Congress

3:14pm

Sat April 28, 2012
NPR Story

Civil Liberties Groups See Holes In Cyber Defense Bill

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 4:07 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

Here in Washington, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing And Protection Act or CISPA, as it's known. Backers say the bill is meant to protect the country's Internet infrastructure from cyberattacks. But civil libertarians and other opponents believes CISPA will give the U.S. government unprecedented access to all sorts of private information about you that is now online without ever having to go to a judge and ask for it. NPR's Steve Henn reports.

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5:50am

Sat April 28, 2012
NPR Story

'What Good' Does Congress Do? Don't Ask

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:22 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The U.S. Congress doesn't win any popularity contests. Approval ratings for the legislative branch run the gamut from dismal to embarrassing. Nine percent at their lowest, and all the chaos and discord in the 112th Congress have distressed a lot of its members too. Democratic representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri called the last-minute deal to raise the debt ceiling, quote, "a sugar-coated Satan sandwich. If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see."

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3:12am

Fri April 27, 2012
Politics

House To Vote On Student Loan Bill

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 5:24 am

Lawmakers in the House plan to vote Friday on a measure that would prevent a doubling of the student loan interest rate on July 1. The House would pay for the decreased revenue by raiding the new health care law's fund for preventive care.

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8:57am

Thu April 26, 2012
Planet Money

Why The Postal Service Doesn't Want To Be Rescued

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:02 am

Joe Raedle Getty Images

A bill passed by the Senate yesterday would help U.S. Postal Service keep post offices around the country open, NPR reports.

The Postal Service is not pleased.

The key issue: The Postal Service, which loses $25 million every single day, wants to save money by closing hundreds or thousands of post offices and shifting services to places like grocery stores.

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2:26pm

Wed April 25, 2012
U.S.

Senate Passes Plan To Keep Post Offices Running

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 6:28 pm

Hikers arrive at the post office in Caratunk, Maine, in 2011. Some of the rural post offices the U.S. Postal Service may close are relied on by Appalachian Trail hikers for supply drops on their trip from Georgia to Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

The U.S. Postal Service is so much a part of this country, it's in the Constitution. And yet with so much written communication now delivered via email, text messages and the Internet, the Postal Service is steadily losing business and operating in the red.

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