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Senate Democrats Failing To Act On Climate Change

There’s a new piece of legislation, entitled the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, designed to consolidate national efforts to deal with climate change. Unfortunately, this new piece of legislation is being considered by the national legislature of Ireland, not here in the United States of America.

What is our national legislature doing here [...]

Boxer and Sanders Introduce Strong Climate Bill. Will Obama Support It?

Barack Obama keeps on promising that, despite years of inaction, while he provided special breaks to encourage more drilling for petroleum and other dirty fossil fuels, he will eventually do something to confront the growing crisis of climate change.

Promises are easy to make. This week, Barack Obama has received the opportunity to finally take [...]

They Pushed the Patriot Act Forward, and Data Privacy Day is Your Door Prize

Over the last decade, the Patriot Act has allowed a wide net of surveillance, search and seizure to be cast over the United States, purposefully targeting innocent people not even suspected of criminal activity. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits that, but the government has proceeded regardless. Documents show that the powers [...]

The Ten Most Popular Congressional Campaign Buttons and Stickers of Election 2010

One of the ways we keep Irregular Times going is to sell bumper stickers and campaign buttons; as part of that we offer at least one progressive or liberal-minded design for each seat in the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress. Out of these nearly 500 congressional races, which ones are attracting the most [...]

National Organization for Marriage: 100% Funded by Mexicans

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), famous for its secretive anti-gay campaign carried out across America without any disclosure of its donors, has finally revealed the identity of its donors this week.

According to FEC records, the National Organization for Marriage paid $172,188.70 this month for a press release and a Spanish-language television advertisement against [...]

Climate Change Action in a Sea of Amendments

Boxer’s amendment would have required a full and balanced assessment of the impact of climate change legislation on agriculture, forestry and fishing, including both the cost of the adjustments provoked by the legislation, and the costs associated with rapid climate change itself that could be avoided through the implementation of climate change legislation. [...]

Cosponsorship Networks in the U.S. Senate as of March 1, 2009

Cosponsorship, the act of registering one’s name as an official supporter of a bill, is a common activity in the United States Senate. Although the 111th Congress is less than two months old, 1753 cosponsorships for 495 Senate Bills and 11 Senate Joint Resolutions have been officially registered. That’s an average of 3 cosponsorships per [...]

Barbara Boxer Speaks to the Senate on Immunity, Law and Truth

Senator Barbara Boxer spoke this morning on the amendment to H.R. 6304 by Christopher Dodd that would strip immunity for telecommunications corporations that broke the law and violated millions of Americans’ privacy by sharing their most intimate conversations with the Bush administration. The following are excerpts from her remarks:

At this point in time to [...]