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The president’s privacy epiphany
New York Post, by Jacob Sullum

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/23/2014 5:07:36 AM

Last June, after news reports revealed that the National Security Agency was surreptitiously collecting everyone’s phone records, President Obama called this massive dragnet a “modest encroachment” that “the American people should feel comfortable about.” Last Friday, he portrayed it as a significant threat to privacy. Which is it? Evidently the answer depends on the latest polls, which find that the American people are not as comfortable with the NSA’s snooping as Obama said they should be. His obvious lack of conviction about the threat posed by mass surveillance makes it hard to believe he is serious about addressing it. There was a

      


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The president’s privacy epiphany
New York Post, by Jacob Sullum    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2014 5:07:36 AM     Post Reply
Last June, after news reports revealed that the National Security Agency was surreptitiously collecting everyone’s phone records, President Obama called this massive dragnet a “modest encroachment” that “the American people should feel comfortable about.” Last Friday, he portrayed it as a significant threat to privacy. Which is it? Evidently the answer depends on the latest polls, which find that the American people are not as comfortable with the NSA’s snooping as Obama said they should be. His obvious lack of conviction about the threat posed by mass surveillance makes it hard to believe he is serious about addressing it. There was a

   

 

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Wendy Davis’ snobby campaign pities
single moms and trailer park folks
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 2:58:56 PM     Post Reply
I’m so old, I remember when feminists believed women didn’t need a man to be happy or to raise a family, and liberals argued that the American Dream was not restricted to tony subdivisions of McMansions. And then we have the Wendy Davis campaign, which has captured the heart of progressive America by supporting unfettered access to late-term abortions. But along that road to ending viable life, the Wendy Davis campaign picked up on a campaign theme that treats single moms as hopelessly failed. Davis said it in a tweet yesterday: Mine is the story of single mothers who feel alone in the

Marist poll shows most Americans
favor increasing abortion restrictions
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 2:55:01 PM     Post Reply
Today is the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade, and we’ll have stories about the March for Life in Washington DC today that protests that Supreme Court decision every year. We’ll also have coverage of other aspects of the abortion issue, such as the status of public opinion on abortion. The Catholic service group Knights of Columbus regularly commissions polls through Marist (which also conducts media polls on national and state levels) on this topic each year at the same time. This year’s survey shows that an overwhelming number of Americans oppose unrestricted abortion on demand — and that attitudes

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The Week, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 2:44:16 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 10:34:08 AM     Post Reply
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Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 10:30:12 AM     Post Reply
Target Corp said it will stop offering health coverage to part-time workers, citing new public insurance exchanges floated by the U.S. government. Less than 10 percent of the company´s 361,000 employees currently participate in the insurance plan that is being discontinued, Target said in a company blog post on Tuesday. "By offering them insurance, we could actually disqualify many of them from being eligible for newly available subsidies that could reduce their overall health insurance expense," Target said. The public exchanges set up under the health care law, also known as Obamacare, allow individuals to buy government-subsidized healthcare based on their income. The health

   

 

  


 
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 5:27:03 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 5:06:59 AM     Post Reply
Americans are a passive people — much as they like to imagine themselves vigorous, decisive, and independent. They like to watch football. And they certainly don’t do much more than that behind the wheel. Driving is an active verb. But observe the typical American driver. He is soporific passivity personified. He coasts along, lost in thought (or lost in chat). Eyes half-closed, mind half lit, he rarely pays much attention to things outside his immediate orbit — unless it’s something edible. Forget about what’s happening in the rearview. He target fixates on the bumper of the car head. He plods along in

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 1:56:42 PM     Post Reply
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Steve Stockman Is Having
Fun / Lying with Photoshop
Atlantic Wire, by Phillip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 1:53:02 PM     Post Reply
Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, who is challenging Sen. John Cornyn in this year´s Republican primary, couldn´t find a picture of Cornyn smiling at President Obama. So someone on his team made one, repurposing an old photo of Florida´s Charlie Crist. The odd image was spotted by Politico´s Burgess Everett on Stockman´s breathless Cornyn Loves Obamacare website. Of the image, which is below, Burgess pointed out that it looked "like Cornyn´s face was photoshopped onto Biden´s head." Right idea; wrong guy. It´s actually a 2009 photo of Obama with Crist, who was governor of Florida at the time. Here´s the original image,

What does the NSA
Know about Obama?
Accuracy in Media, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 1:49:39 PM     Post Reply
National Security Agency (NSA) veterans Bill Binney, Russ Tice and Kirk Wiebe spoke at a Friday news conference at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C., with Tice declaring that the spy agency monitored Barack Obama’s telephone conversations—and those of his wife—in 2004, apparently as a result of Obama’s run for the U.S. Senate and emergence as a major figure in the Democratic Party. This should have been big news. However, the claim was ignored or dismissed by most of the major media. A major exception was NBC News, which posted a clip from the press conference and an item noting

   

 

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Meet the Plaintiff
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 5:51:02 AM     Post Reply
A 55-year-old woman who earns less than minimum wage caring for her disabled son could unravel decades of labor law and strike a blow against one of the most powerful political lobbies in the nation. Pamela Harris is fighting an Illinois law crafted by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.) and enforced by his successor Pat Quinn (D.) that forces her and other home healthcare workers to pay union dues. Her case, Harris v. Quinn, begins oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning “I don’t want to be the face and name associated with anti-union campaign, but this is at



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