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Jon Stewart castigates Congress for loosening insider trading law

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ripped Congress for weakening a recently approved law that subjected lawmakers to the same insider trading laws as every other American. Following a scathing 60 Minutes report on the topic, Congress passed the STOCK Act in 2012 to prohibit…

Sen. Baucus retiring in 2014

Senior aides to Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) told The Washington Post on Tuesday that the long-serving Democrat has decided to retire from Congress rather than seek re-election. The Senate Finance Committee chairman has served in Congress since 1978, and played a key role in killing President Barack Obama’s proposal for…

TSA chief to defend knives-on-planes rule today at Congressional hearing

Copyright ImageClick to View TSA Administrator John Pistole, shown here testifying before Congress in 2010, will be back at the Capitol this afternoon to defend his decision to allow knives on planes during a hearing convened by a House Homeland Security subcommittee. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images…  …

How Congress became the boy who cried ‘Wolf!’ or: How I learned to stop worrying and hate the sequester

Do you even remember the first time Republicans threatened to shut down the government? (The first time, that is, since then-Speaker Newt Gingrich followed through on his promise in 1995 with disastrous political consequences?) Unless you’re a serious political junkie, you probably don’t remember (it was 2010, though, for the…

Obama to release secret drone strike memos to Congress

In a reversal, President Barack Obama will allow lawmakers access to secret documents outlining the legal justification for drone strikes that kill US citizens abroad who conspire with Al-Qaeda. An administration official disclosed the move Wednesday on the eve of a Senate hearing on Obama’s nomination of his top White…

Congress approves $50 billion in disaster aid for Hurricane Sandy victims

Congress on Monday finally approved more than $50 billion in emergency disaster aid for Hurricane Sandy, 13 weeks after the superstorm ravaged much of the coastal US northeast and left thousands homeless. The bill, approved earlier this month by the House, comes after a nearly monthlong delay triggered bipartisan rage…

Bernie Sanders: Congress spends day and night worrying about the wealthy

At a congressional summit Wednesday about the Citizens United decision, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said the U.S. Congress was only concerned about the “wealthy and powerful” because of the influence of campaign contributions. “This country faces enormous problems, the middle-class is declining, poverty is increasing, we’re worried about global warming,…

The real problem in Congress is that voters don’t pay enough attention to the politicos behind the curtain

In a New York Magazine interview with Jason Zengerle, retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) said that the major structural reform that’s necessary to effect change in the political cycle is, “To get rid of the filibuster in the Senate.” I’d argue that the major necessary structural change isn’t the filibuster…

Virginia Tech massacre survivors, family press U.S. lawmakers on gun laws

WASHINGTON — Survivors and relatives of victims of US shootings marked the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre Monday by calling on Congress to “put an end to this madness” of gun violence. The anniversary of the worst school shooting in US history, in which 32 students and faculty…

Raw Story’s Megan Carpentier on Rep. West ‘communists in Congress’ remark

Megan Carpentier, the executive editor of Raw Story, said on The Young Turks Wednesday that claiming Democrats are members of the Communist Party was not particularly outrageous in today’s political climate, considering how often unsubstantiated smears get thrown around. Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a tea party favorite, said Tuesday that…

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