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U.S. Army soldiers stand guard on a cell block inside Camp Five at the Joint Task Force Guantanamo detention center on Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill that restores threatened Pentagon biofuels programs, issues new sanctions against Iran and changes U.S. detention policy for American citizens. Read more»

A Senate committee is close to putting the final stamp on a massive, 6,000-page report on the CIA’s detention, interrogation and rendition of terror suspects. But it’s unclear how much, if any, of the review you might get to read. Read more»

In a natural disaster or other emergency, one of the first things you're likely to reach for is your cellphone. Landlines are disappearing. More than 30 percent of American households now rely exclusively on cellphones. Read more»

President Obama and Mitt Romney have been reluctant to utter the words "global warming." Neither candidate mentioned climate change over four presidential debates and none of the moderators asked about it — the first time that's happened since 1988. Read more»

Federal watchdog says mortgage giant had no coordinated plan to bet against homeowners, though Freddie held billions of dollars of investments that paid off if borrowers stayed stuck in high-interest loans. Read more»

July was the hottest month ever in the continental U.S., and the past twelve months have been hotter than any such period on record. Half of all counties in the country have been declared disaster areas, mainly due to drought. Read more»

President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the press outside of Aspen Cabin during the G8 Summit at Camp David, Md., on May 19.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said his office has released thousands of documents in the Fast and Furious investigation, and that the others that Issa wants are internal communications protected by executive privilege. What is executive privilege? Read more»

An Air Force MQ-1 Predator drone.

Drones' surveillance power is being hyped for everything from fighting crime to monitoring hurricanes or spawning salmon. Meanwhile, concerns are cropping up about privacy, ethics and safety. Read more»

An F-22 at an air show.

The pricey F-22 Raptor jet has just gotten back up in the air, but the safety problem that grounded it doesn’t seem to be resolved. The Air Force’s Air Combat Command confirmed that some pilots — they would specify only “a very small” number — have requested not to fly the F-22. Read more»

Men watch television at Tacoma Northwest Detention Center in Washington where legal and illegal immigrants are held during removal or deportation proceedings.

The government's new standards for more humane detention of undocumented immigrants have been criticized as too cushy. So what are they? Read more»

A demonstration in Sanford, Flor., on Monday.

“Stand Your Ground,” “Shoot First," “Make My Day” — state laws asserting an expansive right to self-defense — have come into focus after last month’s killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Arizona is among the many states with a similar statute. Read more»

Thanks to government-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, most homeowners won't qualify for a break on their mortgages. Read more»

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