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How Do Coal Mining Safety Regulations Kill Jobs?

Is it really worth sacrificing those jobs, just so the people of Appalachia can be healthy and have clean water and land, and safe workplaces? [...]

Senate Commission To Address Rising Authoritarianism And Threats To Democratic Elections

The hearing will explore the rise of authoritarianism and threats to free and fair elections in the small nation of Azerbaijan, which is much more important that examining those issues here in the USA because… [...]

Will Congress Push US Airways and American On Merger?

In the past, when airline corporations have merged, quality, reliability and customer service has suffered. Flight delays and cancellations have become more common, and airline customers have been asked to pay more for less. [...]

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Meets March 5. Can You Find Your Invitation?

Because President Barack Obama has not bothered to open a web page for the underfunded, unstaffed and unchaired Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the only way for members of the public to know about its activities is to pay close attention to this website maintained by the Federal Registry. Despite federal law, the Board [...]

House Struggle Over Abusive Government Spying Erupts In Open Committee

Today, members of the U.S. House Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee were confronted with evidence that the government has “repeatedly violated” even the fast and loose terms of the FISA Amendments Act. However, many members of the subcommittee didn’t even bother to show up for the hearing where this evidence was presented. [...]

Patriot Act To-Do List: Watch Wednesday, Watch Thursday, PROTEST Saturday

WEDNESDAY: Watch the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Patriot Act at 1:30 PM

THURSDAY: Watch the Senate Judiciary Committee mark up a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act at 10:00 AM

SATURDAY: Join us at the Patriot Act PROTEST at NOON on the West side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Let [...]

#38 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Ask the Noisy Opposition Why They Aren’t Saying Anything

Watch the third minute of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s speech in a meeting of the Intelligence Committee on February 15 2011. Try to twist your mind around her justification of Patriot Act surveillance without probable cause:

I am always surprised at the opposition, because I would have thought somebody, if they had a problem, would have [...]

James Langevin and Military General Talk Up Big Government Cyber Powers

Only one newspaper — the conservative Washington Times — has picked up on the cryptic but crucial conversation yesterday between Rep. James Langevin and General Keith Alexander in a sparsely attended hearing of the House Armed Services Committee yesterday. Langevin (chair of a congressional subcommittee on cybersecurity) asked General Alexander (head of the military’s National [...]

The Hearing You Didn’t Hear About on Illegal FBI Surveillance

If you get your news from — oh, call me crazy — the news, you’d have no idea that last Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee held contentious hearings on illegal FBI surveillance of thousands of people, from everyday schmoes to American news bureaus. This hearing has had no coverage from professional journalists, despite all kinds [...]

On Patrick Leahy’s Agenda: Pie

What Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy Has the Time to Announce in Committee

There are two things I should note. One, I was a couple of minutes late coming in here. It was Senator Franken’s fault, because Mrs. Franken makes some of the greatest pies in the world, and I was coming by and [...]

Dick Durbin Reveals: Only 1 Senator Showed Up to Jay Bybee’s Confirmation Hearing

In a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois noted a small piece of history that is nevertheless important for understanding the path history has taken. Regarding the confirmation hearing of Jay Bybee in 2001, Dick Durbin noted:

We saw what happened when Mr. Bybee was head of the Office [...]