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Selling Division

Selling Division
Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service Agent for Obama and Bush, filled in for Sean on Thursday and started the show by discussing race and politics. "You're being manipulated," Bongino told Sean's radio audience. "When politicians and bureaucrats are stuck inside this DC bubble and who love to pat each other on the back, run out of ideas, the only thing they have capital in is division. That's it! They have no political capital and can only sell you division. They have nothing to sell you. So what they do, in the most single, pathetic, off-putting way is to try and divide the vote if they can't get your vote. So what they try to get you to do is to vote against the other guy," Bongino explained.

Obama Proposes Higher Education Reform
In a letter to supporters earlier this week, "The Anointed One" Barack Obama suggested that his plan to revamp higher education might be a controversial one. Well, we all found out exactly what he meant today. "These reforms won't be popular with everybody," he said in a speech in Buffalo, NY, "especially those who are making out just fine under the current system." The president's liberal idea of pumping more federal dollars into the system — something Obama and his administration has done eagerly — has failed to deliver affordability. "The White House views the system of open choice and competition as having essentially failed the marginal college student," wrote Matthew Yglesias on Slate.com. Obama proposed establishing a new, alternative system of accreditation for colleges that would provide pathways for higher education models and colleges to receive federal student aid based on performance and results. Shortly after the speech, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten tweeted a response to this proposal, warning that it was a “huge opening for profiteers.”

NSA Privacy Concerns
On the very same day that it was revealed the Obama administration's NSA spy program is far more invasive than originally suspected, new polling data has emerged indicating this unprecedented invasion of privacy is taking a major toll on the president's popularity. According to the the Wall Street Journal, the National Security Agency's surveillance network has the ability to spy on 75 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic. In addition "It retains the written consent of e-mails sent between citizens within the U.S. and also filters domestic phone calls made with internet technology." But that's not all. According to newly declassified documents, the NSA was rebuked in 2011 by a secret court for collecting thousands of e-mails from Americans. The agency admits those e-mails had absolutely no connection whatsoever to terrorism. Here's why the story is so critically important. Number one, NSA officials admitted to the journal that the systems' reach is so broad domestic communications are more likely to be intercepted than foreign ones. Number two, this proves that the government's ability to spy on you and your neighbors is greater than we've all been led to believe. Number three, chalk this up as yet another piece of evidence that the self-proclaimed most transparent administration in history is anything but. To read the WSJ article on the NSA surveillance reach, please click here.

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