a generous plea deal made public Tuesday, in which he agreed to serve two years probation and plead guilty to one misdemeanor.
Now, supporters of exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden say he deserves a similar slap on the wrist, not the possibility of decades behind bars. read more
When Lucy and Maria Aylmer tell people they are twins, disbelief is one response. The 18-year-olds from Gloucester, U.K. are two of the five children born to their Caucasian father and "half-Jamaican" mother. While their other siblings have a blend of features from their parents, Lucy and Maria are opposites: Lucy has fair skin and red hair, while Maria has caramel skin and dark hair. "No one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black," Lucy said. "Even when we dress alike, we still don
William Saletan, Slate: Obama understands that today's terrorism is profoundly connected to the Muslim world. But the connections are manufactured and destructible. To break them, we have to deny terrorists what they want: crude associations of Islam with violence. On Wednesday and Thursday, Obama explained his thinking in two speeches at his summit on violent extremism. Here's a translation of what he said. read more
Muslims in Norway plan to form a ring of peace around an Oslo synagogue Saturday in a show of solidarity with Jews who have been a victim of anti-Semitic hatred in Europe. Jews were targeted in terror attacks in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Paris. The event announcement on Facebook reads, "Muslims want to show that we deeply deplore all types of hatred of Jews, and that we are there to support them. We will therefore create a human ring around the synagogue." read more
Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden and owner of one of the most distinctive voices in heavy metal, is being treated for cancer on his tongue, according to a statement on the band's official website. Dickinson, 56, was diagnosed with a small cancerous tumor on the back of his tongue during a routine checkup just before Christmas. He has since completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology. "As the tumor was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good," the statement said. read more