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Maddow: You’d think these people sending ricin letters were crazy or something

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow opined that the community of people in the U.S. who send letters laced with ricin, a powerful poison, to public officials is “falling on hard times” with the suspicion and arrest of an Elvis impersonator and foot-masseur (one person) earlier…

FLASHBACK: Watch this 2006 PBS ‘NewsHour’ debate on the NSA’s phone call surveillance program

Under a top-secret court order issued using a provision of the Patriot Act, the United States government has been collecting phone records of millions of American…  …

Maher defends NSA data searches: It’s not because I’m brave, but because I’m scared

Though he usually has disdain for “slippery slope” arguments, Bill Maher said on Real Time on Friday, he issue of the National Security Agency (NSA) going through private citizens’ Internet data and other personal records, was truly a slippery slope. “I’m okay with it now that Obama’s in office,” Maher…

Witness: Santa Monica shooting suspect ‘looked like a SWAT team member’

A witness described seeing the suspect in a string of shooting attacks in Santa Monica, California on Friday that left six people dead before police killed the suspect at a local college. “He actually kind of glanced up at me, and then he saw two cars pull up to the…

WATCH LIVE: At least 3 injured in shooting at Santa Monica College

At least three people were injured on Friday when an unidentified man started shooting into traffic around noon at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Times reported that the suspect was found inside the school library and taken into custody. Authorities are trying to determine whether…

George R.R. Martin reveals Season 5 plot twists in ‘Game of Thrones’

Though George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” books have been out for more than a decade, many viewers of the popular HBO show based on the books found themselves traumatized while watching the now-infamous Red Wedding episode last week. Martin, who reportedly enjoyed the fan freak-outs, doesn’t want anyone hurt…

Obama: ‘Nobody is listening to your phone calls’

President Barack Obama gave a speech to a throng of reporters on Friday in an attempt to tamp down worry over recent revelations of comprehensive spying by the National Security Agency. Critics of the program call the surveillance a gross invasion of privacy and a violation of civil liberties. The…

Nebraska Catholic school ‘praying’ after former student masturbates with crucifix

A Catholic school in Nebraska says it is praying for a former student who returned to campus to take nude photos and masturbate with a crucifix. Valerie Dodds, 19, told KETV that she started a nude photography business after graduating from Lincoln East High School. But she said some her…

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio promises to tackle real discrimination: Age discrimination

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who recently survived a recall effort over his much-maligned and recently declared unconstitutional racial profiling programs (he’s appealing), announced that he plans to become a poster boy against discrimination like he became the “poster boy for illegal immigration.” The discrimination Arpaio plans to publicize? Age…

Detroit cops stage purse snatching for TV and almost get shot by FBI

A television publicity stunt could have ended in tragedy on Wednesday when Detroit police nearly got shot because they unknowingly staged a purse snatching at gas station used by FBI agents. “An FBI agent almost shot a Detroit cop yesterday at this gas station while filling up,” WJBK’s Charlie LeDuff…

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