U.S. court rules NSA can temporarily resume bulk phone data collection

A new law, called the Freedom Act, which substantially reformed and narrowed the bulk phone data program, was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama a day after the existing program lapsed on June 1.

The Freedom Act also allowed the existing surveillance program to continue for a six-month transition period, but it remained in legal limbo pending Monday’s ruling by a judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

“In passing the USA Freedom Act, Congress clearly intended to end bulk data collection … But what it took away with one hand, it gave back – for a limited time – with another,” wrote Michael Mosman, a judge on the surveillance court.

In his ruling, first reported by the New York Times, Mosman rejected the May ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan that the Patriot Act had never authorized the NSA to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk.

“Second Circuit rulings are not binding on the F.I.S.C. and this court respectfully disagrees with that court’s analysis, especially in view of the intervening enactment of the U.S.A. Freedom Act,” he wrote.

The U.S. Justice Department welcomed the decision.

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Gates to double investment in renewable energy projects

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Bill Gates is planning to double his personal investment in innovative green technologies to $2bn over the next five years in an attempt to “bend the curve” in combating climate change.

The billionaire philanthropist said he had already invested about $1bn in dozens of early stage companies — including battery storage, next-generation nuclear and free air carbon capture — hoping they would develop “breakthrough”

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TRP News – Progressive News & Information – June 29, 2015

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TRP News with James Andre.

This week Fast Track has passed and been sent to the President, the Islamic State turns one year old and calls for a month of disaster, SCOTUS hands down several important decisions including same sex marriage, the Iran talks overrun but are said to be near completion, and the politics of smear by association.

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For Cities, Big-Box Stores Are Becoming Even More of a Terrible Deal

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It’s an established part of the big-box retail model that the boxes themselves be custom-built, cheaply constructed, and disposable. If retailers decide that they need a bigger space, it’s cheaper for them to leave the old one behind and build a new one. When Walmart, for instance, opened its wave of new, twice-the-size Supercenters across the country in 2007, it left hundreds of vacant

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Hillary HQ: Hillary Clinton Never Supported the Bush/Cheney Invasion of Iraq

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“She voted for the war!”

“She’s an unapologetic hawk!”

“She’s just another Dick Cheney when it comes to foreign policy!”

These are the charges I’ve heard over and over again for years…and as a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter who was against the Iraq War from the beginning, it never ceases to bug the hell out of me. My normal reply, which often starts with

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The Clinton-Confederate Flag Conspiracy Theory Is a New Low

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The national debate over the future of the Confederate flag that flies in front of the state’s capitol has unwittingly given rise to one of the more bizarre Clinton conspiracy theories to date: that Bill and Hillary Clinton, despite decades as civil rights advocates and their right-wing caricature as Northeast liberal elites, are closet Confederate sympathizers.

The meme took off on Sunday, when The

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Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Questions and Answers

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Senator Warren raises some important questions about an element of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) called Investor-State Dispute settlement, or ISDS.

There are good answers.

The purpose of investment provisions in our trade agreements is to provide American individuals and businesses who do business abroad with the same protections we provide to domestic and foreign investors alike in the United States.

ISDS is an

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Magical Mystery Tour of American Austerity: How One State Is Destroying Democracy and Poisoning Its People | Alternet

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One city neglected to inform its residents that its water supply was laced with cancerous chemicals. Another dissolved its public school district and replaced it with a charter school system, only to witness the for-profit management company it hired flee the scene after determining it couldn’t turn a profit. Numerous cities and school districts in the state are now run by single, state-appointed technocrats,

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Why Obama is happy to fight Elizabeth Warren on the trade deal

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What’s mostly going on here, though, is that frustrated liberals see in the Asian trade deal an opportunity to draw the line on globalization, period. No one thinks this deal is going to be the ruin of American workers, when all is said and done. What they think is that there has to be a moment when industry loses and the

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House Votes To Overturn D.C. Reproductive Health Discrimination Law

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The House vote targeted the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act passed by the District’s council last year. The city legislation aimed to prohibit employers from discriminating against employees accessing in-vitro fertilization, using birth control, having premarital sex or seeking an abortion. The measure would have added reproductive health to the city’s other employment discrimination protections.

Congress has the power to stop laws passed by

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Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF

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Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund.The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3tn subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health

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TRP News – Progressive News & Information – June 1, 2015

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TRP News with James Andre.

This week focus on Iowa and a new poll in the presidential primary race, Provisions of the Patriot Act expire including the NSA’s bulk data collection program, Iraq pushes back ISIS but loses 2,300 humvees, the migrant crises around the world escalates with the summer weather, and the migrant crises in southeast Asia may become a sticking

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TRP News – Progressive News & Information – May 18, 2015

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TRP News with James Andre.

This week an news from the Clinton campaign and the conservative false flag operations to erode her support, the Iran nuclear negotiation bill finally goes to the President, fast track moves forward in Congress, the Amtrak crash and the funding debate, and an update on the HIV outbreak in Indian and the needle exchange program.

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TRP News – Progressive News & Information – May 11, 2015

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TRP News with James Andre.

This week an update on Iran nuclear deal legislation, the current state of fast track legislation for TPP and what really happened to those manufacturing jobs, another story about the wrongs being committed under civil asset forfeiture laws, the nature of the debate over GMOs, and an outbreak of STDs in a Texas high school.

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TRP News – Progressive News & Information – May 4, 2015

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TRP News with James Andre.

This week the police state in Baltimore comes to an end, Bernie Sanders announces his run for the presidency and raises 1.5 million dollars, Saudi Arabia drops cluster bombs in Yemen, Indiana uses more half measures as the HIV outbreak is expected to grow, and the status of fast track legislation working its way through Congress.

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TRP News – Progressive News & Information – April 27, 2015

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TRP News with James Andre.

This week Loretta Lynch is finally confirmed and sworn in as U.S. Attorney General, and the Comcast/Time Warner merger finally gives up the ghost. An update on what is happening in Yemen and the arrival of ISIS, and a report on the global refugee crisis. An in-depth discussion of the Trans Pacific Partnership and the overblown rhetoric

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Saudi-led coalition announces end to Yemen operation

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The Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen for almost a month announced on Tuesday the end to its military operation, but a Saudi spokesman said forces would continue to target the Iran-allied Houthi movement as necessary.

“Operation Decisive Storm has achieved its goals…(including) removing the threat to Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries especially in terms of heavy weapons,” said a statement carried by Saudi state news

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