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Senate passes STOCK Act to end congressional insider trading

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In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the Senate voted 93 to 3 on Thursday to approve the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, legislation that prohibits lawmakers and their staff from trading stocks based on information they learn during congressional briefings and related work.

Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) voted against the bill.

“Bottom line, members of Congress have to live by the same laws everyone else,” said Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who proposed the STOCK Act. “With approval ratings of Congress at an all-time low, this bill represents an opportunity to build some trust with the American people.”

“The truth is, members of Congress have access to all kinds of sensitive information, and it has to be clear that the information is being used to serve our country – not to make a personal profit.”

The legislation directly corrects the ambiguity in existing laws by empowering the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to ensure that members of Congress and their staff can be held accountable for illegally trading on non-public information.

“We are entrusted with a profound responsibility by the American people to look out for their best interests, and nothing else, certainly not our own financial interests,” Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) said.

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“Today, we took the first step toward restoring the trust that’s been lost in Washington by ensuring that members of Congress play by the exact same rules as everyday Americans.”

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Oregon GOP’s latest tantrum offers a ‘snapshot’ of growing anti-government extremism by Republican lawmakers

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All of Oregon's Republican state senators walked out of the Capitol last week and fled to Idaho to end debate on a climate change bill, but that's just the latest extreme measure they've taken as the GOP loses power there.

Minority parties have walked out before in several states to deny a quorum -- Oregon Republicans did the same thing in May, to kill vaccine legislation -- but the difference this time is the threat of violence, reported The Daily Beast.

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WATCH: Here’s the secret to dissecting Trump’s chaotic distractions

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In an extended examination on MSNBC, host Ari Melber took a hard look at how President Donald Trump creates almost daily distractions for the media and the public to keep the focus off his multiple scandals and to make it look like he is doing something -- when all he is doing is creating controversy for controversy's sake.

Put simply, Melber explained, the president's tweets out some plan he has no intention of implementing, hypes it up for days -- then drops it like it never happened.

Using Trump's aborted attack on Iran as a jumping off point, Melber -- and his panel -- explained that Trump's style of governing is based on "head fakes" and "bluffs."

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Chuck Todd’s terrible interview with fabricator-in-chief Trump snapped the tether: From here on out there’s no truth

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Nothing will ever be the same again. Donald Trump’s unwavering disregard for reality and his acts of violence against the truth are rapidly metastasizing into the marrow of the national debate. I'm not sure we have enough heroes in this country to successfully extricate Trumpism and toss it into the biohazard waste bin of history, along other embarrassments in America's mixed record.

The very fabric of right and wrong in America is disintegrating as one of our two major parties, with some crucial help from Russia, has convinced four out of every 10 voters that verifiable truth is nothing more than a fake news plot against them and their beloved Fifth Avenue Clampetts. As a result, half of the political debate, from the local level on up, is built exclusively on wrongness — on total nonsense, invented by Trump himself along with his propaganda cable network.

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