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The Softest Things

“The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. Through this I know the advantage of taking no action.” – Lao Tzu

Is this brilliance or pure idiocy?

President Obama Finally Nominates Civil Liberties Board. Now the Judiciary Committee Sits on It.

For 1,060 days of his presidency, Barack Obama refused to nominate enough members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight board to constitute a quorum. That made it impossible for the PCLOB to carry out its legally-mandated job of collecting information on civil liberties violations by the executive branch of government and sharing that information [...]

After 1060 days in Office, Obama finally nominates full membership for Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

1077 days ago, Barack Obama took his Oath of Office as President of the United States of America, solemnly swearing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” As President, one of the ways that Barack Obama is supposed to do that is to nominate five members of a Privacy and Civil [...]

420 Days and Counting: Barack Obama Fails to Appoint Privacy and Civil Liberties

When a reauthorization of Patriot Act surveillance powers was sent to President Barack Obama’s desk, he signed it within two days, even though he was not required to do so by law.

President Obama is required under federal law to appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. It is the job of this board [...]

41 Do Nothing Members of the U.S. Congress (4-6-2009)

Nothing? Nothing, tra la la? For the upset campaign aides and PR officials out there, let me fully acknowledge that the members of Congress listed below have surely done something. They have undoubtedly purchased office supplies. They may have hired staffers to help out with Aunt Lucinda’s passport application. I’m sure they’ve showed up to [...]

101 Do Nothing Members of the United States Congress (3-2-2009)

As of today, 101 members of the 111th Congress of the United States have the dubious dishonor of not having introduced a single bill for consideration.

Let me be clear about what I mean by this. When I last reported on inactivity in the Congress two weeks ago, someone (a staffer?) gave me a hard [...]

150 Do-Nothing Members of the United States Congress

As of today, 150 members of the 111th Congress of the United States have the dubious dishonor of not having introduced a single substantive bill for consideration. The following members of the House of Representatives have not introduced a single House bill or joint resolution:

Rep. Robert B. Aderholt, Republican of Alabama District 4. District [...]

Progressive Caucus Takin' It Easy

It’s little wonder that the rightward side of the Democratic Party has exerted such influence over President-Elect Obama, when the Progressives in Congress seem too nervous to even offer a little dinner table conversation. [...]

America Shrugs At Poisoned Whales

Sarah Palin supports poisoning whales! For goodness sakes, that’s the kind of story that could really get people’s attention – or so I thought. [...]