An obscure federal contract for a company charged with routing millions of phone calls and text messages in the United States has prompted an unusual lobbying battle in which intelligence officials are arguing that the nation’s surveillance secrets could be at risk. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/us/spy-agencies-urge-caution-on-phone-deal.html?ref=us&_r=0  The contractor that wins the bid would essentially act as the air […]

A South Carolina state trooper shoot an unarmed man whom he had seconds earlier pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29373115 Sean Groubert, 31, who is white, is seen on dashboard video shooting Levar Jones, 35, who is black. Mr Jones was struck in the hip and has been released from hospital. Mr Groubert […]

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has frustrated and confounded even his staunchest allies for his views on civil liberties. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/us/politics/a-champion-of-civil-rights-if-not-of-civil-liberties-just-like-his-hero.html?ref=us Mr. Holder approved of the National Security Agency’s authority to sweep up millions of phone records of Americans accused of no crime. He subpoenaed journalists and led a crackdown on their sources. He defended […]

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran delivered a searing indictment of Western and Arab states on Thursday in his annual speech to the United Nations, blaming them for sowing the seeds of extremism in the Middle East with “strategic blunders” that have given rise to the Islamic State and other violent jihadist groups. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/world/middleeast/hassan-rouhani-iran-united-nations.html?ref=world “Certain intelligence […]

In the late 1980s and the 90s, Prozac was widely viewed as a miracle pill, a life preserver thrown to those who felt themselves drowning in the high waters of mental anguish. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/us/selling-prozac-as-the-life-enhancing-cure-for-mental-woes.html?ref=us It was the star in a class of new pharmaceuticals known as S.S.R.I.s — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Underlying their use is […]

The Obama administration increased the pressure on states to expand Medicaid on Wednesday, citing new evidence that hospitals reap financial benefits and gain more paying customers when states broaden eligibility.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/us/health-act-cuts-spending-at-hospitals-report-finds.html?ref=us In states that have expanded Medicaid, the White House said, hospitals are seeing substantial reductions in “uncompensated care” as more patients have Medicaid coverage […]

Top executives at General Motors and Ally Financial, both of which received bailouts from the United States Treasury Department in 2009, were paid excessively even as taxpayers lost money, according to a special inspector general report. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/business/report-rebukes-treasury-for-bailout-pay-packages.html?ref=us The report, released Wednesday, criticized the Treasury Department for loosening its own restrictions on executive pay for G.M. […]

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