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Obama Team Stonewalls
Democrat on Spying Questions

National Journal, by Jack Fitzpatrick

Original Article

Posted By:Drive, 1/29/2014 2:19:11 PM

Ron Wyden wanted direct answers on government spying programs during Wednesday´s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. He didn´t get many. Director of Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, and FBI Director James Comey largely avoided giving details on the agencies´ spying activities, instead promising to provide more information as soon as possible. In several cases, Wyden gave deadlines for them to answer his questions. Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, is a vocal critic of the National Security Agency´s program of gathering the phone data of millions of Americans. He also has a history of asking pointed questions, and even of hinting

      


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Obama Team Stonewalls
Democrat on Spying Questions
National Journal, by Jack Fitzpatrick    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 2:19:11 PM     Post Reply
Ron Wyden wanted direct answers on government spying programs during Wednesday´s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. He didn´t get many. Director of Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, and FBI Director James Comey largely avoided giving details on the agencies´ spying activities, instead promising to provide more information as soon as possible. In several cases, Wyden gave deadlines for them to answer his questions. Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, is a vocal critic of the National Security Agency´s program of gathering the phone data of millions of Americans. He also has a history of asking pointed questions, and even of hinting

   

 

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James Clapper calls for Snowden and
´accomplices´ to return NSA documents
Guardian (US), by Spencer Ackerman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 2:15:47 PM     Post Reply
James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has issued a blistering condemnation of Edward Snowden, calling the surveillance disclosures published by the Guardian and other news outlets a “perfect storm” that would endanger American lives. Testifying before a rare and unusually raucous public session of the Senate intelligence committee that saw yet another evolution in the Obama administration’s defense of bulk domestic phone records collection, Clapper called on “Snowden and his accomplices” to return the documents the former National Security Agency contractor took, in order to minimize what he called the “profound damage that his disclosures have caused and continued

NBC: GOP Inviting ´Duck Dynasty´ Star
to SOTU Not ´Dignified´; ´Trying to
Make A Partisan Political Point´
Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 1:33:47 PM     Post Reply
During NBC´s live State of the Union coverage Tuesday night, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd sneered at Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson being a Republican guest at the event: "...after the shooting with Gabby Giffords and for a couple of State of the Unions in a row....There was more of a dignified feeling about the guests that you would invite. Boy, you can tell things are a lot different now, when you´re inviting Duck Dynasty stars. Everybody´s trying to make a partisan political point." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Todd concluded: "You get the

Pistorius murder trial to
have own TV channel
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 11:53:16 AM     Post Reply
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius´ murder trial will have a dedicated 24-hour television channel in South Africa, the country´s top cable provider said Wednesday, promising "round-the-clock" coverage of one of the blockbuster stories of the year. MultiChoice said in a statement the temporary "pop-up" channel will launch on March 2, the day before the double-amputee Olympian goes on trial in a high court in the capital, Pretoria, for killing his girlfriend in his home on Valentine´s Day last year. It is the first time it has launched a channel of this kind to cover "a major news event," MultiChoice said.

Commuters Sleep In Grocery Stores
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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 11:50:14 AM     Post Reply
ATLANTA — Students camped out with teachers in school gyms or on buses and commuters abandoned cars along the highway to seek shelter in churches, fire stations — even grocery stores — after a rare snowstorm left thousands of unaccustomed Southerners frozen in their tracks. Tuesday’s storm deposited mere inches of snow, barely enough to qualify as a storm up North. And yet it was more than enough to paralyze Deep South cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham, and strand thousands of workers who tried to rush home early only to never make it home at all.

1 Day After Storm, Atlanta
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Associated Press, by Ray Henry and Russ Bynum    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 11:47:54 AM     Post Reply
ATLANTA -- Students spent the night on buses or at schools, commuters abandoned their cars or idled in them all night and the highways-turned-parking lots iced over when a winter storm slammed the city, creating a treacherous traffic jam that lasted into Wednesday. It wasn´t clear exactly how many people were still stranded out on the roads nearly 24 hours after the storm slammed the Deep South on Tuesday. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said it was "a lot of people," and officials were working to get them food, water, gas and eventually a way home. The timing of when things would clear

   

 

  


 
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Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 11:19:14 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s State of the Union address is expected to lay out how he will “bypass Congress” by acting through executive orders to advance policies that he cannot get passed in the legislature. There is a major problem with this, familiar from high school civics: under the Constitution, Congress cannot be bypassed. Indeed, it plays the primary role in setting national policy. Yet despite the White House’s rhetoric, many of the policies discussed tonight may be constitutionally unproblematic. Here’s a rough test. The president can exercise some legislative powers when i) Congress has delegated such power to the president by statute

Pet raccoons and office pranks:
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Telegraph (UK), by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 10:49:48 AM     Post Reply
Let´s face it, we´re stuck with Barack Obama for another three years. But that doesn´t mean we can´t dream of the alternatives. In a parallel dimension, President Michele Bachmann used the State of the Union to lay out her civil defence strategy for the End of Times. Newt Gingrich announced the first Walmart on the moon. And Mitt Romney told Congress, "You´re all fired." Ah, but the best president for a conservative to daydream about is surely Calvin Coolidge. Here´s a few reasons why. 1. He rarely spoke. Modern Presidents seem to love talking, but not Silent Cal. In fact

More Pinocchios for the
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Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 8:33:55 AM     Post Reply
Perhaps it’s progress that the president waited until the second half of the speech to trot out the must-have line about equal pay and the wage gap. Perhaps his speech writers just needed to fill time so cut and paste a line from dozens of previous speeches: You know, today, women make up about half our workforce, but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. Women deserve equal pay for equal work. Yet they are behind the curve in using a statistic that is increasingly acknowledged as misleading. As Hanna

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Posted By: Drive- 1/27/2014 2:45:50 PM     Post Reply
Less than a year after raising $1.5 million for his Bitcoin exchange start-up BitInstant, CEO Charlie Shrem has been charged with money laundering. A news release from U.S. prosecutors in Manhattan said that Shrem knowingly facilitated illegal purchases on the now-shuttered underground drug marketplace Silk Road. Silk Road was a Web site that allowed users to buy everything from heroin to fake IDs. To help preserve users´ anonymity, the site required all transactions to be conducted in bitcoins. According to the government, a man named Robert Faiella worked with Shrem to sell bitcoins to Silk Road users. The two men

Super Bowl Already Putting Big
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There comes a moment in so many memorable games when a team will turn its anxious gaze to one player and ask a simple question: You got this covered? In the National Football League, it is likely to be the kicker, quarterback or running back. On Sunday, it was the weatherman. At 8 a.m., John Bateman, a meteorologist hired by the league, made his first presentation to some two dozen executives who are looking to him to tell them what to expect on Super Bowl Sunday. “Not much pressure, right?” Mr. Bateman, 43, said wryly. Every morning in the week leading up to the game,

   

 

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Are House Republicans planning to
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Posted By: Drive- 1/27/2014 7:27:28 AM     Post Reply
In the House of Representatives, immigration reform is not only not dead, it´s actually the subject of a lot of working and talking as Republicans prepare for their annual retreat this weekend. That much has been clear at least since Speaker John Boehner announced the GOP will come up with a statement of "principles" on immigration reform that might -- or might not -- lead to legislation. But the Wall Street Journal stirred a lot of interest this weekend when it reported that GOP leaders are hoping to put one over on voters who oppose reform. The plan, the Journal said,



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