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Sean Hannity, the man who promised to be waterboarded for charity more than 1,400 days ago, is outraged — outraged! — by the National Security Agency’s surveillance of Americans’ metadata and foreign contacts. Mr. Obama, he opines, is guilty of “hypocrisy!”

“I think for me, it’s a matter of trust,” Hannity said.

But just a few years ago, the Fox News host was blasting Democrats as “weak on national defense” for opposing data mining.

This trend of only opposing NSA surveillance when the opposing party does it isn’t unique to Hannity. But, as Media Matters‘ research director Jeremy Holden put it, “Of all people, Sean Hannity does not get to criticize data mining.”

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The first debate is typically the most dramatic occasion of every general election presidential campaign. Two (or three) rivals who have been contending with each other from a distance finally have to confront each other face to face, with the nation watching raptly and the election hanging in the balance.

It's great theater, particularly this year when Donald Trump and Joe Biden square off in what could be an epic brawl. The 90-minute forum, to be held Tuesday evening in Cleveland, will undoubtedly produce a large audience. The initial confrontation between Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016 drew 84 million viewers, more than any previous debate. This one will dominate media coverage for days.

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