President Endorses Reinstatement of Assault Weapons Ban, Other Gun Safety Legislation

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:20 am

The President will support a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. He will also “consider” legislation limiting extended magazines that carry a high capacity of bullets, as well as legislation closing the “gun show loophole,” which enables gun purchasers to avoid [...]

Feinstein Plans to Reintroduce Assault Weapons Ban Next Year

By: Sunday December 16, 2012 12:26 pm

Dianne Feinstein, author of the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired under President George W. Bush in 2004, told Meet the Press that she plans to reintroduce the law on the first day of the new Congress in 2013. The bill seeks to respond to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, [...]

Senate Passes Indefinite Detention Limitations Amid Various Interpretations of the Statute Language

By: Friday November 30, 2012 12:17 pm

Depending on who you believe, the Senate either voted today to limit indefinite detention practices or voted to allow those limits to be determined by the executive branch. You may need a degree in linguistics to figure this one out. First, here’s the basics of what happened: The Senate voted late on Thursday to prohibit [...]

Failed Mission: Bipartisan Congressional Intelligence Leaders Say Taliban Stronger After Afghan Surge

By: Monday May 7, 2012 9:50 am

Another policy that the election of Francois Hollande could shift a bit is the war in Afghanistan. Hollande recommitted today to removing French troops by the end of the year, which Nicolas Sarkozy vowed as well, but only to catch up to Hollande’s position. Last week the President announced in a surprise visit to Afghanistan [...]

Feinstein Amendment Punts Issue of Indefinite Detention of Americans to Courts

By: Friday December 2, 2011 8:15 am

An amendment from Dianne Feinstein passed as part of the Senate’s defense authorization bill yesterday punts one small aspect of detention policy to the courts, namely whether the US military can indefinitely hold an American citizen. Adam Serwer, who has had excellent coverage of the detention pieces of the defense bill, had this report: Can [...]

Occupy Oakland Regroups, Announces General Strike for November 2

By: Thursday October 27, 2011 8:15 am

The brutal response to the Occupy Oakland protests, which left one Iraq War vet in the hospital with a fractured skull, continues to stir outrage on the left. And Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s absurd press conference, where she claimed that she “didn’t know” about the raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment on Monday which preceded [...]

Fallout Continues from Leak of Post-2011 US Military Presence in Iraq

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 8:55 am

The news that the President has settled on 3,000 trainers to stay in Iraq past the assigned 2011 withdrawal date, first reported by Fox News, was subsequently confirmed by other outlets. And unlike Fox News, these stories are being reported more accurately. The Obama administration is considering leaving about 3,000 American troops in Iraq after [...]

The Hidden History of the Debt Limit Hijack: Democrats Started It

By: Monday August 1, 2011 1:26 pm

I have a piece in the American Prospect today on five turning points in the debt limit fight. I think they’re actually in descending order of importance, and the biggest one is right at the top – this deal is the function of horrible economic stewardship in 2009 and 2010. OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS COULD HAVE [...]

Bipartisan Senate Trio Agrees to Elimination of Ethanol Subsidy

By: Friday July 8, 2011 8:15 am

Let’s celebrate perhaps the only bipartisan policy agreement that we’ll ever see this year, one that is actually not a bad policy. A group of Senators have come to an agreement to phase out ethanol subsidies. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) told Senate leaders that their proposal would repeal [...]

Paul, Leahy Team Up on Amendments to Patriot Act Extension

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 6:50 am

As I noted yesterday, the Senate passed cloture, by a 74-8 margin, on the motion to proceed for a four-year extension of key provisions of the Patriot Act. Final passage is expected Wednesday, so for a seminal civil liberties issue that has been in place nearly ten years, we will see essentially one day of [...]

House Looks Like They’ll Pass Patriot Act Extension Today

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 11:41 am

If you blink today, you may miss the House of Representatives passing an extension until the end of the year of several provisions of the Patriot Act that expire in Feburary. They will try to pass it under the suspension of the rules, meaning that they will need a 2/3 vote, but also that nobody [...]

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