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BREAKING: American Pharoah Wins Triple Crown, First Since 1978

Source: CBS / Huffington Post

@BreakingNews: Live updates from Belmont Stakes, where American Pharoah could win 1st Triple Crown since 1978: http://t.co/DATlWbqIWE/s/FCqx

American Pharoah Wins Belmont Stakes And Triple Crown For First Time Since 1978

11 minutes ago | Updated 0 minutes ago
Andrew Hart Front Page Editor

American Pharoah has cemented his misspelled name among horse racing royalty, claiming the Triple Crown with his win at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, a feat not done since 1978.

Pharoah ended the Crown drought by sweeping the top three races, becoming only the 12th horse ever to do so.

American Pharoah, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, beat a tough field of seven thoroughbreds despite the many factors opposing the 3-year-old colt’s coronation.

American Pharoah did not come out of the gate well, but quickly took the lead in first quarter. Trailing American Pharoah for most of the race was Materiality, before Mubtaahij and Frosted made plays for second. But no one could pass American Pharoah, who made history.



Read more: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7526870?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

@GregMitch: and a "holy shit" on live TV from winning jockey or comrade...


Edward Snowden Op/Ed in NYT: 'The World Says No to Surveillance'



Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance

JUNE 4, 2015

Two years on, the difference is profound. In a single month, the N.S.A.’s invasive call-tracking program was declared unlawful by the courts and disowned by Congress. After a White House-appointed oversight board investigation found that this program had not stopped a single terrorist attack, even the president who once defended its propriety and criticized its disclosure has now ordered it terminated.

This is the power of an informed public.

Ending the mass surveillance of private phone calls under the Patriot Act is a historic victory for the rights of every citizen, but it is only the latest product of a change in global awareness. Since 2013, institutions across Europe have ruled similar laws and operations illegal and imposed new restrictions on future activities. The United Nations declared mass surveillance an unambiguous violation of human rights. In Latin America, the efforts of citizens in Brazil led to the Marco Civil, an Internet Bill of Rights. Recognizing the critical role of informed citizens in correcting the excesses of government, the Council of Europe called for new laws to protect whistle-blowers.

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At the turning of the millennium, few imagined that citizens of developed democracies would soon be required to defend the concept of an open society against their own leaders.

Yet the balance of power is beginning to shift. We are witnessing the emergence of a post-terror generation, one that rejects a worldview defined by a singular tragedy. For the first time since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we see the outline of a politics that turns away from reaction and fear in favor of resilience and reason. With each court victory, with every change in the law, we demonstrate facts are more convincing than fear. As a society, we rediscover that the value of a right is not in what it hides, but in what it protects.


'It’s Time to Let Edward Snowden Come Home'


JUNE 3, 2015

It’s Time to Let Edward Snowden Come Home


The President and others have praised the U.S.A. Freedom Act, but haven’t mention the blindingly obvious fact that without Edward Snowden the law wouldn’t exist.

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Instead of thanking Snowden for his public service and inviting him to come home, the U.S. government is still seeking to arrest him and try him on charges that carry long prison sentences. “The fact is that Mr. Snowden committed very serious crimes,” the White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday. “The U.S. government and the Department of Justice believe that he should face them.”

In a criminal complaint that it filed on June 14, 2013, the Justice Department accused Snowden of stealing government property, communicating national-defense information without authorization, and revealing classified information. The last two charges were filed under the 1917 Espionage Act, which seemed to suggest that the U.S. government regards Snowden as a spy. That is absurd. Despite suggestions in some quarters, back in 2013, that Snowden might be passing along some of America’s secrets to the intelligence agencies of China or Russia, there is no evidence that this happened.

Rather than transmitting information to foreign powers, Snowden handed over his electronic stash of documents to reporters from the Guardian and the Washington Post, with the stipulation that they treat its contents sensitively and carefully. Although the leak led to some sensational stories—Michael Morell, a top C.I.A. official, called it “the most serious compromise of classified information in the history of the U.S. intelligence community”—the journalists largely adhered to Snowden’s stipulation.

The news stories brought to light many details about domestic surveillance, such as the bulk collection of phone records and the PRISM program, which enabled the N.S.A. to retrieve users’ e-mails and search histories from Internet companies such as Google and Facebook. Another story revealed that the N.S.A.’s own internal auditor had concluded that the agency had breached its own privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times a year since 2008. But despite some embarrassing details about overseas operations (such as the fact that the United States had tapped the phone calls of world leaders, including Germany’s Angela Merkel), the stories based on the Snowden leaks didn’t reveal much about specific U.S. intelligence operations around the world. Nor did they compromise individual intelligence agents.


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...


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


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


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"


SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015 10:29 AM EDT

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


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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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