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Mar 7, 2013

Rand Paul Slammed By WSJ Editorial Page Over Epic Filibuster On Drones

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The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Thursday for his almost 13-hour filibuster against John Brennan, the nominee for CIA director, over the fact that Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. government had the legal authority to kill an American citizen on U.S. soil.
"Calm down, Senator," wrote the editors. "Mr. Holder is right, even if he doesn't explain the law very well. The U.S. government cannot randomly target American citizens on U.S. soil or anywhere else. What it can do under the laws of war is target an "enemy combatant" anywhere at anytime, including on U.S. soil. This includes a U.S. citizen who is also an enemy combatant."
The Journal board is hawkish, to be sure. But Paul's move found support in unlikely conservative quarters. The Heritage Foundation, where David Addington, the architect behind many of President George W. Bush's policies in the wake of 9/11 and a former aide to Dick Cheney, is a top official, said that it supported the filibuster. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, meanwhile, tweeted her support of Paul, while not saying exactly whether she supported the drone program.
In the end, 15 senators joined the filibuster in support of Paul, including Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Dick Durbin of Illinois were the only Democrats to speak.

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In The Flesh, Upcoming BBC Drama Series About Reformed Zombies Brought Back Into Society

In The Flesh is an upcoming 3-part drama series on BBC Three about treated zombies who are reformed in rehab and then brought back into society. The series will be set in the aftermath of a zombie uprising and tells the story of how an 18-year-old rehabilitated zombie named Kieren Walker adjusts to being back with the living. The three 60 minute episodes will debut on March 17, 2013.
As an untreated zombie, Kieren hunted in and around Roarton with his hunting partner, Amy Dyer. Now treated and ready for rehabilitation, Kieren is filled with guilt for what he did as a rabid zombie and doesn’t want to go home and face his parents and the village where he was always the black sheep, even before he died.