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Rand Paul announces anti-NSA spying lawsuit

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has launched a wide-ranging class action lawsuit against the Obama administration over its omnibus collection of phone data.

Speaking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Friday, Paul said that, theoretically, every American with a cell phone is a potential litigant. The question, he said, is whether or not a single warrant can apply to millions of people.

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“What better way to illustrate the point than having hundreds of thousands of Americans sign up for a class action suit,” he said. “We want to overwhelm the government.”

Paul said the lead lawyer in the suit is Virginia’s former attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli.

A link on Paul’s campaign site will allow potential plaintiffs to join the suit, he said. The link, however, also contains a request for campaign donations. “Your most generous contribution will help me circulate this petition to as many Americans as possible to gain the absolute maximum number of signers,” it says. The separation between the Paul campaign and the suit isn’t clear. Calls and emails to the Paul campaign haven’t yet been returned.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union appealed the dismissal of its suit Thursday in federal court.ast week, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III dismissed the suit, ACLU v. Clapper, ruling that the NSA’s program was constitutional and did not exceed the authority provided in the Patriot Act. That ruling conflicted with the December 16 decision in a similar lawsuit in Washington, Klayman v. Obama, in which U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon found the NSA program to be likely unconstitutional.

“We believe that the NSA’s call-tracking program violates both statutory law and the Constitution, and we look forward to making our case in the appeals court,” said ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer, in a statement Thursday.

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Watch Sen. Rand Paul discuss his class action suit below.


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Black family says white woman called police over dispute about their right to build a patio

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A woman in Montclair, New Jersey was caught on video reporting a Black family to police after disputing their right to build a patio on their own property.

Video of the incident was shared on social media. In the video, the woman claims a resident of the home assaulted her when she encroached on the property.

please never try to tell me racism isn’t alive and well in Montclair, NJ. pic.twitter.com/4ZneDqkztF

— sophia. (@sophialavergne) June 30, 2020

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Man in Nazi stormtrooper garb assaults Black Lives Matter protester while deputies do nothing

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A man in Norco, California was seen assaulting a Black Live Matter activist at a recent protest while Riverside County deputies appeared to do nothing.

A video of the incident circulated on social media on Monday.

"My friend was at a PEACEFUL #BLM protest when THIS MAN decided to not only disturb the peace but also ASSAULT my friend who was recording yet NO ONE ARRESTED HIM!!!!" Maria Tarin wrote on Twitter.

The video begins with a man, who is wearing a Trump 2020 hat, call the photographer a "little bitch."

A second man comes into frame wearing a white shirt with a Nazi "SS" logo.

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‘Absurd’: Kayleigh McEnany refuses to say if Trump is happy the South lost the Civil War

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday declined to say if President Donald Trump is pleased about the outcome of the U.S. Civil War.

At a White House briefing, one reporter asked about Trump's position on the Civil War after he recently tweeted a "white power" video and threatened to prosecute protesters who vandalized Confederate-era statues.

"There's a national conversation going on right now about the proper place of the symbols of the Confederacy," the reporter explained. "The president has repeatedly inserted himself into this debate. And I think a lot of people are trying to understand what his view of memorializing the Confederacy is."

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