Obama's Version of "Transparency": Feds Seize AP's Phone Records [Update]

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Well, we think it's fair to say that reporters at the Associated Press are none too happy with word that the government secured two months of phone records from the world's largest wire service for some murky leak investigation.

"Yeah, there's a bit of a freak out," an AP reporter tells us. "Clearly, I need to know whether it's specific to me in any way. They haven't told us specifically whose phones are on the list."

In an article on the seizures posted by the wire service, their top executive, Gary Pruitt, called it a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.

When they found out about it, AP officials dashed off a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding the records be returned and copies destroyed. The pages contain information on 20 phone lines with work and home numbers for reporters, incoming and outgoing calls and the length of the calls.

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Lena Dunham Nominated for a Webby Because Lena Dunham Is Everywhere

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The past year has been a big one for Lena Dunham, to say the least. Her HBO series became the most talked-about show on television, and the 26-year-old renaissance woman (or girl) quickly became a "voice of her generation," as her alter ego Hannah Horvath would put it. She won two Golden Globes. She landed a $3.7 million book deal with Random House. And now she's likely to win the crown prize of the Internet kingdom: a Webby.

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Obama Team to Support Gov. Cuomo in Campaign Finance Reform Battle

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In January, Gov. Cuomo reiterated a point in his State of the State address that he's made since his first day on office: New York needs to completely overhaul its campaign finance system ASAP.

"We must enact campaign finance reform because people believe that campaigns are financed by someone else at exorbitant rates," he told the audience. Except, in a modern political landscape where voices are heard through dollar signs, his plan has not made it out of the rhetorical stage.

But maybe a boost from a victorious White House team will help a bit.

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Psssst, Obama! Mention Something About the State of Civil Liberties Tonight

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In the most non-rightblogger tone possible, Obama has been on quite a roll when it comes to his administration's assault on civil liberties lately.

Not one, not two, but three different pieces of legislation and policy with the potential to drastically infringe on the civil liberties of Americans have come out of the Obama administration in the past week alone.

So, tonight might be a good time for the president to address why his policies on civil liberties are even more intrusive than those set forth by his predecessor George W. Bush.

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