Obama Calls For Transparency In Surveillance Operations
In a wide-ranging news conference before summer vacation, President Obama touched on domestic budget disputes, the next Federal Reserve chairman and immigration reform. But the key issue was national security, and how to strike the proper balance between safety and privacy.
Week In Politics: NSA Surveillance, U.S.-Russia Relations
Melissa Block talks to political commentators Amy Sullivan correspondent for National Journal and director of the Next Economy Project, and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss President Obama's news conference, U.S. relations with Russia and the governor's race in Virginia.
The Raisin Outlaw Of Kerman, Calif.
In most industries, competitors getting together and conspiring to control supply of a product is illegal. But in the raisin world, the law actually says competitors have to work together. It's going against your competitors that can get you in trouble.
Sexual Assault Center Ransacked — Then Mysteriously Repaid
Last week, burglars broke into the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services office and stole the nonprofit's computers. The next day, everything that had been taken was returned in a shopping cart with a curious note. Melissa Block and Audie Cornish have more.
From Wrong To Right: A U.S. Apology For Japanese Internment
More than 100,000 people of Japanese descent were put in camps during World War II. Decades later and inspired by the civil rights movement, Japanese-Americans launched a campaign for redress that culminated in an official apology. The community marks the 25th anniversary of that victory this week.
Encrypted Email Services Shuttered Amid Snowden Investigation
Lavabit, an encrypted email service reportedly used by former government contractor Edward Snowden, ceased operations yesterday. In a message to users, the owner of Lavabit hinted that the company was the target of a request for information about customers from the federal government. He said he chose to shut down his service instead of becoming "complicit in crimes against the American people." Later in the day, another secure email service, called Silent Circle, also shuttered itself.
Rome's New Mayor Wants The Monuments Pedestrian Friendly
Many cities hold arts festivals during the summer. Rome joined the party last Saturday as part of a larger effort to radically revamp traffic and make the area around the Coliseum and other monuments more welcoming for pedestrians.
Obama Supports Some Senators' Call For NSA Reform
At his press conference on Friday, President Obama promised more transparency about the government's secret national security surveillance programs. The president expressed support for some reform efforts being considered in Congress and called for the release of more documents that explain how and why the surveillance effort works and whether it safeguards the privacy of Americans.