NSA Opponents Will Picket Congress on Patriot Act's Birthday

hands-off-my-metadataOrganizers believe Saturday rally will be the largest ever against domestic surveillance

By Steven Nelson, U.S. News and World Report

A diverse group will gather near the U.S. Capitol on Saturday to denounce the government's dragnet phone and Internet surveillance programs revealed in June by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

The date is the 12th anniversary of President George W. Bush signing into law the USA Patriot Act, which with approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court allowed years of hushed data collection by the National Security Agency.

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NYC schools could close to observe Muslim holidays

Eid-childrenby Wilson Dizard, Al Jazeera America

After a new mayor takes office in New York City next year, schoolchildren could very well have an additional two days off in observance of Muslim holidays. Both mayoral candidates, Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota, say they support the idea. If such a measure were to come to pass, the New York City school district would be the largest in the United States to grant the days off.

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