Senator Inhofe: Patriot Act Critics Forget That North Korea, Iraq on Path to “Kill Everyone”

Senator Inhofe: Patriot Act Critics Forget That North Korea, Iraq on Path to “Kill Everyone”

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., says his office is getting deluged with phone calls in support of his colleague Sen. Rand Paul’s, R-Ky., campaign to end dragnet surveillance enabled by the Patriot Act. But in an interview on Friday with radio station KTOK in Oklahoma City, Inhofe dismissed his constituents, claiming that privacy advocates don’t understand>>

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Vetoes Major Criminal Justice Reform Bills

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Vetoes Major Criminal Justice Reform Bills

Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., issued a press release on Friday declaring that he vetoed six pieces of legislation, including major reforms to Maryland criminal justice law. The governor, who campaigned on a promise to limit government overreach to win his upset victory last November, vetoed legislation designed to rein in law enforcement abuse of power,>>

Cantwell Delivers Howler to Explain Vote on Trade Bill, Pointed Stenography Ensues

Cantwell Delivers Howler to Explain Vote on Trade Bill, Pointed Stenography Ensues

Sen. Maria Cantwell engaged in a very public maneuver on the Senate floor Thursday, withholding her vote in favor of the big trade bill until she got assurances that there would be a vote on renewing the Export-Import Bank. Afterward, explaining the fervency of her support for the Ex-Im Bank, she told such a howler>>

Chris Christie Uses Rhetorical Strategy Right Out of the Zealot Handbook

Chris Christie Uses Rhetorical Strategy Right Out of the Zealot Handbook

Chris Christie took a trip to New Hampshire this week, where he explained it would be a horrendous mistake for Congress to impose new restrictions on the National Security Agency. What he said may sound to you like standard, boring politican-speak, but read it anyway: We lost a friend of ours in our parish [on September 11, 2001].>>

Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle

Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle

At least one small slice of the American public looks forward to the non-stop, sleazy political advertisements set to inundate viewers during the 2016 elections: media executives and their investors. Peter Liguori, the chief executive of Tribune Company, said earlier this month that the next presidential campaign presents “enormous opportunity” for advertising sales. Speaking at>>

Defense Contractor Group Pushing Presidential Candidates to Be More Hawkish Arrives in S.C.

Defense Contractor Group Pushing Presidential Candidates to Be More Hawkish Arrives in S.C.

Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security — a new group led by former government officials with ties to the military contractors — is expanding into South Carolina as the organization seeks to press presidential candidates to adopt more hawkish positions. As we reported earlier this month, APPS was launched this year to encourage candidates to embrace “American engagement”>>

Al Jazeera Journalist Responds to U.S. Labeling Him Al Qaeda

Al Jazeera Journalist Responds to U.S. Labeling Him Al Qaeda

Earlier this month, The Intercept reported that the U.S. government secretly labeled a prominent Al Jazeera journalist a member of Al Qaeda and placed him on a terror watch list. The basis for the designation was unclear, but the reporter, Islamabad bureau chief Ahmad Zaidan, denies ever having been a member of the group. Reached last week>>

Chinese Law Firm to Merge With American Firms, Employ Howard Dean, Newt Gingrich

Chinese Law Firm to Merge With American Firms, Employ Howard Dean, Newt Gingrich

Dacheng, one of the biggest law firms in the People’s Republic of China, is set to merge with two major American law firms, Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge, making it the largest law firm in the world. The merger will reportedly give Chinese companies that Dacheng represents — including major Chinese state-owned firms — access to advice from attorneys>>

Edward Snowden Cheers On Rand Paul

Edward Snowden Cheers On Rand Paul

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on Thursday praised Sen. Rand Paul’s ten-and-a-half hour takeover of the Senate floor on Wednesday in protest of the Patriot Act. Snowden, whose revelations about mass surveillance two years ago may finally result in reform legislation this week, said in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” discussion that Paul’s action “represents a>>

In the Same Week, the U.S. and U.K. Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking “National Security”

In the Same Week, the U.S. and U.K. Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking “National Security”

Colonel Ian Henderson was a British official dubbed “the Butcher of Bahrain” because of atrocities he repeatedly committed during the 30 years he served as chief security official of that Middle Eastern country. His reign of terror began in 1966 when Bahrain was a British “protectorate” and continued when the post-“independence” Bahraini King retained him in the>>