Biden caps off gaffe-filled week with homage to alleged sex-offender senator at women’s conference

After inserting his foot in his mouth several times this week, US Vice President Joe Biden praised at a women’s conference former US senator Bob Packwood for his bipartisanship. Yet Packwood resigned in 1995 after several allegations of sexual offenses.

Biden reminisced Friday at the conference, associated with his Democratic Party, that during his own time on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was able to work well with Republicans. He juxtaposed this to the current Congress and its climate of conflict between the two parties. The Vice President mentioned Packwood as a member of the committee he would rely on for bipartisan initiatives.

CIA puts on hold all spying operations in Western Europe

The CIA’s European Division has halted its operations in Western Europe in response to several spying scandals in Germany and the continent’s negative reaction to the revelations of spying by the National Security Agency on European leaders and citizens.

The stand-down order has been in effect for two months. It was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, a US official who has been briefed on the situation told the Associated Press. 

After 8 days of work, historically unproductive, unpopular Congress goes home to campaign

After voting to fund military action against Islamic State, Congress just couldn’t take anymore. The US House announced Thursday an early end to an already shortened fall session so lawmakers could do what they value most: campaign for reelection.

This week, the House and Senate both approved President Barack Obama’s request to arm so-called "moderate" rebel groups in Syria as part of a plan to step up the US military campaign against Islamic State militants. That was about all Congress could muster. 

Inspired by Scotland: Quarter of Americans want their states to secede from US

Scotland may not have followed in Sir William Wallace’s footsteps to free itself from its English bonds, but that hasn’t stopped nearly a quarter of Americans from a little bravehearted hope of their states seceding from the US.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll sought to see if Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum ‒ which failed ‒ inspired Americans to dream of secession from the United States. According to the results, 23.9 percent of those surveyed either strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away from the union. 

Mysterious unidentified spying cell towers found across Washington, DC

Washington, DC is littered with surveillance devices designed to trick surrounding mobile phones into logging onto signal-lifting networks, thereby allowing for tracking or call-monitoring purposes.

While traveling around the capital city with Washington Post reporters, a top executive using his company’s mobile-security technology detected as many as 18 such devices mimicking legitimate cell towers around the city, especially in sensitive areas around the likes of the White House, the US Capitol building, and foreign embassies. 

Driverless Audi A7 to hit streets of #California 

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California’s law allowing street trials of driverless vehicles goes into effect this week, with an autonomous Audi A7 having the honor of being the first vehicle to hit the road for testing. Researchers estimate that by 2025, manufacturers will be producing at least 230,000 autonomous vehicles yearly, with most of the major auto makers hoping to have publically available driverless vehicles by 2020. RT’s Lindsay France takes a look at the law and the hopes of the industry.