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Entries by Ryan Grim from 08/2013

Edward Snowden Is Viewed As 'Some Kind Of Jason Bourne,' John McCain Says

Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on widespread government snooping, is viewed by a younger generation as "some kind of Jason Bourne,...

Michael Hayden, Former NSA Chief: After A Major Attack, U.S. Likely To Seize More Surveillance Powers

Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former National Security Agency chief Gen. Michael Hayden hinted Sunday at how the NSA's eavesdropping and data collection program is li...

Jennifer Hoelzer, Former Wyden Aide, Unleashes On Obama Administration Secrecy

Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former top aide to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) fired back at the Obama administration this weekend, challenging the president's assertion ...

CNN 'Weed' Documentary Follows Sanjay Gupta's Reversal On Marijuana

Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

A remarkable documentary aired on Sunday night on marijuana, not necessarily for its conclusions, but for where it ran: CNN. The network's medical and...

Billy Tauzin Rides Again, This Time Battling Against Big Pharma (UPDATE)

Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Billy Tauzin stepped down as the high-profile head of the pharmaceutical lobby in 2010, The New York Times penned his political obi...

Julian Assange: 'Bradley Manning's Apology Was Extracted By Force'

Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States government should be apologizing to Pfc. Bradley Manning, rather than the other way around, WikiLeaks founder Julian A...

Organized Opposition To Larry Summers Forms, Ramping Up For Confirmation Battle

Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A broad coalition of opponents to Larry Summers is working behind the scenes to make the former Obama economic adviser's nomination and ...

Alan Grayson On Syria Strike: 'Nobody Wants This Except The Military-Industrial Complex'

Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Citing his responsibility to represent the views of his constituents, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said Thursday that he can't support an ...

Department Of Justice 'Actively Considering' How To Allow Bank, Pot Shop Transactions, Citing Public Safety

Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice is "actively considering" how to regulate interactions between banks and marijuana shops that operate within s...

Police Groups Furiously Protest Eric Holder's Marijuana Policy Announcement

Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A broad coalition of law enforcement officers who have spent the past three decades waging an increasingly militarized drug war that has...

Obama Decision On U.S. Syria Attack Wins Applause From Skeptical Liberals

Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Liberals who are often critical of President Barack Obama's foreign policy are hailing his decision to seek authorization from Congress ...