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  • ** FILE ** Robert Litt. (Associated Press)

    Spy chief rules out transparency reform of NSA snooping

    One of the nation's top intelligence officials defended the National Security Agency's snooping on online communications at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday, telling lawmakers that more transparency is not needed — and would prove self-defeating.


  • ** FILE ** President Obama delivers remarks about the ongoing situation in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Washington. Mr. Obama said that he has decided the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack but that he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    CURL: The president thinks you're stupid (and so do ) ...

    ... the vice president, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, everyone in Congress (even the dumbest guy there, Al Franken), the Supreme Court, the Washington media — enough, you get the picture, right? You're Stupid.


  • Senate legislation targets cyberstalking software

    For around $50, a jealous wife or husband can download software that can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse better than any private detective. It's frighteningly easy and effective in an age when nearly everyone carries a cellphone that can record every moment of a person's physical movements. But it soon might be illegal.


  • Senate takes step toward banning stalking software

    A loophole that permits software companies to sell cyberstalking apps that operate secretly on cellphones could soon be closed by Congress. The software is popular among jealous wives or husbands because it can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse.


  • Tom Davis, Al Franken's 'SNL' partner, dies in NY

    Tom Davis, a writer who with Al Franken helped develop some of the most popular skits in the early years of "Saturday Night Live," was remembered by his former partner as "great friend, a good man, and so funny." He was 59.


  • Illustration: Voter ID by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    KNIGHT: Clueless in Minnesota and Michigan

    At the Minnesota Supreme Court on July 17, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued that Gopher State people aren't smart enough to be allowed to vote in November on whether to approve a voter photo ID constitutional amendment.


  • Al Franken's 'SNL' partner, Tom Davis, dies in NY

    Tom Davis, a writer who with Al Franken helped develop some of the most popular skits in the early years of "Saturday Night Live," died Thursday at age 59.


  • FBI contacted phone monitoring firm about software

    A senior executive at a technology company that makes monitoring software secretly installed on 141 million cellphones said Thursday that the FBI approached the company about using its technology but was rebuffed. The disclosure came one day after FBI Director Robert Mueller assured Congress that agents "neither sought nor obtained any information" from the company, Carrier IQ.


  • Correction: Cellphone Privacy story

    A story about Carrier IQ Inc. erroneously reported that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has called for an investigation into the information that the company's software records on smartphones. Franken sent the company a letter with questions, but has not called for an official inquiry. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has called for an investigation.


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