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Drone Killings Case Thrown Out of U.S. Court

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday filed by the families of three American citizens killed in drone strikes in Yemen, saying senior officials could not be held responsible for financial damages incurred in an act of war.

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Jon Stewart: President Obama Is Like ‘Barry Bombs’ of Drone Strikes

The “Daily Show” host explains how the true difference between administrations is “not necessarily what they do but what they say to get to do it.”

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CIA Drone Strikes Targeted Rescuers, Report Says

A Bureau of Investigative Journalism report published Thursday “appears to confirm” that the Central Intelligence Agency targeted rescuers at sites of previous drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan last year.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Senate Win, Liz Cheney to Run for Office, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Attorney General Eric Holder condemns “Stand Your Ground” laws and Jeremy Scahill stops by “The Colbert Report” to discuss President Obama’s drone strike policy.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Child’s Death in Drone Strike Tests Obama’s Transparency Pledge

Despite Obama’s pledge in May “to facilitate transparency and debate” about the U.S. war on al-Qaida-linked militants beyond Afghanistan, the administration won’t respond to the first prominent allegation of a civilian death since the president delivered his major speech.

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Thinking About Terrorism? Think Twice

Why did President Obama order the death of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old American son of radical American imam Anwar al-Awlaki? Investigative reporter and VICE correspondent Greg Palast thinks he knows.

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Pakistan Says Senior Taliban Leaders Killed in Drone Strike

A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has reportedly killed senior Taliban militants, including the group’s second in command. Four people were said to be dead after the attack in the North Waziristan region.

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Obama Heckled During Speech, Warren Lands a Book Deal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why an Oklahoma senator thinks federal disaster relief to his state after a deadly tornado is unnecessary and John McCain gets all maverick-y again.

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Scahill on Obama’s Admitted Killings of Americans

The Obama administration’s unprecedented acknowledgement that four Americans were killed in U.S. drone strikes overseas—including one whose death was not previously reported—“raises more questions than it answers,” Jeremy Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation and author of the new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” told “Democracy Now!” on Thursday.

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U.S. Admits Drones Killed 4 Americans

In a letter to congressional leaders Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder formally acknowledged that four American citizens had been killed by U.S. drone strikes abroad, including al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

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Eric Holder Should Resign Over Spying, Editor of The Progressive Says

On “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday, Matt Rothschild reiterated his call for the attorney general to resign or be fired in the wake of recent revelations that the government was spying on the press and on Occupy protesters.

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Marco Rubio vs. Rand Paul, Dianne Feinstein vs. Ted Cruz, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Reuters editor is indicted on suspicion of aiding hackers and Barack Obama wants Democratic lawmakers to know he’s not Dick Cheney.

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Democrats Demand Answers From Obama, Warren Blasts Republicans, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sarah Palin announces her next book project and Iran mulls a lawsuit against Hollywood.

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Is the Partisan Ice Breaking?

Just when our politics seemed destined to freeze into a brain-dead brand of partisanship, party lines started cracking up.

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Bill Maher Applauds Rand Paul’s Filibuster, Then Defends Drone Strikes

“Some people do need killing,” the “Real Time” host said on his HBO program Friday. “It’s like what I say about the death penalty: Let’s just kill the right people.”

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Truthdigger of the Week: Rand Paul

The confirmation of John Brennan, the man tapped by President Obama to head the Central Intelligence Agency, appeared to be a slam dunk. That is, until Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor to begin a lengthy filibuster of Brennan’s nomination that served as a scathing indictment of the Obama administration’s targeted killings policy.

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Rand Paul’s Filibuster Win, Bill O’Reilly Apologizes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new poll reveals the early favorite for the 2016 presidential race and a possible culprit is named in Los Angelenos’ apathy toward this week’s mayoral election. 

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Jon Stewart Praises Rand Paul’s Filibuster of Brennan Nomination

On “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night, host Jon Stewart applauded the efforts of Sen. Rand Paul’s epic “old-school style” filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Rand Paul Filibusters John Brennan’s CIA Nomination

Telling his colleagues he would “speak until I can no longer speak,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to mount an old-school filibuster of John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

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How the U.S. Decides to Kill People With Drones When It Doesn’t Know Who They Are

Although Obama administration officials have framed the drone program as targeting particular members of Al Qaeda, attacks against unknown militants reportedly may account for the majority of strikes.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About

The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens – a narrow issue that accounts for a miniscule proportion of the hundreds of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen in recent years.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



The Sequester Impact, Ted Cruz Calls Out ‘Communists,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one lawmaker’s efforts to ensure corporations can vote and Michelle Obama teams up with Jimmy Fallon for the “Evolution of Mom’s Dancing.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Wrong on Drone Hits

If George W. Bush had told us that the “war on terror” gave him the right to execute an American citizen overseas with a missile fired from a drone aircraft, without due process or judicial review, I’d have gone ballistic. It makes no difference that the president making this chilling claim is Barack Obama. What’s wrong is wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Slams Obama Over Drone Strike Memo

On “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night, Jon Stewart criticized President Obama for the government document recently obtained by NBC News that details the administration’s legal argument for supporting drone strikes on suspected al-Qaida members, including those who are U.S. citizens.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Drone Strikes Test Legal Grounds for War on Terror

Hundreds of drone strikes have occurred under the authority of a concise law passed one week after 9/11. The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force is now more than 11 years old. Will it cover this “new phase” of war?

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



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DOJ Memo Outlines Legal Case for Drone Strikes on Americans (Video)

The U.S. Justice Department has abandoned evidenced-based reasoning in an undated memo obtained by NBC News that argues for the right of the government to target and kill American citizens it simply deems to be terrorists.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE


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Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes

You might have heard about the “kill list.” You’ve certainly heard about drones. But the details of the U.S. campaign against militants in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia—a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s national security approach—remain shrouded in secrecy. Here’s a guide to what we know—and what we don’t know.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE


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Reining in Obama and His Drones

Barack Obama, former president of the Harvard Law Review and a constitutional law lecturer, should go back and review his course work. He seems to have declined to comport his presidency to the rule of law.

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Drone Wars: From ‘Kill Lists’ to the ‘Disposition Matrix’

The “conventional wars” the U.S. is waging may be winding down, but the implementation of a new phase in drone attacks means that the war on terror is far from over.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Dems Cheer Obama’s Whistle-Blower Persecutions

Glenn Greenwald sees through the carnival of establishmentarian pieties on display at the Democratic National Convention this week: “Excuse me if I don’t join in Democrats’ sycophantic cheerleading for an Obama presidency that has shredded laws and liberties,” he writes at The Guardian.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE


Tom Junod on ‘The Lethal Presidency’

It is with an unlikely mix of discipline, deliberation, personal integrity, a love of law and strong political ideals that President Obama has crafted “The Lethal Presidency,” award-winning journalist Tom Junod writes in Esquire magazine.

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The President’s Kill List

Barack Obama campaigned to become the 44th president with vows to close Guantanamo, stop torture and end the war in Iraq. But campaigning and governing are two entirely separate things, as Obama quickly found out when confronted with the sustained threat of terrorism against the U.S. and the realities of fighting two foreign wars.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE


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