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Obama planning to close gun sale loopholes via executive action

President Barack Obama reportedly intends to take action on gun control where the U.S. Congress has been unable to act. According to the Associated Press, the president will enact measures to close a legal loophole that allows felons and other criminals to register weapons to companies rather than to themselves…

New Mexico calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United ruling

The New Mexico state legislature has approved a resolution that urges the U.S. Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. “This marks a major victory for the constitutional amendment movement to reclaim our democracy,” said John Bonifaz, director of…

Harvard Prof.: Congress will not fix Citizens United

Appearing on Current TV’s “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” on Wednesday night, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig explained that the Supreme Court’s allowance of unlimited, unattributed political spending by corporations will require a constitutional amendment to fix, but he doesn’t believe the U.S. Congress will do it. Unfortunately, Lessig said,…

U.S. government’s ‘online security’ website taken down by Anonymous

A website managed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), intended to advise Internet users on cyber security matters, has been taken offline by an unknown individual or individuals claiming to be part of the hacker collective “Anonymous.” In a message posted online, the hacker or hackers explains that the…

Censored hip-hop blog demands justice, joins anti-piracy boycott

As millions across the planet witnessed a global online protest against two anti-piracy bills before the U.S. Congress, one music website shared with Raw Story its own experience being censored by the government. OnSmash.com, a popular hip hop blog, was among 82 websites shut down in November 2010 by the…

MPAA calls blackout protest a ‘dangerous gimmick’

The Motion Picture Association of America, the film industry’s largest lobby, is not happy about the growing opposition to two anti-piracy bills being considered by the U.S. Congress. Critics of the bills have said they could break the fundamental structure of the Internet and result in censorship. Internet-base companies like…

Wikipedia to blackout in protest of anti-piracy bills

The world’s largest encyclopedia will go dark on Wednesday in a dramatic protest against two anti-piracy bills being considered by the U.S. Congress, Wikipedia announced on Monday. Concerned that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister in the Senate, the Protect IP Act, might deal severe damage to…

‘Anonymous’ posts media moguls’ information online

In protest of a pending anti-piracy measure currently before the U.S. Congress, the hacker group “Anonymous” has posted personal information about two of the most powerful men in media, Time Warner Chief Executive Jeffrey L. Bewkes and Sumner M. Redstone, head of Viacom and CBS. In an action it calls…

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