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  1. Here We Go ACLU Sues Over NSA Surveillance Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

    1. ACLU Sues Over NSA Surveillance

    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Tuesday aimed at stopping the Obama administration from collecting large swaths of telephone data through the National Security Agency. The ACLU contends that the program, which was brought to light by whistleblower Edward Snowden, is illegal and gives the government “a comprehensive record of our associations and public movements, revealing a wealth of detail about our familial, political, professional, religious and intimate associations." Filed in New York, the lawsuit could make its way to the Supreme Court. Previous attempts to stop the government from dragnet-style information gathering have failed because plaintiffs couldn't prove they were affected. However, the ACLU is a customer of Verizon, which has been implicated in the scandal.

    An ACLU spokesman explained to Fox News why the organization chose to file this lawsuit.

    June 11, 2013 3:39 PM

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    2. Anti-Gay Bill Passes Russia’s Lower House

    A bill banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” was approved by the lower house of Russia’s Parliament on Tuesday, as more than two dozen protesters were attacked by anti-gay activists and detained by police. The Kremlin-backed legislation still needs to pass the Parliament's upper house and be signed into law by President Putin, but it seems likely that both will happen. Protesters holding a “kissing rally” outside of Parliament were stormed by hundreds of Orthodox Christian activists and pro-Kremlin groups. Some protesters who were not detained were beaten by masked men about a mile away. 

    June 11, 2013 11:36 PM

  3. COMPROMISE Immigration Bill Clears Senate Hurdle Alex Wong/Getty Images

    3. Immigration Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

    The Senate overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to allow a formal debate on a bill that would clear a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. By a vote of 82–15, lawmakers advanced the Gang of Eight's bill to the floor, though high-ranking Republicans cautioned that it didn't mean there would be enough support to pass it later on. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, an architect of the legislation, said he would have trouble supporting the bill unless changes were made to strengthen the border-security provisions. Still, this may be the best chance to overhaul immigration policy, Obama has said. The last time lawmakers made any headway on the issue was 1986, when President Reagan signed an amnesty bill that gave 3 million people citizenship.

     

     

     

    June 11, 2013 4:44 PM

  4. NOTHING TO HIDE Google Pushes to Publish Confidential Data Adam Berry/Getty Images

    4. Google Pushes to Publish Confidential Data

    Accused of giving the U.S. government open-door access to user information, tech companies implicated in the NSA Prism spying scandal are going on the offensive. In an open letter to the U.S. attorney general and the FBI on Tuesday, Google denied supplying unlimited information to security agencies and requested that they be allowed to publish the confidential details of fulfilled FISA requests to prove it. Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter were quick to join the public-relations party, issuing statements of their own concerning government secrecy and their desire for greater transparency. Experts say the government is unlikely to approve the data release, which may not matter, since a majority of Americans don’t care about the program anyway.

    June 11, 2013 11:21 PM

  5. ANOTHER WHISTLEBLOWER Memo Details State Dept. Misconduct Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    5. Memo Details State Dept. Misconduct

    A drug ring near the American Embassy in Iraq; a U.S. ambassador’s “endemic” trysts with prostitutes; sexual assault by a security official in Beirut; thwarted investigations. These are just a few of the alleged juicy bits in an internal memo from the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General detailing potentially widespread misconduct by staff during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State. The memo, given to CNN by a whistleblower who worked under Clinton, could add fuel to the fire surrounding the Benghazi scandal, sully her reputation as SOS, and block any further political aspirations. But if anyone knows sex scandals need not get in the way of political goals or getting the job done, it’s Hillary. Meanwhile, the ambassador accused of engaging with prostitutes has vehemently denied doing so.

    June 11, 2013 1:10 PM

  6. OCCUPY GEZI Turkish Police Storm Taksim Square Kostas Tsironis/AP

    6. Turkish Police Storm Taksim Square

    Thousands of Turkish protestors were dispersed after police stormed Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the heart of the two-week-long protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. The governor of Istanbul wrote on Twitter that the police had arrived only to remove banners, but witnesses reported that police pushed past the protesters’ barricades and fired water cannons and tear gas to break up the crowds. The demonstrators responded by throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks, and fireworks. Meanwhile, Erdogan told his party’s M.P.s that the protests have hurt the country’s image and economy. Protests in Taksim Square started on May 31 as a demonstration against plans to raze Istanbul’s Gezi Park but soon spread across the country as a more widespread call to action against Erdogan’s government.

    June 11, 2013 2:30 PM

  7. TIME HEALS Poll: Bush Favorability Ratings Rise Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    7. Poll: Bush Favorability Ratings Rise

    Cleary those puppy paintings have softened his image. A new Gallup poll finds more Americans like George W. Bush now more than at any point since 2005. Forty-nine percent now view the former president favorably and 46 percent unfavorably. The war president turned artist has laid pretty low since leaving office—just recently emerging for the opening of his library—and it seems to have paid off. This sort of change isn't surpirsing, however; Americans have a short memory and it's common (with the exception of Nixon) for presidential approval to rise after our leaders have left.

    June 11, 2013 6:23 PM

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    8. Bloomberg Unveils $20B NYC Storm Plan

    Whoever wins the New York mayor’s race, Michael Bloomberg has left you a little project. Bloomberg unveiled a $20 billion plan to help defend the city against storms and rising sea levels, saying, “This is urgent work, and it must begin now.” The plan includes building dunes, concrete bulkheads, and levees to protect communities from storms. He also proposed building new raised land on the east side of Manhattan, similar to Battery Park City, that could be used for housing and office space. The city is going to develop emergency measures to be deployed whenever a storm hits, such as temporary flood walls with removable panels.  

    June 11, 2013 3:09 PM

  9. FAST LANE Google Buys Mapping Startup Waze Paul Sakuma/AP

    9. Google Buys Mapping Startup Waze

    Google further solidified its mapping dominance today with the purchase of Waze, an Israeli mapping startup. Waze uses satellite signals from members’ smartphones to create real-time maps with traffic information and faster routes. “Imagine if you could see real-time traffic updates from friends and fellow travelers ahead of you, calling out 'fender bender...totally stuck in left lane!’ and showing faster routes that others are taking,” wrote Google Geo Vice President Brian McClendon. Waze, which will remain based in Israel, has 47 million users. Google reportedly paid $1.3 billion for the company.

    June 11, 2013 1:08 PM

  10. Big Brother Sales of Orwell's ‘1984’ Spike AP Photo

    10. Sales of Orwell's ‘1984’ Spike

    It’s 29 years late, but has Big Brother finally arrived? Readers are flocking to buy George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, which describes a totalitarian surveillance state, since news of the National Security Administration scandal broke. The book has landed on Amazon’s list of “Movers and Shakers,” and sales of the novel have increased thousands of percent. “Throwing out such a broad net of surveillance is exactly the kind of threat Orwell feared,” Orwell biographer Michael Shelden told NPR. President Obama even referenced the novel, naming Big Brother, when he defended the program last Friday.

    June 11, 2013 1:55 PM

  11. Disturbed Douglas's Son Writes Drug Policy Essay © Gregg DeGuire / AFF-USA.COM

    11. Douglas's Son Writes Drug Policy Essay

    Michael Douglas's son, Cameron, who is serving nine and a half years in prison for drug violations, wrote a personal essay for the Huffington Post on what he calls America's "outdated" drug policy. The 34-year-old actor, first convicted in 2010 of selling methamphetamine, focuses on how the system's approach "pays little concern to the disease of addiction." Rather than jail time, Douglas believes treatment would be far more productive. He does, however, understand there are consequences. "I'm not saying that I didn't deserve to be punished, or that I'm worthy of special treatment ... However, I seem to be trapped," he said.

    June 11, 2013 6:44 PM

  12. Fake Out Tiger Woods Never Got Apology Rob Carr

    12. Tiger Woods Never Got Apology

    Looks like that fried chicken comment is still sizzling. Three weeks ago, when Sergio Garcia said that he'd have Tiger Woods over for dinner and serve fried chicken, it didn't go over well at all. Woods called the statement "wrong, hurtful and inappropriate" on Twitter and many were up in arms over the racial stereotype. It seemed Garcia offered an apology on the driving range Monday when he shook Woods's hand, but this wasn't the case at all. "We didn't discuss anything ... It's already done," Woods said at a news conference Tuesday. But instead of holding a grudge, Woods has decided to shift his energy to his fourth U.S. Open. And considering his recent performances, it's probably for the best. 

    June 11, 2013 5:30 PM

  13. Asylum Russia: We’d Consider Sheltering Snowden Moscow, May 1,2013. (Mikhail Metzel/AP)

    13. Russia: We’d Consider Sheltering Snowden

    Russia may imprison their own whistleblowers and protesters, but they’ll welcome American ones with open arms. After a spokesman for Vladimir Putin said that they would consider an asylum request from Edward Snowden, Russian politicians are praising the idea. “In this case, Snowden, like Assange, is a human-rights activist,” said Alexey Pushkov, head of the Duma’s international affairs committee. In 2010 the Kremlin suggested Julian Assange should be nominated for a Nobel prize, and later gave him a talk show on the state-sponsored television network. Meanwhile Iceland, which seems to be Snowden’s country of choice, is reacting more coolly to the idea of granting asylum, stating that Snowden would have to apply from within the country’s borders, not from an embassy.

    June 11, 2013 11:44 AM

  14. Delayed Reaction Booz Allen Fires Snowden Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post via Getty

    14. Booz Allen Fires Snowden

    Didn’t Edward Snowden quit when he leaked top-secret documents and fled to Hong Kong? In any case, his former employer Booz Allen Hamilton fired him yesterday. “Snowden, who had a salary at the rate of $122,000, was terminated June 10, 2013, for violations of the firm’s code of ethics and firm policy,” the company said in a statement. “We will work closely with our clients and authorities in their investigation of this matter.” Snowden, 29, had worked at Booz Allen for less than three months, stationed in Hawaii.

    June 11, 2013 10:10 AM

  15. Rewind Saget Photobombs ‘Full House’ Home Bob Saget/whosay.com

    15. Saget Photobombs ‘Full House’ Home

    No, Danny Tanner, you can't go home again. Bob Saget, who played the Full House patriarch back in the ’90s, got the urge to stop by the San Francisco home made famous by the sitcom while in town for a radio show on Friday. But it wasn't exactly a Kodak moment. “It was creepy! Some poor lady lives there and it’s a well known house now … It was kind of weird being there,” Saget told Us Weekly. His former co-stars couldn’t help but comment on the photo Saget posted. “Can you see if my underpants are still hanging on the gutter?” Dave Coulier, who played Joey Gladstone on the series, joked on Twitter. Some things never change.

    June 11, 2013 1:49 PM

  16. Breaking Princeton Evacuated After Bomb Threat Jerry McCrea/The Star Ledger, via Corbis

    16. Princeton Evacuated After Bomb Threat

    Princeton University was evacuated after a bomb threat to multiple campus buildings. "Please evacuate the campus and all university offices immediately and go home unless otherwise directed by your supervisor," read a statement on the school’s website. No classes are in session, but there are some summer programs on campus, according to a university spokesman.

    June 11, 2013 11:09 AM

  17. SPLITSVILLE Jane Lynch, Lara Embry Divorcing Matt Sayles/AP

    17. Jane Lynch, Lara Embry Divorcing

    If Jane Lynch really is like her Glee alter ego, expect things to get ugly here. Lynch, 52, and her wife, Lara Embry, are divorcing after three years of marriage, the actress announced on Monday. Lynch and Embry, a psychologist, were married in Massachusetts in 2011. In a statement, Lynch called the decision to divorce “difficult, as we care very deeply for each other.” Embry, 44, has a daughter, Haden, whom Lynch called her “greatest pleasure.”

    June 11, 2013 7:36 AM

  18. WELL, HE IS FAST ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel Coming Clay Enos/Warner Bros.

    18. ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel Coming

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane ... it’s a sequel to Man of Steel. Before the new Superman flick even arrives in theaters, Warner Bros. has already ordered up a sequel to the hotly anticipated film. Director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer are returning, as will (probably) Superman himself, Henry Cavill. It’s unclear whether Christopher Nolan will have a hand in production. Ordering a sequel before audiences see the first movie isn’t unheard of—as with The Hangover. It’s important to note, however, that the first Hangover was a pleasant surprise—the other two, not so much.

    June 11, 2013 11:06 AM

  19. Gloves Off Battle Over Paris Jackson’s Guardianship Valerie Macon

    19. Battle Over Paris Jackson’s Guardianship

    And you thought your family had issues. In the wake of Paris Jackson’s suicide attempt, her late father’s family fears that biological mother Debbie Rowe could come forward and make a move for custody—and they’re prepared to fight her “tooth and nail,” TMZ reports. Paris’s relationship with her grandmother Katherine, who has legal custody of Michael’s children, has reportedly been rocky. Still, family members have expressed that Rowe's only motive for guardianship would be to get back in the spotlight, according to TMZ sources. Oh, the drama.

    June 11, 2013 11:22 AM

  20. 'MAN OF MYSTERY' Snowden’s Girlfriend Found?

    20. Snowden’s Girlfriend Found?

    For real, would you stay with your boyfriend if he could face treason charges for exposing one of the government’s most secret programs? That’s the question facing Lindsay Mills, 28, believed to be the girlfriend of Edward Snowden, the man who leaked classified documents about the NSA’s secret surveillance program. “My world has opened and closed all at once,” Mills wrote on her blog. “Leaving me lost at sea without a compass.” Mills is the author of a blog called “L’s Journey,” where she’s posted some racy pictures and described it as being about the “adventures of a world-traveling, pole-dancing super hero.” Mills chronicled moving to Hawaii with her boyfriend, whom she never names but calls “E” and “man of mystery.”

    Lindsay Mills posted this dancing video on YouTube.

    June 11, 2013 7:02 AM

  21. PWNED Sony Drops Price of PlayStation 4 Jae C. Hong/AP

    21. Sony Drops Price of PlayStation 4

    There’s going to be some real competition for holiday gifts this year. Sony on Monday announced that PlayStation 4 will cost $399, $100 less than Microsoft’s Xbox, currently the best-selling gaming console in the U.S. Speaking at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Sony president and CEO Jack Tretton got cheers when he said the PS4 will not have any restrictions on used games—one of the key criticisms against Xbox. The new PS4 will also not require the Internet for authentication, another one of the things Xbox needs.

    June 11, 2013 7:33 AM

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  23. New Home Report: Patriots to Sign Tebow Bill Kostroun/AP

    22. Report: Patriots to Sign Tebow

    Looks like somebody wants Tim Tebow. The Patriots are signing the former Jets quarterback, according to an ESPN report. Head coach Bill Belichick recently spoke kindly about the 25-year-old athlete, denying rumors that there was "no chance" of him joining his team. Tebow's stint with the New York Jets ended last April after a bleak season. He is reportedly already on his way to Foxborough, Massachusetts, for the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. After last year, the evangelical Christian is likely praying for better luck in New England.

    June 10, 2013 5:48 PM

  24. AU REVOIR Prosecution: Drop DSK’s Pimping Charges THOMAS COEX / AFP

    23. Prosecution: Drop DSK’s Pimping Charges

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s two-year spiral may be finally coming to an end. French prosecutors made a bid on Tuesday to drop the charges of “aggravated pimping” against the former head of the International Monetary Fund who had once faced rape charges in the U.S. He had initially also been charged with gang rape, but the charges were dropped after the prostitute withdrew her claim. Prostitution is legal in France, and Strauss-Kahn admittedly attended swingers’ parties, but he said he had no idea the women were prostitutes and he insisted he had not pimped them out. Strauss-Kahn, 64, had been a Socialist Party leader and a favorite to win the French presidency before he was accused of raping a maid in New York in 2011. Those charges were eventually dropped, but not before tarnishing his reputation.

    June 11, 2013 9:19 AM

  25. NO FUN FOR YOU White House Cancels Congress’s Picnic El Kebir Lamrani/AFP/Getty

    24. White House Cancels Congress’s Picnic

    What’s next, no birthday party for Sasha Obama? (Happy 12th birthday, Sasha!) First Joe Biden cancels the pool party for journalists, and now the White House will not hold the annual congressional picnic in June, administration sources said on Monday. The annual event is held for both Senate and House members and their families, but there are “scheduled-related, not sequester-related” problems with the picnic. The White House has not made an official statement yet, but members of Congress reportedly received a notice from the White House saying the picnic “hopefully” would be rescheduled for September. If kids are expected to bring their homework, we will all know that it’s really a war on fun.

    June 11, 2013 7:15 AM

  26. GET READY Greenwald: There’s Even More to Come Vincent Yu/AP

    25. Greenwald: There’s Even More to Come

    Talk about teasing us here. Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who broke the story of the NSA’s widespread spying program, said there are “significant revelations” still to come from the documents leaked to him by Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who worked for independent contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. “There are dozens of stories from the documents he provided, and we intend to pursue every one of them,” Greenwald said. Although Snowden sought to leak to the information to Greenwald since he is one of the leading critics of the Patriot Act and other surveillance programs, The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman said Snowden had contacted him as well regarding the leaked information, but the paper said it could not make any guarantees to publish and it wanted the government’s opinion on whether the information would be harmful to national security.

    June 11, 2013 6:58 AM

  27. all clear U.S. to Drop Plan B Limits Justin Sullivan/Getty

    26. U.S. to Drop Plan B Limits

    The U.S. government is stepping down on its attempt to block over-the-counter access to a morning-after contraceptive pill for women and girls of all ages. The Justice Department had been trying to appeal a judge's order to allow anyone to purchase the pill, Plan B One-Step, without a prescription. The decision appears to be based on a conclusion that the government might lose the sensitive case on appeal and would have to take it to the Supreme Court. The FDA said in a statement that once the pill comes up for approval, it will be approved "promptly."

    June 10, 2013 8:29 PM

  28. NO LIE Rapper 2 Chainz Robbed at Gunpoint Jordan Strauss/Invision, via AP

    27. Rapper 2 Chainz Robbed at Gunpoint

    Rapper 2 Chainz was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night in San Francisco, police have confirmed—although the rapper himself took to Twitter to downplay the incident. According to police, the rapper, born Tauheed Epps, was walking down the street in San Francisco with five members of his entourage when three men, one with a firearm, approached the group. At least one shot was fired, police said. But 2 Chainz didn’t seem too concerned, tweeting, “rule #1 if a rapper gets robbed people usually post items that have been has been taken. Rings, chains, watch, money, etc. 2 answer that question … Rule #2 if a rapper gets shot he usually go to the hospital and dies.” TMZ reported that there is surveillance footage of the robbery, so that should settle things once and for all.

    June 11, 2013 7:34 AM

  29. BACKGROUND Santa Monica Shooter Had Troubled History Santa Monica Police Department/AP

    28. Santa Monica Shooter Had Troubled History

    John Zawahri, 24, the man accused of going on a rampage at Santa Monica College on Friday that left four people dead before police shot and killed him, had spent time in a mental hospital as a teenager after a teacher reported him for surfing the Internet for assault weapons. Authorities are trying to learn more about why Zawahri, armed with assault weapons, went on the deadly rampage that started with killing his father and brother, and then burning down their house. Meanwhile, Zawahri’s mother, Randa Abdou, issued a statement Monday saying she is “in mourning for my family and those who were also affected by this horrific tragedy.” Police sources said Zawahri had struggled after his parents’ bitter divorce years ago, and a former teacher of Zawahri’s said his mother told her that she was the victim of domestic abuse.

    June 11, 2013 7:13 AM