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Snowden: Overreliance on Mass Surveillance Abetted Boston Marathon Bombing

nationaljournal.com — Edward Snowden on Monday suggested that if the National Security Agency focused more on traditional intelligence gathering-and less on its mass-surveillance programs-it could have thwarted the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The fugitive leaker, speaking via video to a Harvard class, said that a preoccupation with collecting bulk communications data has led to resource constraints at U.S.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @KenDilanianAP: Incredibly, Snowden argues here that the USG should have been monitoring the Tsarnaev brothers. On what legal basis? nationaljournal.com/tech/snowden-o…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @KenDilanianAP: Incredibly, Snowden argues here that the USG should have been monitoring the Tsarnaev brothers. On what legal basis? nationaljournal.com/tech/snowden-o…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @KenDilanianAP: Incredibly, Snowden argues here that the USG should have been monitoring the Tsarnaev brothers. On what legal basis? nationaljournal.com/tech/snowden-o…

Oct 20, 2014

Incredibly, Snowden argues here that the USG should have been monitoring the Tsarnaev brothers. On what legal basis? nationaljournal.com/tech/snowden-o…

House Democrats Get Creative With Their Attack Ads

nationaljournal.com — In one ad, a man in khakis and a polo shirt steps onto a yacht, flipping lobsters on the grill and running his hands through his long hair. In another, two elderly ladies look on as a man shouts, gesticulates wildly, and throws papers up into the air.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @Alex_Roarty: Facing a tough environment, House Dems get creative with their TV ads. Good story from @emilyrs nationaljournal.com//politics/hous…

Oct 20, 2014

Facing a tough environment, House Dems get creative with their TV ads. Good story from @emilyrs nationaljournal.com//politics/hous…

The Surprised President

nationaljournal.com — President Obama is shocked, we are told. He's "visibly angry" over the government's response to the domestic Ebola threat. A report in The New York Times over the weekend portrayed the president as a frustrated chief executive, directing federal officials to be more "hands on" and to be more on top of events rather than reacting to them.
Oct 20, 2014

Obama seems "flat-footed, reactive, surprised, and at the mercy of outside events...." nationaljournal.com/white-house/th… via @nationaljournal

Democratic Governors Weighed Down by Recession-Era Tax Hikes

nationaljournal.com — In a midterm election season suddenly dominated by voter uncertainty over a disparate set of international events, one age-old issue has proved stubbornly consistent in at least a handful of the country's most competitive gubernatorial races: taxes. Benjamin Franklin may have put it best when he wrote in 1789: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
Oct 20, 2014

Must-read from @HotlineKaryn: Why are GOV races in IL, CT and MD so competitive? Dem defections from wealthy voters nationaljournal.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=…

Do You Hate Driving? Your Numbers Are Growing

nationaljournal.com — People are driving less, particularly younger people. And, perhaps to the auto industry's chagrin, researchers say that trend is here to stay. A new report from the Public Interest Research Group shows that for the first time since World War II, the automobile miles traveled by Americans has leveled off to roughly 3 trillion a year.

Rand Paul and the Myth of American Isolationism

nationaljournal.com — In an op-ed last year in The Washington Post, former Sens. Joe Lieberman and Jon Kyl warned of "the danger of repeating the cycle of American isolationism." That summer, Post columnist Charles Krauthammer heralded "the return of the most venerable strain of conservative foreign policy: isolationism."
Oct 20, 2014

With awesome illos MT @amandalcormier Peter Beinart argues in this week's NJ that American isolationism isn't a thing nationaljournal.com/magazine/rand-…

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When Cash Turns Judges Into Politicians

nationaljournal.com — Cheri Beasley wants me to drive. This, on its own, wouldn't seem extraordinary except when you consider that Beasley is a justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court, and I'm someone she met an hour ago. It's a 75-mile trip from Raleigh to Greensboro for a candidates forum, and she doesn't have a driver-or any staffer along for that matter.

Bridges Versus Barricades

nationaljournal.com — From the Ebola virus to the ISIS extremists to the flow of undocumented immigrants across the Mexican border, many of the new security challenges vexing the U.S. pose the same underlying choice: In an intimately interconnected world, can America best protect itself through barricades or bridges?