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34 min ago | WPTZ-TV Plattsburgh
The dysfunctional, more than $70-million Vermont Health Connect website is down for maintenance for a period of what state officials expect will be weeks, not days. Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt., yanked the portal, which is used by Vermonters who don't get health insurance through work to manage the plans federal law now requires them to have.
4 hrs ago | Switched
The USA Freedom Act sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy has split left and libertarian groups hoping to reform the NSA. Photo: Win McNamee James Clapper became public enemy number one for civil liberties groups in 2013 when Edward Snowden's leaks revealed that he lied to Congress about the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance.
8 hrs ago | Daily Kos
The Daily Kos community absolutely rocked the Federal Communication Commission's public comment period on its proposed net neutrality rules. We took just under 1 million online, individual actions-a combined 988,888 actions-in support of a free and open internet: 420,334 direct and personal comments to the FCC; 264,116 petitions to the FCC; 160,347 comments to the White House; 125,177 comments to members of congress; and 18,914 petitions to the White House.
10 hrs ago | Examiner.com
Sunflowers are a beautiful sight in Vermont , dotting the rural landscape and iconic farms with bursts of autumnal glory. Elsewhere these flowers of the sun billow in the breeze for all to enjoy until they wilt and die with the close of the season.
OffNow has joined a trans-partisan coalition of surveillance whistleblowers, civil liberties advocates, and organizations representing millions of Americans urging Congress to reject the Senate version of the USA Freedom Act. A joint letter released by the coalition outlines numerous concerns with the legislation, including ambiguous language that is open to abuse, the failure to include provisions specifically protecting the rights of Americans, and the reauthorization of key sections of the USA PATRIOT Act relating to intelligence gathering.
Nine months after promising to overhaul the nation's spy program, President Barak Obama's deadline to make such changes has been extended for the third time. According to National Journal, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved a request from the Justice Department to renew the NSA's Section 215 telephony metadata program, part of the Patriot Act, on Friday.
A coalition including civil liberties groups and government whistleblowers has come out against a Senate bill responding to the government surveillance and data collection revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Many observers see the current Senate version of the USA Freedom Act as the most likely to succeed.
Senators skeptical of a proposal restraining National Security Agency bulk surveillance programs warn that passing such a bill could make it harder for the U.S. act against terrorist threats like ISIS. "If you want to take away the ability to monitor ISIS, then you eliminate the tools that are eliminated in the Leahy bill," Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a weekend Hill report .
The Obama administration's controversial nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division on Monday withdrew his name from consideration for the post. Debo Adegbile's decision comes months after his nomination was rejected in a 47-52 Senate vote in March.
Over time, federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies.
The GOP never misses an opportunity to scaremonger, and this time they're centering their authoritarian bona fides on the Senate version of the USA Freedom Act. The legislation is rather tame, in my opinion, compared to what is needed to rein in the NSA and other intelligence agencies in their ill-conceived quest to capture every byte of electronic information in the world.
With a surveillance reform bill stuck in the Senate, the federal court overseeing spy agencies on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency's controversial bulk collection of Americans' phone records. Reauthorization from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court allows the NSA to continue to warrantlessly collect "metadata" in bulk about people's phone calls.
"I actually think the House bill was pretty good," he said. "I wish the Senate would've taken it up."
If you want digital access to U.S. court documents, PACER will likely be your first stop. It's a sort of digital warehouse for public court records maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, or the AO.
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday the selection of Stephen C. Terry as its 2014 Citizen of the Year. Mr. Terry's contributions to Vermont will be celebrated at an awards dinner on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Grand Maple Ballroom at the University of Vermont's Davis Center.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 09:05 pm
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