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Ron Paul: Corporations will ‘act as government spies’ under CISPA

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Presidential candidate Ron Paul, a Republican Congressman from Texas, has emerged as the leading opponent of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), widely billed as a follow-up to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a controversial set of Internet regulations killed earlier this year by an online mass work stoppage protest.

In a video released Monday morning, Paul called CISPA “an Internet monitoring bill” that would enable the government and corporations to review citizens’ private communications without any judicial oversight.

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The bill proposes an information sharing scheme between the National Security Agency (NSA) and corporate networks under the auspice of cyber security, and defines “cyber threat intelligence” to include details pertaining to the “theft or misappropriation” of “intellectual property.”

CISPA currently enjoys a broad base of support among some of the same companies that opposed SOPA, including Google and Facebook. The bill is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives later this week despite strong opposition from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Constitution Project, Fight for the Future and others.

Joining the bill’s opposition on Monday, Paul warned that CISPA “represents an alarming form of corporatism, as it further intertwines government with companies like Google and Facebook.”

“It permits them to hand over your private information to government officials without a warrant, circumventing well known federal laws like the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, ” he said. “It also grants a broad immunity from lawsuits for doing so, leaving you without recourse for invasion of privacy.”

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“Simply put, CISPA encourages some of our most successful Internet companies to act as government spies, sewing distrust in social media and chilling communications in one segment of the world economy where Americans still lead,” Paul added. “…If you believe in privacy and free markets, you should be deeply concerned about the proposed marriage of government intelligence gathering with private, profit-seeking companies.”

President Barack Obama has not yet commented on CISPA, but a National Security Council spokesperson said last week that he might not sign it without significant alterations that safeguard privacy rights. The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), has said he’s confident that it will pass.

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Paul has had very little success in coalition building in his years as a congressman save but for a popular campaign to audit the Federal Reserve, so it’s not immediately clear whether his opposition to CISPA will marshal much support among fellow Republicans, who were seen as key to killing SOPA and its sister bill in the Senate.

The libertarian-leaning congressman is still in the Republican presidential race, but has fallen so far behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) that many believe it would be impossible to catch up at this point. He’s promised to stay in the race because he believes that Romney could yet “stumble” before the Republican convention this August.

This video was published to YouTube on Sunday, April 22, 2012.

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Dick Cheney raising money for Trump’s re-election — with White House staffers Ivanka and Jared: report

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is raising money for President Donald Trump's re-election at a fundraiser in a ritzy western resort town.

"Former vice president Richard B. Cheney and his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), are to appear at a lunch fundraiser Monday in support of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to an invitation to the event," The Washington Post reported Saturday. "The luncheon fundraiser in Jackson, Wyo., will feature White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, along with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as 'special guests,' according to the invitation, which was obtained by The Washington Post."

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‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart

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On Saturday, the Atlanta Black Star reported an incident in Florida, in which a white woman screamed racial slurs at a black woman at a Publix supermarket in Miami after their shopping carts jostled each other.

After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you,  you f**king n****r."

Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"

"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"

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‘I’m a nurse, what are you?’: Tennessee lawmaker humiliates anti-choice activists in brutal public grilling

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Anti-choice activists in Tennessee were unprepared for the grilling they got from a Democratic Party lawmaker when making the case for a bill that would outlaw abortion before many women knew they were pregnant.

One of the speakers in favor of the fetal heartbeat bill was Baptist Pastor Randy Davis, who was questioned by state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis).

"How many women executive pastors do you have in your convention?" Robinson asked Davis. "Or senior pastors."

"None," Davis replied.

"So is it the same ideology that restricts access to women being able to lead a congregation that leads you all to support women not being able to make a medical decision about their body?" Robinson asked.

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