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A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center outlines a surge in extremist "patriot" groups in the U.S. The center claims that the number of right-wing extremist groups increased by 250 percent in 2009.

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What is it about threats? What possesses half the Middle East to shout abuse all the time? First we have Ahmadinejad, one of the most crackpot presidents in the world, raving away about annihilating Israel. Then we have Shaul Mofaz, the deputy Israeli prime minister, telling the world that there would have to be attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities.

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A Republican congressional candidate in Orange County has been asked by his own party to exit the race after he was implicated in mailing threats to Latino voters. Tan D. Nguyen denies responsibility for the mailer, which said immigrants would be jailed if they attempted to vote.

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Former intelligence officer and United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter cuts through a recent L.A. Times story which claimed that "Iran could manufacture enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb within three years." He provides a rather technical, but extremely convincing, argument for why it is unlikely that Iran could pose a nuclear threat anytime soon. (video: h/t Crooks and Liars)

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The former CIA official who coordinated America's intelligence in the Middle East accused the Bush administration of misusing prewar intelligence to hype the Iraq threat. | story
This is a big deal: it's the same unnerving story we heard firsthand from Richard Clarke when he left the White House.

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