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Harvard professor tells Moyers: Snowden’s fear nothing will change ‘is the most likely outcome’

Harvard professor Laurence Lessig told Bill Moyers on Friday that former defense contractor Edward Snowden’s concerns about popular apathy regarding his revelations of government data gathering are well-founded. “I think the thing he most fears is the most likely outcome,” Lessig said on Moyers & Company, citing the relative lack…

Texas Democrats accuse Perry of vetoing equal pay bill

Democrats in the Texas legislature accused Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Friday of vetoing a bill that would have given women more chances to fight pay discrimination, the Dallas Morning News reported. The measure, HB 950, would have allowed women to sue their employers in state court beyond the current…

Robertson tells viewer disaster prophets are ‘nutty’

Televangelist Pat Robertson ignored his own history in reassuring a 700 Club viewer against false prophets on Wednesday, Right Wing Watch reported. “Predictive prophecy about disaster is almost always something from the psychic world,” Robertson advised the viewer, Merin. “It’s not something from God.” Robertson’s statements come just over a…

Arizona Rep. Franks invokes Akin: ‘The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low’

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) was criticized by congressional colleagues on Wednesday after arguing that pregnancies resulting from rape rarely occur, the Washington Post reported. “When my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of…

New Jersey man sues doctor over 8-month erection

A New Jersey man told jurors in Delaware that a botched penile implant left him feeling like less of a man, WCAU-TV reported on Wednesday. 44-year-old Daniel Metzgar, who is suing the Delaware-based urologist who administered the procedure, Thomas Desperito, also said during testimony on Tuesday that he suffered an…

Snowden tells Chinese newspaper: ‘I am not here to hide from justice’

Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden told a Chinese newspaper he trusted the legal system in Hong Kong to guarantee him a fair trial against criminal charges. “People who think I made a mistake in picking Hong Kong as a location misunderstand my intentions,” Snowden told the South…

Florida man accused of luring 14-year-old boy onto cross-country flight

A 36-year-old Tampa, Florida man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly luring a 14-year-old California boy into flying with him back to Tampa under a fake name. KFMB-TV reported that police caught Tony McLeod and the boy upon their flight’s arrival in Tampa. McLeod allegedly flew to San Diego to…

Colbert on NSA snooping: We must find the courage ‘to stay scared sh-tless’

Stephen Colbert found himself agreeing with President Barack Obama on Tuesday in welcoming a discussion over the National Security Agency’s (NSA) gathering of phone and internet usage records — in fact, he said, it was well worth having that discussion when it was reported in May 2006. “Folks, the fact…

94 percent of Latino voters support background checks for immigration

While opposing enforcement-related guidelines for immigration reform, a survey of 500 Latino voters revealed broad support for including criminal background checks as part of a quicker path to citizenship, with 94 percent of respondents saying they would approve of such a measure. “Latinos are supportive of that notion because there’s…

Texas lawmakers cut volunteer firefighters off from $91 million in earmarked funds

Volunteer firefighters in Texas are raising questions about why they are not getting access to more than $90 million worth of earmarked funds for their departments. “The money is earmarked for us, why is it just sitting there?” Capt. Jonathan Reed from the Briar Volunteer Fire Department asked KXAS-TV. According…

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