Apple and Google Just Attended a Confidential Spy Summit in a Remote English Mansion

The Intercept | Ryan Gallagher At an 18th-century mansion in England’s countryside last week, current and former spy chiefs from seven countries faced off with representatives from tech giants Apple and Google to discuss government surveillance in the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s leaks. The three-day conference, which took place behind closed doors and under strict rules…

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Congressional Dems, Republicans agree Obama’s Islamic State strategy is now, at best, stuck in neutral

 Top congressional Democrats and Republicans agreed Sunday that President Obama is not winning the fight against the Islamic State, with one of his top House supporters acknowledging a “stalemate” at best. The criticism from Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was not unexpected following the Islamic State last week taking over the Iraq city of Ramadi,…

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Julian Castro Dismisses Hillary Clinton E-Mail ‘Witch Hunt,’ V.P. Speculation

Benghazi panel Chairman Trey Gowdy is playing politics, Castro says. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro is defending former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against scrutiny of her Benghazi e-mails, calling it a “witch hunt” against the Democratic presidential front-runner. “This thing has been studied to death by Republicans and Democrats, several committees including…

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Letter tells Long Island black family: ‘YOU DON’T BELONG HERE’

An anonymous racist sent a hate note to an African-American family in Long Island, telling them “YOU DON’T BELONG HERE.” Ronica Copes, 37, a resident of Lindenhurst in the town of Babylon, found the typewritten, all-capital-letter message in an addressed envelope in her mailbox on Thursday afternoon, she told Newsday. “ATTN: AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY,” begins the…

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