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Senators Who Voted Against FISA But Aren’t Supporting FISA Reform

S. 1686, the JUSTICE Act, is a bill that would begin to undo the damage to civil liberty wrought by the USA Patriot ACT and the FISA Amendments Act. The bill, introduced last week by Senator Russell Feingold, adds a number of checks on executive power: S. 1686, if passed, would:

* Restrict information collected [...]

Senators Who Voted Against FISA But Aren't Supporting FISA Reform

S. 1686, the JUSTICE Act, is a bill that would begin to undo the damage to civil liberty wrought by the USA Patriot ACT and the FISA Amendments Act. The bill, introduced last week by Senator Russell Feingold, adds a number of checks on executive power: S. 1686, if passed, would:

* Restrict information collected [...]

Is Your Democratic Senator in Favor of Anti-Gay Discrimination?

It’s a reasonable question to ask as we review the list of cosponsors of S. 1584, the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. If passed, this bill would outlaw anti-gay workplace discrimination in hiring and promotions, and would also prohibit discriminatory behavior against union members and leaders on account of their sexual orientation.

This bill is worthy of [...]

Reaction to Government Surveillance Bombshell, By The Numbers

Number of Inspectors General reporting the existence of “unprecedented collection activities” going “beyond warrantless wiretapping”: 5

Public disclosures regarding the nature of these “unprecedented collection activities”: 0

Number of years before the Attorney General of the United States, highest law enforcement officer in the country, was permitted to know of the existence of these activities: [...]

Act! Tell Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor H.R. 104, the Bill to Kick-Start a Torture and Surveillance Commission

Since George W. Bush left office, information has emerged to blow the Bush lie that “we do not torture” out of the water, replacing it with the uncomfortable count of hundreds of instances of U.S. torture and the hint that still more instances of torture remain hidden from the public. Torture and conspiracy to commit [...]

Political Networks in the Congressional Progressive Caucus, March 2009

Yesterday, we considered the progressive record of the Congressional Progressive Caucus so far this year on a substantive basis, both in reference to an index of opportunities for progressive action in the House of Representatives of the 111th Congress and in comparison to a new Populist Caucus that is working on an economic subset of [...]

Partisanship, Activism and Cosponsorship in the 111th Congress

Over at That’s My Congress, we’ve just posted some results of multiple regression analysis predicting the number of bills a member of Congress has cosponsored to date in the 111th Congress. The results, consistent for the House and Senate: Democrats don’t cosponsor significantly more bills than non-Democrats. Those whose actions are more strongly liberal and [...]

Resolving the Lieberman Contradiction: Party, Ratings and Cosponsorship Overlap between Joseph Lieberman and the Senate, 2007-2008

A Contradiction

“Senator Lieberman is a valued member of the caucus, and he votes with the Democrats a majority of the time,” — Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“Without a doubt, Lieberman has betrayed the Democrats every time he could get a chance.” — user reason on Alternet.

“One of these [...]