The conservative base of the Republican Party, long skeptical of Gov. Chris Christie because of his bro-hug with President Obama after Superstorm Sandy, is beginning to rally to his side.
The U.S. Supreme Court is delving into the technology-versus-privacy debate, agreeing to hear two cases that test whether police making an arrest may search cellphones without a warrant. A decision is expected this year.
If there was a consensus from Congress after President Obama's NSA speech Friday, it was that Congress itself must play a major role to play in the ultimate fix.
President Obama has enacted more than 1,500 pages of legislation that will fund every federal agency. The spending legislation was approved in the Senate and House this week by wide margins.
The president's speech Friday offered a revealing look into the nation's phone data collection program and the direction of the surveillance policy debate. But some of biggest controversies have been put off or pushed to Congress.
This final note about Big Data and what companies know about us.
Amazon has won a patent for what it calls "anticipatory shipping," which is just what it sounds like: It's gonna start shipping you stuff before you order it.
The Wall Street Journal says Amazon will consider previous orders, product searches, wish lists, shopping-cart contents, returns and even how long your cursor lingers on an item.
Worried about your student loans? Businessweek reports that "outstanding student debt topped $1 trillion in the third quarter of 2013, and the share of loans delinquent 90 days or more rose to 11.8 percent, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York." All other types of debt is decreasing.
Student loan expert Heather Jarvis stopped by the show to give us a few tips on choosing student loans:
"Fill out the free application for federal student aid (at FAFSA.ed.gov). Whether you believe you qualify or not, whether it’s undergraduate school or graduate school, because that’s the foundation of all financial aid, including institutional aid or scholarships that a school might be able to provide. As well as all the different loan programs."
"Avoid private student loans. Because interest rates in the market are so low, private student loans might look like a good option, and they can be appropriate for people in certain circumstances. But they are in general, more expensive and risky than federal student loans. They tend to have higher interest rates that are variable and sometimes can go up with no cap. Focus on [federally-subsidized] Perkins Loans if you can qualify, then the un-subsidized Stafford loans. [When it comes time to pay loans], you’ll want to pay those that are more expensive for you and do not have a subsidy more aggressively."
Freedom Industries has been blamed for a chemical spill that left around 300,000 people without water for days. Last week, a chemical the company uses in cleaning coal leaked into the Elk River and into the public water system.