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No mail on Saturday? Americans say OK

No mail on Saturday? Americans say OK from True/Slant

TOP STORIES

Van Jones: ‘I feel like I’m just getting started’ from Grist

Civil rights & media justice from Prometheus Radio

Ian Tomlinson family waits for answers one year after G20 protests

Indebted UC students: Put down the soy lattes by Allison Kilkenny

FREE PRESS

The war on WikiLeaks and why it matters by Glenn Greenwald

Wikipedia to undergo fundamental changes in April

1 in 4 kids aged 8-12 on Facebook despite age restrictions

Google goes it alone in China censorship fight

GEEKY TECH

Digital divide will ensure a broadband ghetto from GigaOm

Blair Levin: Reclaiming spectrum puts FCC on ‘right side’ of history

New RFID tag could mean the end of bar codes from Wired

Why isn’t my house out-thinking my dog yet? from Wired

TRULY GREEN

Conservation icon Stewart Udall dies from New West

Climate bill could face threats from the left from The Hill

Sen. Tom Udall’s goal: ’10 Republicans on the climate bill’ from Grist

Van Jones: Clean energy ‘will be increasingly safe political ground for both parties’

HEALTHY THINKING

Not feeling well? Perhaps you’re marijuana deficient by Paul Armentano

In drug war, failed old ideas never die by Bernd Debusmann

Ask Umbra chews the fat with Moby about his new book Gristle

Celebrities climb Kilimanjaro to awaken world to water crisis from Treehugger

POLITICS USA

Court strikes limits on contributions to independent political groups

The horrible prospect of Supreme Court Justice Cass Sunstein

Tea Party harbors a dwindling, confused demographic by Allison Kilkenny

Will Greenwald be labeled a ‘terrorist’ and assassinated? from Antiwar Radio

RIGHT WING

How a visionary author became a target of right-wing conspiracy theory

The banishment of David Frum: The revolution devours its children

Where were all these ‘freedom-loving’ right wingers during the Bush years?

Michael Chertoff joins defense firm that defrauded the US government

CORPORATE POWER

Clear Channel spent $1.6M lobbying Congress & FCC in 2nd half of 2009

Chomsky: Popular outrage not challenging corporate power from In These Times

Viva la student revolution: Part of reform corporations couldn’t buy

Afghanistan spy contract goes sour for Pentagon from CorpWatch

MIDDLE EAST

US intent on dragging Israel to negotiating table from Electronic Intifada

Chomsky: Obama spat over Netanyahu’s ‘insulting manner, not settlements’

NPR misleads and misinforms on East Jerusalem from Mondo Weiss

KBR mechanics worked as little as 43 minutes per month by John Byrne

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The Day After Tomorrow might have been yesterday by Matthew Berger

Coal miners join historic rallies to end mountaintop removal from Alternet

Aspartame renamed ‘AminoSweet’ and now marketed as ‘natural sweetener’

No way, Bill Gates totally wants to nuke climate change

EPA hearts clean coal, capitulates on ethanol from Grist

Invasive species, global warming taking toll on Thoreau’s Walden Pond

Extreme weather is part of global warming, says climate scientist from DN!

Candidate wants to suspend regulations on greenhouse gases from Wired

USDA makes the right call on school meat safety from Grist

New USDA rules establish strong organic standards for pasture & livestock

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Climate change deniers are ‘unpatriotic’

Sen. Bernie Sanders on his new 10 million solar roofs bill from Grist

Tritium hot zone expands around Vermont nuclear plant

Is Chicago earthquake a wake-up call for clean coal? from Alternet

From the annals of Sno-Cone science from Common Dreams

War at home: Local eco-warriors making a big noise in UK

What have Scorpions, Nobel Prize winners & William Shatner got in common?

Australia’s invading camels will soon be crocodile food from Treehugger.com

Greenpeace: Japanese anti-whaling activists face up to 10 years in prison

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Howard Zinn, dissident historian, dead at 87

TOP STORIES

Iraq War ending, all troops coming home: Obama

Did Justice Alito ‘mouth off’ to Obama during speech?

Idaho Public Television faces loss of entire state funding

The ‘Ellie Light’ letter-to-the-editor mystery gets weirder

BACK & FORTH

RIAA offers to settle Jammie Thomas case for $25K

Settlement rejected in ‘shocking’ RIAA file sharing verdict

Internet freedoms & Internet radicals by Andrew Keen

Net neutrality key to open Internet by Josh Silver & Craig Aaron

WIRED’S ELLIOT VAN BUSKIRK

Forget the iPad, Apple needs to rebuild iTunes

DOJ approves Ticketmaster, Live Nation merger

Spotify hits 250K paid subscribers, US rollout still unknown

YouTube for rent: Today Sundance, tomorrow the world

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Improper forensics, 2 decades in prison

Chicago prosecutor’s office trying to smear Innocence Project

TOP 4

Officials hid truth about immigrant deaths in jail from NY Times

Court rulings erode spending restrictions for elections

FCC Chairman: We need airwaves from govt & broadcasters

Nader: One more term, Senator Dorgan, please? from Common Dreams

THE ‘T’ WORD

Answering Helen Thomas on why they want to harm us from Truthout

TSA is funding airport mind-reading machines from Raw Story

Body scanners: Known unknowns from ACLU

Op-ed: Sick with terror by Amy Goodman

THE U.S. ECONOMY

Study: More families using food stamps to feed kids from McClatchy

Unemployment: Pelosi & Obama call for new jobs bill from The Hill

US awards $2.3b worth of tax credits for green jobs

Are Dems & the corporate media hopeless? by Dave Lindorff

House committee wants Geithner testimony over AIG bailout scandal

Tim Geithner’s time to give answers by Congressman Darrel Issa

FOOD ECO

Three approved GMOs linked to organ damage from Truthout

Science confirms that blowing up mountains harms mountains from Grist

Most unhealthy restaurant meals (not fast food) from Alternet

Is Whole Foods bad for the planet? from Mother Jones

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Canadian diplomacy & the Honduran coup from The Dominion

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden demands secret IP treaty details from Wired

Did CIA deploy a Blackwater hit team in Germany? by Jeremy Scahill

Vancouver rail system jacks up the fees for busking musicians

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TOP 4

Leaked UN report: Copenhagen cuts would lead to 3C temperature rise

Chilcot Iraq Inquiry: The establishment goes to work from Media Lens

Army specialist jailed for stop-loss hip hop song from Courage to Resist

Add 56,000 new contractors to 30,000 new troops for Afghanistan

NEWS ABOUT THE MEDIA

LPFM passes the House by Candace Clement; Hannah Sassaman reflects

Shield law, anonymity, defining journalism from FindLaw

New ratings system for radio changes the game from NY Times

AT&T tells FCC it loves the idea, not the rules of net neutrality from Wired

Morgan Stanley: Mobile Internet market will be twice desktop size by 2012

FAIR to PBS: Don’t abandon hard-hitting journalism

VIEWPOINTS

Op-ed: Copenhagen & the empire’s new clothes by Amy Goodman

Op-ed: White House as helpless victim on heath care by Glenn Greenwald

Op-ed: The Courage to say no by Naomi Klein

Op-ed: Ruined Senate health bill unsupportable by Keith Olbermann

Op-ed: ‘Party of No’ blocks debate on Sanders’ real reform by John Nichols

ETC

Bush officials emailed bogus rumor blaming Gore for Bin Laden escape

Armey lashes out at Maddow after canceled National Press Club speech

Maddow strikes back at Dick Armey’s nonsensical attack

Police shoot US student’s laptop upon entry to Israel from Haaretz

Ed Schultz to Obama: ‘Your base thinks you’re nothing but a sellout’

Lawmakers push new Buy American bill

Chris Matthews trashes netroots from Think Progress

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Even though a Bush-era request to conduct blanket searches of computer files was rebuked by judges, the Obama administration is now pushing to have the decision reversed, according to court documents filed the week of Thanksgiving.

U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, an Obama appointee, and twenty other government attorneys submitted a brief to the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, making a very extraordinary request. They want their position heard again, this time by all 27 judges in the region.

In August, an “en banc” panel of 11 judges from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals decided federal prosecutors went too far when they seized the drug test results of 104 pro baseball players five years earlier. The ruling included guidelines for computer search conduct designed to protect Fourth Amendment privacy rights, in the style of Miranda rights.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote at the time that the government “must maintain the privacy of materials that are intermingled with seizable materials, and … avoid turning a limited search for particular information into a general search of office file systems and computer databases.”

In 2006, the 9th Circuit initially sided with the Bush administration against the Major League Baseball Players Association in a 2-1 decision.

Back in 2003, the warrant in the hands of the prosecutors allowed them to search urinalysis records of ten pro baseball players at a Long Beach drug-testing facility. They claimed the information on other players found in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet was in plain sight, and therefore lawful. But the Court of Appeals argued agents could have selected, copied and pasted only the rows listing the specific players named in the search warrant.

Instead they scrolled to the right side of the spreadsheet to peek at the test results of each player. The names of four players not linked to the warranted BALCO investigation were later leaked to The New York Times. In the public eye, power-hitters David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa may never scrub clean the taint. Sosa will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2013, along with controversial star Barry Bonds.

The player’s union accused The Times of breaking the law. “The leaking of information under a court seal is a crime,” he said in a statement. “The active pursuit of information that may not lawfully be disclosed because it is under court seal is a crime.”

Michael Schmidt, the reporter, insists he did nothing wrong, “It is the choice of the source to talk. I believe it is legal and ethical for me to ask questions of people who may be covered by court orders.”

During the slow news week of Thanksgiving the Obama administration took action, seeking to reverse the 3-month old decision. Wired Magazine and libertarians had applauded the dramatic reductions to the government’s search-and-seizure powers, but the government now claims “computer searches have ground to a complete halt” in some districts.

Inside a 27-page brief submitted to the San Francisco-based court Nov. 23 (and made available on the Wired Magazine website) Solicitor General Kagan and twenty other undersigned government attorneys insist the 9th Circuit Appeals judges must “withdraw the en banc panel’s decision.” In other words, throw out the 11-judge ruling and review the case again with all 27 of its judges, an unprecedented request.

“The United States is mindful that this Court has never granted full court en banc,” the brief states. “Indeed, the federal government has never asked the Court to do so. But the broad issues unnecessarily addressed in the en banc panel’s opinion are of surpassing importance and compel that extraordinary action.”

The court said rather than copy an entire drive, the government should cull the specific data described in its search warrant. Otherwise, use an independent third party to comb through files under court supervision, providing nothing else to government agents. So, which Fourth Amendment protections are unnecessary?

The government is pointing to a nauseating rape case to argue investigators are now the ones in handcuffs. “Agents did not obtain a warrant to search the suspects’ computers,” the government wrote, “because of concerns that any evidence discovered about other potential victims could not be disclosed by the filter team.”

After the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the last avenue available to the solicitor general would be a review from the Supreme Court.

This story was originally written for RawStory.com by Gavin Dahl.

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Ralph Nader by Stephen C Webster

Greens, independents want Nader to challenge Senator Dodd in Connecticut

Groups mount proactive counterattack to Comcast buying NBC

Blogging booms worldwide, repression at its heels from Newsdesk

Dubya feared successor might revoke telecom spy immunity from Wired

Tony Blair to face British Iraq Inquiry committee in January

Lessons from the land of cheap broadband from CNN Money

Obama picks pesticide lobbyist for agriculture trade post

NPR still hasn’t discovered the housing bubble from American Prospect

Copenhagen: Seattle grows up by Naomi Klein

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