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ACLU deputy legal director: NDAA ‘still awful’ despite changes

Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director at ACLU, said Wednesday night that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 was still highly problematic despite changes to the bill. “It was an awful bill before and it is an awful bill now,” he told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Provisions within the…

Rep. Murphy says Lowes compromising national security

Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Wednesday accused the national hardware chain Lowes of giving fodder to militant Muslim groups. Facing pressure from the Florida Family Association, a little-known Christian group, Lowes pulled all its advertisements from the TV show All-American Muslim. The series showcases the lives of Americans who follow…

Gay soldier booed at GOP debate shares his reaction

An openly gay soldier who was booed by a Republican audience spoke to MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Wednesday about his reaction to the incident. Army Captain Stephen Hill asked at the Fox News Republican presidential debate in September if the candidates intended to “circumvent the progress that has been…

Abramoff: It’s easy to corrupt congressional staffers

Appearing on Current TV’s “The Young Turks” on Tuesday night, notorious former lobbyist and convicted criminal Jack Abramoff explained just how easy it is to corrupt staff members crucial to the daily operations of Congress. “As soon as you speak to a chief of staff or a staff member up…

O’Donnell: Romney has ‘been consistent since he changed his mind’

Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (R) may have given the least encouraging endorsement ever for Mitt Romney on Wednesday morning. In her appearance Appearing on CNN’s American Morning, O’Donnell explained why she supports Romney for the GOP presidential nomination. “I think especially in such an unstable economic environment, what…

Santorum: Obama ‘doesn’t deserve credit’ for getting bin Laden

GOP hopeful Rick Santorum says that a lot of people deserve credit for the death of Osama bin Laden — but President Barack Obama isn’t one of them. In recent weeks, Santorum had called Obama’s foreign policy “pathetic” and accused the president of doing “nothing but appease the Iranians.” “Ask…

O’Reilly surprised to learn U.S. gov’t. controls the military

Somehow in the mind of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, the United States military is not controlled by its government. In a discussion on government involvement on health care Tuesday evening, The O’Reilly Factor suddenly had an interesting and peculiar back and forth with Alan Colmes on the government’s overall effectiveness.…

Human rights attorney: Defense bill will ‘gut the Constitution’

Raha Wala, Advocacy Counsel for Human Rights First, told Countdown host Keith Olbermann on Tuesday night that a controversial provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 would practically destroy habeas corpus — a guaranteed trial for those accused of a crime. Sections 1031 and 1032…

Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘Good workers’ don’t make minimum wage

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday defended voting against raising the minimum wage by suggesting that only bad workers earned minimum wage. “Bottom line: when you’re a good worker you don’t stay at minimum wage for long,” he said. “Trust me on that. It’s not universal, but trust me as…

Santorum: ‘Court has gotten it wrong’ that pornography is free speech

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Tuesday that he was a “big believer” in free speech, but the “court has gotten it wrong” on pornography. At a town hall-style campaign event in Belle Plaine, Iowa, a woman asked the Pennsylvania Republican what he would do about the Occupy Wall Street…

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