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Rand Paul Looks Out of Country and Out of State for Political Inspiration while Helping Tax Dodgers Hide Money

Last week, Senator Rand Paul “of Kentucky” introduced special legislation, S. 887.

You may notice that I placed “of Kentucky” in quotes in the last paragraph. That’s because, according to Open Secrets’ analysis of Senator Paul’s contributions, he’s not mainly funded by the actual people of Kentucky. In the 2012 election cycle, Rand Paul received [...]

Is It Fair To Call Mike Enzi's Lobbyist-Filled Caribbean Vacation Corrupt?

On the one hand, we can see that Senator Mike Enzi has established a network of corporate agents who are willing to provide him with money in exchange for the opportunity to influence Enzi’s legislative work as a federal government official. On the other hand, we can see that what Enzi is doing appears not to violate any laws. [...]

Even Limping Tea Party Caucus Outshines Congressional Progressives on Drones in the USA

Over a month ago, I noted with eyebrows cocked that only one of the nearly 80 listed members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus had bothered to sign one of four bills dedicated to the task of reigning in surveillance of Americans’ private activities by unmanned flying drones. That congressman, Edward Markey, had to his credit [...]

Mitch McConnell: Communist Sympathizer by Association?

Yesterday’s mail brought Irregular Times quite a claim: Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is apparently a communist sympathizer! Jack Blackburn writes:

Senator Mitch McConnell is supposed to represent KY. USA in Congress for American Freedom, Idealism, and Capitalism! Does he really do this? He is marrried to the Daughter of a Chinese COMMUNIST Billionaire [...]

Anybody But Bush In 2016?

Remember Herman Cain? No one is promoting any 9-9-9 policies these days. Jeb Bush is, however, attending a private political retreat hosted by Herman Cain this month [...]

Americans Elect's Peter Ackerman, Kahlil Byrd and Dan Winslow: Where Are They Now?

As you may recall, from 2010 to 2012 the Americans Elect corporation operated an effort to try and elect its own candidate for President of the United States via a privatized selection run by a corporate board. That effort failed dismally despite repeated national promotion due to the lack of interest and support of the [...]

House Republicans Vote AGAINST Cutting Deficit By 4.4 Trillion Dollars

Republicans are always saying that they want to reduce the size of the federal budget deficit. This week, the House GOP voted AGAINST reducing the deficit by 4.4 trillion dollars. [...]

Steve Daines Promises The Cleanest Filth

Steve Daines is a new member of Congress, having just won his first election four months ago, but already he has taken over $100,000 in payments from the fossil fuels industry. [...]

Do Republicans Want The Government Reduced Or Don't They?

I’m confused. Republicans keep saying they want to reduce the size of government. Nonetheless, Republican politicians in Congress are protesting about how, because of the “sequester” government budget reductions that they agreed to, the Obama Administration has eliminated the spending devoted to tours of the White House.

So, this week, Republican U.S. Representative Chris Stewart [...]

GOP In Congress Pushes More Privatization Despite Dubious Record

For decades, Republican politicians have come up with many theoretical reasons that privately-run programs should be more efficient than government-run programs. However, empirical research into the matter has failed to consistently find an economic or operational benefit of privatization. Privatization of military operations, for instance, has led to infamous fraud, waste, delays and other abuses. [...]

A Season Pass For Corruption With John Barrasso

Corporate insiders who buy the Barrasso Season Pass will be granted access to the senator and members of his staff at every fundraising event held this year – so that they’ll be able to practice influence over the legislative process consistently, over a prolonged period. [...]