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Obama cites ‘checks and balances’ in defense of ‘transparent’ spy programs

Appearing on PBS with host Charlie Rose in a 45-minute interview aired Monday night, President Barack Obama gave his most detailed defense yet of the recently-revealed NSA spying programs, saying they are “transparent” because of the “checks and balances” built into them. “If you are a U.S. person, then NSA…

Catholic school teacher offered new job after being fired because of abusive husband

A California Catholic school teacher fired for allegedly posing a safety risk because she was a victim of domestic violence has received a new job offer in a different city, KNSD-TV reported on Monday. Carie Charlesworth told the station that an anonymous school official at a private institution in the…

Turks invent new form of ‘standing’ protest to get around ban on gatherings

A man stood still in Istanbul’s Taksim Square: silent, staring straight ahead, he had not moved for hours. His peaceful action, on the square that police cleared of protesters on Saturday and where the Turkish authorities have banned gatherings, was a new form of protest. He arrived Monday evening as…

John Oliver: Just f*cking ignore Sarah Palin’s turd supermarket of self-contradictory nonsense

Monday night on The Daily Show, John Oliver ruthlessly mocked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s return to Fox News. Palin returned to Fox News on Monday to inform the world she was authoring a book about the war on Christmas and spouted off a number of hokey phrases in the…

Rand Paul: Marijuana users lose IQ points and lack motivation

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said Monday he did not support the legalization of marijuana, though he did support some form of decriminalization. “What I think is that if your kid or one of his friends goes out and gets caught with marijuana, sticking them in prison is a big mistake,”…

Watch: Funny or Die mocks Michele Bachmann’s retirement

Comedy outlet Funny or Die uploaded a video to YouTube on Monday that mock’s Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) retirement from the House of Representatives. In the video, she insisted her decision not to run for reelection was not based on her narrow victory in 2012 or an ongoing FBI investigation…

Conan dredges up unseen Nicolas Cage audition for ‘Lincoln’

In an online exclusive segment published Monday, late night talk show host Conan O’Brien featured “Big Bang Theory” comedian Simon Helberg auditioning for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” as legendary character actor Nicolas Cage. Helberg pulls off a pretty convincing Cage as he acts out yet another addition to the Internet’s unexplainable…

Kansas official ready to use ’2nd Amendment’ against ‘illegal alien’ rally

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said he was prepared to use deadly force over the weekend after hundreds “illegal aliens” paid a visit to his home to rally for immigration reform. According to Sunflower Community Action, about 300 activists traveled to Kobach’s home after holding a prayer vigil and…

Youngest U.S. death row inmate released after 28 years

The 43-year-old woman who was at one point the youngest U.S. inmate awaiting a death sentence was released from prison on Monday after becoming both a cause for controversy and a college graduate while in jail. The Indianapolis Star reported that Paula Cooper walked out of the Rockville Correctional Institute…

Fox News host: Trayvon ‘may have been violent’ because he smoked pot

Fox News host Gregg Jarrett suggested on Monday that George Zimmerman might have been justified in killing Trayvon Martin because the teen “may have been violent” from smoking marijuana. During a break in jury selection for Zimmerman’s trial, Jarrett told viewers of Fox News’ live Internet broadcast that the judge…

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