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California lawmakers introduce anti-NSA bill developed by states’ rights group

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A bipartisan pair of California state lawmakers introduced a bill on Monday that would prohibit state agencies from assisting the National Security Agency (NSA) without a warrant, U-T San Diego reported.

The Fourth Amendment Protection Act, introduced by Senators Joel Anderson (R) and Ted Lieu (D), would make information collected by the agency without a warrant inadmissible in state court, and would ban members of the University of California and California State University systems from establishing “NSA research facilities or recruiting grounds.”

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The bill “does a lot to make a clear, blue line of what is reasonable and what is not reasonable” with regards to NSA activity, Anderson told U-T San Diego, and is a follow-up to a state Senate resolution passed last year encouraging Congress to pass legislation curtailing the NSA’s collection of phone records.

“I agree with the NSA that the world is a dangerous place,” Lieu was quoted as saying in a statement. “That is why our founders enacted the Bill of Rights. They understood the grave dangers of an out-of-control federal government.”

The bill was developed in part by a similarly bipartisan group, the OffNow Coalition, which was organized by the Tenth Amendment Center — a group that lists itself as belonging to the “Tenther Movement,” which argues that many of the federal government’s powers are unconstitutional — and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, which counts former government whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg as a member of its advisory board.

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Stephen Colbert rips ‘idiot’ GOP senator for defending Trump’s unconstitutional self-dealing

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from New Zealand for a new show that aired Monday evening.

"I have been as far from the insatiable black hole of news that is Donald Trump as you can get on this planet.

I've heard there have been some developments over the last 10 days that did not go well for Donnie,"

The host ripped Trump's 71-minute press conference.

"Seventy-one minutes is not a press conference, it's a one man show," he explained. "If you liked 'Fleabag,' you'll love Donald Trump in 'Douchebag,'" he said.

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Texas Republicans are abandoning the state’s GOP Speaker: ‘We no longer support him’

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Some of the most powerful Texas House Republicans said Monday they no longer support GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen, marking the biggest blow yet to his political future amid the fallout from a secret recording released last week by a hardline conservative activist.

Five Republicans considered senior members of the lower chamber issued a statement withdrawing support for him: State Reps. Four Price of Amarillo, Dan Huberty of Houston, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Chris Paddie of Marshall and John Frullo of Lubbock.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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