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Why Is The FBI Withholding Privacy Reports About Its Spying Programs In The USA?

Yesterday, Jim noted that, despite promises of reforms of extraordinary spying powers created under the FISA Amendments Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has failed to create the position of Public Advocate that was recommended by a Presidential commission at the end of last year. The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies seems [...]

Roll Call: Only 8 In House of Reps Vote Against Funding NSA Spying Operations

Friday saw an an opportunity to finally set things right by defunding the abusive NSA, Congress instead decided to continue with the same old unconstitutional arrangement. [...]

Don’t Freak Out, It’s Just Torture, Says Obama

Finally, the White House has officially admitted that the United States federal government purposefully tortured prisoners as part of its War On Terror.

Torturing prisoners is a federal crime. It’s unconstitutional, a violation of the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment in the Bill of Rights.

However, President Barack Obama doesn’t seem to think that [...]

Senator Mike Enzi Writes Bill To Give Religious Groups Special Power To Deny Social Services To Children

This week, when U.S. Senator Mike Enzi introduced S. 2706, his Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, he declared it to be, “A bill to ensure that organizations with religious or moral convictions are allowed to continue to provide services for children”.

Look at the actual text of S. 2706, however, and you’ll see something quite [...]

Legislation Will Ban Imports Made With Slave And Indentured Labor

U.S. Representative Ron Kind has introduced legislation, H.R. 5247, that would close the consumptive demand loophole. If H.R. 5247 is signed into law, imports of items made by slaves, prisoners and indentured workers would be absolutely banned, without exception. [...]

193 House Republicans Vote For Big Government Control Over Business

Republican politicians like to say that they’re against Big Government. In particular, they like to tell voters that they oppose interference by the federal government with ability of business owners to decide how to run their own companies. They claim to believe in free markets, not centralized government control of the economy.

That’s what Republican [...]

In The Right Kind Of Car

Simple pleasure: Whenever I ride in a train, I think of the car I’m keeping off the street, and it feels good.

Faced With Trillions Of Dollars of Debt, Matt Salmon Chooses To Eliminate A Tiny Speck Of Spending

Congressman Matt Salmon voted AGAINST a bill to eliminate 4.4 trillion dollars in federal spending, but now says that we can fix the federal debt by eliminating the tiny budget of the National Endowment for the Humanities. [...]

REDEEM Act – Needed Prison Reforms Or Coddling Criminals?

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives saw the introduction of a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill by Democrat Chaka Fattah and Republican Frank Wolf. The Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act (REDEEM Act – H.R. 5158) would:

- Reduce solitary confinement for juvenile offenders – Provide methods for both juvenile and adult nonviolent [...]

Meritocracy Loses In 2016 Presidential Poll

A new poll out by NBC and Marist shows, among voters in New Hampshire and Iowa, Hillary Clinton in the lead for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and Jeb Bush in the lead for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton was shown to be far, far ahead of her nearest [...]

Republican Senators Introduce Bill To Reduce Worker Pay

S. 2617 would devastate local economies across the United States, giving workers less money to spend at local businesses, resulting in fewer jobs on worse terms. Included here is a list of those US Senators who have signed their names in support of this ill-advised scheme. [...]