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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that authorities do NOT need a warrant to search cell phone records under the Stored Communications Act. Such searches do require a court order, but only have to demonstrate there are “reasonable grounds” to believe the information would be relevant to an investigation. This is a much less stringent standard than a warrant. Basically, the courts determined that cell phone users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy, so the fourth amendment does not apply.

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In response to Senator Rand Paul’s query, the FBI said this week that it does NOT need a warrant to carry out domestic drone surveillance over public spaces. The agency reports that it has used drones over domestic soil 10 times since 2006 and 4 times since 2010.

The scholarly Victor Davis Hanson explains how the Press traded its soul to have a liberal president.

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President Obama has called the various scandals being investigated by Congress “phony.”

Are they? Is the death of four Americans due the failure of the administration to act either before or during the Benghazi attack a real scandal? Is the IRS targeting conservative groups to delay their participation in the 2012 election a scandal? How about the IRS spending millions of dollars on conferences and junkets for IRS staff and managers? Is it important that the Justice Department illegally “trolled” data from telecommunications companies, accessing information on millions of Americans without cause or warrant? What about secretly investigating journalists who are critical of the administration’s policies? Is it a scandal that President Obama ordered two Americans, suspected of being terrorists but never charged nor tried, killed overseas? How about refusing to enforce current laws that the President disagrees with or selectively enforcing only those parts that he thinks proper?

Make up your mind for yourself. You can read through the details of these various scandals here: https://poliwogg.wordpress.com/tag/scandals/. It’s a lot to read through, I know. Sadly, this administration’s disrespect for the law is far reaching.

Decrying these scandals as “phony” is as genuine a defense as Nixon’s or Clinton’s claims of innocence. The President of the United States swears to uphold the Constitution and laws of this nation. President Obama (and Nixon and Clinton) broke that oath.

Ed Morrissey, Major Garrett, Chris Cillizza and Sean Sullivan, and Mark Ramirez point out the obvious. Obama’s economic policies, and progressive policies in general, have led Detroit to bankruptcy. Simply put, overuse of public dollars and government regulations never leads to sustained economic growth.