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WH 'Just Not Buying' That Low-Level Hong Kong Official Denied Snowden Extradition

In the aftermath of Hong Kong’s decision to deny the United States’ extradition request for NSA leaker Edward Snowden, White House press secretary Jay Carney responded angrily. “We are just not buying that this was a technical decision by a Hong Kong immigration official,” Carney said on Monday morning. Jun 24, 2013 9:52 AM PT

NBC's Gregory Asks Greenwald: 'Why Shouldn't You Be Charged With a Crime?'

NBC host David Gregory of Meet the Press attacked Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian (UK) on Sunday morning over Greenwald’s reports on Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency surveillance leaks. “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden,” Gregory asked, “even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” Jun 23, 2013 8:37 AM PT

Rand: Snowden's Flight to Russia 'A Real Problem for Him in History'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Candy Crowley of CNN’s State of the Union, “I do think for Mr. Snowden, if he cozies up to the Russian government, it will be nothing but bad for his name in history. If he goes to an independent third country like Iceland and if he refuses to talk to any sort of formal government about this, I think there’s a chance he’ll be seen as an advocate of privacy. If he cozies up to either the Russian government, Chinese government or any of these governments perceived still as enemies of ours, I think that will be a real problem for him in history.” Jun 23, 2013 8:16 AM PT

NSA Director: 'The System Didn't Work' in Stopping Snowden Leaks

Speaking on ABC’s This Week, National Security Agency director Gen. Keith Alexander blasted NSA leaker Edward Snowden while admitting that US security had failed to stop him from leaving the country. “It’s clearly an individual who’s betrayed the trust and confidence we had in him,” Alexander said. ‘This is an individual who is not acting, in my opinion, with noble intent.” Jun 23, 2013 8:06 AM PT

Rand Paul: DNI Clapper 'Just Decided to Lie'

Appearing on The Mike Church Show on Sirius XM Patriot 125, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had lost all credibility on the National Security Agency’s snooping on American citizens. Jun 20, 2013 12:57 PM PT

NYPD: City Council Wants to 'Blindfold' Police Officers

A fight has broken out in New York City between police unions and the city council, which is now seeking a bill that would ban racial profiling, including profiling by “color, age, citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, or housing status.” The police union has now run an ad asking, “How Effective Is A Police Officer With a Blindfold On?” Jun 20, 2013 10:12 AM PT

Catholics Fire Back at Obama over School Comments: 'Anti-Faith, Secular Agenda Shamelessly on Full Display'

Speaking in Ireland this week, President Obama stated that Catholic schools were divisive: “If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation.” On Thursday, the American Catholics for Religious Freedom fired back on President Obama’s words to 2,000 young people at the G8 Summit. Jun 20, 2013 10:00 AM PT

USDA Slashes Food for Women, Children, Subsidizes Wineries Instead

On Wednesday, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs penned a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack pointing out waste and abuse within the department that could be cut in order to pay for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) assistance that the department slashed for 600,000 women and children. Jun 20, 2013 9:51 AM PT

Fed Announces Possible End to Quantitative Easing, Stocks Crash

In a dramatic sign that the American economy is being largely propelled by Federal Reserve pumping of the dollar, the Dow Jones Industrial Average sold off 206 points on indications by Fed Chair Ben Bernanke that by the end of 2013, the Fed could begin reining in quantitative easing. While Bernanke maintained that interest rate hikes were “far in the future,” he did indicate that the Fed’s continuous and massive bond-buying spree could taper off if the economy improves. Jun 19, 2013 3:42 PM PT

LA Mayor Villaraigosa Wants to Run for Governor

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who will be leaving office at the end of this month after eight long years of not working for the city, said on Tuesday that he wants to take his talents to Sacramento. “I want to run for governor,” said the mayor, who leaves office without a car or any assets. “In fact, I fully expect that I will.” Jun 19, 2013 11:07 AM PT

Chicago Teachers Union Head: 'Rich White People' to Blame for Failing Minority Schools

On Wednesday, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis placed the blame for Chicago’s failing schools right where it belongs: on “rich white people.” Speaking to a luncheon on education reform, Lewis said that Chicago is the most segregated city in America, and that the educational failures in certain areas of Chicago are attributable to the “fact that rich white people think they know what’s in the best interest of children of African-Americans and Latinos, no matter what the parents’ income or education level.” Jun 19, 2013 10:43 AM PT

Los Angeles Unified School District Drops $30M on iPads for Kids

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education approved plans to spend $30 million to buy iPads for students. The teachers union is unhappy with the decision because they think the money would be best spent on rehiring furloughed union members. Jun 19, 2013 10:35 AM PT

Los Angeles Bans Plastic Bags

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 to fight the scourge of plastic bags at grocery stores. The new plastic bag ban will prohibit stores that sell perishable foods from handing out plastic grocery bags. Paper bags will bear a surcharge of ten cents, and customers are encouraged to use recyclable bags. Jun 19, 2013 10:26 AM PT

Sessions: Immigration Bill 'Biggest Setback for Poor ... in Decades'

On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said that the immigration reform bill currently making its way through Congress is “the biggest setback for poor and middle-class Americans of any legislation Congress has considered in decades.” Jun 18, 2013 4:00 PM PT

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