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In Reddit Chat, Edward Snowden Calls Rand Paul's Filibuster a 'Sea Change'

May 21, 2015 With a little help from his friends at the American Civil Liberties Union, Edward Snowden conducted a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session Thursday afternoon. The ex-spy spoke about reforms to the National Security Agency and the Patriot Act. Section 215 of the act, which the NSA uses as the legal...

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The Gyrocopter Pilot Is Being Indicted

May 21, 2015 Doug Hughes, 61, wanted to make a statement about campaign finance reform. So on April 15, he decided to fly his gyrocopter onto the lawn of the U.S. Capitol and hand-deliver letters demanding "real reform" to every member of Congress. Unfortunately for him, he did not make it that far....

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Ben Carson Is Running for President

May 4, 2015 Last May, Dr. Ben Carson, the retired pediatric neurosurgeon-turned-conservative star, was asked if he was going to run for president. "I do not wish that job upon anybody—including myself," he said at the time. It looks like the good doctor's worst dreams are coming true. Carson said Sunday that he...

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Jim Webb Commemorates the Vietnam War, Subtly Jabs at Hillary Clinton

April 30, 2015 As Sen. Bernie Sanders was making his presidential campaign official at the other end of the National Mall Thursday afternoon, Jim Webb, who is still considering his own underdog campaign against Hillary Clinton, was speaking to Vietnamese-Americans and U.S. veterans near the Vietnam Memorial. Webb, a former senator from Virginia,...

Rand Paul Is Suddenly Quiet About Ending the NSA's Domestic Surveillance

April 24, 2015 If Rand Paul is upset by Mitch McConnell's fast-track push to extend the Patriot Act and preserve government mass surveillance, he's not saying so. The Republican presidential candidate loves to bash the National Security Agency's spying powers. He has pledged to end the NSA's bulk collection of U.S. call data...

Why Rand Paul is Suddenly Silent about NSA Surveillance

April 24, 2015 If Rand Paul is upset by Mitch McConnell's fast-track push to extend the Patriot Act and preserve government mass surveillance, he's not saying so. The Republican presidential candidate loves to bash the National Security Agency's spying powers. He has pledged to end the NSA's bulk collection of U.S. call data...

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Hillary Clinton Is 'Happy' to Answer More Questions From the Benghazi Committee

April 23, 2015 Hillary Clinton wants to clear the air. At least, that's what her lawyers signaled on Wednesday afternoon, when they sent a letter to the House Select Committee on Benghazi expressing Clinton's willingness to testify before the committee about the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and...

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Paul Attacks Loretta Lynch on Civil Asset Forfeiture

April 15, 2015 Congress is taking notice of a murky law that allows police officers to seize money and property from citizens with near impunity—and Sen. Rand Paul is using it as an argument against Loretta Lynch's attorney general nomination. Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is traditionally hawkish on criminal justice reform, convened a...

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Why a Political Chameleon Thinks He Can Beat Hillary Clinton in 2016

April 10, 2015 Lincoln Chafee is a soft-spoken, party-switching Rhode Island Democrat. And he thinks he deserves the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 more than Hillary Rodham Clinton. Chafee says he plans to distinguish himself from other Democrats in the race, whether Clinton or another challenger, by touting his foreign policy worldview....

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Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee Is Running for President

April 9, 2015 Lincoln Chafee, a former U.S. senator and governor of Rhode Island, announced that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee. Chafee's campaign website slogan—"Politics change. Values don't."—is apt, considering that he started out his political career as a Republican, then became an independent before finallyswitching to the Democratic Party while...