Yesterday, Tim Kaine rose to speak on the floor of the United States Senate to remind his colleagues of a growing illegality in U.S. foreign policy: The ongoing U.S. involvement in civil war in Iraq and Syria – without the constitutionally required declaration of war. He said,
“Presidents cannot constitutionally start military action without Congress […]
Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “to examine the Ebola epidemic”. It seems like a good opportunity to reflect back on the Ebola crisis… the one that never ever posed a serious threat to the United States.
You see, it’s the Subcommittee on African Affairs that is holding the hearing. That’s […]
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So wrote USA Today without irony before describing how the United States tortured people, to no end, in our names. Today, you can read for yourself a redacted version of a 2012 Senate report, finally released after years of stalling, that confirms in detail that agents […]
Today saw the release of the Torture Report from the Senate Intelligence Committee. The CIA, whose “enhanced interrogation techniques” the report describes, has been trying to prevent the report’s release. The Central Intelligence Agency even engaged in criminal behavior to stop the facts in the report from being declassified. The agency sent spies into the […]
Calvin V. French, Pastor of the Community of Christ Church, called it a prayer, but it was clearly a political speech, castigating U.S. senators to place themselves under the authority of Christian religious authorities. He lectured, standing on the very center of the United States Senate this week, “Almighty God, we come as children in […]
Think that the 2014 congressional election is over? Think again. Down in Louisiana, there’s a runoff election for a seat in the U.S. Senate, between incumbent conservative Democrat, darling of the oil industry, Mary Landrieu, and Republican Bill Cassidy, who isn’t just pro-oil, but is also pro-gun. (Hey, Bill, while you’re at it, why not […]
Contribution totals in the Maine Senate race through October 15, 2014 have become available at the Federal Election Commission, and they tell a story of strong contrasts.
Here’s a graphic profile of Democrat Shenna Bellows’ campaign contributors:
And here’s a graphic profile of Republican Susan Collins’ campaign contributors:
Less than 1 in 10 […]
On Thursday, September 11 2014, a minority of members of the U.S. Senate voted to block passage of S.J.Res. 19, a constitutional amendment that would let Congress and the states limit the influence of big money in politics:
Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government […]
Over the last 5 years, Delaware’s Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Coons has taken over one and a half million dollars from political action committees set up to represent business interests. That’s almost 5 times as much money as he’s accepted from labor union PACs.
Is it any wonder, then, that Senator Coons refused to support […]
This week, when U.S. Senator Mike Enzi introduced S. 2706, his Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, he declared it to be, “A bill to ensure that organizations with religious or moral convictions are allowed to continue to provide services for children”.
Look at the actual text of S. 2706, however, and you’ll see something quite […]