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NSA Winds Down Phone-Records Collection Program

AP | Ken Dilanian | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed t...

How to Find Common Ground on One of the Most Pressing Issues of Our Time

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

We must recognize that striking the "right" balance between personal liberty and national security requires constant attention and reassessment. This is especially true following periods of crisis, when there is understandable pressure to tip the scales in favor of national security.

'Green News Report' - May 21, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Major oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast; Another settlement reached...

Kate Sheppard

Jeb Bush: It's 'Intellectual Arrogance' To Agree With Scientists About Humans Driving Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that while he acknowledges "the climate is changing," he's not clear on...

Two Years After Snowden, a Plea for Perspective

Riley Roberts | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Riley Roberts

In the days ahead, as we reappraise Edward Snowden's complicated legacy, now two years old -- and as Congress considers a package of sensible NSA reforms -- what's called for is a dose of clear-eyed realism, an appetite for nuance, and a high tolerance for uncertainty.

A Simple Formula for Peace and Security in Africa

Henri Fouda | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Henri Fouda

In the coming months, several African countries will be holding elections. The flurry of electoral activity marks progress towards democratic rule in a continent where, until recently, military coups were a common practice for the transfer of political power.

Ex-Im and the Pax Americana

Dante Disparte | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

For more than 80 years, the Export-Import Bank of the United States has played a central role in facilitating market access for U.S. firms and for providing a fixed price on the uncertainty and credit risk of international trade.

Kate Sheppard

The GOP Senator In Charge of Homeland Security Disagrees With The Pentagon On Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says he disagrees with the Penta...

Entrepreneurs Tasked With Saving the World

Dante Disparte | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

In the past few years more than 80 innovative startup companies as of April 2015 have been valued at more than $1 billion. With the most innovative and those with the most potential reaching well beyond this mark.

GOP Budget Subsidizes Military Industrialization on the Frontier of Climate Change

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Apparently unimportant to the House Majority is the potentially devastating impact of their budget resolution on everyday people -- the $4.5 trillion in cuts to domestic spending on which many Americans deeply depend, including food stamp programs, Pell Grants, Head Start, and Medicaid.

World Chaos

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The civilized world -- by which I mean coherent nation-states built on democratic processes that embrace tolerance and the rule of law -- can learn from the buffalo.

Institutionalized Racism: National Security Threat and Mental Health Crisis

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Over the past nine months, the FBI has arrested five African Americans suspected of sympathizing with ISIS. These arrests necessitate an examination of why some African Americans might be drawn to violent extremist groups.

Pentagon Says Global Cyber Threat Is Growing

Reuters | Phil Stewart | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

PALO ALTO, California, April 23 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday disclosed a cyber intrusion this year by Russian hackers who accessed an un...

The NSA's Earth Day Mascot Will Scare You Into Recycling

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green

Americans throw a lot of trash away -- about 4.4 pounds per person every day. But the National Security Agency has a simple solution for our planet-ki...

The New Sponsor of Terrorism: Climate Change

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Jon Soltz

Today, on Earth Day, let's continue to protect ourselves, and ask our politicians to vote for policies that protect us. Included in that is a campaign to defeat the newest sponsor of terrorism -- climate change.

An Open and Personal Email to Hillary Clinton From a Contemporary

David Bradford | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
David Bradford

Your actions in this regard demonstrate an utter disregard for the law and the importance of being transparent. I hope you can admit to your error of judgement, supply the entire contents of that email server to an independent third party for analysis, and do your best in the future to recognize the gravity of all of your actions while you are representing we the people.

Entrepreneurialism and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Entrepreneurs play an important role in national economic health and economic competitiveness. What is less recognized, and becoming increasingly important, is the role entrepreneurs also play in national security.

The Long-Range Threat Is Poor Education, Not Nukes

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Hal Donahue

Without a strong education base, a global power cannot maintain its leadership position. The United States' massive investments in education following World War II and during the Cold War space race allowed the nation to successfully compete on existing resources. This trend is ending.

The New American Order

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and a way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name. The evidence of this is all around us, and yet it's as if we can't bear to take it in or make sense of it.

A Bumper Crop of Banana(s) Republicans

John Bradshaw | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
John Bradshaw

Under the new "Cotton doctrine," America's commitments are only good for as long as the president who signed them remains in office. This is the way banana republics do business, not the United States. It's an approach unworthy of our diplomatic traditions, and one that damages our ability to work with other nations.

Being Wrong in Washington as a Career Enhancer

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In our era in Washington, whole careers have been built on grotesque mistakes. In fact, when it comes to our various conflicts, God save you if you're right; no one will ever want to hear from you again. If you're wrong, however... well, take the invasion of Iraq.

Rationalizing Lunacy: The Intellectual as Servant of the State

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

Policy intellectuals -- eggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for office -- are a blight on the republic. Like some invasive species, they infest present-day Washington, where their presence strangles common sense and has brought to the verge of extinction the simple ability to perceive reality. A benign appearance -- well-dressed types testifying before Congress, pontificating in print and on TV, or even filling key positions in the executive branch -- belies a malign impact. Do we really need that chatter? Does it enhance the quality of U.S. policy? If policy/defense/action intellectuals fell silent would America be less secure? Let me propose an experiment. Put them on furlough. Send them back to school for reeducation. Let's see if we are able to make do without them even for a month or two.

Cyber Crime

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Technology
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The guys with the guns in the old days usually got caught eventually and sent off to the lockup. The cyber thieves of today are living it up on our money, contemptuous of the law.

Kate Sheppard

Climate Change Helped Fuel The Syrian Conflict, New Paper Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

An unprecedented climate change-fueled drought contributed to the political unrest in Syria, a new paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the Na...

It May Be Speaker John Boehner and the GOP That Do Not Love America

Michelle Kraus | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Rudy, oh dear Mr. Former Mayor, it seems that that you got it all wrong when you accused the president of not loving America. It's so hard to watch you spout such stuff because you were such a respected man.