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The Congressional Candidate For A Nice Long Nap

I’m looking for an answer to a campaign finance oddity. Yesterday, the American Society of Anesthesiologists Political Action Committee declared to the FEC that it had spent $110,000.00 for radio advertisements supporting Patrick Hope, one of many Democrats competing for their party’s nomination to Virginia’s 8th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Amash: USA Freedom Act was Flipped so badly, a Majority of Cosponsors Voted Against It

A funny thing happened to the USA Freedom Act on its way to passage: it was turned inside-out and upside-down.

Just how bad were changes to #USAFREEDOMAct? MAJORITY of 152 cosponsors voted NO. Roll call: http://t.co/2kaG5hrmw1

— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) May 23, 2014

Rep. Justin Amash explains the turnabout in the legislation (HR 3361) [...]

Roll Call: Who Voted To Confirm Drone Executioner David Barron To Appeals Court Post?

No U.S. senator comes out of this vote looking good. The David Barron confirmation vote exposes the lot of them as opportunists who cannot be counted on to stand up for Americans’ legal rights when doing so interferes with their strategies for gathering political power. [...]

Why has President Obama Ignored the Petition he Promised to Answer? (11 Months and Counting)

11 months and counting.

That’s how long it’s been since the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed the threshold on petitions.whitehouse.gov above which the Obama administration promised to offer a substatntive response. The Obama administration pledged that of all petitions receiving a hundred thousand petitions, “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent [...]

Voting To Confirm Judge David Barron, Bernie Sanders Lost My Support In The 2016 Presidential Election

The vote by Bernard Sanders to confirm David Barron today supports such a fundamental violation of our civil liberties that it cannot be reasonably excused. Sanders helped put a man who has no respect for our constitutional rights into a high judicial position. If he did it as a Senator today, he would do it as President in 2017. [...]

Government Integrity Fund Action Network Tries To Buy Itself A U.S. Senator

What does Tom Cotton know about GIFAN? What contact has he had with the group? Is he coordinating campaign tactics and policies with its officers? [...]

Did Louie Gohmert Just Make Sense?

Someone call the Smithsonian. An historic event has just occurred. Yesterday, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert gave a speech in which he halfway made sense.

Talking about the USA Freedom Act, Gohmert acknowledged that he had been mistaken when, years ago, he gave speeches telling his colleagues [...]

Republican Legislative Services Commission Clamps Down on First Amendment in North Carolina

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…”

– First Amendment to the United States Constitution

The North Carolina Legislature’s Legislative Service Commission, controlled by Republicans, has hastily passed a new rule that prohibits North Carolina citizens from opening their mouths [...]

Monday Likes

451 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Rules.

2,069 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

6,676 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.

4,491 Facebook users like the Republicans alone on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services [...]

The Confusion Of Common Sense

The very idea of “common sense” solutions to hotly contested political issues seems contrary to common sense. Anybody who has paid even the slightest bit of attention to politics in the United States can see that citizens have strong fundamental disagreements about most issues that prevent genuine consensus from being arrived at. [...]

Bernie Sanders / Bank Of America 2016 Big Data Running Mates For The White House

Bernard Sanders is a frequent critic of Bank of America. So, the senator’s own Twitter feed, as well as Twitter feeds of his supporters, often include the phrase “Bank of America”. Twitter’s predictive system is too stupid, however, to notice that Sanders and his fans are describing Bank of America as heartless, corrupt, abusive, and vile. [...]