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Today's Featured Story: GI Bill Benefits Remain Unknown
To Many Vets, Says GAO - Nov. 25th, 2015

A 'lack of awareness about the programs is a primary challenge
[officials] face in facilitating veteran and employer participation,' said
the GAO.
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NSA Bulk Data Collection Declared ‘Illegal’ By US
Appeals Court - May 12th, 2015

Last week, a U.S. appeals court ruled that the National Security Agency's
massive collection of telephone records is illegal.
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Senate Fails To Pass NSA Phone Spying Extension - May
28th, 2015

Last weekend, the Senate defeated every legislative attempt to extend a
controversial section of the so-called ‘Patriot Act’.
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Digital Anonymity Essential For Freedom Of
Expression, Says UN - May 31st, 2015

'Encryption and anonymity enable individuals to exercise their rights to
freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age,' says the UN.
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US Officials Knew Torture Techniques Probably Illegal,
Ineffective - June 15th, 2015

People being tortured 'will say whatever they think their torturers want them
to say if they believe it will stop their suffering,’ said Sen. John McCain.
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Human Activity Creating Sixth Mass Extinction, Say
Scientists - June 25th, 2015

Human activity has initiated 'a mass extinction episode unparalleled for 65
million years,” according to an eye-opening scientific study.
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Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision On Gay Marriage,
Plainly Explained - June 30th, 2015

'The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between
two people of the same sex,' clearly states a Supreme Court syllabus.
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Explanation of Supreme Court’s Decision On Gay
Marriage, Pt. 2 - July 2nd, 2015

'Four principles and traditions demonstrate that' there is an 'abiding
connection between marriage and liberty', according to a Supreme Court
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Chiquita Must Release Documents Revealing Terrorist
Payoffs, Says Court - July 17th, 2015

The 'public will get a look at what might be the most important document
collection ever assembled on corporate ties to terrorism,' says a top analyst.
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New Mexico Dispatcher Resigns After Hanging Up On
911 Caller - July 30th, 2015

The dispatcher told a panicked caller who was attempting to save a shooting
victim to 'deal with it yourself.'
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This Just In: Minimum Wage Actually Helps The Poor -
Aug. 15th, 2015

A legally-mandated minimum wage 'is a useful instrument of policy that has
low social costs and clear benefits', declares a major economic analysis.
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Obama Apologizes To Japan For Spying On Top
Officials - Aug. 29th, 2015

On Wednesday, Obama telephoned Japan’s prime minister to apologize after
it was revealed that a US agency has been spying on top Japanese officials
for years.
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VA Conducts Less Studies Into Medical Errors, As
Errors Rise - Aug. 31st, 2015

From 2010 to 2014, the Veterans Affairs Department conducted less studies
into medical errors, even as errors apparently rose.
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Pentagon Contractors Show That War Business Is Big
Business - Sept. 14th, 2015

'Over the last decade in Iraq and [have] averaged
50% or more' of the total U.S. force in each of those countries, states a
revealing study.
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Army Field Manuals On Crushing Foreign ‘Subversives’
And ‘Insurgents’ - Sept. 28th, 2015

For decades the U.S. Army has performed CIA-like activities in foreign lands.
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U.S. Nuclear Weapon Security In Europe ‘Inadequate’,
Says Expert - Oct. 11th, 2015

'The upgrades indirectly acknowledge that security at U.S. nuclear weapons
storage sites in Europe has been inadequate for more than two decades.'
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UN Report Says Governments Wrongly Punish
Whistleblowers - Oct. 27th, 2015

Whistleblowers ensure that those in power do not trample on human rights or
constitutions in the name of such notions as ‘national security’, says the
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UN Report On Protecting Whistleblowers, And Why It
Matters - Nov. 13th, 2015

Today, the American Spark gives its readers the chance to peruse a major
UN report on the need to protect government whistleblowers.
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