After the US managed to avert a default, world financial headlines shifted from “US government shutdown” and “debt ceiling” to another term – “quantitative easing”. RT explains what QE means and why everyday people should care about the Fed’s decision.

On October 30, the US Federal Reserve will make its first monetary policy decision since the government shutdown was averted and the final budget decision was postponed until December. 

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The National Security Agency advised employees to use the September 11 attacks as a talking point when justifying the agency’s controversial surveillance techniques.

According to a master list of NSA talking points obtained by Al-Jazeera, the NSA cited 9/11 as the top talking point to use when defending its widespread surveillance programs. The intelligence agency specifically suggested the phrase, “I much prefer to be here today explaining these programs than explaining another 9/11 event that we were not able to prevent.” 

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BRISTOL, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida sheriff was acquitted on Thursday of charges that he committed misconduct and falsified public records when he freed a jailed man who carried a loaded gun without a permit.

Suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch, 51, had testified that he released Floyd Parrish from jail because he had a constitutional duty to uphold the Second Amendment right to bear arms. 

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Wanting to gather more information on China, the US National Security Agency (NSA) approached the Japanese government in 2011 to allow it to tap the international fibre-optic cables that traverse the country and carry much of the traffic across East Asia.

Citing a lack of legal framework and personnel, the Japanese government rejected the NSA requests to provide communication data, including internet activity and phone calls, sources told The Japan Times over the weekend. 

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With car gas mileage improving and people driving less due to high gas prices, the government is looking for a new way to raise taxes for road maintenance. Their solution involves tracking cars using a small “black box” and taxing their drivers per mile driven. Some states, such as Oregon, have already been testing such a system for a number of years.

Advocates say that a new method of generating government revenue for road maintenance is necessary. They say it is unfair that people who drive higher gas mileage vehicles don’t have to pay as much tax money for road maintenance, simply because their cars are more fuel efficient. The irony, of course, is that the government subsidizes “green energy” to try to prompt more people to use these sources of energy. Hybrid cars have become increasingly popular in recent years, and now their drivers are having some benefits of their use stripped away. 

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