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Monday, December 20, 2010

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  • Taliban's Cash Flow Grows From Heroin Trade, Crime
    U.S. gains against the Taliban on the battlefield have not stemmed the flow of money into Taliban coffers. Analysts say that donations from backers could become secondary to the group's growing ability to generate cash on its own through the drug trade and other avenues.
  • A 'Vast Domestic Intelligence Apparatus' Is Watching; Is That OK?
    A Washington Post investigation reveals "a web of 4,058 federal, state and local organizations, each with its own counterterrorism responsibilities and jurisdictions" is gathering data on Americans.
  • Wintry Weather Disrupts Holiday Travel In Europe
    Severe weather in Europe has caused massive transportation problems for travelers. Roads are blocked, flights have been canceled, and rail services disrupted by heavy snow. Three of London's airports were closed for a time, hitting many trans-Atlantic travelers. There's been criticism that the private companies running some of the busiest airports in the world have failed to invest enough in snow-clearing equipment.
  • Vote On Network Neutrality May Alter The Way We Listen Online
    On Tuesday, the FCC will vote on rules that could open the Internet to all legal applications equally. Both sides of this contentious debate say that the future of an open and free Internet is at stake.
  • A Holiday Shopping Primer: SD Cards
    If you're buying a digital camera or other electronic gadget this holiday season, you'll probably need to pick up an SD card as well to store all those photos or videos. But the options can be overwhelming. NPR's Robert Siegel gets SD card advice from Dan Ackerman, a senior editor at
  • Pentagon Plan Won't Cover Brain-Damage Therapy
    NPR News/ProPublica Investigation: Tricare, which covers nearly 4 million troops and military retirees, denies coverage of cognitive rehabilitation to traumatic brain-injury victims, despite consensus from medical specialists who say it improves the quality of life.
  • Planning A Flash Mob? Better Keep It Quiet
    Flash mobs are surprise gatherings of people who briefly perform an unusual act, and then disperse. But a Facebook plan for people to sing Christmas carols inside the Washington, D.C., Metro system was partially foiled by social media buzz and the ensuing media coverage.
  • 'Flash' Is The Key To A Joyful Mob's Success
    When the news media got word of plans for a "flash chorus" in Washington, D.C., it ruined the organizers' plans. But a Kansas City mob's Hallelujah Chorus was a huge hit because of the surprise factor.
  • Soldiers Mixed On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal
    President Obama is expected to sign the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy into law on Wednesday. At military bases around the country from Fort Drum in New York to Fort Campbell in Kentucky, soldiers express both nonchalance and worry that openly gay troops will be a distraction.
  • Active-Duty Gay Officer Reacts To DADT Repeal
    JD Smith is the pseudonym of an active-duty military officer who is gay and is a co-director of OutServe, a closed social media network of gay and lesbian active duty military personnel. He speaks to NPR's Robert Siegel about the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

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