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Snowden Appears on RT, Asks Putin a Softball Question About Russian Surveillance

On a televised question-and-answer session with Vladimir Putin on the Russian state-controlled RT network, Edward Snowden made an appearance via video and asked Putin about whether Russia engages in mass surveillance. That’s a generous explanation of what happened.

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We Watched Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld Rant About Taxes So You Don’t Have To

The far-right has launched into its April version of the War On Christmas routine, wheeling out the myopic, zombie gripe about how horrifying it is that roughly half of all Americans don’t pay federal income taxes. So of course Gutfeld jumped in forehead-first and went off on a rant about this obvious injustice during Tuesday’s edition of The Five.

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Pulitzer Co-Winner Glenn Greenwald Tweets Link to Hate-Site and Faked Graphic

Greenwald tweeted a link to an extremist right-wing hate-site that’s almost entirely dedicated to trolling and smearing Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballs. The post itself, titled “It’s Only Shari’ah: Will Johnson Apologise to Geller & Spencer? Nah.,” is directly aimed at Johnson while also supporting Islamophobic wackaloon Pamela Gellar. But that’s not the worst part…

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Electronic Frontier Foundation Praises the Tea Party, FreedomWorks and Birther Larry Klayman

Yesterday, tax day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) posted an article titled “Tea Party, Taxes and Why the Original Patriots Would’ve Revolted Against the Surveillance State,” and it wouldn’t surprise me if the authors were wearing tri-corner hats with hand-written “Rand Paul 4 Prez” placards stacked up on their desks while they hammered out the post.

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Matt Taibbi: Bush Was Tougher on Corporate America Than Obama

What the hell is Taibbi smoking? In an interview with Democracy Now!, the newly minted First Look Media editor and former Rolling Stone polemicist was asked a preposterous question, and naturally responded with a preposterous answer. The question: “Who was tougher on corporate America, President Obama or President Bush?”

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Far-Right ‘Shoe Truthers’ Believe Hillary Clinton Staged Shoe-Throwing Incident

Say hello to the “Shoe Truthers.” They believe the woman who hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton was a Clinton plant, coached to throw the shoe at the would-be presidential candidate in order to make her seem presidential. And guess what? Not one of the Shoe Truthers is Alex Jones.

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WATCH: Another Tea Party Campaign Ad Featuring Male Genitals

Along comes J.D. Winteregg, the tea party challenger running in a primary against Speaker John Boehner. In the ad, Winteregg parodies a Cialis commercial and claims that Boehner suffers from “electile dysfunction,” and Winteregg is the cure. Oh, by the way, yes, there’s a boner/Boehner joke in there, too. Get it?

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The Bundy Ranch Fiasco: Another Chapter in the Continuing Story of Unhinged, Anti-Government Outrage

There are so many layers of ridiculousness in the Bundy Ranch story, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Above all else, it ended up being a fantastic opportunity for a pack of ignorant states’ rights cowboys to get intimate with their rebellion and secessionist fetishes, while figuratively pointing a rifle at the president’s head.

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Glenn Greenwald Safely Arrives in the U.S.; Bloomberg Publishes Highly Flawed NSA Article

The Bloomberg article, titled “NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years,” written by Michael Riley, cites “two people familiar with the matter” as its source. The article doesn’t say whether the sources are NSA or just a couple of nerds he met at a bar.

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We Watched the Psychotic ‘Blow Your Balls Off’ Campaign Ad So You Don’t Have To

Meet Bob Quast, the independent (tea party) candidate and former defense contractor running in the primary in Iowa. His new commercial is, in a word, psychotic.

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Tea Party Republicans Publish Op/Ed Slamming Obamacare; Shocker, It’s Filled with Lies

Caught in the day-to-day hubbub of the news cycle, we somehow missed an op/ed from several days ago that’s packed wall-to-wall with lies and misinformation about Obamacare. Naturally, it was co-authored by a prominent tea party Republican, along with a senatorial candidate from Nebraska, and published in the very dubious Washington Examiner.

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Eric Holder to Louie Gohmert: ‘Good Luck With Your Asparagus’

Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Judiciary Committee today and successfully hit Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) with a couple of well-deserved zingers. It doesn’t matter that Gohmert is such an easy target, any jab at that self-important, mush-mouthed buffoon is always entertaining.

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Republicans Unwittingly Vote for Obamacare Improvement; Boehner Fecklessly Skulks and Spins in the Shadows

Congress, with plenty of Republican support, passed H.R. 4302 “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,” or what’s known as the “doc fix,” which eliminated an impending cut on Medicare reimbursements to doctors. Contained within that legislation was an amendment altering the Obamacare deductible cap on group health insurance policies, making it easier for small businesses to afford to cover employees by offering higher deductible, lower premium coverage.

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Whoops! Christian ‘Family Values’ Congressman Caught on Video Cheating on Wife with Staffer

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), who was elected on a family values, conservative Christian platform, was apparently caught on video by The Ouachita Citizen newspaper embracing and passionately kissing a female staffer, Melissa Peacock.

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Dispatches and Debunkery from the Trenches of the Obamacare Debate

I spent several hours of my Saturday debating conservatives about Obamacare on Facebook. It turned out to be a case study in both the efficacy of Republican and Fox News misinformation, but also in just how fantastically pissed off some people are about the idea of a law that helps Americans to acquire affordable healthcare.

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WATCH: David Letterman Announces His Retirement from ‘The Late Show’

David Letterman and CBS announced Thursday that the late night talk show host will retire from his CBS television show some time in 2015.

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Worried About Government Spying? Try the ‘Justice Cap.’ (Not Made of Tinfoil, but Close.)

Yes, it’s an actual hat however, no, it’s not made of tinfoil. The Justice Cap contains a series of LED lights on the brim which the manufacturer claims will white-out your face when it’s captured on a surveillance camera.

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Louie Gohmert Thinks the Church-State ‘Wall of Separation’ is a ‘One Way Wall’

Gohmert describes how, for a period of time, nondenominational Christian church services (for “all faiths of Christianity”) were held every Sunday inside the chamber, a room which also happened to be the original House of Representatives. He also mentions that Thomas Jefferson, while president, would attend Sunday services regularly there.