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Wyden: Patriot Act overreach wasn’t envisioned by ‘anachronistic’ 1970s FISA law

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) says that the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court created in the 1970s is “just anachronistic” because it was not designed for the “astounding reach that the court has gone to with respect to the Patriot Act.” In an interview that aired Sunday on C-SPAN,…

George Will links Detroit bankruptcy to ‘cultural’ problems and ‘unmarried mothers’

Conservative columnist George Will on Sunday suggested that “unmarried mothers” had a hand in pushing the city of Detroit into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Former Obama White House auto czar Steve Rattner told an ABC News panel on Sunday that the federal government should provide some help…

Greenwald: ‘I defy’ NSA officials to deny spying program details under oath

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald on Sunday revealed that he would be publishing new details that backed up former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edwards Snowden’s claim that low-level analysts could listen to the phone calls of any American or even read President Barack Obama’s emails. “The story that we’ve been…

Paul Begala: Today’s Republican Party is ‘Neanderthals fighting with Cro-Magnons’

Democratic strategist Paul Begala on Sunday asserted that infighting between different factions of Republicans appeared just to be “Neanderthals fighting with Cro-Magnons” as the party lunged further and further to the right. During a panel discussion on CNN, Democratic Pollster Cornell Belcher said that internal arguments about policies like National…

Sen. Mike Lee: Republicans ripping me for govt. shutdown threat is a ‘compliment’

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Sunday said that he would consider criticism from fellow Republicans a “compliment” after he threatened to shut down the government in order to stop President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. Last week, Lee had told Fox News that he was calling on Republicans to…

Bachmann rips Obama: Accusing GOP of creating ‘phony scandals’ is insulting

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) slammed President Barack Obama on Friday over Obama’s dismissal of Republican criticism, accusing his administration of not taking responsibility for its policy decisions. “It is dismissive. It is insulting. It is minimizing,” Bachmann told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren. “It’s not validating the concerns that…

NC Governor admits: ‘I don’t know enough’ about parts of new voting restriction law

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) indicated on Friday he would sign a restrictive new law governing voting registrations in his state while admitting he was not familiar with one provision forbidding 17-year-olds from registering in advance of their 18th birthday. “I don’t know enough,” McCrory told an Associated Press…

Chris Hayes: O’Reilly rhetoric like neo-Nazi skinheads from ‘American History X’

On Friday night’s edition of “All In with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes broke down the real math behind the statistics that Fox News Commentator Bill O’Reilly has been spouting in his racist rants in the wake of the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial. “For people like Bill O’Reilly,”…

Maher confronts liberal priest: ‘God in the Old Testament is a psychotic mass murderer’

Real Time host and aggressive non-theist Bill Maher grilled a progressive minister on Friday over the litany of contradictions he found between the written word of the Bible and how many people actually interpret its teachings. “It’s pro-slavery, pro-polygamy, it’s homophobic,” Maher told Rev. Jim Wallis. “God in the Old…

‘It was a sea of humanity’: Rep. John Lewis and Bill Moyers revisit the March on Washington

Nearly 50 years after speaking at the Lincoln Memorial during a key moment in the Civil Rights Movement, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) went back to the scene alongside Bill Moyers to recount his memories of the “March on Washington.” “It was unreal, unbelievable,” Lewis told Moyers. “When I got up…

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