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Critics Decry Trump's Change to Monitoring Program

The proposed revamp, would rename the multi-agency "Countering Violent Extremism" (CVE) task force to "Countering Islamic Extremism" or "Countering Radical Islamic Extremism," and eliminate initiatives aimed at other violent hate groups in the United States.

Is Facebook a Paradise for Scammers?

Every day tens of millions of people log on to Facebook, the popular social-network site, and spend time playing goofy online games. But watch out. Some people playing these games are getting fleeced by scammers, tricked into signing up for products and services they didn't want.

Mail Call: The Mysterious Killings of Great Apes

Readers were horrified and many moved to tears by our cover story and accompanying photos on the slaughter of four endangered gorillas in Congo. One said, "Wild animals threatened with extinction from indiscriminate and unsustainable hunting, slaughter for body parts and meat is beyond tragic." Others wrote to express their grief. "[Looking at your photos] I shared in the reverence of the people as they brought these magnificent animals to rest.

Live Talk: Climate Change Deniers

If you think those who have long challenged the mainstream scientific findings about global warming recognize that the game is over, think again. Since the late 1980s, this well-coordinated, well-funded campaign by contrarian scientists, free-market think tanks and industry has created a paralyzing fog of doubt around climate change, writes Sharon Begley in her cover on the global warming "deniers." Through advertisements, op-eds, lobbying and media attention, greenhouse doubters argued first...

MAIL CALL

The Devastating Effects of a New Drug CrisisReaders responding to our Aug. 8 cover story on methamphetamine use provided more anecdotal evidence to suggest that meth has indeed become "America's most dangerous drug." A child-advocacy volunteer in Colorado estimated that "50 percent of my caseload involves families where a parent is involved in meth use." A judge in California said, "Methamphetamine is the No. 1 drug problem that I see in court." Others related personal stories of being hooked.

PERISCOPE

Scotland Yard Commissioner Sir Ian Blair told British TV that since British subways were first attacked by suicide bombers on July 7, police have recorded 250 potential suicide- bomb threats; in seven of those cases, he indicated, police came close to the point where a shoot-or-not decision had to be made.

Plain Text: Typing, Talking and Gawking

At any hour of the day, the equivalent population of a small city is typing, talking and gawking at each other on the online service of New York City-based PalTalk.I know this because PalTalk recently sent an e-mail asking if it could show me "Why our service is catching on like wildfire in the instant messaging arena." I was curious.

PERFECTLY MISERABLE

What are the chances of me getting into a seduction scene with Meryl Streep?" Jim Carrey asks. Slim. But like most things you'd rather not see, it's happening anyway.

How To Can The Spam

Looking at my bloated in box, it's amazing to realize that less than a measly decade ago, you could have had a reasonable debate about whether the Internet should accommodate any commercialism.

A Man Out Of Time

It was just a quick stop, at a store on a campaign trip through the Northeast more than a dozen years ago. Trent Lott, then a Mississippi congressman about to make his move for the Senate, was visiting a state for a Republican candidate.

West Wing Story: In Defense Of Paul O'neill

Every few weeks in Washington it seems the White House is trying to quash another rumor that Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill will soon get the boot. The rumored grounds for firing vary: He's out of touch with Wall Street.