Pope Francis Takes Responsibility for ‘All the Evil’ of Sexually Abusive Priests

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Pope Francis met with members of the media on March 16, 2013. Image: Flickr, Catholic Church England and Wales Pope Francis has asked forgiveness for priests who have sexually abused children and declared that the Catholic Church would impose sanctions on them. Francis made the statement to a Catholic children’s organization at the Vatican on Friday, […]

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Republicans, Democrats Finally Find Common Ground — On Coding

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In an increasingly divisive U.S. political climate, there’s at least one cause that has found support on both sides of the aisle — computer science education. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor both stressed the importance of learning to to code, or write computer programs, in videos uploaded Sunday […]

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Obama Wants Federal Agencies to Share Wireless Spectrum

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Share more of your precious wireless spectrum with private businesses, President Barack Obama told government agencies in a Friday memo. What’s the deal? All wireless communications require spectrum, a government-regulated finite resource that’s limited to one larger-scale “user” at a time, like a radio station, cellphone provider or even a local wireless router. As the […]

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U.S. Will Change ‘Ineffective’ No-Fly List Process After Judge’s Ruling

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Image: Flickr, Jez WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. The decision comes after a federal judge’s ruling in June that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed unconstitutional. […]

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Tomorrow’s Real Debate Will Be on Facebook and Twitter

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When President Obama and Mitt Romney take the stage for their first debate in Denver tomorrow night, a far more extensive shadow debate will unfold across social media. Campaigns and supporters will aim to seize the online “conversation” in a vast game of spin unfolding well beyond the telecast and media coverage does. As a […]

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Top Tech Innovators Star in New Obama Ad

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Which presidential candidate would be better for promoting technological innovation? The entrepreneurs and innovators in this new ad argue it would be Barack Obama. The ad features a slew of technologists, including Craigslist’s Craig Newmark, Dropbox’s Drew Houston and LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, explaining why they’re supporting Obama. “I support Obama because I’ve personally seen how […]

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Is it Easier to Buy a Gun Online?

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Suspected Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet in the space of 60 days, according to police reports. He also purchased four guns, including a military-style AR-15 assault rifle, from local stores. All of his purchases — both online and in-person — were legal, authorities said. […]

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Email Warrant Measure Gets Senate Judiciary Nod

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A measure that would require law enforcement to get a warrant to read citizens’ emails regardless of their age or whether they have been opened passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a voice vote Thursday. The bipartisan measure, jointly written by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.; pictured above) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), comes in the form […]

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Watch Google Employees Speak Out for Marriage Equality

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Google released a short video this week featuring several of the company’s employees speaking out in favor of marriage equality. The video, titled “Googlers Supporting Marriage Equality,” was made to announce a partnership between Google and The Four, a progressive group working to promote marriage equality in the four states where the issue is appearing on […]

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Christie Ignores Scandal, Talks Bipartisanship

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New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie gave his second inaugural address today in Trenton, N.J., after winning a landslide election over Democratic State Senator Barbara Buono last year. The governor did not address the slew of scandals that have recently beset his administration, but instead focussed on bipartisanship, education and immigration reform, and will delivered […]

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Google Launches Crisis Map for Hurricane Sandy

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As Hurricane Sandy moves near the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast, Google is helping those affected prepare for the storm with a dedicated crisis map. The map tracks Sandy’s path, letting users choose between several layers of information, such as the current location of the storm, forecast track, shelter locations, cloud imagery, public alerts and more. Google […]

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