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    by Published on 05-19-2015 08:00 AM

    PHILADELPHIA — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul traveled to the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution on Monday to call on President Obama to end the NSA’s program that collects bulk phone record data of American citizens.

    “Here in front of Independence Hall, I call for the president to obey the law,” the Kentucky senator said in an afternoon press conference, surrounded by supporters with campaign signs. “The court said last week that it is illegal to collect all of your phone records, all of the time, without a warrant with your name on it. I call on the president today to immediately end the bulk collection of our phone records.”

    On the Independence Mall at the corner of 5th and Market Streets, Paul railed against the NSA’s program: “I don’t know anyone named Mr. Verizon. That is not a valid warrant. That is a general warrant. And that’s what we fought the revolution over. Our Founding Fathers would be appalled to know that we are writing one single warrant and collecting everyone’s phone records all the time.”

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    http://dailycaller.com/2015/05/18/ou...d-nsa-program/
    by Published on 05-19-2015 06:56 AM

    From a press release:


    Sen. Rand Paul Releases Third Edition of ‘The Waste Report’
    Uncovers Thousands of Dollars of Waste in the U.S. Department of Education



    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul today released the third edition to ‘The Waste Report,’ which is an ongoing project highlighting egregious examples of waste within the U.S. government.

    The third edition of the ‘The Waste Report’ exposes thousands of dollars of waste in the U.S. Department of Education. In the coming weeks, the U.S. Department of Education will offer a multi-day writing course designed to teach twenty of their employees how to write an e-mail in the workplace.

    ‘The Waste Report’ can be found HERE or below.
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    by Published on 05-18-2015 09:40 PM
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    Senator Rand Paul, leading national politician and 2016 Presidential candidate, presents his vision for America.

    In his four years since joining the Senate, Rand Paul has risen to the forefront of the national discussion. He's being called "the most interesting man in politics" by TIME Magazine. When Senator Paul believes in an issue he reaches across the aisle to collaborate with his colleagues. He's worked with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on an anti-war bill, a financial assistance for childcare bill, and a protection for women in the military bill. He's also working with Senator Cory Booker to reform the nation's criminal justice system. He's received standing ovations from conservatives when he spoke at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) and ...
    by Published on 05-18-2015 08:35 PM

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to form exploratory committee

    By Mark Preston, CNN

    Updated 12:14 PM ET, Mon May 18, 2015

    Washington (CNN)Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will announce Monday that he is taking a major step toward seeking the Republican presidential nomination by establishing a committee to formally explore a White House bid, CNN has learned.

    The creation of an exploratory committee will allow Jindal to raise money to pay for activities such as political travel as he considers whether to join a crowded GOP presidential primary field. Jindal's campaign is expected to officially announce the creation of the committee early Monday afternoon, but has already launched a website promoting the Louisiana governor's possible candidacy.

    "If I run, my candidacy will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction," Jindal says in a forthcoming news release provided to CNN. "Not a course correction, but a dramatically different path."

    Jindal, who is polling in the low single digits, says he will make a final decision about whether to run after Louisiana's legislative session ends June 11.
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/18/politi...tee/index.html

    After months of consistently polling <2%, he is going to see if he just might have a chance...
    by Published on 05-18-2015 07:30 PM

    MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Making the case for a more active U.S. presence overseas, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will call for a larger military and a boost in defense spending while defending the government's intelligence-collection efforts, in a speech Monday setting forth his foreign policy approach.


    The likely Republican presidential contender will also use an appearance in New Hampshire to criticize President Barack Obama's handling of the surging Islamic State group and the emerging nuclear deal with Iran.


    "Iran might not have the bomb right now — but their influence is absolutely radioactive to the world," the New Jersey governor says in prepared remarks released by his political action committee. "So we need to
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    by Published on 05-18-2015 06:22 PM

    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court came down against double taxation Monday in a case that could cost some states and cities millions of dollars.

    The justices sided with taxpayers over governments in a case that tested Maryland's income tax system, which does not grant a full credit to residents who also pay income taxes in states where they work. The state is among the few that collect some income taxes on residents who work out of state.

    It was a difficult decision for the justices to reach, taking six months since oral arguments were held for the divided ruling to be issued. That's because both Maryland and one of its residents, Brian Wynne, had good arguments.

    From Wynne's point of view, residents forced to pay taxes where they live and where they
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    by Published on 05-18-2015 04:40 PM

    Bipartisanship: McConnell, Stephanopoulos Reach Across The Aisle To Help Push Hillary Clinton’s Obamatrade
    by Matthew Boyle - 17 May 2015

    An embattled Republican, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), joined an embattled Democrat, ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos, in a rare showing of bipartisan support for the Hillary Clinton-backed Obamatrade deal on Sunday morning.

    With Stephanopoulos on the ropes over his $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation — a fact he didn’t bother to disclose before interviewing Breitbart News senior editor Peter Schweizer about his book Clinton Cash — there are serious questions being raised about McConnell’s decision to attempt to help the former Bill Clinton staffer.
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    McConnell’s office
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    by Published on 05-18-2015 03:35 PM
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    New laws to target radicalisation



    Under the proposals, ministers would be able to silence any group or individual they believe is undermining democracy or the British values of tolerance and mutual respect.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32714802

    David Cameron is to set out a string of new powers to tackle radicalisation, saying the UK has been a "passively tolerant society" for too long.

    The PM will tell the National Security Council a counter-extremism bill will be in the Queen's Speech on 27 May.

    The bill will include new immigration rules, powers to close down premises used by extremists and "extremism disruption orders". ...
    by Published on 05-18-2015 02:30 PM
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    On Friday the House passed a massive National Defense Authorization for 2016 that will guarantee US involvement in more wars and overseas interventions for years to come. The Republican majority resorted to trickery to evade the meager spending limitations imposed by the 2011 budget control act – limitations that did not, as often reported, cut military spending but only slowed its growth.

    But not even slower growth is enough when you have an empire to maintain worldwide, so the House majority slipped into the military spending bill an extra $89 billion for an emergency war fund. Such “emergency” spending is not addressed in the growth caps placed on the military under the 2011 budget control act. It is a loophole filled by Congress with Fed-printed money.
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    by Published on 05-18-2015 01:25 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sheila Beasley was struggling to clean up after her beloved Rottweiler, Rocky, on a Bronx sidewalk on a December day in 2008 when she briefly put his leash down — a move spotted by a nearby plainclothes police officer who promptly wrote her a summons for having an unleashed dog.

    Beasley, a 50-year-old mother of two, said she forgot about the ticket and missed a court date to resolve it. That decision triggered a warrant for her arrest, and nearly three years later, police showed up at her door and hauled her off to jail, where she stayed for four days.

    "I feel like they abducted me from my house," Beasley said this week. "I would never even make up in my wildest dreams and think I would have to go through a system like that for something so insignificant as doggy poop."

    New York's court system has about 1.2 million open warrants like Beasley's, affecting people who run the risk of arrest for failing to resolve sometimes decades-old infractions for low-level offenses such as drinking in public or disorderly conduct. And while city officials haven't yet presented a formal proposal on how to resolve the backlog, Police Commissioner William Bratton has floated one approach that advocates and others are already supporting: amnesty.
    Continued... http://news.yahoo.com/nyc-police-bos...153720618.html
    by Published on 05-18-2015 12:20 PM

    For years Star Trek fans – known as Trekkies – have been the butt of jokes about their penchant for wearing pointy ears and attending science fiction conventions.

    But the police feared British fans of the cult American show might boldly go a little too far one day.

    It has emerged that Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on Star Trek, The X-Files, and other US sci fi shows amid fears that British fans would go mad and kill themselves, turn against society or start a weird cult.

    ...

    Special Branch was concerned that people hooked on such material could go into a frenzy triggered by the millennium leading to anarchy.

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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...n-society.html
    by Published on 05-18-2015 11:15 AM

    Sen. Rand Paul says the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on "innocent Americans" has led federal law enforcement officials to lose sight of real threats -- including the Boston Marathon bombers.

    "I think if you're not spending so much time and money collecting the information of innocent Americans, maybe we could've spent more time knowing that one of the Tsarnaev boys, one of the Boston bombers, had gone back to Chechnya," the Kentucky Republican senator said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

    "We didn't know that, even though we'd been tipped off by the Russians. We had communicated, we had interviewed him, and still didn't know that."

    Paul, who's seeking the GOP presidential nomination, said if he's president he would keep the NSA but target the intelligence agency's operations toward more likely terror suspects.

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    http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/17/politi...election-2016/
    by Published on 05-18-2015 10:10 AM

    BAGHDAD—Islamic State on Sunday seized control of the western city of Ramadi, capital of Iraq’s largest province, after military officials ordered security forces in the city to retreat.

    The fall of Ramadi to Islamic State is the extremist group’s biggest success this year, and a major blow to a government campaign to push the militants out of Anbar province.

    As hundreds of security forces and tribal fighters fled Ramadi, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made the controversial decision to call in the country’s largely Shiite paramilitary force into the Sunni province.

    Taha Abdul Ghani, a member of Anbar’s provincial council, said the withdrawal order to troops in Ramadi was made to prevent mass casualties. “Ramadi, by military standards, has completely
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    by Published on 05-18-2015 09:05 AM

    A federal appeals court won't force the US to disclose its clandestine plan to disable cell service during emergencies.

    That was the decision from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concerning Standard Operating Procedure 303. The court had taken the same position in February and agreed with the government's contention that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows the Department of Homeland Security to withhold documents if their exposure could "endanger" public safety.

    After the decision, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which brought the FOIA suit, had asked the court to revisit the issue in what is known as an en banc review. The appeals court declined (PDF) in a one-sentence order Wednesday.
    Continued: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2...phone-service/

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