Congressional leadership from both houses and both parties today reached a deal on a long-term extension of the PATRIOT Act, exactly as worded and without any of the inconvenient civil rights provisions that the Obama Administration...
People this is not just another political fantasy by a mindless-moron acting out some fantasy of his real-owners: This would declare the entire world to be enemies of the US, and thus liable to be attacked whenever one of our paranoid psycho's...
Rep. Garamendi was very concerned by the limitless geographic boundaries of the provision. Essentially, it would enable the U.S. to use military force anywhere in the world (including within the U.S.) in search of terrorists.
Meredith Attwell Baker resigned her post Wednesday as a Federal Communications Commission commissioner to become the top lobbyist for the merged Comcast-NBC, just four months after she approved the deal.
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul said during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Wednesday that those who believe in a right to healthcare actually believe in slavery.
The proposal is a big expansion of executive authority, giving the president the ability to “use all necessary and appropriate force” against those terrorist groups he decides are U.S. enemies.
But anything fundamental -- Medicare, etc. -- would be pushed off until another time, until maybe when there's a GOP President and GOP Congress that can have carte blanche.
An uproar over lapses by U.S. air traffic controllers will spill into Congress where critics of organized labor see an unexpected opening to push their agenda into sweeping aviation legislation.
Robert Paul, a family doctor, says he has thought about running for the Senate seat currently held by Kay Bailey Hutchison, when her term expires in January 2013. "I am very happy as a physician, but have a lot of concern about the debt,"
Apparently John Boehner has been reaching out to Wall Street, trying to get a sense of when financial markets will get spooked by GOP hesitance in raising the debt ceiling.
Prolonging negotiations past mid-May when Washington will hit its debt limit could give Republicans more leverage to secure big spending cuts, but it could worry investors as the country runs up against a possible default.
Why did I put this up? Because I fully expect our government to be dumb enough to fail to deal with the deficit for the simple reason that doing so is going to force recognition of the hidden damage that they've been covering up...
The buzz out of DC is that there are a significant number of GOPers who will vote no.
It turns out that so much smoke and mirrors was used to create the minuscule $38.5 billion in budget cuts, during the ciricus act budget negotiations, that the real cuts are, get this, microscopic: somewhere between $8 and $14 billion.
But it is the system – carefully put together and controlled by the corporate-state establishment – to whom the "Unabomber" label justly applies. It is the system owners who put the Stepford servomechanisms in seats of apparent authority to...
Like the dancing skeletons of film history, here come the elected office-holders of the US government cutting their capers in the graveyard of empire, giving the paying customer - er... citizens - a nice case of the Friday night heebie-jeebies...
For the second time since the beginning of the 112th Congress, a temporary “stop-gap” budget has been passed, leaving a full budget for another day. Senator Rand Paul has introduced a bill that would prevent a shutdown of the federal government. Acco
They agreed to cut spending $39 billion from existing levels and separately vote on the controversial policy riders blocking funding for Planned Parenthood.
No credible proposal can ignore interest on the national debt. I counted 10 instances of the phrase "excluding interest" in the CBO reply.
Greece didn't "choose" their impending default. Neither did Iceland. Neither did Ireland. All three had it thrust upon them due to the insane policies of their governments. Such it will be in our case, without fear or favor.
Anonymous’ recent exposure of a federal contractor’s plan to take down WikiLeaks has led to a congressional probe seeking data on contracts the company and its partners hold with the U.S. military and intelligence agencies.
Leverage. It’s what makes Washington work the way it does, and Michelle Bachman has found some that could well result in a government shutdown come March 18.
For the first time in nearly 20 years, members of the U.S. military might have to pay more for healthcare. Some say tightening budgets and ever-escalating personnel costs are setting up a fight inside the Pentagon budget: people versus machines.
Bush succeeded in establishing that as a wartime commander-in-chief he had the “inherent power” to disobey the laws against torture, spying on Americans without obtaining warrants, and indefinite detention. In addition, Bush used signing statements..
the use of the IO team against U.S. senators was a misuse of vital resources designed to combat the enemy; it cost American taxpayers roughly $6 million to deploy Holmes and his team in Afghanistan for a year.
By Susan Hustwick: We have strayed far from the path on our road to fiscal responsibility. It’s not only the journey that got us here, but the ultimate destination that worries me most. The destination of the United States isn’t looking so good.
The FCIC’s press release indicates that the staff met with over 700 witnesses; only “more than 300″ are to be made public, with 213 released initially and the rest added by now, since the FCIC is now officially no more.
Great interview by Paul Ryan - went to great pains to describe what the right is trying to do as far as spending, cuts, entitlements, and what he is seeing coming down the pike from President Obama today.
The problem with this is that "Ms. Smith" is actually the pen name of of Susan Webber, the principal of Aurora Financial Advisors. This is not a major secret. Wikipedia has an entry that mentions her use of the pen name. Apparently the FCIC didn't...
Citing scheduling conflicts, Ms. Whitney has declined an invitation to appear before the panel of the House Oversight and Government Reform. But Rep. Patrick McHenry, R. of North Carolina, said that would not dissuade him from investigating her...