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Republicans Pump Oil Toward The House Floor

In order to serve the interests of Big Oil, congressional Republicans are even putting aside their anti-Mexican xenophobia to organize a kind of open border at sea, where employees from oil companies in both the USA and Mexico will be crossing national boundaries to help each other suck as goopy fossil fuel out of the ocean floor as fast as possible. [...]

Republican Senators Move To Protect Rights Of People Who Get Gobs Of Money Without Working For It

A list of the U.S. Senators who support creating a special tax-free zone for the children of millionaires and billionaires, while those of us who work continue to have to pay taxes. [...]

Republican Tea Party Priority in Congress: Keep Poor People Away From Lawyers

Welcome to America, home of the free, where some people feel free to abuse people less powerful than them. If your employer is breaking the law, if your landlord won’t take care of poisons in your home, if someone is violating your rights, what can you do?

If you’ve got enough money — a $2,500 [...]

Partisan Churning Reaches New Height: GOP Loves the ACLU?

If you’ve been paying attention to politics for more than one election cycle, you’ve seen the partisan churn in action. When Party X is in power and Party Y is out of power, Party Y will complain about overreach of executive power by Party X and Party X will speak with disdain about the anti-government [...]

The Incidence of Trent Franks Thinking is Very Low

It is possible, even from the great distance of Maine, to hear the DC press corps exhale with a collective “OMiGod” at the remarkably ignorant declaration of Republican Congressman Trent Franks, who [...]

Bob Dold (R-Dow) 2014?

Roll Call shares the news that former congressman Bob Dold will be running to take back the seat he lost to Democrat Brad Schneider in 2012. As a member of Congress, Bob Dold specialized in the filing of bills that would suspend or eliminate fees on for the importation of various foreign chemicals. On just [...]

Good News For Residents Of Reality: Michele Bachmann Will Not Be Running For Re-Election

Ding dong! Ring the bells out!

U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, who has a liberal legislative score of ZERO and a right wing legislative score of 83%, will not be running for re-election in 2014!

Bachmann’s erratic behavior and extremist ideology were a heavy political burden to start with, but she could not keep her wacky [...]

Senator Introduces Bill to Stop Unwarranted Drone Surveillance (and it's not a Democrat)

Yesterday, a lone member of the United States Senate introduced legislation that would formally outlaw the already unconstitutional government practice of using aerial drones to spy on Americans without a warrant. The text of S. 1016, the “Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2013,” is not formally available yet, but it corresponds to last [...]

If H.R. 1406 is Worker Friendly, why are all its Lobbyists paid off by Big Business?

In the Washington Post, Diana Reese wonders whether H.R. 1406, the “Working Families Flexibility Act,” might not really be for the benefit of working families. Some hints that Ms. Reese might be right:

Every one of the 169 members of Congress who signed up as as a sponsor or cosponsor is a Republican. When it [...]

7 GOP Senators Vote To Deprive Medicare and Medicaid Services Of Leadership

For these seven Republican senators, providing health care for America’s older and impoverished citizens seems to be less important than scoring points with their most fervent anti-Obama constituents. [...]

Rand Paul Partied with Lobbyists for Tax Cheats Before Introducing Bill to Let Tax Cheats off the Hook

November 6, 2012: Credit Suisse banker pleads guilty to participating in a scheme to help 150 ultra-wealthy Americans hide millions of dollars of income in Swiss bank accounts so they wouldn’t have to pay taxes like the rest of us.

First quarter, 2013: Credit Suisse hires lobbying firm Covington & Burling LLP to advocate on [...]