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Barack Obama’s Broken Promise on the Patriot Act, With Effects that Linger On

Barack Obama official campaign position paper, 2008:

Revise the PATRIOT Act. Barack Obama believes that we must provide law enforcement the tools it needs to investigate, disrupt, and capture terrorists, but he also believes we need real oversight to avoid jeopardizing the rights and ideals of all Americans. There is no reason we cannot fight [...]

When Will Kirsten Gillibrand Keep Her Don't Ask Don't Tell Promise?

“I am firmly committed to repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. To that end, I am working closely with Congressman Murphy and Senator Kennedy’s offices to develop support for repeal legislation and will be among the original co-sponsors of the bill when it’s introduced.”

— Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, making a promise on June 18, 2009

Go [...]

Amy Klobuchar's Broken Patriot Act Promise. Minnesota Values?

It’s a funny thing, but I always had heard that Minnesota values included dependability and honesty. When Garrison Keillor talked his talk on Minnesota Public Radio, he always accented the folksy, reliable sincerity of Minnesotans. I’d thought that in Minnesota, a promise made would be a promise kept. But Senator Amy Klobuchar is eroding my [...]

Amy Klobuchar’s Broken Patriot Act Promise. Minnesota Values?

It’s a funny thing, but I always had heard that Minnesota values included dependability and honesty. When Garrison Keillor talked his talk on Minnesota Public Radio, he always accented the folksy, reliable sincerity of Minnesotans. I’d thought that in Minnesota, a promise made would be a promise kept. But Senator Amy Klobuchar is eroding my [...]

Military Spending Promise Kept?

The military appropriations legislation passed just last week by the House of Representatives, which President Obama supports and is prepared to sign into law, increases the military budget to 58 percent of discretionary spending. [...]

Al Franken Is Now Norm Coleman On No-Bid Contracts

Why, if he really believed that Norm Coleman should have fought against no-bid contracts, isn’t Al Franken willing to do the same now that he’s in the Senate? [...]

Obama Breaks Promise On Transparent Government

In the morning, Barack Obama promised transparency and open government. In the afternoon, Barack Obama declared that he will keep secrets from the American people about what he does, and he doesn’t have to explain to anyone why he’s doing it. [...]

Senator Rockefeller Broke His Promise To Protect Soldiers

Over three months ago, Senator Rockefeller promised that he would start an inquiry into allegations by military linguists that they had been recording the phone sex conversations of American soldiers. Contrary to his promise, Rockefeller never started any inquiry into the matter at all. [...]

Obamanglish Definition For The Word Unequivocal

Unequivocal – 1) adjective, English: Admitting no doubt or misunderstanding; clear and unambiguous (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition) ; 2) adjective, Obamanglish: Completely the opposite of one’s true intentions (Pragmatic Dictionary of Political Science, First Edition) [...]

Ex-Kos Facto: Partisanship over Principles is a Threat on Any Side

I used to visit TalkLeft a fair amount to read their legal analyses and find out information about threats to civil liberty. But when the blog became hijacked by partisan worship of Hillary Clinton, I stopped reading, because it ceased to be independently informative.

I used to visit Daily Kos a fair amount to catch [...]

Transcript of Barack Obama Remarks on FISA (H.R. 6304), Freedom and Security, June 25 08

The following is my transcription of remarks made by Barack Obama at a news conference in the late afternoon of Wednesday, June 25, 2008, regarding the content of H.R. 6304, his decision to support that bill (also known as the FISA Amendments Act), and his acknowledged pledge to support the filibuster of such a bill [...]