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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Stories to Watch: 6/27/13

Pro-choice Texas filibuster hero Wendy Davis has a few choice words for Rick Perry.

Echoing other House Republicans, Paul Ryan declares the Senate immigration bill DOA. And thus ends any hope Paul Ryan ever had of being elected president.

The latest Glenn Greenwald report on the state of the surveillance state: Pres. Obama continued a Bush program to collect Americans' emails for two years after Bush left office. The program -- called Stellar Wind -- collected "vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans," according to the report. Literally "trillions of pieces" of metadata.

Related: police use license plate scanners to track where drivers are and to log the time that they're there. "[I was] frightened and concerned about the magnitude of police surveillance and data collection," says computer security consultant Michael Katz-Lacabe, who found out that San Leandro, CA police" had logged his car once a week on average, photographing his license plate and documenting the time and location."

As I predicted, longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly gets a free pass on the right for horribly racist comments about black and Latino voters. The closest thing that I can find is an op-ed from Karl Rove that disputes her "we only need to appeal to white voters" argument and never once mentions -- let alone denounces -- her despicable racism. All he does is point out that her math is bad.

Anti-gay bigots aren't real happy to learn that they're bigots.

Finally, another Fox-fueled Benghazi narrative falls apart. I was surprised that they were still flogging this dead animal, frankly.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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