February 12th, 2014
09:14 PM ET

Who is Senator Rand Paul? Kentucky Republican sues Obama over NSA

Rand Paul versus Barack H. Obama.

That's the name of a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Republican senator against the President of the United States and other national security officials.

In a class action suit, Senator Paul says he's trying to stop the National Security Agency's gathering of telephone metadata.

He isn't the first to file suit against a sitting president and not the first to sue over this surveillance program.

But he is certainly one of the most recognizable names to do so.

CNN's Dana Bash reports OutFront.

Filed under: News • Politics
February 12th, 2014
09:01 PM ET

Clarence Thomas: U.S. too sensitive about race

Are Americans too sensitive about race?

That's what Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas thinks.

The high court's only African-American jurist courted controversy Tuesday at a Florida college by saying,

"My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school," he told students. "To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white [Catholic] school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. Now, name a day it doesn't come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn't look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I'd still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person."

OutFront: CNN Commentator Michaela Angela Davis and Conservative Blogger Crystal Wright.

Filed under: News
February 12th, 2014
08:54 PM ET

Hundreds of cars stranded in North Carolina

Atlanta (CNN) - Get off the roads, and stay off.

That was the message in Georgia and the Carolinas as a snow and ice storm swept through Wednesday, bringing some of the Southeast's most populous cities to a standstill.

The warnings came as freezing rain brought heavy ice accumulations from Atlanta to Charlotte. Across a large swath of the South, hundreds of thousands of people were without power and thousands of flights were canceled.

Calling ice the biggest enemy, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency. School districts canceled classes and government offices were shuttered in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the traffic paralysis caused by a storm last month.

Up to three-quarters of an inch of ice was expected to accumulate in Atlanta and up to 10 inches of snow and sleet were expected in Raleigh and Charlotte, making travel treacherous.


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Filed under: News • Weather
February 12th, 2014
08:45 PM ET

Investor bets on Paula Deen with $75M comeback deal

After taking some heat, Paula Deen is ready to get back in the kitchen.

Paula Deen's coming back

The celebrity chef is teaming up with a private investor to grow her celebrity chef business. Her business, which is reportedly worth $17 million, that took a major hit last year after she admitted to using the N-word decades ago.

Deen is partnering with Phoenix-based Najafi Media, which specializes in consumer distribution. Jahm Najafi, founder and chief executive officer, said in a statement Wednesday that he has "a deep respect for the hard work, unique content and quality products which Paula has built around her brand."

But will Deen's comeback be a success?

OutFront: Mike Paul, A Reputation Management Consultant and Mel Robbins, a Talk Radio Host.

Filed under: Business • News • Paula Deen
February 12th, 2014
08:31 PM ET

Is Google to blame for the income gap?

Comedian John Oliver is the latest to take a jab at Google for creating what some in San Francisco say is a painful divide between the haves and the have-nots.

On Tuesday, he took issue with a topic that OutFront has reported on - the plush and private shuttle buses being used to transport Google and other tech workers from San Francisco to their offices in Silicon Valley.

“You’re no longer the underdog!” Oliver exclaimed. He pointed out, the tech community in San Francisco is “pissing off an entire city – not just with what you do at work, but how you get to work!”

Oliver also went after the high salaries paid to the tech employees, which have caused rent prices to skyrocket.

“You’re accused of over-gentrifying a city that was already the most expensive city to live in," Oliver said.

Is all this Google-bashing fair?

Mediaite's Joe Concha is OutFront.

Filed under: Google • Income Inequality • News • Tech
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