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The NSA-DEA police state tango

This week’s DEA bombshell shows us how the drug war and the terror war have poisoned our justice system<p>So the paranoid hippie pot dealer you knew in college was right all along: The feds really were after him. In the latest post-Snowden bombshell about the extent and consequences of government …

DEA Passed Secret Data, Tips For Covering Up To IRS

Shh. It turns out that Big Brother is doing a bit more than looking for terrorists.<p>Information uncovered this week indicates that one of the beneficiaries of government surveillance programs is none other than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS was reportedly the recipient of information …

Are Seniors Souring on the Republican Party?

The GOP has lost more support among voters over 65 than any other demographic group in recent months, according to a new poll.<p>As bad as things get for Republicans -- with women, with minorities, with youths -- there's always been one group they can count on: the old. But now one Democratic pollster …

The Surreal Semiotics of Burning Obamacare Draft Cards

A conservative campaign both pays tribute to and mockingly appropriates a treasured image in left-wing history.<p>Today, the House of Representatives voted for the 40th (seriously) time to repeal Obamacare. The measure passed 232-185 -- an unusually successful result for House bills these days, though …

Give Manning and Snowden the Nobel Peace Prize

If the Nobel committee had any guts, it would honor America’s leakers and deliver a smackdown to the security state<p>In an op-ed for the Guardian earlier this summer, Máiread Corrigan Maguire, an Irish activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 and has devoted her life to working for peace in …

Pentagon Papers Leaker Daniel Ellsberg Praises Snowden, Manning

Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who in 1971 leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers detailing the history of U.S. policy in Vietnam, tells NPR's <i>Weekend Edition Saturday</i> that unlike Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, he "did it the wrong way" by trying first to go through proper channels — a …