Senate Approves Budget Deal, Snowden Offers to Help Brazil, Paul Wants Fed Audit Vote for Yellen Nom: P.M. Links

  • "And I'm telling you, I'm not going ... "The Senate approved the

    two-year budget deal
    by a 67-33 vote. Twelve Senate Republicans
    joined the Democrats in passing the bipartisan deal.
  • Edward Snowden, in an open letter to the people of Brazil,
    offered to help assist the government
    investigate allegations of U.S. spying
    on them. The media has
    taken the offer to suggest that Snowden is seeking asylum in
    Brazil, but Glenn Greenwald says no actual asylum has been

  • Critics in Congress
    of the extent of the National Security
    Agency’s reach with its phone metadata collection are pleased with
    yesterday’s court ruling declaring it a violation of the Fourth
    Amendment. Meanwhile, discussion of NSA’s tactics is on the agenda
    as President
    Barack Obama meets with several tech company leaders

  • The only modern president who has had approval ratings lower
    than what President Obama is pulling at this point in his
    presidency is
    Richard Nixon
  • Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to
    bog down the Janet Yellen’s nomination
    for Federal Reserve
    chair unless he can get a vote to audit the agency.
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is
    resisting pressure
    from the left to resign while Obama is still
    in office so that he can choose her replacement, not some future
    (possibly Republican) president.

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