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Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations plus more 2014 winners

NEW YORK (AP) - The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

The Pulitzer for breaking news was awarded to The Boston Globe for its coverage of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing.

The awards are American journalism's highest honor.

The winning entries about the NSA's spy programs showed the government has collected information about millions of Americans' phone calls and emails based on its classified interpretations of laws passed after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The disclosures touched off a furious debate in the U.S. over privacy versus security and led President Barack Obama to impose limits on the surveillance.

The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners:



Public Service: The Guardian US and The Washington Post

Breaking News Reporting: The Boston Globe staff

Investigative Reporting: Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

Explanatory Reporting: Eli Saslow of The Washington Post

Local Reporting: Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times

National Reporting: David Philipps of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo.

International Reporting: Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters

Feature Writing: No award

Commentary: Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press

Criticism: Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer

Editorial Writing: Editorial staff of The Oregonian, Portland

Editorial Cartooning: Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer

Breaking News Photography: Tyler Hicks of The New York Times

Feature Photography: Josh Haner of The New York Times



Fiction: "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

Drama: "The Flick" by Annie Baker

History: "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832" by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)

Biography: "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life" by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Poetry: "3 Sections" by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)

General Nonfiction: "Toms River": A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)



"Become Ocean" by John Luther Adams, premiered on June 20, 2013, by the Seattle Symphony (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)

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mailrickp April 14 2014 at 6:35 PM

Another great American moment, oh brother.

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DAD THE GREAT ON April 14 2014 at 3:54 PM

Now if just one news outlet besides FOX would please investigate the murders of our diplomates at Benghazi, and the IRS abuse of American citizens.

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surf2murf April 14 2014 at 4:31 PM

Why would people worry about the government checking for terrorists? It is a machine that kicks out your number if you are sending or receiving calls etc from suspected terrorists. Then they check your messages. Other than that it is just pages or lists of numbers. As taxpayers we do not pay enough money to hire enough people to listen to all of our ridiculous conversations. We need to worry about the 200+ companies that collect all wireless data and info from anyone you do business with that sells it to them. That harmless piece of clothing you bought ...the merchant finds out he can make more profit by selling your info. The 2nd largest company says it has 1500+ piices of information on over 200 million Americans. They know what you buy to eat, what you drive, what brands you buy, etc. Much scarier. Be careful what is wireless or on internet.l

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rohrscheibcroh surf2murf April 14 2014 at 4:56 PM

ok then give me your number

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CREEPER rohrscheibcroh April 14 2014 at 5:07 PM

Calm down Mr Putin

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Judith rohrscheibcroh April 14 2014 at 6:18 PM

Well, surf2murf is correct. And if you want my number, fine - it's listed.

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Carolyn surf2murf April 14 2014 at 7:55 PM

Whether our conversations are ridiculous or not, the government does not have the right to listen to them. A country where this is allowed is not to be free much longer.

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michael April 14 2014 at 3:57 PM

Just a gosh darn shame the way the government and most of its liberal left very rich public servants that becamne rich stuffing thier own pockets with the dimminishing property owning landlords property tax money...Just think where they will be after all the landlords and apartment houses are gone then what for the non paying tennants...??? Maybe they will have to move into one of these greedy public sevants homes and bankrupt them for a change...See how these incompetent peoplke like it...Its thier turn....To be driven into foreclosure ...I have my own bills to pay my own utilities to pay my own water bills to pay and my property taxes and moretgage to pay...Time the government gets the squatters to pay for something...OR pull thier drivers liscenses confiscate thier furniture...slap a lean on it all...then stop thier dissability checks...Force them out to homeless shelters...But get them out of responsible working property owning taxpayers houses as fast as you can...Looks like we have to lay off more teachers and more firemen and police ...the non rent paying tennants have struck again this winter...

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hibokhibok michael April 14 2014 at 4:26 PM

You got a very valid point SIR.

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michael April 14 2014 at 4:01 PM

every once in a while a half way honest public servant that has a conscience comes along and heads start to roll...TEA PARTYTIME close the IRS , NSA , get rid of the housing specialists..rewrite sensible anti squatter laws...There is plenty of heat if you put the utilities in your own name like you prommised to do before you moved in...You want heat put it in your own name and pay for it...You want lights again put it in your own name and pay for it ...

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michael April 14 2014 at 4:03 PM

Stop bankrupting the taxpayers with your carreer criminal lawyers and law writers....and non rent and pathological liar tennants

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bikini2ballgown April 14 2014 at 5:40 PM

I think Cicero said it best !!

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.
But it cannot survive treason from within.
An enemy at the gates is less formidable,
for he is known and carries his banner openly.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely,
his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys,
heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor;
he speaks in accents familiar to his victims,
and he wears their face and their arguments,
he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation,
he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city,
he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
A murderer is less to fear.

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ps7603 bikini2ballgown April 14 2014 at 5:49 PM

Let them keep Snowden forever ... if we get him back we have to keep him in prison until he dies and that will cost the tax payers much, much more they he could ever be worth.

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chuckhalper April 14 2014 at 4:50 PM

Gee, no Pulitzer for AOL or HP? The overuse of words like ...stunned...shocked.....firestorm.....and their favorite.....outraged....may have cost them.

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markjfixit chuckhalper April 14 2014 at 5:28 PM

One you forgot (jawdropping) I dont think I have ever seen anything in my whole life that made my jaw drop but then again maybe I am sheltered? But they seem to use it every day.

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chuckhalper markjfixit April 14 2014 at 5:50 PM

Yes, I forgot that one.

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Carolyn markjfixit April 14 2014 at 7:52 PM

The one I hate most of all is "Stunning," used mostly to describe Kim Kardashian and Michelle Obama.

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Big Charlie April 14 2014 at 4:46 PM

All I have to say is there is no "Honor" in those that helped our Country's enemies gaom secret information.

Same with today's reporters. No honor, they will do and say anything to move ahead and earn bucks.

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efat53yz April 14 2014 at 3:55 PM

Snowden should get a Nobel peace prize at this rate,,,, i mean,,, Obama got one,,, and he is doing nothing but starting trouble and sticking his nose where it dont belong as usual,,,

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LunarSnowStorm efat53yz April 14 2014 at 4:11 PM

The only prize Snowden deserves is a full metal jacket.

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hibokhibok LunarSnowStorm April 14 2014 at 4:25 PM

Negative, he needs to win the Nobel Peace Prize

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