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Philip Bump

Philip Bump is a writer at The Wire.
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How the Shutdown Ends

October 1, 2013 How long the shutdown will last -- probably the first question on many Americans' minds this morning -- depends on Congress reaching agreement on a government-funding bill. In other words, the same roadblock that began the shutdown in the first place. But now that the shutdown is under way, a ...

The NSA Used to Spy on MLK — and the Senator Who Forced It to Reform

September 26, 2013 For those inclined to be sympathetic toward the public appeal made by NSA chief Keith Alexander on Wednesday — that the NSA stops terror attacks like the one in Nairobi — there's a declassified document that outlines the agency's unsympathetic past, which includes spying on politicians, reporters, and Martin Luther ...

Why Does Congress Need a Whole Seven Days to Solve Its Money Problems?

September 25, 2013 The ever-shrinking cycle of government funding measures appears to be about to hit a recent low. A National Review report on Wednesday afternoon indicates that House Republicans want a one-week extension of the existing funding bill. We say: Why so long? Instead of passing annual budgets, as it is supposed ...

U.N. Releases Report on Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack, But Doesn't Assign Blame

September 16, 2013 The United Nations' report on the alleged August 21 chemical weapons attack in a suburb of Damacus suggests that it was not just alleged. Calling the attack a "war crime," Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon noted that evidence of the use of sarin gas was "overwhelming and indisputable." By whom, however, ...

How to Keep NSA From Getting Between You and Your Googling

September 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the documents leaked by Edward Snowden indicates that the NSA uses "man in the middle" attacks to hijack your interactions with Google servers. Here's how such attacks work, and how to protect your browsing. Tech website Techdirt appears to have been the first to notice the reference to ...

The Secret to Congress Getting Popular: Go on Vacation

September 12, 2013 Congressional approval ratings did something unexpected over the past month, according to a new poll from Gallup: They went up. And all Congress had to do to become more popular was go on vacation. Nearly a fifth of Americans now say that they approve of the job that Congress is ...

When It's at the Border, Your Data Is Fair Game — Even on Your Laptop

September 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Americans are protected from warrantless search in America — but not at the nation's borders. The imaginary line separating the United States from the rest of the world has become a critical demarcation for the privacy of the country's citizens, as new documents from the ACLU and the ongoing Snowden ...

What Does Obama Get From a Syria Compromise Besides Political Relief?

September 10, 2013 Things are falling into place for the Kerry/Putin Surprise Solution to U.S. Intervention in Syria. France will bring a proposal to the UN; Syria and Russia and the United States and China have endorsed it. Everyone is happy. Except that the actual collection of chemical weapons is enormously tricky. And ...

Russia and Syria Like John Kerry's 'Rhetorical' Idea for Averting War

September 9, 2013 Russia and the United States worked out a secret way to agree on a resolution to the Syria crisis, with Assad giving up his chemical weapons. Or maybe the Russians are trolling John Kerry again. As Monday evolved, it seemed increasingly possible that the first possibility was the accurate one. ...

When Yahoo Gives User Data to Governments, Mapped

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Yahoo, the only technology company to fight the NSA's order to provide sweeping access to customer accounts, released its first report detailing government requests for user information, covering January to June of this year. The United States issued the most requests, which isn't a surprise. But it's not the country ...