Don’t Count On Travel Insurance To Cover Mental Health

02 May 2014 NPR
It’s bad enough to be sick at home in your own bed, but so much worse when on vacation. People often buy travel insurance so they don’t lose the money they spent on airfare and hotels if they can’t travel due to illness. But if that illness happens to be a mental health issue, don’t ...

How Many Berlins Are There In The U.S.?

21 February 2014 NPR Berlin
Berlin is well-known as the capital of Germany, but as it turns out, there are dozens of towns named Berlin all over the United States. To document the history of these towns, the German-American Heritage Museum in Washington D.C. decided to create the exhibit “Berlins Made in USA.” Carl Anderson, an employee at the German-American ...

Cato research proposes U.S. go to submarine-only nuclear delivery system

15 October 2013 UPI.com
WASHINGTON — The U.S. nuclear weapon triad system — bombers, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles — wastes billions of dollars and could be streamlined to just one delivery system, according to research released Tuesday by the libertarian Cato Institute. The research recommended cutting bombers and land-based missiles for nuclear weapons, saying submarines ...

How Police Officers Are (or Aren’t) Trained in Mental Health

11 October 2013 The Atlantic
The recent Capitol Hill shooting of an unarmed woman by police officers, and the uncertainty surrounding her mental state at the time she drove her car into a White House barricade, is a stark reminder of the uncomfortable interplay between mental illness and law enforcement in times of crisis. Without the appropriate amount of mental ...

NSA metadata system’s constitutional debate not black and white

08 October 2013 Medill News Service, UPI.com
WASHINGTON — On Capitol Hill, the debate over the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records rages on. Despite the recent declassification of a top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruling from Aug. 29 that decided that the metadata system is constitutional, the Senate Judiciary Committee called in legal experts to ...

NSA’s ‘sophisticated graphs’ targeting Americans inaccurate: Gen. Alexander

02 October 2013 Medill News Service, UPI.com
WASHINGTON — National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the NSA is not using its vast databases to create profiles of Americans’ locations, friends and other personal information. A weekend New York Times article reporting that the NSA is “exploiting its huge collection of data to create sophisticated ...

Think tankers call for more transparency of NSA’s metadata monopoly

01 October 2013 Medill News Service, UPI.com
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency’s giant database of Americans’ phone and e-mail records remains at the forefront of a national conversation for everyday citizens, government leaders and think tank experts alike. At least three of these experts, who have been on the inside and outside of intelligence operations, agree that recently proposed changes to ...