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Judge on NSA Case Cites 9/11 Report, but It Doesn’t Actually Support His Ruling

In a new decision in support of the NSA’s phone metadata surveillance program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley cites an intelligence failure involving the agency in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks. But the judge’s cited source, the 9/11 Commission Report, doesn’t actually include the account he gives in the ruling. What’s more, experts say the NSA could have avoided the pre-9/11 failure even without the metadata surveillance program.

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The Resurgent Progressives

The re-emergence of a Democratic left will be one of the major stories of 2014.

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Help the Helpers

This is a story of the poor versus the poor, a metaphor for income inequality in 21st century America.

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Taps

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Enters 2014

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Happy NSA Year

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NSA, Benghazi and the Monsters of Our Own Creation

“We know everything but learn nothing” would be an honest slogan for the NSA, CIA and lesser-known spy agencies that specialize in leading us so dangerously astray.

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The Cruelest Cut of All

To 1.3 million jobless Americans: The Republican Party wishes you a Very Unhappy New Year!

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‘Israel Can Do No Wrong’: Jewish Dissent, Jewish Repression

American Jews are expected to unequivocally support Israel against its very real enemies, but Israeli policies of the moment can and do betray values held by a large swath of American Jewry.

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2014: Seize the Moment

Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country.

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Resolutions

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Obama writes New Year’s resolutions; the GOP redlines them out.
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New Years Partisans

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2013: Not As Bad As You Think

Something else happened this year that may, over time, prove far more important than the great website flop.

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NSA New Year

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The NSA Strikes Back

Just when you thought that momentum in the struggle to rein in the NSA was shifting in the direction of civil liberties, along comes another reminder that momentum is fleeting.

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Celebrating the End of the Fake ‘War on Christmas’

Another winter solstice has come and gone, and yes, the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus has once again survived the alleged “War on Christmas.”

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The GOP’s Growing Divide

The Republican Party, which should have the wind at its back, enters 2014 in disarray bordering on open warfare.

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Four Reasons Republicans Might Take Back the Senate in 2014

A new poll shows the GOP on top of the Democrats heading into the midterm elections next year and while it’s far too soon to be definitive, the numbers should alarm the president and his party.

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The De Blasio-Bloomberg Paradox

The standard line on New York City’s Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who takes office next Wednesday, is that he’s the antithesis of outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That’s not quite true.

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We Need Your Prayers This Season, Pope Francis

Christmas this year seems more the occasion of religious war than of the peace to which the greeting cards routinely allude.

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Boehner the Poodle

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Political Negotiations

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Edward Snowden’s Christmas Message (Video Update)

British television’s Channel 4, known for broadcasting “unusual but relevant” figures’ holiday messages as opposed to the Queen of England’s annual speech, has chosen whistle-blower Edward Snowden to convey this year’s address.

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A Red and Blue Christmas

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Christmas for the GOP and Obama

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NSA Spying on Santa

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They know every house Santa just visited...and for how long...and how many times he brought presents to people who have ever called or emailed anyone on the naughty list.
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‘Duck Dynasty’: Putting the Racist Back in Redneck

The monarch of the “Duck Dynasty” reality show on A&E, Phil Robertson, has gone off the plantation.

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Bill O’Reilly’s War on Jesus

Maybe it is time to put Christ back in Christmas.

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Person of the Year

There are really just two possible choices for person of the year. I want to say Pope Francis, but I’ve got to go with Edward Snowden.

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Obama’s New Normal: The Drone Strikes Continue

There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families en route to a wedding that was killed.

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Not Santa

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Worst Congress

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NSA Rudolph

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Who Is Really Waging War on Christmas? Look in the Mirror, Scrooges

Just in time for the birthday of baby Jesus, conservatives are cutting food stamps and unemployment benefits. And they insist with breezy heartlessness that it’s all for the benefit of the poor.

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Making the Right Call on NSA

Blue-ribbon panels are often toothless and useless.

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Happy New Year, Mr. President

It’s been a rough year for the president, but history will put things in better perspective.

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NSA Program

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Collapse of the Eighth Continent: Shangri-La Meets Global Capitalism

Madagascar’s graceful society and unique natural wonders developed over thousands of years; it has taken less than a decade to put it all on life support.

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Tea Party Wishlist

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Rand Grinch

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The GOP’s Fight Has Just Begun

The Republican civil war, like all civil wars, is even messier than it looks.

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Volcker Rule Made Meaningless by Abundant Exemptions

The Volcker Rule has finally been approved by regulators, but with hundreds of pages of exemptions, too-big-to-fail banks have little to fear.

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Presidential Panel to NSA: Stop Undermining Encryption

The National Security Agency should not undermine encryption standards that are designed to protect the privacy of communications, the panel of experts appointed by President Obama to review NSA surveillance recommended in a report released Wednesday.

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Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

Adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights comprises the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. While praising it last week and ticking through “our most fundamental rights,” President Obama failed to mention the Fourth Amendment.

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Congressional Christmas

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Obama Transparency

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The Nutcracker

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NSA Privacy

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Babysitter

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Let's go out tonight! We've got someone watching the kids.
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Obamacare Lives

Despite its incompetent launch, the Affordable Care Act is slowly becoming part of American life, a development the Republicans have fought fiercely to prevent.

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