Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) who is a decorated Marine, has taken the lead in arguing that the House should use its power of the purse to raise roadblocks to President George Bush's strategy to increase the number of US troops in Iraq.
Medical groups, politicians and parents began rebelling after disclosure of a behind-the-scenes lobbying by Merck to get state legislatures to require 11- and 12-year-old girls to get the vaccine as a requirement for school attendance.
Florida's prosecutors are floating a proposal to the Legislature to legalize what they've been doing in secret for years - falsify public court records -- with a judge's approval -- for undercover law enforcement purposes.
Congressional Democrats have the power to defund the war, but they don’t want to risk ending it before 2008. [Blaming a bad war on Bush will ensure Dems control Whitehouse ... how many have to die so they don't have to campaign?]
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who stripped embattled Rep. William Jefferson of his seat on a powerful tax committee last year, has decided to put him on the Homeland Security panel, infuriating some Republicans who charge he is a security risk.
A real vote against a troop surge is a vote against the coming supplemental appropriation that finances it. I hope all of my colleagues who vote against the surge today will vote against the budgetary surge when it really counts: when we vote on the
U.S. lawmakers squared off on Tuesday over President George W. Bush's troop buildup in Iraq, with Democrats declaring Americans had lost faith in the war and Republicans warning against undermining the U.S. struggle with terrorism.
Text of the Democratic resolution expressing disapproval of President Bush's troop increase in Iraq that the House will debate this week:
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that -
These mobile e-tools of Satan provide precisely what many people navigating the outside world want and need: obliviousness. Indeed, young people see it as a basic human right, like free speech and gun-toting.
Pelosi announced she would fly commercial if the military could not provide a plane with a cross-country-sized fuel tank. Pentagon officials, after weeks of deliberation, have offered her the same kind of plane Hastert used but said she could use a l
New Yorkers who blithely cross the street listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone could soon face a $100 fine. "Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry. This electronic gadgetry is reaching the point where it's becoming
"I went in, took care of things, went out, and I washed my hands, and that was just fine, there was soap there. And when I was done washing my hands, I turned to look." Ryan said. "And there were no paper towels."
Chairman Barney Frank plans to craft a bill that would exempt companies from disclosing data breaches, provided they secure the data with encryption software that would render it virtually unreadable if it fell into the wrong hands.
The House passed a $463.5 billion spending bill today that covers about one-sixth of the federal budget as Congress’ new leadership cleared away the financial mess they inherited from last year.
Democratic complicity in this futile and increasingly dangerous conflict is only underscored by the weakness of the party's ostensible opposition to it: they say they're against it, but they refuse to take meaningful action to end it.
AMY GOODMAN: With us now is Professor David Golove. He is the Hiller Family Foundation Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, one of the signatories to the letter to the congressional leaders.
With the rhetoric of reformers bent on sweeping corruption from the Capitol, the House voted unanimously to deny federal pensions to lawmakers convicted of bribery, perjury and other related felonies. "Corrupt politicians deserve prison sente
The Democratic-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee dismissed President Bush's plans to increase troops strength in Iraq as "not in the national interest," an unusual [symbolism over substance - don't be fooled]
The FBI should have acted last summer to protect underage congressional pages after it was given "troubling" electronic messages sent by then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), according to a report.
(How about no pensions at all. They do work for us, right???) Lawmakers convicted of crimes such as bribery, fraud and perjury will be stripped of their congressional pensions under legislation the House passed Tuesday in the latest effort
Rep. Hinchey: New bill would break up media monopolies and restore fairness doctrine. Warns media reform critical to prevent 'end of democratic republic.' Concerns about monopolies and fears of a possible "fascist" takeover of the
The new rules, the toughest changes since Watergate, still leave lots of room for special interests to curry favor and lawmakers to raise big dollars. The rules, which differ between the Senate and House, are aimed at some of the most attention-grabb
The House voted to overhaul the board that supervises its congressional page program, seeking to close the book on a sordid e-mail and sex scandal that sullied its reputation and became a Campaign 2006 issue.
The Senate broke a difficult stalemate and approved legislation to curtail the influence of lobbyists, tighten congressional ethics rules and prevent the spouses of senators from lobbying senators and their staffs.
It is an open secret that many members of Congress from both parties would be relieved to scuttle proposed changes in ethics rules. After all, the changes tend to limit the personal perks and political advantages of their positions.
Propose a "safety fee," which every person convicted of a crime would have to pay. The program is modeled on a similar fee the state now levies against people who violate the law, a program that generate s about $6 million annually to pay f
Despite its claims to the contrary, some see evidence that the White House is preparing for conflict with Iran. US forces raided a facility that Iran claimed was being used for diplomatic purposes, alleging that Iranians were funneling
I just hope the American people are prepared for the Democrats to stab them in the backs. At no point did any portion of voters switch parties in order to vote for the Democratic agenda. They were voting against the President’s Iraqi policy.
[They passed these snoop laws!] The government's ability to use computers to gather personal information about citizens and act on it has far outstripped the federal laws designed to protect them from secret federal dossiers, a privacy advocate t
Now that they're in charge, Democrats are still talking the talk. But when it comes to actually taking any action to check Bush's war powers, there's not much bite to the Democrats' bark. Which raises the question: will Democrats use