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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…

Obama anchors budget on tax hikes for the rich

US President Barack Obama will Monday roll out a populist election-year budget, challenging Republicans to support his job creation drive and to finally agree to hike taxes on the richest Americans. Obama will use his annual spending plan to flesh out his pledge to build a new economy in which…

Obama urges Congress to extend payroll tax cut

US President Barack Obama urged Congress Saturday to quickly pass an extension of the payroll tax cut to prevent a tax increase on 160 million Americans. “Now is not the time for self-inflicted wounds to our recovery,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “Now is the time for common-sense…

Obama centers budget on tax hikes for the rich

(Note: The original AFP headline for this story bizarrely read, “Obama anchors budget on tax cuts for the rich.” Raw Story has corrected this.) US President Barack Obama will Monday roll out a populist election-year budget challenging Republicans to support his job creation drive and to finally agree to hike…

Coalition of tech, rights groups demand u-turn in copyright debate

Should Congress mandate the disconnection of American citizens from the global communications infrastructure just because they download or link to copyrighted media? A coalition of 70 groups, comprised of tech companies, human rights organizations, entrepreneurs and activists are saying no, banding together this week to amplify their voices with an open letter…

Obama urges passage of mortgage relief

US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to approve his plan to provide relief to millions of homeowners who are having trouble paying mortgages. “In order to lower mortgage payments for millions of Americans, we need Congress to act,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “They’re…

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