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What’s next after Rand Paul’s mega-filibuster over NSA spying?

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Nobody wants or expects the government to downplay any effort to protect the country from terrorism, cyber warfare and other potential threats, but as Sen. Rand Paul so protractedly pointed out, there is no balance right now between security and privacy By Jon E. Dougherty Not everyone, including members of his own Republican Party, is a fan of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. But one thing you cannot accuse him of being is anti-liberty. Probably more than any other GOP presidential contender – or prospective GOP contender (Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker comes to mind) – Sen. Paul spends a lot of ...

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Bill To Limit NSA Surveillance Likely To Get Senate Vote

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will give in to pressure and bring legislation to the floor that would limit the National Security Agency’s surveillance on Americans, as allowed under the Patriot Act. “I certainly think we ought to allow a vote on the House-passed bill. If there are not enough votes to pass that, then we need to look at an alternative,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters Tuesday after meeting with the GOP caucus. “So we’ll see where the Senate is. We’ll find out where the votes are,” he continued, not indicating when the vote would ...

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Obama’s nationalization of the power grid will hurt consumers

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President Obama’s ‘clean power plan’ is neither good for consumers nor constitutional, but hey, its all about fundamental transformation By John Wood In 1973, the United States Congress passed, and President Richard Nixon signed, the Clean Air Act, which directed the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to regulate pollutants emitted into the atmosphere that would “endanger the public health and welfare.” In accordance with that empowerment of the EPA over the practices of private industry and state policy as it concerns carbon emissions, President Obama is in the process of giving new teeth to this requirement via a proposed new policy called ...

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The GOP should take a stand for liberty in Patriot Act vote

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Protecting the country and following the Constitution should not be an ‘either/or’ proposition In 2011, Congress passed and President Obama signed another four-year extension of the USA Patriot Act, the ubiquitous piece of 9/11-era legislation that has been the bane of privacy advocates since it was leaked in December 2005 that the National Security Agency was spying on Americans. You may recall at the time that, according to The New York Times, in the months following Sept. 11, President Bush issued a secret order to the NSA authorizing the agency to conduct warrantless electronic surveillance on thousands of Americans. The ...

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EPA ozone regs in Texas will kill a booming economy

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Texas has been a job creation machine, but the Obama administration’s weapon of mass job destruction – the EPA – has its sights set on the Lone Star state In the lackluster Obama economy, there have been a few bright spots, in spite this administration’s efforts to quash employment and boost government dependency. Initially crippled by the Great Recession and hampered since by a tsunami of new regulations, compliments of the most left-wing extremist president ever to sit in the Oval Office, there have nonetheless been a few bright spots in terms of job creation.   Recently we reported that ...

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What liberals get wrong about fracking is everything

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Liberalism is standing in the way of fracking progress, along with greater energy independence for the United States and incredible economic opportunities for more Americans If it were up to liberals, the most innovative, profit-generating, wealth-creating, liberating American enterprise of the 21st century would not exist. Tens of thousands of Americans would still be out of work or earning far less than they otherwise could be. Our energy dependence on despotic, chaotic and authoritarian regimes would be deeper. And the country’s economic future would be less bright. As the headline suggests, we’re talking about the energy production technology known as ...

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Obama’s new cyber security proposals are privacy killers

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The president is rightfully concerned about protecting the country from cyber attacks and large-scale hacking, but his ‘fix’ may be worse than the problem, at least where constitutional protections are concerned President Obama will sign a new executive order setting in motion greater cooperation between government and businesses in the sharing of cyber-threat information, as part of a broader effort that includes White House-proposed legislation essentially giving companies immunity for sharing potentially private information with federal agencies. At the center of the effort is legislation that permits any information shared by companies to be passed along to federal spy agencies ...

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