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Grad student proves NSA can link metadata to your identity with ‘marginal effort’

A Stanford graduate student has shown just how easily names can be matched with phone records, contradicting some of the legal justification offered by federal authorities for the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone data. President Barack Obama said in June that the surveillance captured only which telephone numbers…

‘I am officially illegal’: Ugandan parliament passes ‘odious’ anti-gay bill

Uganda’s parliament on Friday passed an anti-homosexuality bill that would see repeat offenders jailed for life, reports and activists said. “I am officially illegal,” Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha said after the vote. The lawmaker behind the bill, David Bahati, said an extremely controversial death penalty clause was dropped from…

Bipartisan budget deal easily passes in Senate vote

The US Senate passed a compromise two-year budget accord Wednesday, marking a truce in the fiscal wars that have plagued Washington and reducing the likelihood of a government shutdown in January. The measure, which passed 64-36 with the support of nine Republicans and the entire Democratic caucus, lays out top-line…

Birther tea party rep. refuses to stand near Obama photo, moves away U.S. flag

A tea party-back Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri this week asked that a flag be moved because she did not want to stand near a photo of President Barack Obama during a press conference. According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) had…

John McCain ‘pleads guilty’ after linking Obama to Hitler — but thinks it’s hilarious

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was visibly amused on Sunday when he was asked if he had been wrong to say that President Barack Obama’s handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro was like shaking hands with Adolf Hitler. At the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, the U.S.…

Black Republican: What has Obama done for the Black community?

A spokesperson for the Republican National Committee (RNC) deflected criticism over the party’s public statement regarding Rosa Parks on Wednesday by trying to paint the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a problem for the Black community, which he suggested has been ignored by President Barack Obama and his Democratic party.…

President Obama and First Lady visit fasting immigration activists

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited a group of activists on Friday who are fasting to protest inaction by the House of Representatives on immigration reform. According to the Associated Press, the protesters have foregone all food for 18 days, drinking only water. The president visited the…

Potential 2016 contender Marco Rubio urges an interventionist foreign policy

Republican Marco Rubio, a potential 2016 White House contender, urges the projection of US global power in the name of liberty — an interventionist strategy at odds with isolationists in his party. Back home he spearheaded comprehensive immigration reform earlier this year, infuriating hardliners who helped elect him to the…

Senate’s defense bill would allow Guantanamo Bay to finally close

The US Senate debated a defense bill Tuesday that would ease restrictions on detainee transfers from Guantanamo, a major first step toward closing the controversial war-on-terror prison. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the provision should be the first measure debated and voted on in the defense spending bill for…

Tea party activist says his rally will send Obama to Iran and usher in new right-wing government

Right-wing activist Larry Klayman is so sure his long-planned “second American revolution” will succeed Tuesday that he’s calling for a “Constitutional congress” to plan for life after President Barack Obama. The founder of Judicial Watch says he’s gathered a coalition of conservative and libertarian activists to demonstrate beginning at 10…

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