Feds Launch More Tools To Capture, Pressure Suspects

Washington Post, Eyes in the Sky: Privacy issues hover over police drone use, Peter Finn, Jan. 23, 2011. The drone technology that has revolutionized warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan is entering the national airspace: Unmanned aircraft are patrolling the border with Mexico, searching for missing persons over difficult terrain, flying into hurricanes to collect weather data, photographing traffic accident scenes and tracking the spread of forest fires. But the operation outside Austin presaged what could prove to be one of the most far-reaching and potentially controversial uses of drones: as a new and relatively cheap surveillance tool in domestic law enforcement.

Huffington Post, Twitter Diplomacy: U.S. Diplomacy Embracing Twitter Amid Global Crises, Matthew Lee, Jan. 23, 2011. The State Department is tightening its embrace of Twitter and other social media as crises grip the Middle East and Haiti, with officials finding new voice, cheek and influence in the era of digital diplomacy. Even as it struggles to contain damage caused by WikiLeaks' release of classified internal documents, the department is reaching out across the Internet. It's bypassing traditional news outlets to connect directly and in real time with overseas audiences in the throes of unrest and upheaval.

CBS News, One-Fifth of House Freshmen Sleep in Offices: A Short Commute, Blow-up Mattresses and Crock Pots Spell Fiscal Conservatism Among New Members, Phil Hirschkorn and  Wyatt Andrews, Jan. 22, 2011. At least 21 new members of the House have been dubbed part of the "Slumber Party" -- representatives who have announced they will live and sleep in their office.
Weekly Standard via Paul Ryan website, Knowledge Is Power: Paul Ryan and Bob Corker are unusual members of Congress. They know a lot, Fred Barnes, Jan. 17, 2011. Even with the addition of Corker [R-TN] and Ryan [R-WI], the roll call of members of Congress, past and present, whose mastery of complex issues brought power and prominence is remarkably short.
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