Who says they didn't have a warrant? He's been charged with a variety of crimes at this point, and there are any number of judges who would issue a warrant for the search of his home, car, storage units, email, phone records, etc etc.
Any search of *Snowden's* personal effects and papers are fully within the 4th Amendment.
I don't think he should be prosecuted, but since he *is* being investigated and prosecuted, the searches of his stuff are entirely legal.
I still don't count Hulu as a reasonable alternative. I won't pay for it, because they still include ads even if I do.
On top of that, even if I pay, I can't predict how many or which episodes are even available for a given show. Can I get previous seasons? Maybe. Can I get all the episodes from this season? Maybe. Will I get the most recent episode the same week it's on TV? Maybe. Screw that.
They're another example of not buying in to streaming and giving subscribers what they want.
First of all, no one who is capable of getting elected President is a moron. Even W was not a moron, he just cultivated that persona as a "folksy guy."
Second, can we dispense with the "nail in the coffin of [x]"? Neither party is going to die, and that's just a useless hyperbolic phrase.
How did Obama get (re)elected? Because the alternatives were still worse. Would we be any better off with McCain (well, Campaign McCain + Palin) or Romney? No. Those guys would be doing exactly the same thing Obama is, minus getting the ACA passed.
This isn't a "partisan" issue, it's an issue of endemic overreach in more than just one Office. Obama's not doing anything to stop it, he's expanding it even, but that has less to do with him being a "Democrat," and everything to do with just straight having Power.
Grasping for power, and refusing to give it up once obtained isn't a "party line." Both parties are equally guilty of it, and will continue to be so.
Anyone who bought ebooks before and after Amazon got in the market big time knew something was very wrong, and everyone knew it was Apple making the deals with publishers.
Apple's deal with publishers eliminated the "wholesale/retail" pricing model that has been the mainstay of every product sold anywhere. Distributor (publishing houses) set the wholesale price, retailers (stores, whether online or not) get to set their prices. That includes putting things on sale, selling at a loss if they want, etc.
Ebooks became the only product where the distributor got to dictate the final selling price.
And because Apple gave them that sweet power, they turned around and "blackmailed" Amazon into accepting the same deal or else they'd pull their whole catalogs.
It was a shitty, shitty deal for everyone but the big publishers. And everyone knew exactly what was happening. It was an "open" secret.
Don't lay this all at the NSA's feet. If you're going to invoke Godwin's Law, then we might as well go on and say the NSA is "just following orders." Because they are.
The NSA probably IS just an information-gathering organization. They're not the CIA, they're not the military.
They're gathering what the Administration(s) told them to gather. This is at the feet of the Executive Branch... Bush and Obama.
The NSA is violating our rights, but at who's behest?.
People like to blame the POTUS for a lot of ills, many of which aren't things that office can control. This, though, is entirely in the POTUS' hands. One of them started it, and each successive POTUS has gone along or expanded it.
The NSA isn't the Big Bad here, they're just the minions.