Snowden Leaves The Transit Area; Rand Stands Down In Tiff With Christie; Computer Guys Heckle NSA Head; Eminent Domain To Bail Out Mortgages?!; Cruz Wants A High-Contrast GOP – Thursday Morning News Roundup 8-1-2013

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

 

  • NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory. He is free to stay in Russia until at least July 31, 2014. His asylum status may be extended annually upon request. Source: Russia Today…

 

  • Sen. Rand Paul (R) on Wednesday cried uncle in his feud with Chris Christie (R), inviting the New Jersey governor for a beer to patch up their differences. The Kentucky senator told Fox News that “anytime [Christie] would like to come down and sit down at the pub right around the corner from the Senate we’ll have a beer.” Christie spurned Paul’s overture. Source: The Hill…

 

  • The head of the U.S. National Security Agency defended the government’s much-criticized surveillance program against hecklers among a crowd of computer systems analysts Wednesday, but also had a challenge for them: If you don’t like it, lend your talent to build a better one. Source: CBS Las Vegas…

 

  • A California city is the first in the Nation to take the controversial step of threatening to use eminent domain, the power to take private property for public use, in an effort to buy 600 underwater mortgages and head off a foreclosure crisis. Sorta gives new meaning to “government housing.” Source: CBS San Francisco…

 

  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) continues to gain momentum in the fight to defund Obamacare this Fall, staking a well-defined territory where Congressional Republicans can, if they choose, stand on principle. “I think Republicans win when we stand for clear principles and draw strong contrasts with the other party. If we make clear that Republicans are fighting for jobs and to protect high-quality health care against Democrats wedded to an ideological dream of government-controlled healthcare, I think we will win,” he said in an interview Wednesday. Source: Rare…

 

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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