Senator Rob Portman of Ohio took explained this week why the military contractor General Dynamics needed an extra $314 million: to fight the Russians before 2020. His floor remarks:
“The big news when I was over there was that there was a road march being conducted by the 2nd Calvary Regiment through Central and Eastern […]
At Democratic Underground, Daily Kos, Firedoglake and other large liberal multiuser blogs, Representative Alan Grayson issued a fiery call this week condemning the warrantless surveillance of all American phone calls and grand-scale data sweeps of most big-site internet traffic, all undermining your privacy:
Microsoft, Google, Apple – they’re all in on it. Former NSA official […]
The Constitution prohibits the government from preventing people from voting on the basis of race or gender. Poll taxes that prevent poor people from voting are also unconstitutional. A constitutional amendment has established that the age at which people may vote is 18. However, there is no place in the Constitution that states that “all […]
To no small degree, the United States of America rose in prominence because of innovation, and to no small degree that innovation has been funded through research funded directly by the federal government and indirectly through its support of higher education. In economist Edwin Mansfield’s classic study of American industrial innovation, for instance, he finds […]
Later today, the U.S. Senate is expected to enter into a very brief debate followed by a vote to reauthorize the surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, most likely for four years. If you’ve been following the issue of the Patriot Act, you’re aware that it permits a wide net of surveillance, searches and […]
You want proof that compost matters in your garden? Check this out. A year ago next week, I moved from Ohio to Maine and promptly started filling up a compost bin. Two weeks ago, I turned out my first big batch of compost from the bin, dug it into a spot of soil, and planted […]
8 out of the 12 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted against protecting Americans’ constitutional rights from known abuses of the Patriot Act. The following is a transcript of the speech Senator Dick Durbin gave explaining why the abuses of the Patriot Act called for a restriction of National Security Letter powers. […]
This week, Senator Russ Feingold issued a call for his colleagues to pass legislation to reform the warrantless surveillance, search and seizure provisions of the FISA Amendments Act and Patriot Act.
The week before last, Senator Russ Feingold added his voice to the unanimous consent of the Senate, adding the Hatch Amendment (Senate Amendment 962) […]
As of today, 101 members of the 111th Congress of the United States have the dubious dishonor of not having introduced a single bill for consideration.
Let me be clear about what I mean by this. When I last reported on inactivity in the Congress two weeks ago, someone (a staffer?) gave me a hard […]
Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina is something else. Just this past week, he tried to divert taxpayer money into parochial religious building projects, then pushed legislation declaring health insurance to be affordable for a single mom and her kid earning just $28,000 a year. Does DeMint’s honed theatrical sense demand that absurdities come in […]