December 10: Rep. Lamar Smith cosponsors H.R. 4218, a bill to bring admission of refugees into the United States to a total and immediate halt. December 18: Rep. Lamar Smith cosponsors H.Res. 564, a bill that chastises Americans for not embracing the symbols and traditions
After Using Surveillance Outrage to Collect Personal Information, Alan Grayson Offers No Legislation
Two and a half months ago, Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida used outrage at the unfolding NSA surveillance scandal to declare his intention to offer an amendment to an otherwise unrelated piece of legislation. That amendment would have ended the NSA’s massive collection of personally
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
A tip of the pen to Spencer Ackerman of Wired for uncovering Senator Harry Reid’s bald hypocrisy on the use of fear to push reformless reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, May 25 2011, explaining why the Patriot Act must be
Lou Dobbs hired illegal immigrants so that his daughter could prance on her ponies for cheap.
Oh my. Dear me. Yet another high-profile, pushy Christian fundamentalist preacher against equal rights for gay and lesbian people has been accused of abusing his position of authority to obtain gay sex. Mercy. Gracious. I am so shocked. Who could have expected such a thing?
On the subject of jobs, congressman Patrick Tiberi likes to talk tough, declaring over and over again what Congress must do to bring jobs back to America: Jobs, not health care, should be the focus of Congress and the president, U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Genoa
December 15, 2005 Senator Barack Obama Speech on the floor of the Senate, Opposing a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act, Opposing “tossing aside” a bipartisan compromise worked out in the Judiciary Committee by Senate leadership. Mr. OBAMA. Mr. President, 4 years ago, following the
“The bottom line is that he lied under a different oath -the oath to his wife.” — Republican Congressman Marshall Clement “Mark” Sanford on politics and the sanctity of marriage, 1998 Question: “Should South Carolina restrict marriage to a union only between a man and
“I wouldn’t put myself hopefully in that kind of position, but if I was in a position like that, that’s what I would do.” — Senator John Ensign, August 30 2007, considering whether Senator Larry Craig should resign for having extramarital sex. “I came to
Remember the article corporate blogger Paul Boutin was paid to write in October? In that article, Boutin not so much argued as asserted that all the bloggers not being paid by corporations had better just pack up shop, because nobody can compete with the corporate