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Culture Waves in Congress, 1995-2014

In the Congressional Record over the last twenty years, here’s how many times the following phrases were uttered…


Obama vs. Obama on the "Choice" Between Security and Freedom

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama on December 15, 2005, proposing reforms to the Patriot Act:

“A few years before I even arrived in the Senate, I began hearing concerns from people of every background and political leaning that this law, the very purpose of which was to protect us, was also threatening to violate […]

Faith and Evidence in the United States Congress

Number of mentions of “faith-based” and “evidence-based” in the Congressional Record from 2001-2012 (source

Collateral Damage and Civilian Casualties in the United States Congress

From 2000 to 2012, 53% of legislators who uttered the phrase “collateral damage” in the Congressional Record were Republicans, and 47% Democrats. The person who uttered the phrase “collateral damage” the most during that time was Republican Rep. John Gingrey — most likely known to you as “Phil” Gingrey. In the current election cycle, the […]

House Judiciary Has Frittered Away Alloted Time for Patriot Act Reform

Do you remember the Patriot Act reauthorization that passed through the Congress in February of 2010? Republicans and a large number of Democrats renewed the Patriot Act for another year. House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers declared that he had no choice but to support Patriot Act reauthorization because his committee just hadn’t had enough […]

111th Congress Chills Out on Terrorist Talk

Number of references in the Congressional Record to “terrorist attack”, by Congress:

111th Congress of 2009-2010: 47 (251*) 110th Congress of 2007-2008: 433 109th Congress of 2005-2006: 607 108th Congress of 2003-2004: 639 107th Congress of 2001-2002: 771 106th Congress of 1999-2000: 117 105th Congress of 1997-1998: 104

* 47 references to “terrorist attack” as […]