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Philip Bump is a writer at The Wire.
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TSA Employee Killed in Shooting at Los Angeles International Airport

November 1, 2013 A shooting incident Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport left one TSA employee dead, and at least two others wounded. One shooter is in custody, according to the LAPD, though there are conflicting reports on the shooter's status. In a press conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that ...

NSA Hacked Google and Yahoo, New Snowden Docs Say

October 30, 2013 More documents from the Edward Snowden leak show that the National Security Agency has tapped Google and Yahoo's cloud networks to access massive amounts of data, including from Americans. The report released Wednesday by The Washington Post indicates that the NSA has gained access to the fiber optic connections between ...

NSA Hacked Google and Yahoo's Private Networks

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More documents from the Edward Snowden leak show that the National Security Agency has tapped Google and Yahoo's cloud networks to access massive amounts of data, including from Americans. The report released Wednesday by The Washington Post indicates that the NSA has gained access to the fiber optic connections between ...

Anonymous U.S. Officials Point Fingers at France and Spain on Surveillance

October 29, 2013 The Wall Street Journal reports that the widespread surveillance of residents of several European nations occurred with the facilitation of the countries themselves -- at least according to U.S. officials. The report emerged less than an hour before the head of the National Security Agency was due to testify before ...

Former NSA Chief Trashes Obama Administration During Amtrak Ride

October 25, 2013 Tom Matzzie, a former MoveOn staffer, was riding the train on Thursday afternoon, when he recognized another passenger: former NSA chief Michael Hayden. Hayden was giving off-the-record interviews by phone, snippets of which Matzzie dutifully reported out on Twitter. Former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden on Acela behind me blabbing ...

Obamacare Got More Popular During the Shutdown

October 23, 2013 A key argument of proponents of this month's government shutdown was that Americans oppose Obamacare. On the net, they do. But the shutdown itself may have actually boosted the law's poll numbers, according to a new survey from Gallup. The polling company completed a survey evaluating public perceptions of the ...

EPA Shutdown Is Great, Say Senate Environment Committee Republicans

October 15, 2013 Sen. David Vitter, not content to be the most-hated boss in Capitol Hill history, apparently gave his thumbs up to a post on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee website outlining the various ways it's great that most of the EPA has been furloughed. The post, which appears on ...

Let Us Now Pity Congress, Which Must Go Without Ice Cream in the Shutdown

October 4, 2013 Earlier this week, we shared our map of the government shutdown's effects by state, replete with curtailed food programs and cuts to Head Start programs. Now, a more harrowing tale: How the shutdown is affecting the White House and members of Congress. The White House is serving turkey chili every ...

The Capitol Hill Police Get Paid by Congress -- In Applause

October 4, 2013 The Capitol Hill Police have been on the job since the government shut down on midnight on Tuesday without any idea of when their next paycheck will come. In the aftermath of Thursday's shooting though, the Democratic and Republican lawmakers they protect joined together to compensate with something even better ...

Intel Chief 'Can't Guarantee' America Will Remain Safe During the Shutdown

October 2, 2013 During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa asked the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, if the government shutdown was putting America at risk. Clapper's response was not reassuring. Grassley: Does America remain safe, even with a shutdown? Clapper: Um. [pauses] I have to ...