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Tea Party pot has gone cold with Americans

Poll after poll shows the American public fed up with the tea party and its phony claims as a grassroots movement. Support for the party sits at 30 percent or lower and those who see the party in an unfavorable light often top 60 percent. The polls offer little hope for the spate of Republican candidates who see the tea party as crucial to their election chances, including twice-failed Presidential candidate Ron Paul, the Texas Congressman who is often incorrectly cited as the “father of the tea party movement.” The polls suggest that anyone who is identified as close to
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FBI snooping into more citizen’s lives with national security letters

The Federal Bureau of Investigation last year expanded its intrusion into the personal lives of Americans, targeting more than 14,000 with rights-robbing “national security letters” to pry into phone records, financial information and other private data. The agency’s use of these letters, which can be issued without court order or any review, more than doubled in 2010. According to information provided to Congress, the FBI in 2010 issued 24,287 national security letter requests to invade the privacy of 14,212 American citizens. The year before, the agency issued 14,788 requests for letters to target 6,114 citizens. In 2007, the FBI inspector
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Widespread GOP hypocrisy revealed in Ensign affair

The sex and hush-money scandal that brought down former Nev. Senator John Ensign is spreading across the Republican party like a permanent stain, stripping bare the party’s hypocrisy on family values. Caught in the ever-widening scandal is former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a presidential candidate and tea party favorite who touts family values but tried to bury the Ensign scandal by alerting the Nevada Senator that the husband of his mistress was going public. Santorum is just one of many Republicans named in a blunt and damaging Senate Ethics Committee report that reveals the GOP tried to cover up
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Dennis Kucinich may take his act on the road

Dennis Kucinich — the maverick liberal House Democrat who is an outcast even within his own party — is soon to be a man without a Congressional district. And the only ones shedding tears about this are Kucinich himself and his tiny band of vocal and vociferous followers. The bombastic Congressman, who began his 30-year-career as the “boy Mayor of Cleveland” and then drove the city into bankruptcy, is being redistricted out of of existence in Ohio and says he may move to Washington State to run for re-election. The redistricting slam is just the latest in a series of
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Ron Paul’s racism emerges once again

Twice-failed Presidential wannabe Ron Paul’s racism is never far from the surface and reappeared Friday when he admitted to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that he would not have voted for the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 if he had been in Congress at the time. But Paul has a long and sordid history of hatred towards African-Americans — from his racist rants in his newsletters to his comments that clearly suggest a white supremacist attitude. On June 4, 2004, while other members of Congress honored the 40th anniversary of the historic act, Paul stood on the floor of the House
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Mike Huckabee just says ‘no’ to Presidential run

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee decided to just say “no” to a Presidential run, leaving the right wing of the Republican Party with one less candidate and no clear voice among those remaining. “All the factors say go, but my heart says no,” Huckabee said on his Fox News Channel show Saturday night. Huckabee, a Baptist minister, decided to stick with a lucrative career in television and radio but insisted he could have won if he had decided to run. He joins Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, South Carolina Sen. John Thune and Indiana Congressman Mike Pence as potential candidates who
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Pornography collection found at bin Laden compound

A sizeable stash of pornography was among the items seized when U.S. Navy SEALs raided the Pakistani hideout of Osama bin Laden, almost two weeks ago, U.S. officials say. The officials said it was unclear who the material belonged to, and there was no way to know whether bin Laden had viewed it. Bin Laden’s son and two other adult male couriers lived at the compound, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence. The pornography was among the computer materials confiscated in the raid after the SEALs killed bin Laden, ending an almost 10-year
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Sony computer networks still vulnerable

Sony Corp’s computer networks remain vulnerable to attack three weeks after the company learned that it had been victim of one of the biggest data breaches in history, according to an Internet security expert. The expert found a handful of security flaws in Sony’s networks while remotely studying its systems via the Internet to see how difficult it would be to penetrate the electronics giant’s systems in the wake of the attacks. Security researcher John Bumgarner discovered a potential bonanza for hackers by using little more than a web browser, Google’s search engine and a basic understanding of Internet security
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Borders may have a savior in the wings

Bankrupt bookseller Borders Group Inc (BGPIQ.PK) said it has received indications of third-party interest for its business that could keep it running as a going concern, a source close to the matter told Reuters. The source declined to provide further details. Borders Group Inc, after years of shriveling sales and carrying a heavy debt load, filed for bankruptcy in February and has been soliciting offers for a sale of the company ever since. The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, on Friday said a possible bidder expressed interest in more than 225 of the bookseller’s remaining superstores.
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Bush on bin Laden: ‘The guy is dead. That is good’

Former US president George W. Bush this week reportedly praised President Barack Obama’s decision to order the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and declared: “The guy is dead. That is good.” Bush — who famously declared after the September 11 terrorist attacks that he wanted bin Laden “dead or alive” — spoke out on the Al-Qaeda leader at a conference of hedge fund managers in Las Vegas, ABC news reported. The former president said he was “not overjoyed” to hear that elite US commandos had taken out bin Laden in Pakistan, explaining that the covert strike had been carried
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