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Dan Rather: NSA ‘is demolishing the trust in the government’

AXS TV anchor Dan Rather and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night said the National Security Agency couldn’t justify its sweeping surveillance powers. Maddow began her segment on MSNBC by noting that any government power was supposed to rely on the consent of the governed. “When the government wants…

White House: Obama has no plans to reschedule marijuana

The White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama had no intention of altering the government’s policy towards marijuana. At a daily press briefing, CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin asked Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest if the Obama administration had any plans to reschedule marijuana. The drug is…

California school district preps for more lockdowns with 1,800 plastic classroom toilets

A California school district said this week that they had so many lockdowns last year that it seemed like the perfect time to spend $36,000 on portable plastic toilets for the classrooms. “Last year, we had 14 lockdowns in the Kern High School District, and many of them lasted maybe…

Michigan Tea Party freshman: Impeaching Obama ‘would be a dream come true’

Freshman Tea Party Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) told a constituent on Monday that filing articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama “would be a dream come true,” while warning constituents he needed the right evidence to do so. Think Progress reported on Wednesday that video of a town hall meeting…

Georgia man guns down 3-year-old while trying to shoot family member

A Georgia man is in custody on Wednesday after police said that he shot a 3-year-old relative during an argument with another family member. Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the child was shot before 10 p.m. on Tuesday by a man who was believed…

Tennessee church bans family after daughter wins same sex benefits from town

After 60 years of attending a Tennessee church, a family in Collegedale has been exiled because they supported their daughter while she fought for same sex benefits from the town where she worked as a police detective. Earlier this month, Collegedale became the first city in Tennessee to offer same…

Lewis Black tells Rick Perry: Go back to college, ‘and this time, try to memorize some stuff’

Revisiting his public tete-a-tete with Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), comedian Lewis Black had a piece of sincere advice for Perry: take time off and go back to school. “It’s not even New York — just go back to college,” Black told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday. “Start over…

Cruz heckled during ‘Defund Obamacare’ event: ‘You have health care, so can we!’

Hecklers confronted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during a Tuesday Heritage Action event in support of defunding President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. After Cruz told members of the Dallas audience that he would be willing to shut down the government to in order to stop Obamacare, at least two…

Maddow: Meet the Republican who’s holding up all legislation in Congress

While MSNBC host Rachel Maddow admitted you couldn’t pick Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) out of a lineup, she identified him on Tuesday as the man responsible for stymying the “big kahuna” of President Barack Obama’s second term in immigration reform. “This seems like a process story and it’s not getting…

White House dodges question on Sanjay Gupta’s marijuana reversal

The White House refused to comment Tuesday on Sanjay Gupta’s vocal support of medical marijuana, continuing a pattern of ignoring the issue. During a press briefing, CQ-Roll Call reporter Steve Dennis asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest if President Barack Obama had any reaction to Gupta’s recent advocacy in favor…

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