Category Archives: U.S. Senate

NSA: We Can’t Tell You How Many Americans Were Spied On Because That Would Lead To More Government Intrusion

In a Senate hearing for legislation focusing on the NSA’s spying on Americans, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken questioned why the NSA couldn’t give more detailed answers regarding its snooping. He is proposing legislation that would reveal how many Americans have … Continue reading

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Debt-Ceiling Truthers Live In Their Own Fantasy Financial World

As the government shutdown continues and the U.S. lurches closer to defaulting on its debt, some members of Congress think that is a great plan. Some, like Florida Rep. Ted Yoho, even believe that a default on the federal debt … Continue reading

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King Amendment Major Hurdle in Farm Bill

It wasn’t just the food stamp program that prevented the passage of a farm bill. The next hurdle is the King Amendment, by Iowa’s fool-in-residence Rep. Steve King. Of course, the food stamp program was separated from the farm bill … Continue reading

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The Proposed Shield Law for Journalists is not Friendly to the First Amendment

There is a reason that the Founding Fathers made the First Amendment about speech and religious belief. They felt it was imperative that free people have the right to express themselves freely in order to be free. From time to … Continue reading

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Gohmert Leads List of 10 Most Quotable Members of Congress

There is no surprise here. Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert tops a list of the most quotable members of Congress compiled by Roll Call. Although this is not necessarily a good thing, Gohmert has no problem with it. He even admits … Continue reading

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What’s Happened to the Veto?

Up until the end of the Civil War, presidents rarely used the veto. Andrew Jackson used 12; John Tyler used 10. Not until the tempestuous presidency of Andrew Johnson were those totals bested. Johnson vetoed 29 bills. At that point, … Continue reading

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West Virginia Senator Manchin Says Fellow Senators Have Less Courage Than Afghan Governors

No one can accuse West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin of being soft on guns. He is a lifetime NRA member with an “A” rating, although that may tumble a bit as he was a leading voice at instituting mandatory background checks for … Continue reading

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Mitch McConnell Filibusters His Own Bill

As Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said, this may be the first time that a senator has filibustered his own bill. TPM explained the political gymnastics performed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wanted to … Continue reading

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Senators Graham and Paul Argue Over “Crazy Bastards”

Guantanamo Bay is one of those issues that stir passions in Washington, even among those who normally agree with each other. In this video, Republican Senators Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham argue over the rights of the “crazy bastard” terrorists … Continue reading

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Norquist “No Tax Pledge” Looks to Further Divide Republican Party at Critical Time

The fiscal cliff can’t come at a worse time for the Republican Party. Only once in the last six presidential elections has the party broke the 50% mark. It now appears that the GOP maybe topping off its support in … Continue reading

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