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ProPublica: You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi.

This article, written by Julia Angwin, was originally published by ProPublica on Feb. 11. The East German secret police, known as the Stasi, were an infamously intrusive secret police force. They amassed dossiers on about one quarter of the population of the country during the Communist regime. But their spycraft, while incredibly invasive, was also […]

Obama Rewards Another Donor; Businesses Have To Swear They Aren’t Firing People Over Obamacare; NSA Stonewalls Inquiries; Secession Movement Brews In Maryland; Lindsey Graham Goes Bona Fide – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 2-12-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

Senate GOP Analysis: Obamacare Will Shrink Income

Senate GOP Analysis: Obamacare Will Shrink Income

The Senate Budget Committee’s financial prognostications on how Obamacare will affect the economy at least have been more realistic than those of President Barack Obama and his dwindling coterie of partisan supporters. And the committee says Obamacare is on track to sink wages.

Holder To States: Give Felons The Vote

Holder To States: Give Felons The Vote

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that all States should extend voting rights to felons, ending restrictions he believes are nothing but vestiges of Reconstruction-era racial discrimination against black Americans.

House GOP Caves On Debt; Fighting NSA Surveillance; NAACP Overlooks Woman Beating For Black Politician; Clean Coal Rules To Drive Up Energy Costs; Fed Continues QE3 Taper— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 2-11-2014

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links.

Living In A Utopia Is Expensive: Obama Official Predicts 80 Percent Spike In Energy Costs Due To Clean Coal Rules

An Obama Administration official told House lawmakers that the President’s new clean coal rules could increase wholesale electricity prices by as much as 80 percent. During a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, Julio Friedmann, the deputy assistant secretary of the Energy Department, told lawmakers that costs associated with installing the first generation of carbon capture and […]

Race Trumps Woman Beating For Leader Of Massachusetts NAACP

After Massachusetts State representative Carlos Henriquez was convicted last month for beating up a woman who wouldn’t have sex with him, there was some speculation that the State Legislature would allow him to continue his lawmaking duties from behind bars. Henriquez was jailed on a six-month sentence last week for two misdemeanor counts of assault […]

Conservatives Lose Again As House GOP Rolls Over On Debt Hike

Conservative groups lashed out Tuesday as House Republicans caved to demands made by President Barack Obama, agreeing to advance a “clean” debt limit bill to raise the Nation’s borrowing limit without conditions. During a closed-door meeting, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told top Republicans that the GOP plan to tie the a military pension provision […]

Fight Back Against NSA Surveillance With EFF Today (And Every Other Day)

We told you last month about the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) publicity effort to get Americans to fight back against the National Security Agency’s worthless, dangerous mass surveillance program. Well, today’s the day that all culminates over at the EFF. According to tech site The Verge, the EFF’s goal today is to generate enough visible […]

Obamacare Keeps Changing At Obama’s Whim; Obamacare Has A Tanning Tax?!; California Doctors Feel The Pain; Holder To Quit AG Post — Eventually; The IRS Doesn’t Wait For You…You Wait For The IRS – Tuesday Morning News Roundup 2-11-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

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