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Paul Ryan: ‘I didn’t support the farm bill’ but Democrats are to blame for its defeat

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Monday admitted that he voted against the farm bill, but insisted that Democrats were to blame for the bill’s surprise failure. “I didn’t support the farm bill,” Ryan told MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “The Democrats promised 40 votes and they didn’t deliver the votes that they…

Texas lawmakers debate closing nearly all the state’s abortion clinics

The Texas House of Representatives spent Sunday night debating debating legislation that will close all but five of the state’s abortion clinics and prohibit abortions beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy. Sunday’s debate is expected to progress into the night, following days of protests kicked off by the Senate voting 20-10…

Rand Paul: History will judge Snowden if he ‘cozies up’ to ‘enemies’

Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday warned National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden that he would be judged harshly by history if he became friendly with “enemies” of the United States. Media reports on Sunday said that Snowden had fled Hong Kong with the ultimate intention of reaching…

Greenwald shames David Gregory for asking if he should be prosecuted for helping Snowden

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald blasted NBC host David Gregory on Sunday for publicly entertaining the idea that he should be prosecuted for publishing secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked by former U.S. government contractor Edward Snowden. “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his…

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Immigration bill ‘practically militarized the border’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday encouraged Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform because a recent amendment “practically militarized the border.” According to Roll Call, a so-called “border surge” amendment would double the number of border agents to 40,000, complete 700 miles of new border fencing, deploy drones and other…

Edward Snowden flees Hong Kong for Venezuela — via Russia and Cuba

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has fled Hong Kong with the ultimate intentions of reaching Venezuela, a Russian airline source told Reuters on Sunday. The South China Morning Post reported on Sunday that Snowden had left Hong Kong on a commercial flight to Moscow. From there, he is expected…

Pelosi booed at Netroots while defending espionage charges against Snowden

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) drew boos and heckling from members of the crowd at a progressive conference on Saturday while defending President Barack Obama’s administration and the recently-discovered surveillance policies by the National Security Agency (NSA). About 47 minutes into Pelosi’s speech at Netroots in San Jose, California,…

Maddow: Wisconsin and Texas abortion law protests show GOP has gone too far

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow said the end of the week this week has brought on a flurry of “Ripley’s Believe it or Not politics,” from Republican legislators, but that a 700-person protest in Austin, Texas is a sign that the GOP has overreached. Maddow…

Controversy erupts after Hannity guest tells woman panelist ‘Know your role and shut your mouth’

Controversy erupted Friday at the Fox News Channel over a confrontation between two guests on “The Sean Hannity Show” in which contentious right-wing radio host Bill Cunningham attacked commentator Tamara Holder, pointing his finger in her face and firing volley after volley of sexist insults. At one point, according to…

Glenn Greenwald: Snowden’s revelations ‘not espionage in any real sense of the word’

Reporter Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story about phone and internet surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) thanks to information provided by former contractor Edward Snowden, criticized the federal charges brought against him in a phone interview with MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Friday. “I think it’s very surprising…

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