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Federally contracted workers march in a protest against alleged wage theft and worker intimidation by Ronald Reagan Building employers on July 2, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy

Second service workers strike hits Ronald Reagan Building in Washington

07/02/13 03:02PM

UPDATED, 4:40 PM Dozens of food and other service workers at Washington, D.C.'s Ronald Reagan Building, which houses federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and General Services Administration (GSA), took to the street Tuesday in a one-day strike to protest low wages. It is the second strike in the nation's capital in the last two months by federally contracted service workers. Good Jobs Nation, the labor group working to organize those employees, is demanding that the Department of Labor investigate employers in the building for wage theft and worker harassment, too. read more

The National Security Agency (NSA) logo is shown on a computer screen inside the Threat Operations Center at the NSA in Fort Meade, Maryland, January 25, 2006. U.S. President George W. Bush visited the ultra-secret National Security Agency on Wednesday...

Before PRISM there was Total Information Awareness

07/02/13 10:30AM

This week, not only is Barack Obama and his family in Africa, but so too is George W. Bush, along with his wife Laura. The couple were renovating a health clinic in Zambia when they decided to gift us all with some rare post-retirement facetime. And President Bush took the opportunity to weigh in on the massive domestic surveillance scheme known as PRISM that began under his watch and remained secret until last month when information about the program, leaked by Edward Snowden, was published by the Guardian and the Washington Post. read more


#click3 She's just Jenny from The Block

07/01/13 08:46PM

1. David Petraeus, former CIA director, had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Now he's teaching a course at City University of New York. For $200,000. That's a public university by the way. That gig typically pays less than $3,000. read more

Surveillance camera in trees pointed near architectural glass facade. (Photo by Abban Ryan/Gallery Stock)

EU claims 'shock' over spying. US says, really?

07/01/13 04:18PM

President Barack Obama met the latest allegations of U.S. spying with a shrug. "Every intelligence service, not just ours, but every European intelligence service...wherever there's an intelligence service, here's one thing that they're going to be doing: They're going to be trying to understand the world better," Obama said. Intelligence gathering on allied nations, he suggested, is not just morally permissible but common practice. "That's just how intelligence services operate." read more

A graduate smiles as he takes his seat at the Berklee College of Music Commencement in Boston, Massachusetts May 12, 2012. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

Washington shrugs as student loan rates double

07/01/13 01:28PM

Borrowing costs for lower-income students shot up on Monday, jumping from 3.4% to 6.8% on subsidized Stafford loans from the federal government. For the average borrower, that means an additional $761 for every loan they take out through the program, according to Mark Kantrowitz, a financial aid expert and publisher of Edvisors Network. read more

Obama's in South Africa

Obama's in South Africa

06/29/13 08:45PM

The president's trip to South Africa could be overshadowed by Nelson Mandela's health. Chris Hayes talks to Esther Armah, who reported from South Africa,... watch

On the right side of DOMA

On the right side of DOMA

06/28/13 08:55PM

The president's decision not to fight the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court allowed the administration to fully own the Supreme Court's DOMA decision.... watch