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$314 Million to Fight the Russians Before 2020

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio took explained this week why the military contractor General Dynamics needed an extra $314 million: to fight the Russians before 2020. His floor remarks:

“The big news when I was over there was that there was a road march being conducted by the 2nd Calvary Regiment through Central and Eastern […]

Fossil Fools In Congress Vote For Risky Oil Pipeline, Then Vote Against Funds To Deal With Oil Spill Liability

Congress has voted to increase the risk of oil spills by authorizing an increase in pipelines, while keeping our nation’s capacity for cleaning up oil spills the same. […]

Bipartisan Group Passes Amendment Banning FBI From Forcing Weak Backdoors To Encryption

The House has passed an amendment that bans the Department of Justice from approaching technology companies and forcing them, or even requesting to, install backdoor evasions of encryption software. […]

U.S. Senate Approves Bill Radically Increasing Corporate Surveillance Of Americans

Last night, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the USA Freedom Act, blocking any amendments that could have reformed the bill to provide greater protections from electronic surveillance. The legislation is in accord with the version passed in the House, so it is virtually guaranteed to advance to the White House to be signed into […]

Just Let The Patriot Act Die

The time has come to let the Patriot Act die, completely and finally. […]

First Day without Patriot Act Warrantless Search & No Terrorists Attack: Why?

It is the first full day since the U.S. Senate allowed the bulk warrantless search capabilities of Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act to expire. Mind you, the U.S. government still has surveillance powers. The U.S. government can still obtain the phone records, e-mails and other communications of any citizen. Its agents just need […]

Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton on Fixing the Patriot Act (2006)

Back in the fall of 2001, current presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively.  As such, they had a decision to make — would they vote for or against the USA PATRIOT Act? Passed into law that year, the PATRIOT Act has been used to […]

Sanders vs. Clinton on the War in Iraq

There are many good reasons to disapprove of the 21st century war in Iraq. There are grounds of ethical integrity: the country rushed to war on the basis of lies. There are grounds of moral integrity: a third of a million people lost their lives in that war, more than 150,000 of them civilians. There […]

Politician Tries To Block Minimum Wage Of Only $4.68 Per Hour In American Samoa

Wouldn’t you pay an extra five or ten cents for a shirt at Target so that garment workers in American Samoa could have a minimum wage increase of fifty cents – to just $4.68 per hour? […]

Rodney Davis Wants To Make Sure School Kids Keep Eating Lots Of Salt And More Carbohydrates

The record shows that Rodney Davis has, over the course of just two elections, taken $464,183 from agribusiness and $127,012 from mining interests. So, it’s not just a few people in the 13th district who have profited from salt and grain. Rodney Davis himself has a financial connection. […]

U.S. House Passes Bill Allowing Negligence In Commercial Space Travel

the SPACE Act of 2015, H.R. 2262, would make it a legal requirement for travelers on commercial space flights to sign legal waivers of all rights to compensation for themselves or their families in case of an accident. […]