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ACLU’s Mike German: Domestic surveillance no longer based on probable cause

American Civil Liberties Union policy counsel and former FBI agent Mike German sat down with Reason.tv to discuss the expansion of surveillance programs since 9/11, noting the government and law enforcement agencies had become obsessed with collecting data. “We’ve moved away from surveillance based on individualized suspicion, the Fourth Amendment…

NC GOP lawmaker: Gays could ‘lose rights’ without marriage ban

Republican state Rep. Dale Folwell, who is co-sponsoring an effort to make marriage discrimination a part of North Carolina’s state constitution, asserted Monday that without the constitutional amendment, LGBT people would actually be at a risk of losing rights. To back up his argument, Folwell cited a decision by the…

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to endorse Rick Perry

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president, CNN reported. Jindal will also be Perry’s guest at the Tea Party/CNN Republican presidential debate Monday night. Jindal is currently on his way to the debate site in Tampa, CNN’s sources said. Another Republican presidential candidate, Mitt…

Penn. township challenges fracking with ballot initiative

A small township in western Pennsylvania is fighting back against fracking and attempting to write a ban on the practice into their local Bill of Rights, but they may be thwarted by their own town council. Peters Township in Washington County, population 21,213, is home to the Peters Township Marcellus…

DNC chair calls out Fox host for pension misinformation

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) called out Fox host Martha MacCallum for stating that pension benefits drastically affect state’s budgets. Appearing on the network Monday morning, the DNC chairwoman was brought on to talk about President Obama’s jobs plan. But MacCallum chose to utter a line from an unnamed source that…

DNC chair calls out Fox host for pension misinformation

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) called out Fox host Martha MacCallum for stating that pension benefits drastically affect state’s budgets. Appearing on the network Monday morning, the DNC chairwoman was brought on to talk about President Obama’s jobs plan. But MacCallum chose to utter a line from an unnamed source that…

BofA plans 30,000 job cuts; investors underwhelmed

(Reuters) – Bank of America Corp said it is cutting 30,000 jobs in the coming years as it looks to slash annual expenses by $5 billion, but investors were disappointed in the scant new detail the bank provided about its plans. The bank’s chief executive,Brian Moynihan, said Bank of America…

Wisconsin Republicans take whole month off, putting jobs measures on hold

Following the unprecedented wave of recall elections last month, Wisconsin Republicans have decided they don’t want to return to work in Sept., scheduling just one day for the legislature to be in session despite the public’s urging to do something to boost private sector jobs. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca…

Republicans look to snatch Democrat stronghold

Republicans hoped to score an upset win Tuesday in a special congressional election for a heavily Democratic area of New York, sending President Barack Obama an ominous message. The 9th Congressional district in New York City’s Queens and Brooklyn boroughs came open in June when the popular Democratic incumbent, Anthony…

Obama says Americans reject Tea Party ideas

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said the “vast majority” of Americans reject the ideas of archconservative Tea Party movement, in an interview broadcast Monday. “We’ve always had a anti-federal government bent in a chunk of our population. That’s nothing new,” Obama told NBC News, referring to the anti-federal nature of…

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