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Dem: ‘Occupy Wall St.’ eviction raises ‘serious civil liberties questions’

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has issued a statement condemning the actions of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Police Department in their eviction of “Occupy Wall Street” on Tuesday morning. “The City’s actions to shut down OWS last night raise a number of serious civil liberties…

Senate panel to vote on bill to repeal DOMA

by On Top Magazine Patrick Leahy on Friday announced that there would be a vote on a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Friday announced that the committee has scheduled a vote for a…

69 lawmakers urge protections for bi-national gay couples

A group of 69 Democratic House members Tuesday asked the Obama administration to provide assurances that updated immigration policies would prevent the deportation of partners in same sex relationships. In letters (PDF) to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder, lawmakers applauded the August 18 Department of…

House Democrats introduce bill to eliminate the debt ceiling

Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Jim Moran (D-VA) have introduced legislation to completely eliminate the federal debt ceiling, but the bill has little chance of survival with Republicans in control of the House. “The debt ceiling is truly arbitrary and has nothing to do with the deficit,”…

Kucinich: Obama could be impeached for attacking Libya

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) says President Barack Obama did not have the constitutional authority to order U.S. forces to participate in an attack on Libya. In a conference call with other liberal lawmakers Saturday, Kucinich asked why the U.S. missile strikes were not impeachable offenses, according to two Democratic lawmakers…

House and Senate Dems to introduce ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ repealing DOMA

WASHINGTON – A coalition of House and Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation designed to roll back the “Defense of Marriage Act” that outlaws same sex marriage. Though unlikely to pass the GOP-controlled House, the measure would highlight the political distance between Democrats and Republicans on this divisive issue. The…

House votes to extend provisions of the PATRIOT Act

The US House of Representatives voted Monday to extend controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. By a vote of 275 to 144, the House passed a 10-month extension of three USA PATRIOT Act surveillance powers that were set to expire at the end of February. An earlier vote failed…

Republicans push tax hike on private insurance plans with abortion coverage

WASHINGTON – A provision in a high-priority Republican bill would effectively hike taxes on private insurance plans that include abortion coverage, representing a significant threat to the pro-abortion-rights movement. The provision is in Rep. Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) measure HR 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” which has 173…

Rep. Nadler: Investigate torture or face road to ‘tyranny’

WASHINGTON – A New York Democrat argued that failing to prosecute former Bush administration officials complicit in the use of torture would create a dangerous precedent and place America on a path to “tyranny.” In an interview with Raw Story, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) invoked a “supremacy of laws” when…

Top anti-war Democrat: Afghanistan war could ‘destroy’ Obama’s presidency

WASHINGTON – An outspoken anti-war Democrat said ongoing US military efforts in Afghanistan could deeply imperil the presidency of Barack Obama and the fortunes of the Democratic Party. “I think that this war, if it goes on and if it escalates, has the potential to destroy this presidency and to…

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