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Fresh Off Hikes to Student Loan Rates, Congressional Republicans Vote to Abolish Food Stamp Program

On Wednesday, Republicans in the Senate voted to double undergraduate student loan interest rates from 3.4% to 6.8%, making it more difficult for people to lift themselves out of economic struggle by earning a college degree.

One of the transformations associated with earning a college degree is decreased dependence on government services like SNAP, the [...]

FEC Documents Reveal the Functional Center of Americans Elect: Wall Street Money

Meet the voters of Americans Elect. There are only three of them.

Voter #1: Michael Bloomberg. Voter qualification: $500,000 in Wall Street money. Michael Bloomberg made billions of dollars selling high-priced infrastructure to Wall Street traders, allowing those gain unusually quick access to company information so they could make better trades and make more money [...]

Americans Elect Presidential Candidates Fall Further Away from Easy Ballot Access Threshold

For a serious presidential candidate with real grassroots support, it wouldn’t be that hard to qualify for the Americans Elect presidential ballot. 1,000 signatures in each of 10 states for insiders? Even without a dime, Howard Dean’s supporters could have accomplished that in a day. 5,000 signatures in each of 10 states for outsiders? Ralph [...]

Tea Party Anger at Michele Bachmann Explodes over Patriot Act Votes

Four times in just one week Michele Bachmann, a Congresswoman from Minnesota and self-appointed Chair of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, voted in favor of the big-government surveillance, search and seizure powers of the Patriot Act. On February 8, Rep. Bachmann voted in favor of reauthorizing Patriot Act with no amendments or committee consideration allowed. [...]

Reprise: Patriot Act Heroes and Zeroes on the Senate Judiciary Committee

(A hat tip to Ramone for the suggestion)

If you were hibernating in the early part of October, you missed the spectacle of eight blind donkeys rearing on their hind legs in an acrobatic effort to form the shape of an all-seeing eye.

On October 1 and October 8, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to [...]

National Press Club Chastises Conyers for Doing His Job

“Can you hold on a couple minutes… Can we take just a couple more questions? Really really?” — Donna Leinwand, National Press Club President.

“No… No… So what? I gotta go! That’s the job. That’s what the Detroit Free Press would like, is for me to stay here and miss my votes. Thank you very [...]

Timeline of John Ensign Extramarital Affair

November 2003: Massachusetts Supreme Court declares the validity of same-sex marriage. Without noticing, Senator John Ensign stops telling his wife she looks pretty in the morning.

February 2004: San Francisco begins to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Senator Ensign asks a staffer on a date. She demurs. After declaring his opposition to same-sex marriage, Ensign loses [...]