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Other agencies clamor for data NSA compiles

by Eric Lichtblau and Michael S Schmidt New York Times August 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency’s dominant role as the nation’s spy warehouse has spurred frequent tensions and turf fights with other federal intelligence agencies that want to use its surveillance tools for their own investigations, officials say....

Newly declassified documents on phone records program released

by Ellen Nakashimac Washington Post July 31, 2013

Obama administration officials faced deepening political skepticism Wednesday about a far-reaching counterterrorism program that collects millions of Americans’ phone records, even as they released newly declassified documents in an attempt to spotlight privacy safeguards....

A day’s strike seeks to raise fast-food pay

by Stephen Greenhouse New York Times July 31, 2013

From New York to several Midwestern cities, thousands of fast-food workers have been holding one-day strikes during peak mealtimes, quickly drawing national attention to their demands for much higher wages....

In climbing income ladder, location matters. A study finds the odds of rising to another income level are notably low in certain cities, like Atlanta ...

by David Leonhardt New York Times July 22, 2013

ATLANTA – Stacey Calvin spends almost as much time commuting to her job — on a bus, two trains and another bus — as she does working part-time at a day care center. She knows exactly where to board the train and which stairwells to use at the stations so that she has the best chance of getting...

President Barack Obama speaks on the Trayvon Martin case.  Photo: Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images

President Obama: Trayvon Martin could have been me (video)

by Transcipt of his talk July 21, 2013

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Billions in debt, Detroit tumbles into insolvency

by Monica Davey and Mary Williams Walsh New York Times July 18, 2013

DETROIT — Detroit, the cradle of America’s automobile industry and once the nation’s fourth-most-populous city, filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, the largest American city ever to take such a course....

License plate cameras track millions of Americans

by Craig Timberg Washington Post July 17, 2013

The spread of cheap, powerful cameras capable of reading license plates has allowed police to build databases on the movements of millions of Americans over months or even years, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report released Wednesday....

A young boy rides his bike through the courtyard of a Sibley Plaza housing complex near the parking lot where Washington’s Temple Courts Apartments once stood. Temple Courts was torn down five years ago as part of a plan to rejuvenate the area, into which the city had pledged to marshal hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment. Today, hundreds of people remain far from their homes, some in living conditions no better than the ones they left. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/Washington Post

In Senate, an emotional appeal to restore ‘heart and soul’ of Voting Rights Act is made by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a leader of the 196...

by Warren Richey Christian Science Monitor July 17, 2013

Rep. John Lewis (D) of Georgia, an icon of the civil rights movement, urged members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to quickly restore a key section of the Voting Rights Act that recently had been struck down as unconstitutional....

McDonald’s offers budget tool for workers— who may need a second job

by Jenn Harris Los Angeles Times July 16, 2013

Mc Donald's has launched a website devoted to financial advice and tips for its employees called Practical Money Skills for Life, and in the process possibly signaled the fast-food giant isn't paying employees a decent wage. ...

Path ahead is unclear for food stamp funding

by Ed O'Keefe Washington Post July 12, 2013

The lead Democratic architect of the Senate farm bill on Friday faulted conservative Republicans for casting doubt on the future of federal farm and food aid policy as House GOP leaders left Washington for the weekend with no immediate plans to take up legislation addressing food stamp money...