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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday that he phoned President Obama to urge reforms to the government's surveillance practices.
"The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they're doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. "I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform."
A primary challenger to Lindsey Graham on Thursday called the Republican senator "ambiguously gay," according to The State.
"It's about time that South Carolina (says) hey, we're tired of the ambiguously gay senator from South Carolina," little-known candidate Dave Feliciano said during a press conference at the state house.
A Kearney, Mo. man who accidentally shot himself in November decided to sue the town's police department for seizing his firearms, the Kearney Courier reported Thursday.
Terry Coleman accidentally discharged a rifle in a closet inside his home, according to the Courier. When police and medical personnel responded to the incident, they secured Coleman's guns in the home while he was being treated. They then held his three firearms at the Kearney Police Station until he asked for them back.
"My colleague Congressman Ryan's comments about 'inner city' poverty are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated. Let's be clear, when Mr. Ryan says 'inner city,' when he says, 'culture,' these are simply code words for what he really means: 'black,'" she said in a statement.
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) on Wednesday said he wasn't the biggest fan of President Obama because of how the administration's policies have impacted West Virginia.
“I probably have supported George Bush more than I have Barack Obama,” Rahall told The Hill when asked if Obama was good for his state. “Am I going to switch parties because of that? No. I’m a Democrat, born a Democrat, am a Democrat and will die a Democrat.”