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Bernie Sanders on Late Night w/ Seth Meyers: Plans to Vote Against Patriot Act Replacement (VIDEO)



Sen. Sanders discusses the Patriot Act, "50 Shades of Grey," and his folk-"singing" "career." This segment does not include the beginning of the interview where he explains Democratic Socialism.

Sen. Bernie Sanders On Late Night w/Seth Meyers Right NOW...

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TOM TOMORROW: Privacy Talk



DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/01/1388790/-Cartoon-Privacy-talk?detail=hide

No Charges in Death of Man Who Told Cops He Couldn't Breathe (Louisiana)

Source: Associated Press

May 31, 9:32 PM EDT

NO CHARGES IN DEATH OF MAN WHO TOLD COPS HE COULDN'T BREATHE


SCOTT, La. (AP) -- A grand jury in Louisiana has declined to indict police officers who held a man down, with officers on top of him, and did not get up even after he told them, "I can't breathe."

Robert Minjarez Jr., 30, died five days after his arrest by Carencro and Scott police and sheriff's deputies outside a gas station in Lafayette Parish, The Advertiser ( http://bit.ly/1eK1DxA ) reports.

Because grand jury proceedings are always secret, no details were available. Jurors reviewed evidence presented by the district attorney, who had been sent an investigation report prepared by state police and the FBI.

In addition, the newspaper quotes a statement from the FBI as saying that its investigation did not turn up anything the Justice Department's Civil Rights Unit could prosecute.

A report from the Lafayette Parish coroner described the main cause of Minjarez's death as "compressional asphyxia due to face-down physical restraint by law enforcement officers."

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_POLICE_SUSPECTS_DEATH

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TOM TOMORROW: Iraq - The "Bad Intelligence"




DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/25/1386847/-Cartoon-The-bad-intelligence

Hodding Carter III: "Glenn Greenwald, I’m sorry: Why I changed my mind on Edward Snowden"

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/23/glenn_greenwald_im_sorry_why_i_changed_my_mind_on_edward_snowden/

SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015 10:29 AM EDT

Glenn Greenwald, I’m sorry: Why I changed my mind on Edward Snowden

HODDING CARTER III

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When Edward Snowden’s breathtaking leap off the high board made its first splash, most public and media reactions featured shock and outrage, even among those appalled by the scope of the government’s electronic eavesdropping that he revealed. A minority applauded. A smaller minority yawned. But public ambivalence all but vanished within a month. Consecutive polls showed growing numbers giving emphatic thumbs-down. “You weren’t acting on my behalf,” they seemed to roar.

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As for the three reporters he entrusted with portions of the material, were they chosen because he trusted them to use it wisely? They were enablers of the unthinkable or traitors themselves. It was a hard position to maintain, since they were varied in background and outlook. Snowden apparently picked each because of what he saw as their unsparing coverage of government’s rogue activities. They include Laura Poitras, a left-wing freelance television producer whose previous work had stirred waters, and Barton Gellman, a mainline journalist who had won two Pulitzer Prizes while working for The Washington Post. The most prolific was Snowden’s tireless Boswell, Glenn Greenwald, a columnist for the British newspaper, The Guardian. He was, and is, unrestrained in his free-swinging indictment of what he considers to be mainstream media’s absence without leave from the fray. Major press heavies returned the compliment, labeling him a radical nouveau whose rants outran reason. To reread their snide fulminations is to realize that the best antidotes to arrogance are looped replay or a long memory.

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Senate Blocks House Bill That Would Have Ended NSA's Bulk Collection of Domestic Phone

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Senate blocks House bill that would have ended NSA's bulk collection of domestic phone records: http://t.co/ry8Mywn4FJ/s/YhE7

Senate blocks House surveillance bill and 2-month extension
BY KEN DILANIAN
MAY. 23, 2015 1:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act.

The back-to-back votes left lawmakers without a clear fallback, although current law doesn't expire until midnight May 31.

The White House has pressured the Senate to back the House bill which would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. Instead, the records would remain with telephone companies subject to a case-by-case review.

The vote was 57-42, short of the 60-vote threshold to move ahead.

That was immediately followed by rejection of a two-month extension to the existing programs. The vote was 45-54, again short of the 60-vote threshold.

Republican officials said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., intended to try again, this time with an even shorter renewal of current law.

Whatever the Senate approves must be passed by the House, which has already left Washington for a weeklong Memorial Day break.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/60c0d988801742cf96cf8d725466c6e0/senate-expected-act-nsa-collection-phone-records

@SenatorReid: I just voted no on the fast-track trade bill. If there was an option to...

@SenatorReid: I just voted no on the fast-track trade bill. If there was an option to vote hell no, I would have done that.

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BREAKING: Senate Approves Trade Bill in Major Win for President

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Senate approves trade bill in major win for President Barack Obama.

Senate approves Obama's hard-fought trade negotiating bill

MAY. 22, 2015 9:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade negotiating authority.

The bill now faces a tough battle in the House.

The Senate voted 62-37 Friday to endorse Obama's request for "fast track" negotiating authority. It would let him present trade agreements that Congress can ratify or reject, but not change.

Obama says fast track would improve chances for a long-negotiated trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

Labor unions and many liberals oppose the bill. They say free-trade deals send U.S. jobs overseas.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/78e8d671ea7a40e1a33523cb3690ead5/senate-approves-obamas-hard-fought-trade-negotiating-bill



@jricole: RT @carlymelin: Thanks @amyklobuchar & @alfranken for being "no" votes. I'm so disappointed in the Obama administration over this. https://t.co/aZxa1sCZNS/s/gwr9

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