Did A "Field of Human Excrement" By The White House Kill A President?

If you remember President William Henry Harrison from U.S. history class at all, then you probably remember him as the poor fellow who died from pneumonia a month after delivering his inaugural address in freezing rain. Except was it really pneumonia after all? A New York Times article suggests a different theory, and… » 4/02/14 5:40pm 4/02/14 5:40pm

Huawei, Once Accused of Spying, Has Been Hacked by NSA Since 2009

Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei decided to withdraw from U.S. business last year amid accusations that it built backdoors into American government and business systems. But while the U.S. government was publicly accusing the company of espionage, the NSA had already established its own backdoors into Huawei's… » 3/22/14 3:50pm 3/22/14 3:50pm

President Obama Will Announce NSA Reforms on January 17

It's really happening, folks. On January 17, President Obama will remark on "the outcomes of the work that has been done in the review process" for reforming the country's intelligence practices, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday. » 1/10/14 3:03pm 1/10/14 3:03pm

Obama's NSA Advisory Board: No More Phone Records, No More Backdoors

The wait is finally over! Despite having said it would come out in January, the Obama Administration hustled and released a report from the advisory committee set up to recommend changes to the NSA. And, my, are those changes many. » 12/18/13 2:50pm 12/18/13 2:50pm

Report: The Next NSA Chief May Be a Civilian

The Hill reports today that the White House is considering appointing a civilian leader to run the NSA when current director Keith Alexander, who has led the agency since 2005, steps down in the spring. This could signal a changing view of the agency's role, and is seen by some as a promising if small first step toward … » 11/09/13 7:15pm 11/09/13 7:15pm

The White House Says You Can Use the Metric System If You Want To

When we saw a 'We the People' petition to the White House to make the US move to the metric system, we listed very sensible reasons why the US should listen: The imperial system is archaic, irrelevant, doesn't scale easily and to be honest, there are just too many damn units to keep track of. Well, the White House… » 5/24/13 11:14pm 5/24/13 11:14pm

White House: You Should Be Able to Unlock Your Phone If You Own It

The White House has responded to a 100,000+ signature petition opposing the recent decision by the Librarian of Congress to remove DMCA exemptions for unlocking cellphones. The official response? You should be able to unlock your phone with no legal penalty. So long as you own your phone. » 3/04/13 1:21pm 3/04/13 1:21pm

This Is the Gear Used to Take Obama's New Official Portrait

Obama's has a new portrait to kick off his second term as POTUS, and it is an exercise in pure and simple portrait photography. Here is a rundown of what photographer Pete Souza used to snap the soon-to-be iconic pic. » 1/18/13 11:25am 1/18/13 11:25am

If you look closely at the reflection in Obama's eyes, it looks as if Souza used two umbrellas to …

The Empire Responds to the White House's Rejection of the Death Star…

We're not getting a Death Star. The White House made that official. But what does the Galactic Empire think about Earth abandoning our Death Star project? Well, they think our "unimaginatively named planet" is filled with cowards! » 1/15/13 10:00pm 1/15/13 10:00pm

Of Course There's an Official White House Petition That Wants the US to …

In perhaps the best use of the White House's official "We the People" petition system (the most ridiculous would still be Texas' secession), a group of faceless signatures want the US to secure funding and resources in order to begin construction on a Death Star by 2016. Yes, a Death Star. » 12/04/12 2:00am 12/04/12 2:00am