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New York Dem on rampage after GOP blocks help for 9/11 heroes

After days of political trickery by both Republicans and Democrats, Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) got mad as hell and just couldn’t take it anymore. And so began the shouting. On Thursday night, the House voted down the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, which would have provided…

ACLU: Bill aimed at toppling Citizens United decision would ‘compromise free speech’

On its face, the DISCLOSE Act sounds like a good idea: by forcing big political advertisers to name the group behind their message, a greater level of transparency becomes possible. But dig a bit deeper into the particulars of the legislation and, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, red…

Conyers throws in with Grayson, co-sponsors ‘War is Making You Poor Act’

It seems that Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) would agree, perpetual war is making you poor. To begin rectifying the situation, he’s joined with Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) in co-sponsoring the “War is Making You Poor Act,” which would limit defense spending to $548.9 billion: the exact figure alloted in the…

Palin: Maddow was ‘prejudiced’ against Rand Paul

The media was out to destroy Sarah Palin and now they are out to destroy Rand Paul, if you believe the former Republican vice presidential candidate. In an interview with National Public Radio, Paul criticized some aspects of the 1964 Civil Right Act. Paul indicated that businesses should be free…

Contractor Deaths Accelerating in Afghanistan as They Outnumber Soldiers

A recent Congressional Research Service analysis obtained by ProPublica looked at the number of civilian contractors killed in Afghanistan in recent months. It’s not pretty. Of the 289 civilians killed since the war began more than eight years ago, 100 have died in just the last six months. That’s a…

ACLU publishes volumes of data on civilian casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan

The American Civil Liberties Union is publicizing its acquisition of a large volume of data relating to civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, which it has made available on its Web site. The files, obtained by Freedom of Information Act request, detail hundreds of cases in which families of the…

Grayson urges vote on new Medicare buy-in bill

Progressive firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) isn’t giving up on offering Americans a public option. The congressman on Tuesday introduced the four-page H.R. 4789 “Public Option Act,” also called the “Medicare You Can Buy Into Act,” would allow all legal American residents under 65 to enroll in Medicare by paying a…

‘War’ on Wall Street? Bankers slam regulations that were in place 10 years ago

From 1933 to 1999, the Glass-Steagall Act separated commercial banking from investment banking, preventing deposit-taking banks from using consumers’ money for risky stock market investments. For two decades prior to Glass-Steagall’s repeal, the financial sector experienced robust, record-breaking growth. And less than a decade after the law was repealed, the…

Senators push Wall Street restructuring with Depression-era rule

The Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act may live again, if Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have anything to say about it. Glass-Steagall, introduced in 1933, separated commercial and investment banking, essentially prohibiting institutions from using consumers’ deposits for risky bets on the stock market — one of the main…

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