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Senate (and Obama!) Approve Bush’s Spying

The Senate voted 69 to 28 to pass a bill granting liability protection to telecommunication companies that participated in secret domestic spying for the government after September 11th. Amending the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the bill allows for the practice of a "no-warrant necessary" surveillance by the government. Bush, who is expected to sign the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday afternoon, claims, "This bill will help our intelligence professionals learn who the terrorists are talking to, what they're saying, and what they're planning." Many see the bill as an infringement on civil liberties, and Bush's detractors (practically the whole country--or at least those who don't watch Fox News) see this as another overstep and abuse of power by Bush as he nears the end of his term. More shockingly, though, is Barack Obama's vote in favor of the bill (John McCain didn't vote). "Given the choice between voting for an improved yet imperfect bill, and losing important surveillance tools, Senator Obama chose to support" the legislation, his office told the AP.
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ObamaNation: Barack on Patriotism in TIME

In its current issue, TIME magazine explores the meaning of patriotism (or love of country) for all Americans. While both presidential candidates get their own platform in the magazine to share their views, it is Barack Obama's final words on the topic in his essay ("A Faith in Simple Dreams") that was a complete tearjerker:

"As a young man of mixed race, without a firm anchor in any community, without even a father's steadying hand, this essential American ideal — that our destinies are not written before we are born — has defined my life. And it is the source of my profound love for this country: because with a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, I know that stories like mine could only happen in America."
PHOTO: Courtesy of BarackObama.com
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