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Tiburon: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But It’s a Crime To Leave

It must be a crime to leave Tiburon. That’s the only thing that would explain how the town in California can manage to get away with photographing every license plate that enters and leaves the town. Why would you spy on people without probable cause to believe a crime has been committed? Why would you [...]

Reprise: Patriot Act Heroes and Zeroes on the Senate Judiciary Committee

(A hat tip to Ramone for the suggestion)

If you were hibernating in the early part of October, you missed the spectacle of eight blind donkeys rearing on their hind legs in an acrobatic effort to form the shape of an all-seeing eye.

On October 1 and October 8, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to [...]

Irregular Week In Review Podcast Sept 27 – Oct 3

In this Irregular Week in Review podcast: Senate Democrats behaving badly. [...]

Senate Democrats Join Republicans To Kill Protection From Government Spies

The Durbin amendment to S. 1692 would have required that Section 215 Patriot Act spying only be used to protect against spies working against the American government, terrorism, or as a part of spying against foreign targets that are not related to Americans. Who could object to that? Eight Senate Democrats, that’s who. [...]

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 [...]

What Kind Of Health Care Deal Is This?

Congressional leadership agrees to Blue Dog Democrat demands in return for a lack of any commitment from the Blue Dogs. How is that a deal? [...]

F-22 Boondoggle Shows Party isn't Everything in Politics

If you thought that politics was a matter of party, with the virtuous Democrats battling to save the Republic from the evil imperial Republicans (or vice versa), you’d have to swallow a mouthful of crow after looking at today’s roll call vote in the Senate to bring the F-22 fighter program to an end.

The [...]

Democrats in Congress Fail To Stop Satellite Spying Against Americans

The subcommittee suggests that it might be reducing the amount of funding for the National Applications Office to an amount that is somewhat less than what President Obama requested. However, as of this morning, the markup listings (here and here) of the Homeland Security programs with reduced or eliminated funding do not include the National Applications Office. [...]

New York Senate Democrats Flake Out On Marriage Equality

Some Democrats in the New York State are supporting marriage equality, but others are working against it. The Democratic majority leader, Malcolm Smith, is working to block the bill from coming to a vote. [...]

Pelosi, Impediment to Torture Investigation? Pelosi, Resign.

Which matters more to the Democratic Party: the preservation of civil liberty, human rights and constitutional government — or the preservation of Party leaders’ power? We are about to find out.

Information continues to dribble out regarding Nancy Pelosi’s early knowledge that the U.S. Government under George W. Bush was torturing the people it had [...]

Military Commissions Act Doesn’t Keep You Safe

U.S. Representative David Price has introduced H.R. 591, to repeal the Military Commissions Act. It’s time to be rid of this bad law – and the Democrats no longer have any excuse that they don’t have enough votes to get it done. [...]