Recent news from Capitol Hill on the activities of the U.S. Senate:
A Warning About Big Brother On The Phone
Last week, Congressman Dennis Kucinich gave a warning to his colleagues in the House of Representatives. Big Brother is listening.
Kucinich was talking about the passage of H.R. 5949, a bill that extends the FISA Amendments Act for 5 more years, without any reform. Kucinich said,
"Think of what it's like to make a phone call, any one of us right now. We make a phone call--even from this Capitol - to call a friend overseas, start talking about matters relating to what's happening in America, what's happening in the... [more]
Ron Paul Speaks Out Against Renewal Of FISA Amendments Act
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5949, a bill extending the FISA Amendments Act for 5 more years - months beyond the end of what is presumed will be the second term of Barack Obama in the White House.
Before the vote on the bill, former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, who is retiring from Congress at the end of his current term, stood up to speak out against its passage. His comments were as follows:
"The problem with Washington is that people down there are constantly battling. That's not how I operate.... I'll work with anyone to get things done. That is the type of senator I've been: open to good ideas, no matter who brings them forward."
XL Pipeline Push For 2 Months Unemployment A Terrible Exchange
The XL pipeline is a proposed project to lay a giant tube across the middle of the United States like a belt, a conduit for thick crude oil extracted from the Alberta tar sands flowing south across the Ogllala Aquifer all the way down to Texas, where the oil can be refined in order to be sold for burning. Current environmental protections clearly forbid such a project, but corporations from the fossil fuels industry have been pushing the Obama White House to create special waivers of those protections... [more]
They Voted To Throw Americans In Prison Without Charge: Target These Senators In 2012
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate had one final opportunity to defeat the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1540). The NDAA grants the federal government the power to seize Americans and throw them into prison without trial for as long as it likes, on the mere accusation that the Americans imprisoned are somehow associated with a terrorist organization.
The accusation does not need to be substantiated with evidence. So, in essence the NDAA gives the federal government the power to imprison... [more]
Pete DeFazio Takes On Wasteful Military Spending
Republicans like to talk in general terms about cutting government waste, but it's a congressional Democrat, Pete DeFazio, who has the guts to get specific. DeFazio is going after the single biggest source of wasteful spending in the federal government: The U.S. military. "This year," DeFazio explained on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, "the Pentagon will spend $670 billion, about $2 million... [more]
Americans Elect Mischaracterizes Bernie Sanders on Priorities and on Same-Sex Marriage
Americans Elect doesn't call it a ratings system or a "National Match" anymore, but the information that constituted its ratings for hundreds of possible presidential candidates is still there. That rating information is still being used to characterize presidential candidates as the initial vote to pick its presidential nominee creeps ever closer, now just 124 days away. And that information is still plagued with error: