Tag Archives: Congress

Glenn Greenwald> On the Espionage Act charges against Edward Snowden

When does “providing for the common defence” not “promote the general welfare”?* A new NSA data centre sits beyond a residential area in Bluffdale, Utah. It will be the largest of several interconnected data centres spread throughout the US. Photograph: George Frey/Getty Images The US government has charged Edward Snowden with three felonies, including two under the Espionage […]

Increase Pressure on Congress to Close the SOA

The legislative campaign of SOA Watch is looking forward to an exciting summer and fall, where we can bring the issue of the SOA/WHINSEC to the national agenda and advocate for alternatives to the growing culture of militarism throughout the hemisphere. SOA Watch Submitted by David Culver The legislative campaign of SOA Watch is looking […]

E.L Doctorow> Unexceptionalism: A Primer

Unexceptionalism: A Primer By E. L. DOCTOROW     Published: April 28, 2012    New York Times TO achieve unexceptionalism, the political ideal that would render the United States indistinguishable from the impoverished, traditionally undemocratic, brutal or catatonic countries of the world, do the following: PHASE ONE If you’re a justice of the Supreme Court, […]

Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal

Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal 29 February, 2012   RT Washington: US park police detains a Christian religious activist during a pro-life demonstration in front of the White House in Washington on February 16, 2012. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad) Just when you thought the government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further: The […]

Congress Will Auction Public Airwaves to Pay for Benefits

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and John D. Rockefeller IV, both Democrats, prepare to announce the auctioning of public airwaves. (photo: Luke Sharrett/NYT) Congress Will Auction Public Airwaves to Pay for Benefits By Edward Wyatt and Jennifer Steinhauer   20 February 12 The New York Times via Reader Supported News he need for revenue to partly cover the […]

Lawrence Lessig> After the Battle Against SOPA—What’s Next?

After the Battle Against SOPA— What’s Next? by Lawrence Lessig    January 26, 2912   The Nation January 18, 2012 could prove to be an incredibly important day, and not just for copyright policy or the Internet. On that day, two critically important things happened: First, with its 6-2 decision in Golan v. Holder, the Supreme Court […]

Tomgram: Bill McKibben, Buying Congress in 2012> Armed With Naïvete Time to Stop Being Cynical About Corporate Money in Politics and Start Being Angry

Tomgram: Bill McKibben, Buying Congress in 2012 Posted by Bill McKibben at 9:47AM, January 05, 2012. Tom Dispatch Startling numbers of Americans are “underwater” — homeowners and students alike — and so, for that matter, is Congress, even if in quite a different way.  In these last years, it’s been flooded with money.  Millionaires, including at least 10 centimillionaires, now make up nearly […]

Unhook Unemployment Benefits Extension from Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

Congress was on track to approve extending unemployment insurance, but that vote could fall apart over efforts to pressure the president to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline deal. Jim Cason, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Submitted by David Culver If Congress doesn’t act soon, 1.8 million people will lose their modest unemployment insurance […]

SOPA Vote Delayed, Allowing For More Corporate Fundraising From Censorship Bill

SOPA Vote Delayed, Allowing For More Corporate Fundraising From Censorship Bill Zach Carter     December 16, 2011    Huffington Post WASHINGTON — After two days of debate, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) abruptly halted a key hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act, postponing a Committee vote on the bill until 2012. The […]

Video> Robert Reich> Four Super Principles to Revamp the Economy

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Joe Conason> Bloomberg vs. Occupy Wall Street

Bloomberg vs. Occupy Wall Street Joe Conason   Posted on Nov 6, 2011   Truthdig Americans listen when Michael Bloomberg speaks, not only because he is the mayor of New York City, but because he is a self-made billionaire and a smart guy. People think Bloomberg knows a lot about business and investment, which he surely does. But […]

Will Congress disrupt diplomacy? An ill-advised peace of legislation

Will Congress disrupt diplomacy? WILLIAM O. BEEMAN, Minneapolis Star Tribune Please take time to Click here to comment on this issue. In an ill-advised piece of legislation, Congress is using opposition to Iran as an excuse to attack President Obama’s executive authority. The “Iran Threat Reduction Act” (HR1905), passed on Nov. 2 by the House Foreign […]

Being Smart about ALEC> Carol Masters

Being Smart about ALEC By Carol Masters  WAMM Newsletter   October 2011 A “Wall Street” street sign is superimposed on the image for the Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development link on ALEC’s web site. What Is ALEC? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC.org) comprises not only legislators but “members of the private sector who share ALEC’s […]

UN Torture Report Stirs Pressure for Congressional Response> Tom Hayden

UN Torture Report Stirs Pressure for Congressional Response Monday 17 October 2011 by: Tom Hayden, The Nation | Report  via Truthout Ten years after promising that human rights would be protected in Afghanistan, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has verified “systemic torture” by Afghan security forces trained and funded by the United States. The UN […]

Those Who Say Occupy Wall Street Movement Should Go To Washington Don’t Get It

Those Who Say Occupy Wall Street Movement Should Go To Washington Don’t Get It  By Rob Kall (about the author)  October 10, 2011 at 08:43:02 opednews.com Herman Cain says Occupy Wall Street protests should go to the White House. Willy Geist on Morning Joe says “I’m glad to see it’s moving to Washington,” referring to the […]