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A.M. Links: Tech Companies Launching Anti-Surveillance Campaign, Rand Paul's Wife Doesn't Want Him Running for President, Ukrainian Protesters Topple Lenin Statue


  • seattle lenin statue, originally of czechoslovakia, still standing

    Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other tech companies are launching a campaign to call for restrictions on US surveillance and more transparency about the practices involved.

  • The FBI has reportedly had the ability for years to operate laptop cameras remotely without the users' knowledge.
  • Rand Paul says his wife doesn't want him to run for president in 2016 but that he's a "very able politician" who should be able to convince her otherwise.
  • Democrats believe Scott Brown may run for Senate again, in New Hampshire, and want to be prepared for it.
  • Rick Santorum compared the fight against apartheid to the one against Obamacare, saying both were against "great injustices."
  • A TSA agent at the St. Louis airport confiscated the two-inch toy pistol of a cowboy sock monkey, because, she argued, it could be mistaken for a real gun.
  • Pro-Europe protesters in the Ukraine toppled a statue of Vladimir Lenin, a symbol of Russian nationalism.
  • Six people were reportedly admitted into a hospital in central Mexico for radiation exposure. They may be linked to last week's hijacking of a truck carrying radioactive material.

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