The United States imposed punitive tariffs on solar panel imports from China, the latest in a series of trade disputes between the world's two biggest economies and sparking accusations by Beijing of protectionism. New tariffs over 30%
The same month that Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin bought his first electric car, he sponsored legislation to establish battery recharge stations in the Capitol complex’s parking areas. The bill would give the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) t
In a stunning move, on March 16, 2012, Barack Obama signed an Executive Order stating that the President and his specifically designated Secretaries now have the authority to forcibly induct/draft American citizens into the military. The authority c
The Senate easily approved a two-year, $109 billion transportation and infrastructure bill on Wednesday, putting pressure on House Republicans to set aside their stalled version and pass the Senate’s before the federal highway trust fund expires at t
A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with threatening letters containing a suspicious powdery substance that were sent to members of Congress. The United States Capitol Police said in a statement that Christopher Lee Carlson was arres
“Now I live with some senators, I yell at them all the time, I grabbed one of them the other day and shook him...You know but other than me going over there with a gun and holding it to their head and maybe killing a couple of them, I don’t think the
Several members of the Congress received mail threatening a biological attack and containing a suspicious powder later found to be harmless as law enforcement officials warned on Wednesday that more letters could be on their way.
More than two years after the deadliest crash in Metro’s history, there are no federal standards in place for making the nation’s subways and light rail systems safer. This week, two bills that address safety are expected to go before the House an
The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee over possible violations of insider-trading laws, according to individuals familiar with the case.
House Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) made himself the target of online ridicule after confusing a spoof article about Planned Parenthood as a factual news report. An article posted to the Onion's website on headlined, "Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion A
Aware that most Americans would like to dump them all, members of Congress hope to regain some sense of trust by subjecting themselves to tougher penalties for insider trading, prohibiting members of Congress from using nonpublic information for thei
The legislation, passed by voice vote, increases penalties for those flying ultralight planes to smuggle drugs into Giffords' home state and other states along the border. The bill "will not only help to secure our southwest border, but it also af
Georgia State Rep. Pamela Dickerson has introduced a silly law that would prohibit Photoshopping someone’s face onto a naked body, then posting the result on the Interent. Naturally, someone on the Internet responded with this..... ;-D
"What a way to usher in the New Year." The Doc at his finest. Freedom's time has come ONCE AGAIN!
Rep. Kip Smith was pulled over after a police officer witnessed him run through a red light. The officer said he could smell the odor of alcohol coming from Smith’s car and had the lawmaker take a breathalyzer test, which he failed.
A new state law requires those who buy drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log. It’s getting a rough reception from customers and merchants alike although perhaps none more than a cashier at Schro
Among 40,000 signed bills: No happy hours in Utah, safer golf carts in Georgia
For each of the past forty-eight years, Congress has passed the misnamed National Defense Authorization Act to set forth the budget of the Defense Department. President Obama just signed into law the latest version of the NDAA, but not without some c
The war drum against Iran beats louder, thanks in part to a ruling from U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels on December 15, 2011 ruling that Iran was linked to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The Eurasia Review reports, “Judge Danie
Many people have murdered The Star Spangled Banner, but an Indiana lawmaker wants to criminalize deviant versions sung or played at school functions.
The New Year brings a host of new laws that kick in on the first. For citizens in Utah, the New Year will bring an end to Happy Hours. That’s right, the heavily Mormon state has continued its harassment of citizens who drink and outlawed “drink speci
They say he urged them to vote for a Medicare prescription-drug plan.
Paraphrasing Shakespeare, something is rotten in the state of Capitol Hill. A majority of Congress is just about to put the finishing touches on an amendment to the military budget authorization legislation that will finish off some critical American
In 2011, all 50 states and territories met in regular session and enacted close to 40,000 new laws on issues across the board. Laws do not always become effective on Jan. 1, however. State constitutions or statutes usually establish when they go into
How can we take Congress seriously when the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, makes patently inaccurate, outrageous and bizarre claims on an important tax-policy issue without any heads being turned? I guess this is what we have come to expect of C
Between 1984 and 2009, the median net worth of a member of the House more than doubled, from $280,000 to $725,000 in inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars, excluding home equity. Over the same period, the wealth of an American family has declined slightl
Legislative and judicial mischief combine to make outcome of court cases unpredictable. If you can't know the rules, how can you breathe free in your Liberty?! Article is somewhat dated, but still applies.
The law to phase out traditional incandescent light bulbs was promoted as a simple, almost painless, change when Congress first passed it. By requiring that light bulbs use at least 25 percent less electricity, starting in 2012, the nation would use
Congressional negotiators signed off Thursday evening on a $1 trillion spending agreement for federal agencies, just 28 hours before a deadline that would have led to a government shutdown.
Staffers of Rep. Rick Larsen boasted over Twitter that they were drinking and otherwise goofing off on the job, according to a story in the NW Daily Marker. The website said the tweets gave off the impression of "a staffers-gone-wild bash" in the