Today’s Must Reads
Here’s ten items, including some under-the radar-stories, that you should not miss:
- Federal Court Rules Bulk Collection Of Phone Records By NSA Likely Violates Constitution: Founding Fathers ‘Would Be Aghast’: A federal judge has ruled that the “wholesale collection of the phone record metadata” of all U.S. citizens — a program exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — likely violates the 4th Amendment and is unconstitutional.
- The Four Questions ’60 Minutes’ Forgot To Ask The NSA: Reporter John Miller gets slammed by social media for not asking NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander these kinds of tough questions.
- U.S. Transfers Two Detainees In Step Towards An Empty Guantanamo: Two more transfers drop the total number being held at the facility to 160.
- Church Leaders Shame Catholic University For Accepting Koch Dollars: “The Koch brothers are billionaire industrialists who fund organizations that advance public policies that directly contradict Catholic teaching on a range of moral issues from economic justice to environmental stewardship,” the group writes.
- Pennsylvania School Tries To Kick Out Two Students After Their Families Became Homeless: After two students and their family lost their house to foreclosure and were forced to live at a campground on the edge of town, the school district no longer considers them to be residents of the school district.
- How The Sports World Remembered Newtown: Multiple athletes marked the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting this weekend.
- The ThinkProgress Year In Culture: The Best — And Worst — Books Of 2013: The biggest lightning rods, most revealing non-fiction, smartest young adult novel, and worst book of 2013.
- What Megyn Kelly Did — And Didn’t — Learn From The Reaction To Her White Santa Segment: At least now she knows that Jesus isn’t white. But Megyn Kelly’s defensive response to her critics suggests a profound and ongoing racial insecurity.
- Is The GOP Becoming Gentler And Kinder Ahead Of The 2014 Elections?: Their rhetoric may be less incendiary, but the policy is just as extreme.
- Alps Warming At Double The Average Global Rate, New Study Confirms: Glaciologists have found a 2,600-year-old leaf that offers further evidence of the rapid climactic changes taking place in areas of high elevation that have been frozen for millennia.