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Which 3 Dems Want DC Employers to be Able to Fire Women for Their Reproductive Choices?
On Thursday, the House voted to overturn the District's Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which the DC City Council passed unanimously in December. What did DC's bill do?
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 05/03/2015 9 24 - -
Which 10 Democrats Just Voted for the GOP's Dirty Energy and Water Bill?
Continuing with the appropriations process, the House today voted on the appropriations bill for the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy, and nuclear weapons programs. Here is what the ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 05/01/2015 11 24 - -
Which 8 Dems Don't Think VA Doctors Should Be Able to Recommend Medical Marijuana to Sick Veterans?
Yesterday, I wrote about the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that the House just passed. I wanted to highlight the vote on the medical marijuana amendment in its own ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 05/01/2015 8 28 - -
Which 18 Democrats Want Guantanamo to be Open Forever?
As I noted yesterday,, the House passed its Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill and voted on a series of amendments. I wanted to highlight the Gitmo vote in a separate diary.
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 05/01/2015 7 19 1 -
Which 19 Democrats Think that the Pentagon Budget Isn't Bloated Enough?
The House began voting on appropriations bills today, starting with military construction and veterans' programs. House Republicans boosted military spending above the level of agreed-to spending ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/30/2015 8 28 - -
Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown to Obama: Let the American People See the TPP Text
On Friday, in a conference call with reporters, President Obama accused Democratic critics of fast tracking the TPP of being "dishonest," particularly with regard to their claims that the deal is "...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/25/2015 740 366 6 -
House Ways & Means Committee Approves Fast Track 25 to 13. Which 2 Dems voted against Workers?
On Wednesday night, the Senate Finance Committee voted to advance the trade promotion authority, or fast track, bill 20 to 6 . 7 Democrats voted for it and 5 against it. Thursday night, the House ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/23/2015 12 22 - -
Only 63 Representatives (44 Dems) Stood up for Privacy Rights Today.
Yesterday, the House voted 307 to 116 to pass the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, a surveillance bill dressed up like a cybersecurity bill. Today, the House passed another "cybersecurity" bill: the ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/23/2015 5 9 - -
The Senate Finance Committee Just Approved Fast Track Authority 20 to 6. Which Dems Voted for It?
After a long mark-up period, the Senate Finance Committee took its final vote on the trade promotion authority, or "fast track," bill that Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) had negotiated. ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/22/2015 101 111 2 -
202 Republicans and 105 Democrats Just Voted to Further Erode Privacy Rights
During his State of the Union address, Obama highlighted two issues where he would work with the Republican Congress which should have raised red flags for progressives: trade and cybersecurity. ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/22/2015 13 47 2 -
Markey, Franken, Warren, Sanders, Wyden, and Blumenthal: Block the Comcast-Time Warner Merger
Tomorrow, federal regulators from the FCC and the DOJ will be meeting with Comcast officials to discuss Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. A group of six senators —Ed Markey (...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/21/2015 37 99 2 -
Which 34 Dems Joined the Republicans in Passing Another Round of Unfunded Tax Cuts?
Today, Republicans showed yet again that deficits only matter to them when it comes to slashing social programs. When it comes to new tax cuts, they don't mind increasing the deficit because ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/16/2015 13 15 - -
Which 7 Democrats Just Voted to Repeal the Estate Tax?
Continuing the string of tax-related votes from yesterday, House Republicans brought up their bill to repeal the estate tax entirely. Barely anyone in the US actually has to pay the estate tax. In ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/16/2015 92 151 3 -
27 Dems Join Republicans in Scapegoating Federal Workers on Tax Day.
Since it's Tax Day, Congress has been passing some tax-themed bills. I would like to highlight one of them, the so-called "Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2015." This bill would ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/15/2015 12 23 - -
Which 45 Democrats Just Voted to Weaken Dodd-Frank, Undercut Mortgage Protections?
Today, the House voted on two bills to weaken Dodd-Frank, undercut mortgage protections, and open the door to higher fees on borrowers. The two bills were H.R. 650 "Preserving Access to ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/14/2015 76 113 1 -
Whitehouse, Boxer, Warren, Franken, Sanders to Governors: Don't Listen to McConnell on the EPA
Last month, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a letter to the National Governors Association, telling the governors of the 50 states to disobey the EPA's new regulations for carbon ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/14/2015 6 20 1 -
Obama's Complicated and Contradictory Environmental Record...in Two Press Releases
On Tuesday, two back-to-back press releases from the Sierra Club in response to announcements from the Obama administration highlighted the administration's contradictory environmental record ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 04/02/2015 8 19 - -
35 Senators and 84 Representatives Affirm Support for Emissions Target Obama Submitted to the UNFCC
Earlier today, the White House submitted the US's 2025 emissions target to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in preparation for the climate talks in Paris later this ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/31/2015 6 11 - -
All 43 Roll Call Votes from the Senate Vote-A-Rama...In One Diary
The Senate "vote-a-rama," the nonstop sequence of votes on non-binding budget amendments, began yesterday at noon and ended Friday morning at 3:19 am. During that period, the Senate took roll call ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/27/2015 3 9 - -
The Perils of Poorly Drafted Amendments: Min Wage and Paid Sick Leave Edition
Since noon, the Senate has been voting on budget amendment after budget amendment as part of the budget "vote-a-rama." All of these amendments are non-binding, so they mean nothing in terms of ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/26/2015 2 7 - -
180 House Democrats Just Voted to Cut Medicare Benefits, Paving Road for Future "Entitlement Reform"
The House passed its "doc fix" deal today 392 to 37 . Party leaders were glowing in self-congratulation: Pelosi praised the deal, saying it had been a “privilege” to work with Boehner “in a ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/26/2015 64 45 1 -
The Senate Voted on 7 Budget Amendments Yesterday. How Did Your Senator Vote?
Yesterday, the Senate continues the amendment process for the FY 2016 budget with seven roll call votes. Student Loans The first was an amendment from Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on student loan ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/26/2015 10 16 - -
Which 22 Democrats Voted Against Their Own Party's Budget?
As I noted in an earlier post , three Democratic budgets were offered for a vote in the House today, as traditionally happens. The Congressional Progressive Caucus budget, the gold standard of ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/25/2015 25 26 - -
Democrats Split on Progressive Caucus Budget 96 to 86. How Did Your Rep Vote?
Today was budget day in the House. The first budget in the queue was the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the gold standard of the budgets presented. It failed 96 to 330 . The CPC was aiming for ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/25/2015 17 43 - -
These Democrats Just Voted for a Weaselly Republican Budget Amendment on Social Security
During the budget "vote-a-rama" that began in the Senate last night, the Senate voted on two Social Security-related amendments: one good and one weaselly. I think you can guess which one passed and ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/25/2015 143 212 2 -
Deval Patrick's Latest Gig? Lobbying for the TPP
Recently, our former governor here in Massachusetts took a job as a "global ambassador" for the Boston 2024 Partnership, the private, unelected group of lobbyists and CEOs behind the city's 2024 ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/24/2015 25 47 2 -
Congress Gets Tired of Warmongering Toward Iran, Votes 348-48 to Trigger War with Russia
Congress is tired of all this talk of war with Iran and has a new target: war with Russia. Earlier today, Congress passed a resolution calling on Obama to provide Ukraine with military assistance.
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/23/2015 186 73 - -
Bipartisan Group of 367 Members of Congress Tries to Meddle with Obama's Iran Diplomacy
Today, 367 members of Congress, led by hawkish Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (CA-39) and hawkish ranking member Eliot Engel (NY-16), sent a letter to Obama to meddle with the ongoing ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/23/2015 13 11 - -
House GOP Votes Again to Hamstring the EPA with "Secret Science" Bill. Which Democrats Went Along?
Following their attack on the EPA on Tuesday, House Republicans voted to further hamstring the EPA with the so-called Secret Science Reform Act of 2015. What would the bill do? This bill would ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/19/2015 30 84 1 -
Which House Democrats Joined the GOP's Latest Attack on the EPA?
Today, the House passed the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015, a bill to increase industry power over the EPA : Under this bill, the EPA would be required to select members for the SAB ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/17/2015 4 12 - -
Obama Campaign Alumni Form New Astroturf Group to Promote TPP
Obama campaign alumni Mitch Stewart, the Battleground States Director for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, and Lydia Tran, the former National Press Secretary for Organizing for America, just ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/09/2015 29 56 - -
44 Dem Senators and 167 Dem Reps Signed onto an Amicus Brief for Marriage Equality. Who Didn't Sign?
Earlier today, 211 members of Congress—167 House members and 44 senators—signed onto an amicus brief calling for the Supreme Court to rule same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional: “As federal ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/06/2015 61 70 - -
WaPo Editorial Board: It's Not Pandering When You Do It to the Rich
The Washington Post Editorial Board just published an editorial singing the praises of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is now the first sitting Chicago mayor in history to be forced into a runoff. ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/05/2015 22 34 - -
MD-Sen Candidate Chris Van Hollen Was a Simpson Bowles Supporter
With Senator Barbara Mikulski retiring, there will be a scramble among Maryland Democrats to run for her seat. The first to declare was Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD-08). Maryland's 8th district used to ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 03/04/2015 43 26 - -
Which 12 Democrats Just Joined the GOP to Vote for Government-by-Crisis?
Earlier this evening, the House GOP's effort to pass a three-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security went down in flames. The bill failed 203 to 224 . John Boehner suffered 52 ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/27/2015 163 159 3 -
Elizabeth Warren and Five Other Senators to Arne Duncan: Stop Gouging Student Loan Borrowers
Yesterday, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with five colleagues--Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR)--wrote to ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/26/2015 8 35 2 -
Congress Votes 401 to 20 to Expand Regressive Tax Break
Last month, Obama announced a plan to tax 529 college savings accounts in order to provide funding for his tuition-free community college initiative. And then he backed down just over a week later. ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/25/2015 15 9 - -
Obama Wants to Make Sure Your Broker Can't Take Advantage of You. Which Dems Disagree?
On Monday, at an AARP event, President Obama, with Senator Elizabeth Warren at his side, announced a new Department of Labor proposal to impose a fiduciary duty on financial advisers. In other words,
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/25/2015 18 28 - -
It Says a Lot About the Democratic Party That Only 23 Dems Signed This Letter
For the past few weeks, Keith Ellison (MN-05), Maxine Waters (CA-43), and Steve Cohen (TN-09) have been circulating a letter around House Democrats urging John Boehner to postpone his invitation to ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/19/2015 169 134 - -
33 Dems Join GOP to Say Deficits Don't Matter When It Comes to Corporate Tax Cuts
Yesterday, the House GOP showed --yet again--that deficits only matter to them in discussions of helping the middle and working class. When it comes to extending tax credits that largely benefit ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/13/2015 11 22 - -
The House Just Passed the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act. Spoiler: It's Not About Fighting Hunger.
Earlier today, the House voted to pass the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act 279 to 136 . Has the House GOP shown a new interest in fighting hunger? Hahaha, of course not. The bill extends three tax ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/12/2015 11 46 1 -
Comcast EVP/Republican Fundraiser to Serve as Senior Advisor to DNC 2016 Host Committee
Earlier today, Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter announced that David Cohen , Executive Vice President of Comcast, will serve as senior adviser to Philly's Host Committee for the 2016 Democratic ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/12/2015 13 19 - -
Sanders to Yellen: The Federal Reserve Needs to Stop Abetting the ECB's Destruction of Greece
When Syriza won the parliamentary elections in Greece two weeks ago, Senator Bernie Sanders soon after came out with a statement : The Syriza victory in the Greek elections tells us that people ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/09/2015 77 149 1 -
Which 19 House Democrats Just Voted to Hobble Federal Regulators?
Following its vote yesterday on a bill to subject federal regulators to more burdensome paperwork and open the door to more industry lawsuits, the House voted on another bill to do the same thing. ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/05/2015 8 21 - -
Which 9 House Democrats Think That Big Business Doesn't Have Enough Say over the Regulatory Process?
The House GOP continued with its deregulatory agenda today by passing the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015. This bill, like most bills passed out of the Republican Congress,
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/04/2015 7 19 - -
Bernie Sanders, Patty Murray, and 24 Other Dems Encourage Obama to Be Bold with New Overtime Rules
Later this month, the Obama administration is expected to announce whether you'll be eligible for overtime pay : Last year, as part of his plan to raise wages through executive action, the ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 02/03/2015 12 21 1 -
75 Senators Sign Letter to Kerry Defending Israeli War Crimes, Demanding More Palestinian Suffering
Yesterday, Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) led a group of 75 senators in writing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to counter the Palestinian Authority's effort ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/30/2015 206 115 2 -
Obama Tells House Dems to "Get Informed" on the TPP, But He's the One Restricting Access to the Text
During the House Democrats' retreat in Philadelphia yesterday, Obama berated House Democrats for criticizing him on trade policy: PHILADELPHIA – President Obama on Thursday asked wary House ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/30/2015 408 138 4 -
The 47-Part Keystone XL Vote-a-thon is Now Done. How Often Did Your Senator Break Party Line?
Over the past two and a half weeks, the Senate cast a total of 47 votes related to the Keystone XL bill. They consisted of 4 cloture motions, 42 amendments (whether voted on or tabled), and 1 vote ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/29/2015 14 47 1 -
After Voting Down a Renewable Energy Standard, the Senate Votes to End Debate on KXL.
The Senate continued the amendment process on Keystone XL today by voting down three amendments and then voting to end debate. There will be a few more amendment votes this afternoon, and final ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/29/2015 9 13 - -
Dems on Senate Banking Committee Split on Iran: 6 for War, Only 4 for Diplomacy
During his State of the Union address , President Obama expressed his intention to veto any bill from Congress to impose additional sanctions on Iran and derail the diplomatic talks still going on: ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/29/2015 11 11 - -
10 Senate Ds Think Drillers Should Be Able to Inject Whatever the Frack They Want into Your Water
Last night, I reported on the 12 amendments that the Senate voted on in its latest Keystone vote-a-thon. However, I want to focus on one in particular: Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)'s amendment to ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/29/2015 77 116 3 -
The Senate Voted on 12 More Keystone Amendments. Did Any of Them Pass?
Today, the Senate voted on 12 more amendments to the S. 1, the Keystone XL bill. This vote-a-thon followed their 15 vote marathon from last Thursday. The Senate will vote on 13 more amendments ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/28/2015 9 24 - -
What the Frack? 41 House Dems Join GOP to Vote to Expedite Natural Gas Exports
The House GOP decided to continue to show its love for the fossil fuel industry today by passing legislation to expedite the federal approval process for liquefied natural gas exports. The bill, ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/28/2015 19 33 - -
"New," "Progressive" Obama Opens up Atlantic Coast to Offshore Drilling
Yesterday, the Obama administration announced its plans to put millions more acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge . These lands would be designated "Wilderness," the highest level of ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/27/2015 46 35 1 -
Beyond Parody: Pentagon Hosts Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King
Delivered without comment : WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/26/2015 23 17 - -
Republicans, Climate Change, and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations
Over the past few days, I've seen a number of articles that play up the significance of the fact that 15 GOP Senators voted to acknowledge that "human activity contributes to climate change." They ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/26/2015 4 6 - -
The Senate Voted on 15 KXL Amendments Last Night. Here's How the Votes Went.
Last night, the Senate voted on fifteen amendments to the Keystone XL pipeline bill (S.1), bringing the total number of amendments voted on so far to twenty-four. At around 6 PM last night, when ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/23/2015 32 72 1 -
15 Rs Voted to Acknowledge Human Impact on Climate Change, Still Don't Care to Do Anything About It
This is a follow-up to the Keystone XL amendment diary I posted yesterday. I wanted a separate diary to highlight the climate change amendments from yesterdsay and have been waiting for the roll ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/22/2015 6 6 - -
Center for American Progress is "Proud" of Its Donors, Like Walmart and the United Arab Emirates
At the end of 2013 (a year that saw rather unflattering investigative pieces in The Nation (See here and here ), the Center for American Progress released ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/21/2015 13 15 - -
Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin Really Want to Pollute Your Air, and So Do Some Other Dems
The Senate is spending today voting on Keystone XL amendments. Mike Lee (R-UT)'s amendment to weaken the Endangered Species Act was a straight party line vote , but as such, it failed to pass (...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/21/2015 12 19 - -
House Moves from Shilling for KXL to Forcing Approval of NatGas Pipelines, w/ Help of 14 Dems
As the Senate continues its work on the Keystone XL pipeline bill, the House decided to get into the pipeline action today by passing the so-called Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. The ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/21/2015 8 20 - -
Senate Kills Two Democratic Amendments to Keystone XL Bill
The Senate moved forward with its consideration of its Keystone XL bill (S.1) today by killing two amendments and passing one of them. The first amendment that the Senate killed was the amendment ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/20/2015 4 16 - -
Obama Talks about Inequality While Pushing Dems to Back Corporate Wish List TPP
The New York Times reported earlier today that Obama's State of the Union address will highlight proposals to reduce income inequality, such as his tuition-free community college proposal and his ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/20/2015 104 122 3 -
Tony Blair at the GOP Summit: Partying Like It's 2003
Yesterday, former UK Labour Party Prime Minister, George W. Bush's poodle , co-architect of the Iraq War, and friend of repressive dictators everywhere spoke at the GOP retreat in Hershey, PA. I ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/16/2015 10 10 - -
No, Valerie Jarrett, Paid Leave *Is* a Partisan Issue
Today, the White House will begin a campaign to push for guaranteed paid sick leave for workers. Here are the steps that Valerie Jarrett said that the President will be taking in her LinkedIn post ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/15/2015 5 11 - -
Which Democrats Joined the GOP Today to Deregulate Wall Street and Attack Immigrants?
Last week, the House GOP pulled up the comically misnamed Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act (the bill that would weaken Dodd-Frank financial regulations ) as a ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/14/2015 9 24 - -
Which 8 House Democrats Just Voted to Undermine Federal Regulators?
Today, the House just passed the so-called Regulatory Accountability Act, a bill that would require federal agencies to estimate the cost of any regulation they propose. Such requirements would ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/13/2015 23 41 1 -
Pew Poll Finds Sharp Partisan, Intra-Partisan Divides on Torture, Civil Liberties
Yesterday, Pew released the results of a new poll on counter-terrorism, national security, and civil liberties. The poll revealed sharp divides between Democrats and Republicans as well as between ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/13/2015 10 11 - -
Senate Votes to Move Forward on Keystone XL Bill 63 to 32, with the Help of Some Oily Democrats
Today, the Senate voted for cloture on the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S. 1) 63 to 32. The vote would have been 65 to 35 had all senators been in attendance (Cassidy and Rubio on the Republican side; ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/12/2015 48 38 - -
Which 28 Oily Democrats Just Joined the GOP to Vote for Keystone XL?
The House Republicans have been having an exciting week. On Wednesday, they voted to roll back Dod-Frank . Yesterday, they voted to weaken the Affordable Care Act . And today, they voted to ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/09/2015 110 109 1 -
Which 12 Democrats Just Voted with the GOP to Weaken the ACA?
Today, the House GOP decided to bring up their deceptively titled Save American Workers Act of 2015. Rather than "saving American workers" (since when did the GOP ever care about that?), it ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/08/2015 75 85 2 -
Which Senate Dems Helped Senate Rs Block an Amendment from Elizabeth Warren to Protect Dodd-Frank?
Today, the Senate voted to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, which serves as a bailout guarantee for big businesses. Here's David Dayen on this bipartisan-approved corporate ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/08/2015 75 48 4 -
Which 35 House Democrats Just Joined the GOP to Try to Gut Dodd-Frank?
The House GOP decided to use the second day back in session to do what they love best: give presents to Wall Street. The bill, comically called Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 01/07/2015 169 227 9 -
The Sunday Shows as Authoritarian Self-Parody
I always like looking at the guest lists of the Sunday shows each week. I never watch them. For one, I don't own a TV. But even if I did, I'm not enough of a masochist. The Sunday shows are funny ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/26/2014 16 29 - -
The 16 Million Children Living in Poverty Must Be Really Excited About the News about the Dow
I've seen a lot of Democrats and liberals talking on Twitter today about how GDP growth in the last quarter was 5% and how the Dow topped 18,000, with the S&P at a high as well. This is all treated ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/23/2014 214 140 2 -
NYT Asks Corporate PR Hack and Tory Consultant About Divide in Democratic Party
In the New York Times this weekend, Jonathan Martin had an article about Elizabeth Warren's "role" in the 2016 election, entitled " Role for Warren: To Push, if not Supplant, Clinton ." You can ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/22/2014 8 7 - -
Before Leaving Town, the Senate Passed a Corporate Tax Giveaway. Who were the only 8 Ds to vote NO?
On Tuesday, before leaving town, the Senate voted to pass H.R. 5771, the so-called Taxpayer Increase Prevention Act. The House had voted for this corporate tax giveaway two weeks ago in a strong ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/19/2014 95 122 4 -
Warren, Markey, and Baldwin Demand Answers from USTR on Backdoor Financial Deregulation in the TPP
On Tuesday, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) sent a letter to US Trade Representative Michael Froman demanding answers about backdoor financial ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/18/2014 105 181 4 -
NYT/CBS Poll: Americans Support a Public Option
Over the past two years, the New York Times has been running a great series of articles on the outrageous cost of health care in the US, Paying Til It Hurts . If you haven't already read them, you ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/18/2014 26 46 - -
Roll Call Flashback: Which Democrats Voted to Entrench the Embargo on Cuba? (1996)
On March 12, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the so-called Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, more commonly known as the Helms-Burton Act (after its original sponsors Senator Jesse ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/17/2014 6 19 - -
Abomination of a CNN Feature Shows Chris Cuomo Vying Hard for Title of "Worst Cuomo"
Earlier today, CNN had a feature in which Chris Cuomo, brother of Andrew and son of Mario, sat down with a group of third- and fourth-graders to find out what they know about ISIS. CNN called this ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/16/2014 5 2 - -
Which 32 Senate Democrats Just Sold You Out to Give Wall Street a CRomnibus Christmas?
After a long day of voting, the Senate finally passed the so-called "CRomnibus," part continuing resolution, part omnibus, almost all bad. The two provisions that have been criticized the most by ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/13/2014 371 396 14 -
Which Senators that Opposed Arming the Syrian Rebels Voted for the NDAA that Does the Same Thing?
Back in September, Congress voted on arming the Syrian rebels. The C.R. that contained that provision passed the Senate 78 to 22 . 10 Democrats and 12 Republicans opposed it. Here are those 10 ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/12/2014 7 11 - -
Welcome to the Next 2 Years: 57 Dems Vote to Give Wall Street a Cromnibus Christmas Present
Just now, the House passed the "CRomnibus"--part continuing resolution, part omnibus bill, part Pentagon slush fund, part austerity, and part rollback of the regulatory state. Although they are ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/11/2014 336 255 6 -
GOP and 47 Dems Try, Fail to Give Rich People Another Tax Break for Christmas
Shortly after noon today, the House GOP decided to take a break from "CRomnibus" affairs and pass another unfunded tax break for rich people. The " Supporting America's Charities Act " would have ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/11/2014 3 8 - -
Boxer, Warren, Sanders, and 8 Other Senators Tell EPA that Clean Power Plan Can Go Even Further
Back in September, 10 Senate Democrats joined the Senate Republicans in trying to get the EPA to delay its carbon regulations. However, 11 other senators are taking a different approach: ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/11/2014 4 15 1 -
Day After Torture Report Release, Congress Votes to Give the CIA More Money
You may have been wondering how Congress would respond to the release of the torture report, which documented countless violations of the law on many levels . Well, the House decided its response ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/10/2014 14 16 - -
The "Hague Invasion Act" and How the US Treats Accountability for Human Rights Abuses
Since the release of the "torture report" (the heavily redacted 525-page executive summary of a 6,3000 page document), civil liberties groups have renewed their call for the criminal prosecution for ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/09/2014 4 10 - -
DNC Appoints Corrupt, Anti-Gay, Pro-Pollution Governor to "Autopsy Report" Task Force
Yesterday, I talked about how Debbie Wasserman Schultz appointed an oligarch who funds the Republican Party to the DNC's post-election "let's-pretend-to-figure-out-what-we-did-wrong-and-do-better-...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/05/2014 27 24 - -
Brookings Poll: Evangelicals Care More about Jewishness of Israel than Jews Do
The Brookings Institution released a new poll on American attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, presumably timed to coincide with the Saban Forum organized by the Center for Middle East ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/05/2014 30 18 - -
DNC "Autopsy Report" Task Force Includes Google Exec Who Gives Big Bucks to Republicans
One month ago, the Democrats had a rather grim day at the polls, at an election that saw the lowest turnout since World War II. This, in theory, would offer the Democratic Party an opportunity to ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/04/2014 43 73 1 -
Slush Funds, Sacred Land Sales, and Lots of Weapons: FY 2015 NDAA Passes 300 to 119.
Yesterday, Democrats and Republicans decided that they could stop pretending to care about deficits and pass a bunch of corporate tax breaks . Today, they showed us yet again that no one cares ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/04/2014 19 15 - -
After Passing Corporate Tax Cuts, Congress Decides to Fund New Program by Cutting Medicare
Yesterday, the House voted to extend a slew of corporate tax breaks 378 to 46 . After that, they passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, a bill that creates tax-free savings ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/04/2014 11 19 - -
House Votes 378 to 46 to Give Corporate America a Big Christmas Present
Today, the House voted to give corporate America a big Christmas present: lots and lots of tax breaks. Although many Democrats have been pushing for a two-year tax extender package, the House ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/03/2014 15 24 - -
When It Comes to Police Militarization, Either Hakeem Jeffries is Forgetful--Or He's Lying
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus who represents a district spanning Brooklyn and Queens, was on All In with Chris Hayes earlier tonight talking about Ferguson.
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 12/02/2014 7 10 - -
Elizabeth Warren's Criticism of Obama's Bankers is Making the WaPo Editorial Board Very Nervous
On Friday, the New York Times did some editorializing in the Business section to defend Obama's nominee for deputy undersecretary to the Treasury for domestic finance, Democratic bundler and ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 11/30/2014 216 253 5 -
New Duke Study: Republican Gerrymandering Cost Dems 3-4 Congressional Seats in NC in 2012
Back in 2012, Democrats won 48.8% of the popular vote in congressional races to the Republican's 47.6%, a lead of over 1.4 million votes nationwide. Despite that, Republicans had a margin of 33 seats,
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 11/29/2014 5 6 1 -
Senate Dems Add Mark Warner to Leadership Team to "Counterbalance" Elizabeth Warren
A week ago, we learned that Chuck Schumer (D-Wall Street) had pushed for including Mark Warner in the Senate Democratic leadership team in order to counterbalance Elizabeth Warren. The bankers ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 11/28/2014 389 276 3 -
Interesting Definition of "Liberal" You Got There, New York Times
This morning, the New York Times had an article about Obama's nominee for under secretary of the Treasury for domestic finance, Antonio Weiss: "Liberal Treasury Nominee’s Wall St. Prowess May Be a ...
Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees 11/28/2014 57 104 1 -
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