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The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

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As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

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Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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New Zealand Passes Law That Allows Domestic Spying

Aug 21, 2013
Originally published on August 21, 2013 1:41 pm

Saying it was vital to the country's national security, New Zealand passed a controversial law today that allows the Government Communications Security Bureau — the country's NSA equivalent — to spy on New Zealanders on behalf of law enforcement.

The law was approved by a razor-thin — 61-59 — margin and comes in the shadow of a worldwide discussion of just how much spying governments should be allowed to conduct on their own citizens.

This law, however, was inspired by Kim Dotcom, the Internet mogul whom the United States is looking to extradite on accusations of mass piracy.

The BBC reports:

"GCSB worked with US officials to investigate Mr Dotcom over allegations of online piracy and money laundering. Mr Dotcom, who denied the charges, is fighting extradition to the US.

"The case prompted an apology from Prime Minister John Key to Mr Dotcom last year.

"In March, a court ruled that Kim Dotcom could sue the GCSB for illegally spying on him."

Australia's Herald Sun reports that Prime Minister John Key told Parliament the law was necessary to remove ambiguity in current law, which may or may not permit spying on New Zealanders.

The Herald Sun adds:

"Launching the third reading debate, Mr. Key said that since he became prime minister four-and-a-half years ago he had been frequently briefed by the intelligence agencies on issues which deeply concerned him.

"'If I could reveal them, they would cut dead some of those who oppose this bill,; he said. 'I can't, all I can do is assure New Zealanders the GCSB is essential to our national security.'

"Mr Key again gave an assurance he would never allow 'wholesale spying' on citizens and residents, saying there would be very tight warrant processes to protect individual privacy."

The Guardian reports that critics of the legislation reject the prime minister's assurances saying the law opens "a door to mass surveillance of electronic communications."

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