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Illegal Immigrants To Drive In Cali; Al-Qaida Bets On U.S. ‘Safety’ Fears; NSA Posed As Google To Spy On Users; Photojournalist Describes Syrian Rebels’ ‘Utter Cruelty’; Brain-Eating Amoeba In Louisiana Water Supply – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 9-13-2013

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

Reid Keeps Whining About Anarchists In Congress

Reid Keeps Whining About Anarchists In Congress

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took to the Senate floor Thursday to whine about how “anarchists” have taken over Congress. The Senator was addressing Congress’ lack of progress on a number of bills, including an energy-efficiency bill and Obamacare-related legislation, when he blamed “anarchist” Tea Party Republicans for legislative holdups.

‘Treason’ And ‘Jail’ Deter Tech Leaders From Sharing NSA Spy Requests With Public

‘Treason’ And ‘Jail’ Deter Tech Leaders From Sharing NSA Spy Requests With Public

Leaders at several major tech companies, including handlers of social media and Internet services, criticized the U.S. government this week for its ironfisted treatment of companies that repeatedly have requested permission to publicly reveal the scale of the National Security Agency’s court-sanctioned surveillance measures.

Report: D.C. Businessman Tied To Secret 2008 Aid To Hillary Clinton

Report: D.C. Businessman Tied To Secret 2008 Aid To Hillary Clinton

A Washington businessman, the focus of a corruption probe, spent at least $500,000 on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential bid, The Washington Post reported. Jeffrey E. Thompson financed an independent, urban get-out-the-vote effort on behalf of Clinton in Texas and at least three other States during the 2008 Democratic primaries.

Poverty In America: Cellphones, TVs, Refrigerators And Microwave Ovens

Poverty In America: Cellphones, TVs, Refrigerators And Microwave Ovens

According to a recent report from the Census Bureau, being poor means you’re less likely to have a computer, dishwasher or deep freeze. But it also means you’re about as likely as the snob hill crowd to have a cellphone, air conditioning, television and some kind of DVR device.

Defining Journalism; McRino Rebuked By His District; All You Need To Know About NSA Spy Bills; Bitcoin Campaign Donations Could Be Coming; And Putin’s ‘American Exceptionalism’ Remarks Cause A Stir— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-12-2013

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

Bill To Define Journalist Will Get Full Senate Vote

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed media shield legislation that is intended to protect journalists from having to cooperate in government investigations — but lawmakers made sure to limit who can be defined as a journalist in America. Lawmakers used language in the bill, which passed the committee on a 13-5 vote, to draw […]

Republicans In Tempe-Mesa Legislative District Rebuke McCain On Obama Nominations

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been formally rebuked by Arizona Republicans in the State’s 26th Legislative District for helping to green-light several of President Barack Obama’s controversial nominations for key leadership roles at Federal agencies. The District 26 Republicans approved the wholly symbolic resolution on Tuesday by a 24-13 vote, accusing him of capitulating to […]

A Cheat Sheet To Congress’ NSA Spying Bills

This post, by Policy Analyst and Legislative Assistant Mark M. Jaycox, originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website on Sept. 11. The veil of secrecy around the government’s illegal and unConstitutional use of both Section 215 of the Patriot Act and Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is being lifted. As […]

Colorado Recall Votes Send A Signal To The Elected Class: Representation Matters

Colorado Recall Votes Send A Signal To The Elected Class: Representation Matters

On Tuesday, both of the Colorado State Senators who faced a voter recall — a culmination of massive public backlash over their support of new, unConstitutional gun control legislation — lost their jobs. Democrats quickly demonstrated they’d learned absolutely nothing from the grassroots-bred ouster.

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