Congress proves it’s now impossible to talk sanely about abortion


When Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards testified before Congress on Tuesday, she had to politely remind the Republicans questioning her that abortion is indeed a legal medical procedure in the United States Many of them clearly believe it should be illegal and barely concealed their contempt for Richards, the nonprofit organization she leads and the practice of terminating a pregnancy before it is viable See also: Congressmen mansplain women's health issues to Planned Parenthood president Richards' opponents draw passionate conviction from having watched highly-edited, "undercover" videos of Planned Parenthood officials talking about legal fetal tissue research donation programs, and have charged the organization with "trafficking" in the sales of body parts belonging to unborn children Read more... More about Politics , Congress , Us World , Us , and Abortion Read more »

Pope Francis as ‘Rocky’ is all you need to celebrate the papal visit


On Saturday morning, New York City bid farewell to His Holiness as Pope Francis headed south to Philadelphia. There's no better way to welcome the Pope to the city of brotherly love than to pay tribute to another Philly icon: Rocky Balboa. See also: Pope Francis comes to America: Follow his trip This clip from Vine user PopeIsHope is very real, definitely not edited footage of Pope Francis's Philly arrival [H/T: Rob Tornoe ] BONUS: The 5 biggest moments from Pope Francis' speech to Congress Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... Read more »

How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley


 Twelve years after filing for U.S. residency, I finally took the oath of citizenship in a quaint suburban theater, having spent seven of those prime entrepreneurship years mired in the Green Card queue. This wait damages the entrepreneurship spirit and, worse, impacts career prospects, thereby crimping the economy. Our immigration system hinders entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity. Read More Read more »

Tech CEOs Call On The House To Move Its Ass On Patent Reform

 Today the CEOs of Yelp, Yahoo, Twitter, TripAdvisor, Rackspace, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google, Gilt, and Etsy wrote a letter to leaders of the House of Representatives, pressing the politicians to pass a patent-reform bill called the Innovation Act of 2015 “this summer.” Read More Read more » Makes Lodging Complaints At Your Elected Officials A Breeze

 The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched a new simple tool today,, which allows users to contact their representatives in Congress in an incredibly easy manner. The process begins with the user entering in their address which pulls up a list of their representatives and allows them to start typing an email to them immediately. “Being able to contact your elected… Read More Read more »

US personnel chief resigns in wake of massive data breach


WASHINGTON — The head of the government's personnel office has resigned in the wake of a massive data breach on her watch. A White House official says President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta on Friday morning. She'll stay on the job through the end of the day. The official says deputy director Beth Cobert will become acting director starting Saturday. Archuleta's resignation comes the day after her agency disclosed that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people. Previous government estimates of how many were affected by the breach were far smaller Read more »

Is this BlackBerry’s First Android Phone?

 For the past month or so, the general thinking around the rumor mill has been that BlackBerry is working on an Android phone. If you can’t beat’em, join’em, right? Now we’ve got a rough idea of what their first Android handset might look like. Posted by the endlessly resourceful Evan Blass (aka evleaks), the photo shows a device that appears to have curves on both halves… Read More Read more »

Court Rules NSA Bulk Data Collection Can Resume

 The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled late Monday that the NSA may temporarily resume its bulk data collection of Americans’ phone records. The ruling revives the NSA program that was halted earlier this month when a certain provision of the Patriot Act expired June 1. The government had sought to reinstate the section by passing the USA Freedom Act on June 2, which curtailed… Read More Read more »

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Defends Status Quo, Rebuffs Attempts To Open Up Spectrum Auction

 FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler rejected calls from T-Mobile and others Thursday to expand the amount of wireless spectrum being reserved for small carriers in the upcoming wireless spectrum auction. In a blog post, Wheeler held that the “current reserve size of 30 megahertz balances the desire to make low-band spectrum available to parties with limited holdings while facilitating… Read More Read more »

Pandora Is Out Of Tune With Songwriters

 I remain puzzled as to why Pandora has chosen to wage an expensive and exhaustive fight against the songwriters that form the very foundation of its business – in courts, in the media and even in the halls of Congress – rather than negotiate with them. It just doesn’t make long-term business sense. Read More Read more »