Archive for January 17th, 2014

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First Lady Michelle Obama: Truly Loved

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50 And Fabulous!

From everyone at TOD: Happy Birthday to First Lady Michelle Obama!

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Jan
14

Friday blog roundup

Some Friday goodies to go into the weekend.

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The Beauty of Being Progressive: Diversity of Thought

Do you know the best thing about being a progressive?

It’s the diversity.

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Something interesting happened yesterday. A guy who writes for Digby’s blog, Hullabaloo, David Atkins, took a quote from one of my posts, and posted it on the blog, with a shout out on Twitter.

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Not long after that, a “progressive” chided him and Digby for daring to “endorse” me, because I allegedly “hate” Snowden and Greenwald. As I pointed out at the time, I didn’t see that he was endorsing me; he was endorsing the quote and the article. But I don’t “hate” Snowden and Greenwald; I have ever met either. Although my encounters with Greenwald over the years have been generally unpleasant, and he seems to be very childish, my dislike of him is professional – it is based on what he writes.

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Critics Be Damned President Obama Delivers The Beginnings of Real Change To The NSA

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Obama said elected officeholders have a responsibility to the Constitution. Obama refused to talk much about Edward Snowden, but he did say, “The sensational way that these disclosures have come out have shed more heat than light.”

The president called out other countries who feigned surprise over the Snowden revelations for doing their own spying on the United States government. Obama also pointed out that threats to privacy don’t come from government alone. Private corporations are also collecting data one every American, but the standards for government surveillance must be higher. He said the basic values of the American people converge a lot more than the crude characterizations that have emerged over the last several months.

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Jan
14

President Obama’s Intelligence Reform Speech

Text of the President’s remarks here




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