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Supporters gather in support of National Security Administration (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden in Manhattan's Union Square on June 10, 2013 in New York City.

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Supporters gather in support of National Security Administration (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden in Manhattan's Union Square on June 10, 2013 in New York City.

Snowden Fired: Booz Allen Was Paying Security Contractor $122,000

Edward Snowden is out of a job. Booz Allen Hamilton, the mammoth government contractor that employed the contract security worker for less than three months, said today that he was fired Monday for violating the firm’s policies. Snowden, 29, has...

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Israelis protest against President Barack Obama and call for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American who was jailed in 1987 on charges of spying on the U.S., on March 21, 2013 in Jerusalem.

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Israelis protest against President Barack Obama and call for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American who was jailed in 1987 on charges of spying on the U.S., on March 21, 2013 in Jerusalem.

Washington Daybook: The Price of Secrets

How tough is the U.S. on people who reveal classified information? Twenty-seven years ago this month, intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard pleaded guilty to passing classified documents to Israel. Despite personal pleas by Israeli leaders for his release, Pollard remains in...

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Morning commuters exit a subway turnstile in New York.

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Morning commuters exit a subway turnstile in New York.

Bloomberg By the Numbers: 77

Women earned 77 percent of what men did in 2011 for the same job, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics cited by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a Washington-based research group. The figures for the most recent year available were cited as...

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The National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade, Maryland.

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The National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade, Maryland.

Public Supports Phone Surveillance, Divided Over E-Mail: Poll

Most Americans – 56 percent – say the National Security Agency’s  surveillance of telephone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable way to investigate terrorism, the Pew Research Center reports today, while “a substantial minority” – 41 percent –...

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U.S. Senate candidate Republican Gabriel Gomez, left,  gestures during the debate, while Democrat Edward Markey listens, on June 5, 2013 in Brighton, Mass.

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U.S. Senate candidate Republican Gabriel Gomez, left, gestures during the debate, while Democrat Edward Markey listens, on June 5, 2013 in Brighton, Mass.

Markey-Gomez Race Tightens: Obama’s Standing Cited in Poll

The Senate race in Massachusetts has tightened to single digits after a series of scandals caused Bay State voters to sour on President Barack Obama, a new Suffolk University poll finds. The survey showed the Democratic nominee, Rep. Ed Markey,...

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Contractors smooth the concrete on a curb at Skanska USA Building Inc.'s Inova Health System construction site in Lorton, Virginia.

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Contractors smooth the concrete on a curb at Skanska USA Building Inc.'s Inova Health System construction site in Lorton, Virginia.

Payrolls Get U.S. Labor Boost

The figures used by the U.S. Labor Department to adjust changes in payrolls for seasonal variations have represented a higher hurdle so far this year than in the recent past, according to economist John Herrmann. That’s about to change. The...

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on May 16, 2013.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on May 16, 2013.

Pelosi’s Salon Celebrates Its Makeover

What do Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Major League Baseball player Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals have in common? They’re both regulars at George at the Four Seasons, which celebrated its $100,000 salon renovation with an al fresco party last night. A model with her...

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Hillary Rodham Clinton writes on her cell phone with Roberta S. Jacobson, left, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon, right, in Brasilia, Brazil, before heading to Brussels on April 17, 2012.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton writes on her cell phone with Roberta S. Jacobson, left, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon, right, in Brasilia, Brazil, before heading to Brussels on April 17, 2012.

#tweetsfromHillary: Wife, Mom, Hair Icon, Pantsuit Afficionado

Updated at 1:45 pm EDT Question: What goes from Zero to  65,301  in 60 minutes? Hint: “Wife, mom, lawyer…” Need more hints? “Women & kids advocate…” This should settle it: “FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState” Then there are bonus hints:...

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A security guard stands outside the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong on June 10, 2013.

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A security guard stands outside the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong on June 10, 2013.

Pardoning Edward Snowden: Petitioning White House for a ‘Hero’

The White House invites people to petition the White House. And the president gets all kinds of petitions at the “We the People” page on its Web-site — like the one demanding that President Barack Obama resign (only 352 signatures...

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