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Gov. Christie Claims Sen. Rand Paul Supports “Criminal” Edward Snowden

“He’s a criminal and he’s hiding in Russia…lives under the protective umbrella of Vladimir Putin. That’s who [Sens] Mike Lee and Rand Paul are siding with”

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AG Lynch Calls On Senate To Extend Patriot Act, Pass Provisions

The Attorney General said the Senate should end their week-long recess and extend the Patriot Act, and phone collection data provision, before its expiration Sunday.

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EPA Finalizes Federal Rule To Improve Drinking Water

Federal agencies can regulate small waterways such as streams and wetlands that flow into downstream water sources.

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House Dems Call On WH To End Detainment Of Undocumented Mothers and Children

In a letter sent to Obama, House Democrats reveal concerns of sexual and physical abuse and sex trafficking that mothers and children face while in U.S. detention.

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Obama Advises Senate Return From Recess For Patriot Act

Last week the Senate rejected a measure that would prohibit the NSA from collecting bulk phone data which is rolled into the Patriot Act, which expires Sunday at midnight.

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Report: McCain To Face Challenge From Rep. Kirkpatrick In 2016

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McCain has served as the senior Senator of Arizona since 1987, 2016 will be his sixth bid for office

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Senate Passes Fast-track Authority, Moves To Resistant House

The bill moves on to the lower chamber where it faces an inevitable battle from House Democrats.

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Senate Rejects Currency Provision

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The failed provision is a win for President Obama who issued a veto threat over the entire fast-track bill if the amendment passed

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Obama Signs Law Granting Congressional Review Of Iran Deal

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Congress will now be able to reject or approve a nuclear deal reached with Iran which is expected to be announced June 30

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Clinton Aide Agrees To Testify Over Benghazi Emails

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Sidney Blumenthal first indicated to Clinton that the attack was in response to a negative depiction of the Prophet Mohammed by demonstrators, the next day emailed that it was rather a terrorist attack

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The World in 2:00 – May 29, 2015

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The founder of the Silk Road is sentenced to life in prison, and an American firm helps bridge a major gap in the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Report: Hastert Paid Individual to Conceal “Sexual Misconduct”

The Los Angeles Times reports that an, “official confirmed that the misconduct involved sexual abuse.”

Defense Secretary Joins Facebook

Carter is the first Defense chief to join Facebook.

‘Freedom of Speech Rally Round II’ Scheduled Near Phoenix Mosque

The anti-Islam rally is encouraging participants to come with weapons and draw negative images of the Prophet Muhammad, like the original event that resulted in a gun fight

NYT Editorial Board: Let The Patriot Act Expire

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“The looming expiration of a handful of provisions of the Patriot Act, which gave federal authorities vast surveillance powers, has stirred a long-overdue debate over the proper balance between investigative tactics in national security cases and civil liberties,” the editorial board wrote.

Labor History In 2:00 – 5/29

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“No Dancing”