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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 […]

Why Do Corporations Need Weeks To React Before Workers Hold Union Elections?

Corporations want to delay labor union elections because they seek to interfere in the elections, and intimidate workers from supporting union leaders of their own choice. […]

Senators From Oklahoma Want Their Schools To Aim Lower

If Americans want their schools to perform better, Oklahoma is not a place they can to look to for an example. So, why do Oklahoma senators James Inhofe and James Lankford want Oklahoma to have more local control over education? […]

Tell Us Your Stories Of Suffering From The Speaking Of Non-English Languages

When Inhofe speaks of the ability to communicate to one another, he’s speaking of it in terms of an unequal, top-down imposition of only one kind of speech by the federal government. That’s not the only way we could move forward together as a nation. […]

Prayer Hasn’t Worked so well for States Legislatively Obsessed with Prayer

So far this year, legislators in the following U.S. states have introduced bills using government power to promote prayer:

Arizona Illinois Iowa Kentucky Minnesota Nevada South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia West Virginia

According to U.S. Census data for 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available), these states have:

a lower share of […]

Heads Up: Section 215 of the Patriot Act (Warrantless Seizure) Expires June 1, 2015

Before she ran for the U.S. Senate, civil liberties advocate Shenna Bellows sounded the alarm on the USA PATRIOT Act’s Section 215:

“The USA PATRIOT Act created new powers. It says that the government can now conduct what are called ‘sneak and peek’ searches, that they can go into your home, conduct a search of […]

Bill Shuster Gets Tough on Amtrak Food Concessions, Goes Woolly on the F-35

Republican Representative Bill Shuster is pulling out all the stops in congressional bill H.R. 749 to get Amtrak to cut, cut, cut its budget for paying the workers on its trains so that the federal government can stop paying $80 million a year to support Amtrak’s on-train food sales.

While we’re on the subject of […]

Republicans in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas say Religion means you don’t have to Do Your Job

[A tip of the pen to DocDawg, whose blog post on the situation in North Carolina got me all riled up.]

Republican party officials love to proclaim that theirs is the “party of hard work”, that the GOP stands for the idea that Americans should stop whining, show up to work and get the job […]

Roll Call: The Republicans Who Voted To Block Little Spending After They Approved Big Spending

Listed here are the names of the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to block little spending on efficient travel infrastructure yesterday, but also voted to approve 26.8 billion dollars of big spending on inefficient travel infrastructure just a few months ago. […]

H.J. Res 32: Tim Huelskamp and 32 other Republicans in U.S. Congress Push for More Big Government

Over and over, the Republican Party declares itself to be “the party of small government.” But which party is trying to use the powers of big federal government to tell the people and the states what they can and cannot do? You guessed it — it’s the Republican Party.

Republican Representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas […]

Names Of The Senate Democrats Who Just Voted To Help Republicans Override Barack Obama’s Veto

The following Senate Democrats chose to join with the Republican Party, to break Barack Obama’s veto, and to allow a dangerous pipeline to carry petroleum sludge from Alberta’s tar sands all the way through America’s heartland. […]