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Documented: GOP’s Paul LePage Tries to Run Away from His Creationism

Kay at WhiteNoiseInsanity has nailed a story documenting GOP nominee for Governor of Maine Paul LePage running away from his clearly documented declarations of creationism — both as a personal belief and more importantly as a political stance for inclusion in Maine public schools.

Kay’s transcript misses some passages, so I’ll offer my own [...]

Tea Party Express Chair Comes Out Swinging Against the 1st Amendment

Tea Party Express Chairman Mark Williams has taken to posing for speeches in front of a big enlarged document that starts with the words “We The People.” He might want to try turning around and reading the rest of the words on that document before he opens his mouth again.

Reaction has been strong to [...]

Hutaree Speech Transcript: Prosecutors Will Need More Than This

The mainstream news media are noting with solemnity yesterday’s “federal court release” of the audio of a speech delivered by the leader of the fundamentalist Christian Hutaree as practice on the way to a militia summit (you can click here to listen for yourself). But someone, apparently a relative of Hutaree leader David Stone, actually [...]

Barack Obama on the Patriot Act: 2005 and 2010

December 15, 2005 Senator Barack Obama

Speech on the floor of the Senate,

Opposing a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act,

Opposing “tossing aside” a bipartisan compromise worked out in the Judiciary Committee by Senate leadership.

Mr. OBAMA. Mr. President, 4 years ago, following the most devastating attack in our history, this [...]

War on Terror or War on Free Press? FBI Used Unconstitutional, Illegal Seizure of Reporters’ Phone Records to Find Source of Politically Embarrassing Leaks

I’ve never written such a long headline before, but each and every element of it is crucial:

* The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General has released a report, parts of which remain classified but parts of which have been declassified. Read it here.

* This report concludes that the FBI broke the [...]

Andy Thayer Speaking on the Fierce Urgency of Now Outside Obama HRC Speech (Video and Transcript)

On October 10, 2009, as President Barack Obama was preparing to deliver a speech to the invited DC Beltway audience of a Human Rights Campaign gala, Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network of Chicago spoke outside in Mount Vernon Square. His remarks were directed at those who have asked, “Why not be patient? Why [...]

Randall Terry Interview: Governments’ Laws Must Follow the Bible. That’s Theocracy.

Although Randall Terry’s announced anti-gay protest in Washington, DC fizzled on October 10, 2009, the man remains important to understand because of his past prominence and his ideological centrality for Christian fundamentalist movements. For two decades, Randall Terry and his Operation Rescue were central to activist efforts against women’s legal right to have an abortion. [...]

Randall Terry Interview: Governments' Laws Must Follow the Bible. That's Theocracy.

Although Randall Terry’s announced anti-gay protest in Washington, DC fizzled on October 10, 2009, the man remains important to understand because of his past prominence and his ideological centrality for Christian fundamentalist movements. For two decades, Randall Terry and his Operation Rescue were central to activist efforts against women’s legal right to have an abortion. [...]

Oops! Amy Klobuchar Inadvertently Speaks in Favor of Civil Liberties Amendment to Explain Why She's Voting Against It

“Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent” — Proverbs 17:28

Senator Ted Kaufman may be dumb in the old sense of the word, but he’s not stupid. He’s an interim senator who knows his job: not to open his mouth, but to do the bidding of his long-time boss, Joe Biden, and Biden’s [...]

Oops! Amy Klobuchar Inadvertently Speaks in Favor of Civil Liberties Amendment to Explain Why She’s Voting Against It

“Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent” — Proverbs 17:28

Senator Ted Kaufman may be dumb in the old sense of the word, but he’s not stupid. He’s an interim senator who knows his job: not to open his mouth, but to do the bidding of his long-time boss, Joe Biden, and Biden’s [...]

Most Democrats Vote Against Protecting Americans From National Security Letters

8 out of the 12 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted against protecting Americans’ constitutional rights from known abuses of the Patriot Act. The following is a transcript of the speech Senator Dick Durbin gave explaining why the abuses of the Patriot Act called for a restriction of National Security Letter powers. [...]