The Washington Post

More than 54,000 people are petitioning the White House to pardon Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who has admitted leaking information about the nation's classified surveillance programs. The petition, launched late Sunday afternoon, gathered more than 54,347 signatures by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.. "Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued […]

National security officials briefed lawmakers 13 times between 2009 and 2013 about Section 215 of the Patriot Act, according to a senior administration official.

Barton Gellman, who reported today’s story on NSA data-mining of major Internet companies, had written a prescient piece on executive power the day Obama took office. His front-page Washington Post story noted the rapid growth in executive power since Sept. 11, 2001, and the general reluctance of presidents to give up any power that they […]