Dan Sullivan’s WikiLeaks Problem

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 10:41 am

One of the benefits to having a large archive of US dirty deeds such as the one over at WikiLeaks is the ability to see the unauthorized background of rising political stars. Take Dan Sullivan, Republican candidate for the US Senate from Alaska. Prior to his candidacy for US Senate, Sullivan was in the Bush [...]

CIA Hacked Senate To Learn About Torture Report

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 8:58 am

I guess we should be surprised? In an act of extreme illegality and impudence the CIA has been caught not only operating domestically but doing so against American citizens who were working for the US Senate according to a report by McClatchy.  The CIA Inspector General has reportedly made a referral to the Justice Department [...]

Hagel Makes It Through Tough Confirmation Hearing

By: Friday February 1, 2013 5:50 am

Fmr. Senator Chuck Hagel faced a tough confirmation hearing yesterday. Hagel’s Republican colleagues were particularly vicious claiming Hagel was anti-Israel, weak on Iran, and supports unilateral nuclear disarmament. The attacks though continually repeated had little to no evidence supporting them. One of the highlights was John McCain losing his cool over statements Hagel made on [...]

Obama Admin Going Back To Court Over Recess Appointments

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 5:55 am

What started as an esoteric dispute over whether a Senate “pro forma” session can technically be considered “recess” morphed into a larger question of executive power when a federal appeals court rejected the Obama Administration’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. But the court went beyond the narrow dispute over pro forma sessions [...]

Judge Strikes Down Constitutional Challenge to the Filibuster

By: Friday December 21, 2012 12:10 pm

If there’s going to be reform to the Senate’s rules, it’s going to have to come from the Senate itself. That’s the implication of a ruling in federal court today throwing out a Constitutional challenge to the filibuster. Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that the plaintiffs in the case, who claimed that the Senate used an [...]

Senate Republicans Nickel and Diming Sandy Relief

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 7:01 am

While the nonsense continues on the fiscal slope, which increasingly looks like something the nation will have to weather, the Senate has been working on an appropriation for states suffering from the disaster caused by Hurricane Sandy. The parallel has to be understood: in one part of Washington, they’re trying to put in a deficit [...]

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 [...]

RIP Daniel Inouye

By: Monday December 17, 2012 3:11 pm

Senator Daniel Inouye, Hawaii’s senior Senator and an American war hero, died today at the age of 88. He suffered complications from a respiratory problem and was in the hospital for the past few days. Inouye was the President pro tempore of the Senate – fourth in line for the Presidency. He served as a [...]

Boehner in Bargaining Phase: Calls for Millionaire’s Bracket

By: Sunday December 16, 2012 9:31 am

House Speaker John Boehner’s latest offer sheet to the President in the fiscal slope negotiations includes an increase in tax rates on people earning $1 million a year, the first time that the Republican leader has proposed any tax rate hike. The White House, seeking rises on tax rates above $250,000, rejected the offer. Boehner [...]

Means Testing Emerges as a Social Insurance Pill Democrats Could Swallow

By: Friday December 14, 2012 10:05 am

It certainly looked yesterday as if the White House had dropped any notion of using an increase in the Medicare eligibility age as a bargaining chip in future negotiations on a grand bargain. While the White House has not ruled out increasing the age, some of its leading allies did, and Dick Durbin went so [...]

Elizabeth Warren Formally Gets Banking Committee Slot

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:51 pm

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren officially received her committee assignments today, and she will sit on the Senate Banking Committee, with key oversight over Wall Street and the financial system. Progressives agitated for weeks for Warren to get this spot, and in the end it wasn’t that difficult a lift. I’m looking forward to future hearings from [...]

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