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Ron Johnson ‘skeptical’ of income taxes and Obamacare because of Benghazi

Tea party-backed Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is urging Americans to be “skeptical” of income taxes, the estate tax and President Barack Obama’s health care reform law because of last year’s terrorist attack in Benghazi and a National Security Agency (NSA) program that collects millions of phone records each day. Fox…

Rand Paul: ‘I am the conduit’ to save immigration reform

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday suggested that the future of comprehensive immigration reform was in his hands because he is “the conduit” between moderate Republicans in the Senate and far-right conservatives in the House of Representatives. Fox News host Chris Wallace pointed out to Paul during a Sunday interview…

National intelligence director slams ‘hyperbole’ in coverage of NSA data-mining program

The federal official in charge of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies criticized recent coverage of the data surveillance programs used by the National Security Agency (NSA) on Saturday, saying it was a misrepresentation and that it put the country at risk. While he supported advocating for transparency, Director of National…

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…

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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