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  • Police clear tents from Occupy site in Washington

    Park Police officers in riot gear and on horseback converged before dawn on one of the nation's last remaining Occupy sites, with police clearing the grounds of tents that they said were banned.

  • Extradition fight: Who is Julian Assange, why is Sweden seeking him?

    A British court is hearing a final appeal from Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks whistleblower site, to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sex crime allegations. Here are four questions about the man and the case. 

  • Twitter censorship? Posts now yanked country by country.

    Twitter messages can now be censored on a per-country basis, allowing posts that are problematic in one country to still appear in others. But some worry this means Twitter has turned its back on free speech.

  • Opinion Brady, Manning worshippers: Football is our religion, Tebow. Don't mess with it.

    Americans expect religious rhetoric from GOP candidates, not quarterbacks like Tim Tebow. That crosses a line into divisiveness. Football brings people together: Your denomination might be Giants or Patriots, but we're all the same underneath.

  • Robert Reich No Democrat should want a Gingrich nomination

    The future of America is too important to accept even a small risk of a Gingrich presidency.

  • Robert Reich Gingrich's big donor and the problem with Super PACs

    Billionaire Sheldon Adelson has poured millions into Newt Gingrich's Super PAC–an example of what's wrong with our campaign finance system.

  • PIPA and SOPA: What you need to know

    As PIPA and SOPA work their way through Congress, the controversial bills have raised many questions. The most common: Wait, what are PIPA and SOPA?

  • Would SOPA and PIPA bills 'break Internet?' Anti-piracy measure being revised.

    On the verge of passage in Congress, the SOPA and PIPA bills targeting online piracy have been bounced back for revision in the face of a public outcry and high-profile Internet protests.

  • Wikipedia blackout: Why even supporters question anti-SOPA move

    The Wikipedia blackout is intended to spotlight the value of open access to information on the Internet, but also underlies how fractious the move is, drawing fire from both critics and supporters.

  • How five websites are protesting SOPA

    Five major websites will go dark on Wednesday protesting two Congressional bills, which critics argue could curtail Internet and free speech.    If passed, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act or PIPA, would allow the US government to seek a court order and even shut down websites that contain content or links to unauthorized copyrighted content.  Moreover, advertisers and Internet service providers would be banned from doing business with transgressors.Proponents of the legislation include companies that are trying to protect their copyrights, such as the Motion Picture Association of America, The NBA, Pfizer, Nike, L'Oreal, as well as the US Chamber of Commerce, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the US Conference of Mayors.However,  voices of opposition include Internet giants Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Mozilla, and Wikipedia – who say that the proposed laws constitute a First Amendment violation, promote censorship, and harm the democratic flow of information.  Check out how five major websites plan to protest SOPA and PIPA: