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Campaign Finance Reform at Reform.to: 96.2% Democratic, 1.4% Republican

Docdawg has written a detailed blog post explaining that of the 15 congressional candidates agreeing to the slate of campaign finance reforms listed at reform.to between July 29 and August 5, every single last one is a member of the Democratic Party. The time frame of July 29 to August 5 is important, because as [...]

Why Is The FBI Withholding Privacy Reports About Its Spying Programs In The USA?

Yesterday, Jim noted that, despite promises of reforms of extraordinary spying powers created under the FISA Amendments Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has failed to create the position of Public Advocate that was recommended by a Presidential commission at the end of last year. The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies seems [...]

Despite NSA Review Panel Recommendation, Public Advocate Position at FISA Court Goes Nowhere

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is supposed to stop abuses of warrantless surveillance power. But out of the thousands of requests for warrantless surveillance made this decade by the administration of President Barack Obama, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has not rejected a single request. Not one. This isn’t surprising; all of the members of [...]

Roll Call: Only 8 In House of Reps Vote Against Funding NSA Spying Operations

Friday saw an an opportunity to finally set things right by defunding the abusive NSA, Congress instead decided to continue with the same old unconstitutional arrangement. [...]

Senator Mike Enzi Writes Bill To Give Religious Groups Special Power To Deny Social Services To Children

This week, when U.S. Senator Mike Enzi introduced S. 2706, his Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, he declared it to be, “A bill to ensure that organizations with religious or moral convictions are allowed to continue to provide services for children”.

Look at the actual text of S. 2706, however, and you’ll see something quite [...]

Legislation Will Ban Imports Made With Slave And Indentured Labor

U.S. Representative Ron Kind has introduced legislation, H.R. 5247, that would close the consumptive demand loophole. If H.R. 5247 is signed into law, imports of items made by slaves, prisoners and indentured workers would be absolutely banned, without exception. [...]

193 House Republicans Vote For Big Government Control Over Business

Republican politicians like to say that they’re against Big Government. In particular, they like to tell voters that they oppose interference by the federal government with ability of business owners to decide how to run their own companies. They claim to believe in free markets, not centralized government control of the economy.

That’s what Republican [...]

Faced With Trillions Of Dollars of Debt, Matt Salmon Chooses To Eliminate A Tiny Speck Of Spending

Congressman Matt Salmon voted AGAINST a bill to eliminate 4.4 trillion dollars in federal spending, but now says that we can fix the federal debt by eliminating the tiny budget of the National Endowment for the Humanities. [...]

Roll Call: Members Of Congress Who Voted To Let Barack Obama Start A New War In Iraq Whenever He Wants To

The 40 U.S. representatives who voted against this resolution were in essence voting to allow Barack Obama, or any future president, to send the American military off to fight in Iraq all over again – even if the American people are opposed. [...]

REDEEM Act – Needed Prison Reforms Or Coddling Criminals?

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives saw the introduction of a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill by Democrat Chaka Fattah and Republican Frank Wolf. The Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act (REDEEM Act – H.R. 5158) would:

- Reduce solitary confinement for juvenile offenders – Provide methods for both juvenile and adult nonviolent [...]

Republican Senators Introduce Bill To Reduce Worker Pay

S. 2617 would devastate local economies across the United States, giving workers less money to spend at local businesses, resulting in fewer jobs on worse terms. Included here is a list of those US Senators who have signed their names in support of this ill-advised scheme. [...]