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Coming soon to CNN’s crossfire. There are so many things I love about this bathroom scrawl. It’s pretty much encapsulates political debate in the US. #politics #tcot #nonsense

Coming soon to CNN’s crossfire. There are so many things I love about this bathroom scrawl. It’s pretty much encapsulates political debate in the US. #politics #tcot #nonsense

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The idea of lifting the debt ceiling polls poorly, too. It sounds like Congress is extending its borrowing authority to spend more money, not that it’s about having the power to pay for things already purchased.

Obama wins - Carrie Budoff Brown and Jonathan Allen - POLITICO.com

I think this drives at the heart of the problem. By twisting language, rather than educating voters, people gain misperceptions about what the fight is over in the first place. 

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The City Council Approved the redevelopment of Willets Point in Queens today.

City Council’s approval of our plan to redevelop Willets Point in Queens means that the “valley of ashes” will be cleaned up and transformed. Get more details at newwilletspointqueens.com (via nycgov)

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Willet’s Point is the area immediately surrounding Citi Field. Essentially it’s what sits between Flushing Meadow Park and Flushing Bay. It’s long been an industrial area. It’s not pretty to look at, however it’s a piece of NYC’s industrial complex. The city sees this as a win to create a new development plan there, but many residents and businesses see it as an overreach of eminent domain.  

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The Era of iSpying: Court Upholds Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking

via Politics : The Atlantic:

As ever, rumors are circulating about the features Apple may include on the next iteration of the iPhone. Will it store fingerprints as a security feature used to unlock the device or aid secure transactions? That’s the buzz. The idea has undoubted appeal. I’d love to press my thumb to a screen rather than entering the four-digit code the currently unlocks my device. But wait. If I store a thumbprint on my iPhone, does that mean the government would be free to seize it, sans warrant, on the theory that I forfeited any expectation of privacy when I gave it to Apple?

There is reason to think so.

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H. R. 347 makes protest of any type potentially a federal offense with anywhere from a year to 10 years in federal prison, providing it occurs in the presence of elites brandishing Secret Service protection, or during an officially defined ‘National Special Security Event’ (NSSE). NSSEs , ( an invention of Bill Clinton) are events which have been deemed worthy of Secret Service protection, which previously received no such treatment. Justified through part of ‘Presidential Decision Directive 62 in 1998; Bill Clinton created an additional class of special events explicitly under the authority of the U.S. Secret Service.

Past NSSE events included the funerals of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and the national security concern that was Superbowl XXXVI. Other NSSE protected events include the Academy Awards and the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Jeanine Molloff: HR 347 ‘Trespass Bill’ Criminalizes Protest

Want to get really mad today? Well the government just made it illegal to protest. 

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