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FISA court grants extension of license for bulk collection of U.S. phone records

US intelligence agencies have made a fifth attempt to extend their bulk collection of American telephone records – more than a year after the controversial practice was first revealed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Despite repeated calls from Congress and President Obama for the mass gathering of private…

Effigy of President Obama found hanging from Missouri bridge

Police in Grain Valley, Missouri have rerouted traffic after an effigy of President Barack Obama was found hanging from the Lesholz Bridge. Authorities received reports of the effigy beginning around 5:30 a.m. this morning. When they arrived on the scene, police called for the Independence police squad, which used a…

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl freed: Taliban releases U.S. soldier held captive for five years

By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held for nearly five years by the Taliban after being captured in Afghanistan, has been released and is now in U.S. custody after years of on and off negotiations, U.S. officials said on Saturday As part of Bergdahl’s release,…

President Obama makes surprise Memorial Day trip to Afghanistan to praise troops

Obama lands in Afghanistan on surprise visit (via AFP) US President Barack Obama landed in Afghanistan late Sunday on a surprise visit to salute the sacrifices of US troops in America’s longest war. Obama slipped out of the White House after dark on Saturday and flew in secret across the…

Obama renews commitment to develop solar energy despite setbacks

President Barack Obama praised Friday measures taken by his administration to develop solar energy in the United States, despite attacks and setbacks from his Republican opponents. Obama, who is concluding a three-day fundraising tour of California, announced commitments to develop solar energy and energy efficiency by more than 300 private…

Dick Cheney lies

At the bottom of a Mother Jones article covering a "behind-closed-doors talk" by former Vice President Dick Cheney -- in which he talked up (to applause) the idea of bombing Iran and whined that President Obama was too weak in the Middle East -- the……

Despite call for NSA reform, Obama still asking FISA court to renew bulk phone collection

Obama Still Asking FISA Court To Renew Bulk Phone Collection (via Techdirt) After President Obama announced his willingness to really end the bulk collection of phone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, Senator Patrick Leahy pointed out that the easiest way to do that was to simply not…

Republicans, In Full Anti-Obama Frenzy, Take A Swipe At National Parks

Good a time as any to indulge a little nostalgia for home. Can the knee-jerk hostility to anything President Obama does get any worse? It’s often fun to joke that Republicans would be against puppies and rainbows if Democrats were for it, but this comes awfully close to making that…

Obama and Putin engage in 90-minute phone call about Russia’s seizing of Crimea

President Obama spoke to Russia’s President Putin today for about 90 minutes, and told him that he’s violating international law with Russian troops leaving their bases in Crimea to seize control of the Ukraine territory. Both sides put out descriptions of the lengthy discussion. First, here’s the White House’s explanation…

Mexico turning coal plant into Latin America’s biggest solar farm

The Biggest Solar Farm In Latin America Will Replace An Old Coal Plant (via Clean Technica) Originally published on ThinkProgress. By Ari Phillips. Last week President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Mexico for what’s traditionally called the “Three Amigos” meeting. In the daylong rendezvous, energy issues were……

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