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February 12, 2014
14:53 // 7 months ago
February 11, 2014
I’m hoping it is a reminder to all elected officials that we don’t owe an allegiance to the federal government, we owe an allegiance to the constitution. We don’t need people in office who are going to help the federal government violate our constitutional rights
Maryland Representative Mike Smigiel • Offering up his thoughts on what he and seven other Republicans hope to accomplish with a new bill that they introduced to the Maryland House of Representatives last Thursday that aims to shut off the water, electricity and other services needed to keep the National Security Administration headquarters in Fort Meade fully operational. The bill would make it illegal for utility companies to offer their services to organizations that collect Americans’ personal data without a specific warrant, and would also bar any company caught doing-so from ever receiving state contracts. If passed, the bill could prove particularly troublesome for a planned NSA data center that the Washington Post says would need access to roughly 5 million gallons of water per day. source
21:29 // 7 months ago
February 4, 2014
16:06 // 7 months ago
15:45 // 7 months ago

New CBO report more than doubles projected ACA job losses

  • 800K jobs were expected to disappear from the U.S. economy by 2021, as a direct result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to original estimates from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
  • 2M jobs will actually disappear, most of which will be low-wage positions, according to revised projections from the CBO that were released on Tuesday. The new report takes into account a number of potential circumstances that the original report did not deal with, including the likelihood some people will choose unemployment and Medicaid instead of a job with reduced wages. source
14:01 // 7 months ago
January 30, 2014
14:47 // 7 months ago
January 29, 2014

U.S. House greenlights $956 billion for new farm bill

  • $956B in funding for the nation’s latest farm bill was approved in a bipartisan vote on Wednesday, though more than 100 Democrats and 60 Republicans voted against the measure. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate, and President Obama has already said he will sign the bill if/when approved.
  • $23B was shaved from the country’s farm and nutritional title programs, nearly six times the $4 billion that Democrats were aiming for, but that’s still astronomically lower than the $160 billion that House Republicans originally requested.
  • $8.6B was cut from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) budget by raising the program’s home heating auto-qualification rules to only cover people receiving $20 per month (or more) in heating assistance from the federal government. The program originally covered anyone receiving any amount over one dollar. source
22:06 // 7 months ago

We The People petition garners enough signatures to earn official response on Bieber deportation

  • 110K+ people have signed a petition on We The People that asks the federal government to deport Canadian pop star Justin Bieber in the wake of his recent legal troubles. source
15:11 // 7 months ago
January 28, 2014
16:47 // 7 months ago

Ongoing Ukrainian protests lead prime minister to step down

  • Last Week Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was more than a little dismissive of the protesters who’d spent two-plus months gathered in Kiev, saying demonstrations only continued because the government allowed them to, even as government officials met with opposition leaders to try and bring an end to the unrest.
  • Tuesday Azarov and his entire cabinet stepped down from their posts, the latest in a series of concessions meant to build goodwill between demonstrators and the government. President Viktor Yanukovich also instructed two deputies to roll back harsh anti-protest legislation that was rammed through parliament less than two weeks ago. Opposition leaders celebrated the news, but say protests will continue until the country further restricts recent expansions of presidential power. source
14:12 // 7 months ago