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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Morning Newsdome: The U.S. will have to go back to phone-tapping illegally

Bush signed the Patriot Act in 2001
>> The House voted last night against extending three measures of the 2001 Patriot Act, marking "the first small uprising of the [Republican] party's tea party bloc." That settles it: the Tea Party must not be patriotic. (AP, the Washington Post)

>> The widely disliked but hugely influential Democratic Leadership Council, which Bill Clinton chaired in the '80s and shifted policy for the Democratic party in the '90s, is shutting down after declaring bankruptcy. Balanced budgets much? (Politico)

>> Fed. Chairman Ben Bernanke told the House of Representatives today that U.S. unemployment is still too high despite a slow economic recovery and warned about budget deficits. Good work, Ben. (Reuters)

>> The Department of Justice hasn't been able to find evidence proving Julian Assange pressured Army private Bradley Manning into leaking private documents. Instead of trying him for espionage, it now appears that the FBI and the DOJ will go after him for conspiracy, which is a lot harder to prove. Geez, these guys are so paranoid. (the Wall Street Journal)

>> And finally: A New York limo driver pleaded guilty to charging a Hong Kong megamillionaire's credit card $800,000 for a 13-mile ride to the airport in 2008. Maybe the driver really did deserve it. (New York Post)

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