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WATCH: Seattle PD turned surveillance WiFi off to work out privacy policy; nine months later, still no policy.
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+Chris Cecil Unfortunately, this is cold comfort.  Perhaps the technology isn't being used here (how do we know for sure), but it is out there and will be used by someone.  Add this to the fact that we are constantly leaking data with out gadgets and over social networks and privacy gets harder than ever.
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Leave it to Sarah Palin to make Speaker Boehner look like the voice of rationality. 
Yesterday Sarah Palin published an op-ed calling to impeach President Barack Obama. Not all GOP bigwigs agree.
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Talk about a non sequitur.  Just because Sarah Palin says something rational -- and she did -- doesn't do anything for Cryin' John's credentials.

I know, I know, Reason thinks that Palin is irrational.  Well... no.  Sorry to break it to you, +Reason, but slavish devotion to the ideas of Murray Rothbard is not the standard of rationality.
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Last night Glenn Greenwald published his latest information about NSA surveillance, naming five Americans of Muslim backgrounds targeted for e-mail collection. After spending some time to really look over the information and responses, here's a few things that are worth taking away from the report that could end up being lost in the debate.
Last night Glenn Greenwald published his latest information about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, naming five Americans of Muslim backgrounds
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Warrantless surveillance hits the target, along with many other people.
Warrantless surveillance hits the target, along with many other people.
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WATCH: Thousands celebrated their independence over the Fourth of July weekend by attending the first ever marijuana farmers' market in the Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights. 
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Wow, at the line out of the door after the minute mark!
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This country was settled by people who "deserted" some place else because things were better here. If the powers that be can't find it in themselves to keep things better, there's no good reason to not desert again—ludicrous appeals to self-sacrificing patriotism notwithstanding.
If the powers that be can't find it in themselves to keep things good in the U.S., there's no good reason for people to stay.
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But no matter where you go, there are problems, some of which are worse than staying here and making efforts to reclaim what we started out to be...
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Detroit's politicians helped destroy the city with an endless parade of handouts to public employees and their unions and it doesn't seem the state government may not be able to save Detroit either. Getting rid of the politicians, rather than paying them even more, may be the best option.
Detroit, Michigan is, by all accounts, a failing city. Last summer, the city government filed for bankruptcy and in December was ;granted ;Chapter
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Unreal.
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Yes, you read that right.
Good grief, how many pictures of a teenage boy's penis does one police department need?
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So, to prosecute child pornography the police must create child pornography.

George Orwell, call your office.  They're misusing your book again.
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Last week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed the principal dissent in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. With that vote, she once again demonstrated her status as the leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing. So how have liberals expressed their gratitude to Ginsburg? They are starting to question whether it's time for her to step down.
Last week Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed the principal dissent in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., arguing that the Supreme Court's conservative
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Glenn Greenwald promised he had at least one more major story originating from the documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Now, he is delivering the goods: the names of a handful of Americans who were under surveillance by the FBI and NSA.
Glenn Greenwald promised he had at least one more major story originating from the documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Tonight, he provided what he had
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+Bob Wardell  All Radical Muslim groups tend to make the KKK look like boy scouts.
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One all-too-apparent lesson from the launch of Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges last year is that the government isn’t very good at building software technology.
One all-too-apparent lesson from the launch of Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges last year is that the government isn’t very good at building
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+Paul O'Sullivan Right, they did outsource it. There are undoubtedly lots of problems. Dumb (or at least unrealistic) regulations interfering with the contractor selection process. Poor criteria for choosing a contractor. Inept oversight of the process. Apparently non-technical and/or inexperienced managers on both the government and contractor side. A clusterfsck.

I really only have two "contrarian" things to say about it. First, many large companies are equally inept in developing software and/or managing contractors to do so. I have personally witnessed a few earlier in my career. The point is that it isn't "government" per se. It's lack of accountability and lack of market dynamics that would drive more effective people into those roles in the government. (to be fair, maybe those people are great and there are mitigating circumstances none of us are aware of.)

Second, unless one is an utter anarchist, we have to accept that the government will and should be at the center of many important societal functions. We can argue about which ones, but it's non-zero. So, the government ought to become great at software, throughout, so that they can serve taxpayers not only more cost-effectively (like, 1000x more cost-effectively), but just make government interactions more effective – pleasant, even – in general.
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Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), last seen collaborating to stop the federal government from interfering with states that have legalized medical marijuana, are back working together. This time they're aiming for criminal justice reform that reduces the misery the system is able to inflict on juveniles and low-level criminals.
Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), last seen collaborating to stop the federal government from interfering with states that have legalized
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