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Pick up the phone and tell Congress to fix patents

Since the SHIELD Act was introduced two years ago, momentum has been building for patent reform in Congress. And when the House overwhelmingly passed the Innovation Act in December, it seemed real legislation might be close at hand. Since then, the……

Lawmaker prods attorney general to revise ‘fallacious’ pot laws: Order the study already

A pro-pot legislator pointedly asked Attorney General Eric Holder why he wants to wait for Congress to loosen marijuana laws. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) reminded Holder during a House Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday that the attorney general had the authority to ask the Secretary of Health and Human Services to…

Congress unlikely to act quickly to give IRS regulatory powers over tax preparers

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Obama administration push to clean up the tax preparation industry has landed in Congress where it is expected to stall, meaning further delays to rules to stamp out shoddy and deceptive tax preparers who are a drain on the U.S. Treasury and taxpayers.…

Comcast: Throwing money at Congress to approve our merger is OK because Congress represents the people!

Comcast is using a variety of sophisticated lobbying tricks to get the company's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable approved, including using minority groups and an endless roster of think tankers to parrot merger support. They're……

Congress passes bill cutting farmer payments and SNAP benefits

The US Congress passed a massive, long-overdue bill Tuesday that overhauls agriculture policy, including halting direct payments to farmers. The five-year $956.4 billion measure, which also reforms the food stamp program for the poor to save $8 billion, marks a rare point of cooperation among bitterly divided lawmakers. It passed…

Full Text of President Barack Obama’s 5th State of the Union Speech

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades. An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in…

Chief Justice Roberts: Sequestration budget cuts pose real risk to public safety

In his 2013 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts warned that the nation’s courts are being starved of funding due to the sequestration budget. According to Think Progress, Roberts warned that the resulting dysfunction poses a real danger to the public as offenders languish…

Fox News analyst suggests extra-constitutional measures to protect Constitution from Obama

A retired general and Fox News analyst has prescribed a regimen of extra-constitutional measures to protect the Constitution from President Barack Obama. “We need to get off our derrieres, march at the state capitol, march in Washington (and) make citizens arrests,” said conservative activist and retired Major Gen. Paul E.…

Bipartisan budget deal easily passes in Senate vote

The US Senate passed a compromise two-year budget accord Wednesday, marking a truce in the fiscal wars that have plagued Washington and reducing the likelihood of a government shutdown in January. The measure, which passed 64-36 with the support of nine Republicans and the entire Democratic caucus, lays out top-line…

Congress may throw wrench into Iran nuclear deal

US lawmakers are preparing a possible vote on new sanctions against Iran, a move President Barack Obama and his P5+1 partners fear could sabotage the nuclear deal reached in Geneva. Administration officials have beaten a path to Capitol Hill in recent weeks, warning Congress against short-circuiting the delicate negotiations. Now…

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