Sales of Orwell’s ‘1984’ spike after NSA surveillance revelations

A few items that caught our attention Thursday:

(Toby Melville - Reuters) (Toby Melville – Reuters)

Sales of “1984” increase in wake of NSA leaks. Sales of George Orwell’s novel about an omnipresent, totalitarian government keeping a watchful eye on its citizens have shot up since the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs became public knowledge last week. Four editions of the book are on Amazon’s “Movers and Shakers” Top 40 list, according to an item posted on Politico.

Military commanders will keep power to dismiss sexual assault cases. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.),chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has killed a proposal to take away military commanders’ control in deciding whether to prosecute sexual assault cases by giving that power to an independent prosecutor, according to an article in Government Executive.

Two labor groups oppose immigration proposal. Two labor councils within the American Federation of Government Employees have bucked the trend of union support for President Obama’s immigration reform proposals, according to The Washington Post Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson.

Stephen Colbert calls for close TSA scrutiny of Chewbacca. The Comedy Central star explained why the Transportation Security Administration should apply extra scrutiny to the actor who portrayed fictional smuggler Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, according to an item posted on The Fix.

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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