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Seven things you should know about the wackiest ‘fiscal crisis’ yet

Sometime in the next week, Congress will either get it together to pass a new budget resolution or the government will shut down (all but essential services). Two weeks after that, the federal government will reach its debt limit. If it is not raised…  …

Republican House sets up government shut down with budget that defunds Obamacare

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved an budget measure that would strip all funding from the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — or shut down the federal government. According to Talking Points Memo, the bill passed with a 230 to 189 vote along party…

America’s ‘official’ federal poverty measurement is pointless and unproductive

Census data released this week show that after yet another year of anemic “recovery,” the number of Americans living in poverty last year remained stubbornly unchanged. But what is “poverty” as measured by the federal government? Experts argue…  …

You Shouldn’t Have To Endure Bible-Thumping To Eat

With the dramatic increase as of late of people needing financial assistance for everything from health care to food to shelter, I’m beginning to see an uptick in conservative attempts to tie assistance to moralizing, conformist demands that you listen to and obey the edicts of right wing religious assholes.…

Holder promises to ease marijuana law enforcement in states where pot is legal

The United States Department of Justice announced Thursday that for the time being it will cease pursuing actions against Colorado and Washington over discrepancies in state and federal marijuana policies. The department also issued a memo to U.S. Attorneys with new guidelines for the pursuit of marijuana cases. According to…

Hold onto your wallet — contrived ‘Fiscal Cliff 2.0′ is coming soon

With news that the federal government will hit the “debt ceiling” in mid-October rather than in December, as had been previously predicted, we’re headed toward another contrived “fiscal cliff” crisis. Hold onto your wallet. Barack Obama has…  …

New Jersey Democrat proposes bill to repeal the Patriot Act

A New Jersey Democrat and U.S. Senate candidate introduced legislation on Wednesday that would repeal the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. Rep. Rush Holt, a rocket scientist, explained to RT the two laws have allowed the federal government to conduct massive domestic surveillance operations. Though he admitted his…

U.S. credit rating upgraded from ‘negative’ to ‘stable’

Ratings firm Moody’s raised its outlook on the US economy on Thursday to “stable” from “negative,” citing progress in putting the federal government’s debt on a more sustainable path. “Moody’s Investors Service today moved the outlook on the Aaa government bond rating of the United States back to stable, replacing…

FISA court may reveal spying justification given to Yahoo

The federal government must determine what it can release publicly about the justification it gave to search company Yahoo in 2008 for the government’s broad wiretapping efforts, a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) ruled on Monday (PDF). Judge Reggie B. Walton gave the government until July 29…

The marriage trap: ‘Small government’ conservatives would like to make all heteros marry

Among the myriad reasons that LGBT Americans want the right to marry — which includes an end to their second-class status in society and, as Jessica Arnold told me, “People not recognizing that I’m a human being and that I know what it is to love and what I want…

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