On its way out the door, the Obama administration has decided that state election systems are part of the nation's critical infrastructure, and thus, need to be protected as if they were a power plant, or an international airport.
We know that fighting the illegal drug trade is tough, and often dangerous, work. Smugglers are crafty, and determined. But so is the Drug Enforcement Administration, which has a vast array of tools in its arsenal to fight the smugglers.
The government collects data on children born in the United States. Not just names, but something far more personal: their DNA.
It's part of a long-standing public health initiative to screen for genetic disorders. This can help with treatment, which is a good thing.
What happens to this information? It's often kept for a short time. But some states keep it indefinitely. And the testing is often done without the parents' consent:
Central bankers in some countries have pushed interest rates in negative territory. What does that mean? In general, it means people don't get interest on deposits -- but pay the bank to hold their money.