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Congressional leaders agree on four-year extension of PATRIOT Act

Congressional leaders agreed on Thursday to extend three expiring provisions of the controversial PATRIOT Act for four years. Sources told the Associated Press that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner agreed to call for a vote to extend the provisions before May 27, when they are…

‘My bad’: Willie Nelson un-endorses Republican Gary Johnson

Willie Nelson has had a change of heart. The iconic country singer reportedly endorsed Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson this week, but now he’s taking it all back. “Yesterday, both the Teapot Party and Gary Johnson 2012 sent out press releases announcing the endorsement,” wrote Teapot Party member Steve Bloom…

Obama: Arab revolutions show that repression no longer works

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama said Thursday that the uprisings sweeping the Arab world show that a policy of repression will no longer work as people seek to win their freedom and human rights. He also warned in a speech at the State Department that Al-Qaeda’s agenda of…

Wisconsin Senate Republicans ram through voter photo ID bill

Only five Democratic state senators had a chance to vote on Wisconsin’s voter photo ID bill before Republican Sen. Michael Ellis gaveled it through Thursday. The bill, which passed on a 19-5 vote, would require that voters present a photo ID before voting. Opponents of the bill say it infringes…

FBI seeks DNA samples from ‘Unabomber’ for 1982 Tylenol case

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago office of the FBI is asking for DNA samples from “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski in connection with an investigation into an unsolved 1982 crime in which seven people died after taking Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide, FBI officials said on Thursday. “As part of our…

Doomsday leader says gay pride is ‘proof’ the world will end

Harold Camping is predicting the world will end on May 21, and insists that he has proof. “God has given us an enormous amount of proof, like the gay pride movement and the extraordinary amount of wickedness in the world,” the 89-year-old founder of the Family Stations Christian radio network…

Sen. Sanders calls for constitutional amendment to overrule Citizens United

Appearing with MSNBC’s liberal opinion host Cenk Uygur, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said he would support a constitutional amendment that overrule the Supreme Court’s controversial “Citizens United” decision that repealed nearly 100 years of campaign finance law. The decision permits corporations to anonymously give unlimited sums of money to groups…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama’s speech about the Middle East and North Africa

Watch President Obama speak about U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

GOP Senator Coburn: Budget deal must include tax increases

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Tom Coburn says that a long-term deficit reduction plan must include some revenue increases, because that’s what Americans want. “It’s time for the Senate to earn its reputation as the world’s greatest deliberative body and help lead that effort,” Coburn wrote in a Washington Post op-ed…

Gabbrielle Giffords recovering after skull operation

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, who was almost killed in a horrific shooting in January, is recovering well after an operation to replace part of her skull, doctors said. The Arizona lawmaker underwent a cranioplasty to replace the part of her cranium removed to allow space for her…

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