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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…

Senate passes weakened version of STOCK Act

The Senate on Thursday voted 96 to 3 to pass legislation that prohibits member of Congress, their staff and all federal employees from using non-public information to trade stocks. “With passage of the STOCK Act, members of Congress and their staffs can no longer use inside government information to make…

‘Total Information Awareness’ surveillance program returns, bigger than ever

A new feature story in this month’s Wired blows the lid off plans for a massive new National Security Agency data center in Utah that represents the resurrection of a program that Congress killed in 2003, known as “Total Information Awareness,” targeting literally all electronic communications all over the world —…

Geithner asks Congress to act on budget, tax reform

WASHINGTON — US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner urged Congress to do more to help the nation’s ranks of unemployed Tuesday, as he previewed tax reform plans and defended President Barack Obama’s budget. Stressing the fragile nature of the US recovery — and dinging the previous Republican administration for helping dig…

Constitution? Absolutely!

Andy McCarthy has a problem with a lesson from high school civics: Very clear constitutional commands that, for example, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech”, or that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” or that “No state…

DOJ failed to issue key wiretap reports during Bush’s second term

For the Bush administration’s entire second term, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) failed to tell Congress how many intrusive wiretaps were carried out by law enforcement, despite a legal requirement that it produce an annual report detailing the practice, a security researcher has learned. At the same time, Congress…

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