U.S. Representative and Senate candidate Rush Holt has introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act, to repeal the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. He deserves our help. [...]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
For 231 members of Congress, the basic idea of responsible waste management by the coal industry was too much. [...]
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? [...]
Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Donna Edwards and Eddie Bernice Johnson submitted H.R. 2617, a bill that would, if passed into law, create a new National Historical Park – on the Moon. It would be called the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park.
Can we do that? Doesn’t a National Park by definition have to be [...]
More than twice as many Democrats crossed the aisle to join the majority of Republicans to support the legislation to encourage fast and loose offshore drilling for oil. [...]
Whenever Republican politicians get a chance to use the power of federal government to help their own corporate special interest groups, they happily use the power of Big Government to smash the decisions of state and local governments. [...]
The Hastings amendment would have restored the integrity of environmental impact assessments to their current levels. H.R. 2331 would restrict the scope of those assessments, in the interest of rushing approval of new offshore drilling operations – even those in dangerous deepwater conditions such as those that caused the BP rig to explode and sink in the Gulf of Mexico. [...]
With a Democrat in the Oval Office, few congressional Democrats are willing to counsel against American involvement in overseas wars. They’d rather not make their own party’s leader look bad. [...]
In order to serve the interests of Big Oil, congressional Republicans are even putting aside their anti-Mexican xenophobia to organize a kind of open border at sea, where employees from oil companies in both the USA and Mexico will be crossing national boundaries to help each other suck as goopy fossil fuel out of the ocean floor as fast as possible. [...]
Yesterday, Ed Markey was elected to take the seat that John Kerry vacated in the U.S. Senate. Markey had been the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, and so that position, as well as Markey’s seat in the House, is up for grabs. [...]
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