Friday, May 02, 2003

The Orange County Register reports that today the administration and Senate Republicans tried to sneak into a broader intelligence bill a provision that would have given the C.I.A. and the military the authority to issue administrative subpoenas -- known as "national security letters"-- requiring Internet providers, credit card companies, libraries and a range of other organizations to produce materials like phone records, bank transactions and e-mail logs on U.S. citizens.

Meanwhile, the same article reports that Judge Edward Prado was approved 97-0 to take a position on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, after an attempt to break the fillibuster of Priscilla Owen's nomination failed. As reported in the Rocky Mountain Telegram, Republican senators had been holding the Prado nomination hostage to the nomination of Owen.

CNBC reports that unemployment has hit the 6 percent mark.

Michael Kinsley resurrects a priceless quote from Tom DeLay on the need for balanced budgets.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Salon magazine reports that the Recording Industry Association of America intends to collect the names of those it suspects are swapping copyright material with the Kazaa and Grokster file-sharing services.

Wired News reports that a letter signed by 30 major recording artists sent Tuesday to Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, warns that further deregulation of the radio industry "will have a negative impact on access to diverse viewpoints and will impede the functioning of our democracy."

Here is a troubling report of an eminent physicist refusing to peer review papers submitted by American scientists.

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