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Colbert recaps series finale of U.S. government in ‘Breaking Gov’

On Monday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert recapped the season finale of the U.S. government, which shut down at midnight on Monday night, thanks to a Republican funding bill that refuses to allow the government to function as long as the Affordable Care Act — also…

Twitter report: U.S. leads the world in demands for user information

Twitter revealed on Wednesday that government demands for information about users rose in the first half of this year, with US authorities accounting for more than three-quarters of the requests. Governments submitted a total of 1,157 requests for information about Twitter accounts, with 78 percent of those queries coming from…

FLASHBACK: Watch this 2006 PBS ‘NewsHour’ debate on the NSA’s phone call surveillance program

Under a top-secret court order issued using a provision of the Patriot Act, the United States government has been collecting phone records of millions of American…  …

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