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Philip Bump is a writer at The Wire.
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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 ...

Are You Smarter Than an American?

September 6, 2013 The Pew Research Center released its "What the Public Knows" study Thursday, illustrating that pretty much everyone in America recognizes that one photo of Edward Snowden, and nobody knows what's going on with the Dow Jones Index. Pew asked a wide range of respondents 13 "news IQ" questions, to determine ...

Yes, the NSA Hacked Encryption — But You Have a Defense

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In light of the revelation that the NSA has a variety of ways of accessing encrypted information, we reached out to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for their thoughts on what it meant for personal online communication. For example, could hackers take advantage of the NSA's encryption back doors to access ...

How the NSA Made Sure It Can Decrypt Your Online Communication

September 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In one of the more remarkable and alarming revelations to come from the documents leaked to the press by Edward Snowden, a joint report from The New York Times, ProPublica, and The Guardian suggests that the NSA works with internet companies to add vulnerabilities to secure network traffic — and ...

The First Low Hurdle for Military Action in Syria Is Cleared

September 4, 2013 A day after hearing testimony in support of military action in Syria, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved its draft resolution of authorization in a split partisan vote on Wednesday. For an administration that's shown complete confidence that a resolution will pass Congress, it was likely both a relief and ...

Obama Gets Two Crucial Republican Yeses on Syria

September 3, 2013 Following a meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday morning, President Obama can claim at least one major victory in his effort to get sign-off on military strikes in Syria: House Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor are on board. Speaker John Boehner, addressing reporters outside the White House after ...

The Date for the Next Debt Ceiling Fight Has Been Set

August 26, 2013 Mark mid-October on your calendars, folks. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced on Monday that the government's borrowing ability will max out at that point — meaning that the date is the opening bell of The Great Debt Ceiling Fight, Part Two. This was not an unexpected announcement. Earlier this summer, ...

The Size of the Government Is in the Eye of the Beholder

August 26, 2013 A Sunday article in the Washington Post offered straightforward data on changes in the size of government under Obama. Thanks in part to how the article was written, however, it quickly became a political flash point. Because bias reinforcement is easier than math. We'll start with the summary: Under Obama, ...

What the NSA's Compliance Data Tells Us

August 22, 2013 As part of its ongoing push to increase transparency, the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday evening released the latest compliance report it submitted to Congress. For the most part, the actual data is obscured behind black bars — except on one pie chart, left unredacted, that appears to give ...