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Roll Call: Nearly Half of Congressional Democrats Vote Against Progressive Budget

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on The People’s Budget – a package crafted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus that would lower taxes for working Americans, close loopholes exploited by corporations, increase domestic spending, reduce military waste, and increase federal workers’ wages. The deal was introduced by Representative Keith Ellison on behalf of Raul […]

Fundamentalist Rick Santorum Expresses Concern at Emergence of Demographic Reservoir Tip

“We’ll repeal Obamacare and get rid of any idea that you have to have abortion coverage and contraceptive coverage. One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about is, I think, the dangers of contraceptives in this country. The whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, […]

Ted Cruz for President, the Pros and Cons

On the one hand, Ted Cruz has never been arrested for selling illegal drugs. On the other hand, Ted Cruz wants the federal government to sell off national parks. […]

5 Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Repeal the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act

If you’ve been following changes to American surveillance law since 2001, you’ll know that most of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities are propped up by two laws: the USA Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. The Patriot Act authorized agents of the United States government to seize information about the activities of law-abiding Americans […]

What Is This Republican Diversity Rick Santorum Is Talking About?

The Republican Party’s idea of diversity is agreeing to disagree about whether to take big campaign contributions from the oil industry or military contractors first. […]

Culture Waves in Congress, 1995-2014

In the Congressional Record over the last twenty years, here’s how many times the following phrases were uttered…

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Sydney’s Voluptuous Buttocks For President

Yes, Sydney’s Voluptuous Buttocks is, or perhaps are, running for President of the United States in 2016. […]

How Many in the Sea? Automatic Detection of Ribbon Seals

In 2008, J. Clifford wrote about the delisting of the ribbon seal under the Endangered Species Act, noting that the Bush administration was late in its determination but admiring the unusual deference to scientific opinion by the conservative president. At the time, the ribbon seal numbers were listed at approximately 200,000. In 2009, the Center […]

Corruption: $25,000 For Breakfast With Chris Christie

How can Chris Christie engage in such blatant corruption while planning a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016? Chris Christie is betting that voters won’t be paying attention. […]

Jeb Bush PAC and Super PAC: Does This Look Like Coordination to You?

Jeb Bush Announcing that We're Launching the Right to Rise PAC on January 6 2015

“Right to Rise” is the name of both a Political Action Committee gathering campaign contributions for Jeb Bush to run for President, and of a Super PAC that is gathering unregulated campaign contributions to support the general idea of Jeb Bush running for President. Does that sound like a distinction without a difference to you? […]

On Dan Coats, Science, Massaging White Rabbits, And Talking To Football Players

Senator Dan Coats asks us to laugh at the silly study of the benefits of massaging bunny rabbits, but I suggest that we take a step back and actually think about it, rather than just reacting viscerally. […]