Monday link (7/21/14)

The number of full-time reporters covering the Massachusetts State House is shrinking. Local journalist says he was almost thrown out of the State House for taking a picture.

Deval Patrick offers sanctuary to undocumented children in Massachusetts.

The Supreme Court's ruling on searches of cell phones leaves open a giant loophole in privacy law.

68% of Americans think elections are rigged in favor of incumbents.

Edward Snowden says that NSA employees consider looking at and sharing nude photos of the public to be a "fringe benefit" of their jobs.

Thursday links (7/10/14)

Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept have revealed the identities of several prominent American Muslim leaders who have been targeted by the NSA:

Read The Intercept's entire article about the NSA spying here.

Lowell man's eight arson-related murder counts tossed after he spent 31 years in prison due to prosecution's reliance on junk science and an involuntary confession.

MBTA police officer disciplined over racist Facebook post. Maybe he should have saved his comment for the Boston police union's newsletter.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules that the smell of unburnt marijuana is not enough for police to justify searching a vehicle.

ABC News tells viewers that scenes of destruction in Gaza are in Israel, even describing a Palestinian family as "an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can."