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Senators Leahy, Paul propose expanded oversight of PATRIOT Act

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an amendment to the PATRIOT Act on Monday that attempts to safeguard American’s civil liberties by increasing oversight of government surveillance powers. The Leahy-Paul amendment [PDF] requires an expansion of public reporting on the use of…

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona failed to investigate 400 sex-crimes

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-described “toughest sheriff in the United States” best known for his jail’s pink underwear and illegal-immigrant sweeps, said he would not resign despite claims that his office misspent funds and failed to investigate 400 sex-crime cases. “I’m not going to resign as long as…

Donald Trump won’t rule out 2012 presidential bid

Real estate mogul Donald Trump said that after seeing the current 2012 Republican presidential candidates he would not rule out his own presidential bid. “I would not rule it out,” Trump said on Fox & Friends Monday. “I can’t rule out anything. It’s vital that we choose the right person,…

Focus on the Family CEO: We ‘probably lost’ fight against same sex marriage

Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, admitted his Christian conservative organization has little chance of turning public opinion against legal same sex marriages. In an interview with the Christian magazine WORLD, Daly said Focus on the Family was “losing” the fight against same sex marriage, noting…

Fox News executive disputes claim Roger Ailes thinks Sarah Palin ‘is an idiot’

An executive of the Fox News Channel said Monday that Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes does not think poorly of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. In a profile of Ailes published online Sunday, the New York Magazine cited a “Republican close to Ailes” who claimed that Ailes though Palin was…

Fox News President Roger Ailes thinks Sarah Palin ‘is an idiot’

UPDATE: Fox News executive disputes claim Roger Ailes thinks Sarah Palin ‘is an idiot’ Roger Ailes, the president of the Fox News Channel, is not fond of former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor Sarah Palin, according to sources. “He thinks things are going in a bad direction,” a Republican…

Iowa lawmakers push for ban on undercover filming of animal farms

Under legislation being pushed through the Iowa Legislature, those who conduct undercover investigations into animal care would risk misdemeanor or felony charges, heavy fines and jail time. The Winona Daily News reported that lawmakers in Iowa are on the verge of passing the legislation, which would ban the covert filming…

Rep. Darrell Issa probes FCC Baker’s departure to Comcast

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa questioned Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker’s resignation from the agency in a letter dated May 18. Baker, one of the two Republican Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, announced earlier this month that she was taking a position at the…

Minnesota to vote on same sex marriage ban in 2012

The Minnesota House approved a constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman Saturday night, giving voters a chance to ratify the proposed amendment in 2012. The Minnesota House voted 70 to 62 to pass the same sex marriage ban. The state’s Senate approved the proposed…

CIA chief’s letter confirms torture did not lead to Osama bin Laden

A private letter from CIA chief Leon Panetta to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) confirms that the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques put in place by the Bush administration did not reveal intelligence about Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the courier that eventually led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden. The letter was obtained…

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