A new leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveals that intelligence agencies spied on popular online fantasy games like Second Life and World of Warcraft. Nick Anderson suggests there may be less to the story than we think, while Joe Heller wonders if it will suffer from mission creep.
December 10, 2013 It hasn't been a banner year for either President Obama or Congress, and there's still the prospect that 2013 could end with yet another budget impasse. Lisa Benson blames the president for failing to appreciate the complexity of the problems he faces, while Chuck Legge thinks things have gone according to plan for House Speaker John Boehner.
December 9, 2013 If Amazon begins using drones to deliver customer purchases, the nation's cartoonists see nothing but problems. The whole idea gives Nick Anderson paws, while Rick McKee doubts it's a wise trail to blaze.
December 8, 2013 According to more leaks from Edward Snowden, the NSA collects "nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world." Jeff Danziger sees it as unwelcome holiday news, while Lee Judge believes Americans sacrificed their privacy long ago.
December 7, 2013 Many have lead countries, but very few have created nations as Nelson Mandela did as the first president of post-apartheid South Africa. Nick Anderson celebrates his indomitable spirit, while Bob Englehart notes that it's up to those left behind to keep "Madiba's" legacy alive.
December 6, 2013 Detroit was found eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which could allow the city to avoid billions of dollars in pension and other retiree benefits. Rick McKee blames the city for ignoring the gravity of its situation, while Signe Wilkinson fears that the decision is a bad sign for all retired government employees.
December 6, 2013 A ship called the Daniel J. Morrell was making its last haul of the season when it broke apart in a heavy storm on Lake Huron in November 1966. A few crew members struggled to stay afloat in the driving wind and waves, but ultimately, Dennis Hale was the shipwreck's sole survivor.
December 5, 2013 President Obama says the federal health exchange website is now "working well for the vast majority of users," but Republicans say it has security problems. Steve Kelley questions whether the site is too easy for some to use, while Lee Judge refuses to go with the flow of Obamacare critics.
December 4, 2013 Smartphones and the Internet have made it easier than ever for people to share photos of their friends, family, pets and children. But sharing personal photos raises technological and ethical questions. Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal recently became a father and has some tips for navigating the world of online photo sharing.
December 4, 2013 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the company hopes to someday use drones to deliver packages. Mike Smith thinks America's online shoppers will be eager customers, while Chip Bok expects employment to drop like a stone.
December 4, 2013 The fresh herb adds wintry zip to butternut squash, cranberry sauce and a traditional cocktail, while mint extract mixes with chocolate in a cool dessert.
December 3, 2013 China has established a new air defense zone that overlaps similar defense zones of its neighbors South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Deng Coy Miel fears China is seeking a confrontation, while Jeff Danziger thinks Japan has been too quick to interpose the United States in its territorial disputes with its neighbor.