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Spotted at the Capitol: Real Human Emotions

 In farewell speeches, eight lawmakers pour their hearts out. Many speeches by members of Congress are boring recitations of trite talking points.  Farewell addresses can be different—emotional, personal, funny and revealing—as departing lawmakers reflect on their service and say goodbye to colleagues and aides who became friends. The scale of the moment sinks in. And whether they’re leaving because of retirement or an […] Read More →

Sony Hack Reinvigorates Support for Privacy-Busting CISPA-Style Legislation

White House, lawmakers exploit crisis to push for draconian data powers.  The Sony hack attack has reinvigorated support for privacy-busting CISPA-style cybersecurity legislation that was previously considered dead, prompting calls to make the issue a top priority in 2015. With the White House declaring the hack to be a “national security issue” yesterday, numerous prominent […] Read More →

Texas lawmakers put new gun rights laws in their sights

 Several proposed new gun laws await the new Texas legislature when it opens next month, including one to allow open carrying of handguns in public and another providing a sales tax holiday for firearms purchases. The Republican-dominated legislature will become even more conservative due the party’s landslide win in the November election, with many members […] Read More →

Cheney defends CIA interrogation techniques, calls Senate report ‘deeply flawed’

 Former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed the recently released Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques Wednesday, calling it “full of crap,” and a “terrible piece of work” that was “deeply flawed.” Cheney, speaking on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” said some of the controversial techniques used on militants had been previously tested and […] Read More →

Liberals and conservatives gripe about $1.1T bill

 Exposed to the light of day, a year-end, $1.1 trillion spending bill drew vociferous objections from liberals and milder criticism from conservatives on Wednesday while lawmakers readied a brief, stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown both parties vowed to avoid. Democrats complained bitterly about a Republican-backed provision in the $1.1 trillion measure to ease […] Read More →

Liberals and conservatives gripe about $1.1T bill

 Exposed to the light of day, a year-end, $1.1 trillion spending bill drew vociferous objections from liberals and milder criticism from conservatives on Wednesday while lawmakers readied a brief, stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown both parties vowed to avoid. Democrats complained bitterly about a Republican-backed provision in the $1.1 trillion measure to ease […] Read More →

Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber to Testify About “Stupidity of American Voters”

 MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber will testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday about his role in selling the 2010 healthcare law to “stupid American voters” through deception and non-transparency. The hearing will be held by the House Oversight Committee and Gruber will have to field questions from Chairman Darrell Issa and angry lawmakers about […] Read More →

Obama, GOP-led Congress prepare for veto showdowns

 Veto brinkmanship between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama was virtually absent in his first six years in office, but it’s about to unleash itself on Washington. Until now, controversial Republican-backed legislation rarely reached the president’s desk because Senate Democrats blocked it. Starting in January, however, Republicans will control both the House and Senate, and […] Read More →

Obama wants to put sanctions on Israel? Congress is fighting back

 President Barack Obama’s administration is reportedly considering putting some muscle behind its opposition to new settlement construction by Israelis in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to reports, the administration is weighing the possibility of imposing sanctions on the Israeli government. “Senior Israeli officials said that White House officials held a classified discussion a […] Read More →

GOP lawmakers highly critical of Petraeus’ Benghazi explanation, testimony shows

 Newly declassified testimony shows at least five Republican lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee, including its chairman, suggested former CIA Director David Petraeus provided bad information, or even misled them, after the 2012 Benghazi attack when he blamed an obscure Internet video and downplayed the significance of mortar attacks that night. The testimony comes from […] Read More →

Congress could soon allow pension plans to cut benefits for current retirees

 Congress could soon allow the benefits of current retirees to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation’s 1,400 multi-employer pension plans. Several unions and pension advocates opposing the move, which would be unprecedented, say that permitting financially strapped plans to cut retiree benefits would violate […] Read More →