Wyden Wants Information on Targeting of Anwar al-Awlaki

By: Friday February 10, 2012 12:04 pm

Sen. Ron Wyden has led a lonely battle against state secrecy. He wanted his findings from the Intelligence Committee on what he perceived as a misuse of the Patriot Act to be made public. And now, he wants a public record on the death of Anwar al-Awlaki. Five months after Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was [...]

SOPA Also Dies; Anti-Piracy Push Languishes for Now

By: Friday January 20, 2012 11:38 am

After the death of PIPA this morning comes the news that Lamar Smith, the Republican chair of the House Judiciary Committee who planned on resuming the markup of SOPA, the House version of anti-piracy legislation, in February, has put the bill into cold storage. The work of the grassroots coalition did the trick: SOPA and [...]

SOPA Strike: Thousands of Sites Go Dark to Protest Anti-Piracy Legislation

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 6:50 am

Wired is censored today. So is TBogg’s mini-site. The Google doodle is blacked out. And part of Daily Kos. And a lead story at The Huffington Post. And even right here. Sites like Wikipedia and Reddit and I Can Haz Cheezburger and Raw Story and Informed Comment and thousands more are completely dark today, not [...]

Internet Censorship Bill Coming Up in Senate in Three Weeks

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 2:16 pm

Let’s define some terms here. The Internet censorship bills have different names depending on which chamber of Congress you’re talking about. The House bill is called SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. That bill is currently in the committee process and has not yet cleared the Judiciary Committee. Observers thought this would happen at the [...]

Liberal Wonks Blast Ryan-Wyden

By: Friday December 16, 2011 1:02 pm

Now that Democratic politicians have taken their shot at Ryan-Wyden, liberal wonks are having their turn puncturing the Medicare/premium support hybrid plan. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is pretty unsparing in their analysis. Here’s a taste: Its sponsors say the proposal would avoid shifting health costs to beneficiaries, but that’s not so. It [...]

SOPA Getting a Markup in House Judiciary Committee

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 1:37 pm

The markup in the House Judiciary Committee of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has begun. Observers expect at least two days of markups, and the bill wouldn’t see the House floor until sometime thereafter, probably next year. There are over 60 amendments on the bill, and opponents on the committee are dragging out [...]

Ryan-Wyden Getting No Love on Democratic Side

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 12:16 pm

The news that Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Paul Ryan have joined forces on a premium support/Medicare hybrid has gone over like a lead balloon in the Democratic caucus, as well as the White House. First off, Democrats in the House showed little interest in the plan, which would allow private companies on a regulated [...]

Ryan Teams with Wyden on New Plan for Medicare

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 6:31 am

In a surprise move, Paul Ryan found a Democratic partner to propose a new Medicare plan that does not fully privatize it, but instead keeps fee-for-service Medicare as an option alongside a premium support plan. This is the same proposal that the front-running Republican Presidential candidates have made. Here’s the plan in a nutshell, from [...]

Wyden Offers Discussion Draft to Counter Internet Censorship Bill

By: Friday December 2, 2011 7:35 am

In this age of Occupy Wall Street direct action, it should be noted that the campaign that has had the most immediate impact on legislation has come from the clicktivism of the online sphere. The Protect IP Act was well on its way to passage, and it was poised to create a tool for censoring [...]

Internet Giants Speak Out Against Online Censorship Bill

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 12:15 pm

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. Today is American Censorship Day. A coalition of Internet activists, joined by some of the largest sites on the Web, invented this day to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, legislation which had its first hearing in the House Judiciary Committee today. [...]

Wyden Will Place Hold on Internet Censorship Legislation

By: Friday November 11, 2011 10:18 am

Yesterday, the Senate rejected a resolution of disapproval that would have invalidated the FCC’s net neutrality regulations. Not one member of the Democratic caucus voted with Republicans to overturn the FCC regulations. In the grand scheme, this doesn’t do much. The White House already threatened a veto of the resolution of disapproval back in April, [...]

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