You think the NSA is bad? Meet former CIA director Allen Dulles (Mother Jones).
Too funny (but not for those sensitive to creative language) ... UK reporter fed up with studio manager who wants him to report outside in the cold, finally reports "the f***ing news" as he's told (YouTube / Facebook).
Ben Carson's far from the only conservative saying gun control caused the holocaust (Vox).
The simple truth: President Obama is too intelligent for Republicans to understand (Forward Progressive).
CONSIDER THIS DURING GOP SPEAKER SEARCH-A-PALOOZA
Republican Rep. Charlie Dent calls for "bipartisan coalition" to select new speaker (Real Clear Politics).
Speaker Paul Ryan? Here's what you need to know about his biggest influence - the lunatic Ayn Rand (Raw Story).
WHAT'S HAPPENED TO AMERICA?
Donald Trump and the Republican descent into xenophobia (Truth Out).
Inglis, Florida: Home to the 1,000th U.S. mass shooting since Sandy Hook (The Guardian).
Neat interactive (and article) helps us understand elite theory in America ... Nearly half the cash in the 2016 presidential race comes from just 158 families (NY Times).
Facebook readers hand righteous smack down to Bakersfield Christian mom who won't let son learn about Islam (Raw Story).
Media silent as fake videos trigger four Planned Parenthood arsons in two months (Occupy Democrats).
TRADE DEAL NEWS
U.S.-Europe trade accord draws 250,000 protesters in Berlin (Bloomberg).
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a one sided deal to help the 1 percent (NY Times).
Hillary's record: Pretending to oppose trade agreements (Huffington Post).
The moral case against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (Nation of Change).
THINGS WE MIGHT WANT TO THINK ABOUT
U.S. interventionist policies in Iraq unleashed chaos, brutality and death still unfolding today (Truth Out).
After 1996 mass shooting, Australia enacted strict gun laws. It hasn't had a similar massacre since (Slate).
Record global sell-off of U.S. could trigger economic collapse ... with some good charts (Money Morning).
The right to bear arms is anti-democratic (Prospect Magazine).
THIS IS GOOD NEWS, I GUESS
Republicans finally admit Planned Parenthood did nothing wrong, investigation was a sham (Occupy Democrats).
Here come the Republican moderates (The Atlantic).
"The Great Deception" ... A brief and very accessible historical overview of central banking in America (Shah Gilani / Wall Street Insights & Indictments).
No, your eco-vacation is not actually doing animals any favors (Mother Jones).
7 myths and atrocities of Christopher Columbus that will make you cringe (US Uncut).
What OPECs new romance with Russia means for oil prices (Money Morning).
Sanders vs. Clinton: Who has the best plan for college students (Nation of Change)?