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January 23, 2012
It was very touching. I thanked her for her service, wished her well, and she just looked beautiful.
Gabrielle Giffords shooting survivor Pat Maisch • Describing her impression of the resigning Congresswoman at her “Congress On Your Corner” event, which Giffords resumed on Monday, over a year after the shooting that nearly killed her. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords thanked the survivors and heroes from that day. Maisch was the one who wrestled the gun away from the shooter. Although Giffords has made incredible strides in her recovery, the Congresswoman has decided to leave office this week — but not before watching Obama’s State of the Union address tomorrow; she’ll be there in person.  source (viafollow)
23:31 // 2 years ago
January 22, 2012

According to this video released by Gabrielle Giffords’ staff, the congresswoman, who nearly died a year ago, is stepping down from Congress to focus on her recovery.

14:13 // 2 years ago
January 18, 2012

Via Hacker News (not closed, greyed-out): For those looking to make a quick phone call to your representative about SOPA, it doesn’t get much easier than this. Get your own widget here.

2:32 // 2 years ago
January 17, 2012
Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February. I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.
Rep. Lamar Smith • Noting that he will continue pushing SOPA hearings next month despite widespread frustration against the bill. “To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property,” he writes, “we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy.” So yeah, SOPA not dead, just dormant.
16:09 // 2 years ago
January 5, 2012
Kennedy comeback? A new generation plans a Congressional run
A family legacy continues: A Kennedy has held a high position of power in D.C for 63 years - until the passing of Edward Kennedy in 2009 and the retirement of his son Patrick in 2011. Joseph P. Kennedy III has decided to run for Congress to fill the gap. The Spanish-speaking Stanford and Harvard Law graduate hopes to fill the Congressional seat of Barney Frank. He’ll have some big shoes to fill, in more ways than one. source
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A family legacy continues: A Kennedy has held a high position of power in D.C for 63 years - until the passing of Edward Kennedy in 2009 and the retirement of his son Patrick in 2011. Joseph P. Kennedy III has decided to run for Congress to fill the gap. The Spanish-speaking Stanford and Harvard Law graduate hopes to fill the Congressional seat of Barney Frank. He’ll have some big shoes to fill, in more ways than one. source

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22:53 // 2 years ago
January 4, 2012
Obama: Forget Congress; Richard Cordray’s my consumer agency chief!: Obama named Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a recess appointment while Congress was out of town. Some feel Cordray’s stalled nomination was less about Congress’ dislike of Cordray but their hatred of Dodd-Frank. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Obama: Forget Congress; Richard Cordray’s my consumer agency chief!: Obama named Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a recess appointment while Congress was out of town. Some feel Cordray’s stalled nomination was less about Congress’ dislike of Cordray but their hatred of Dodd-Frank. source

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10:51 // 2 years ago
December 23, 2011
John Boehner feeling pressure from caucus over payroll tax-cut fracas
Boehner also felt pressure outside his caucus to not listen to his caucus, because they were about to hand Obama the election. All sorts of pundits have been saying this. For example, Karl Rove: "I think the speaker retains the enthusiastic support of the vast majority of the people in his caucus. And the people who … in the last couple of days who have been upset with him are in no place to mount any kind of a coup or a leadership attempt." Protip, John: Listen to Karl Rove.

Boehner also felt pressure outside his caucus to not listen to his caucus, because they were about to hand Obama the election. All sorts of pundits have been saying this. For example, Karl Rove: "I think the speaker retains the enthusiastic support of the vast majority of the people in his caucus. And the people who … in the last couple of days who have been upset with him are in no place to mount any kind of a coup or a leadership attempt." Protip, John: Listen to Karl Rove.

20:34 // 2 years ago
December 22, 2011
Three ways Web sites and users have been protesting SOPA
People upset with the Stop Online Piracy Act have a small reason to cheer this morning. The anti-piracy bill, which many Internet users feel could have a chilling effect on the Web, got tabled until early next year, giving a brief respite and an opportunity for alternative bills (such as Rep. Darrell Issa’s OPEN act) to gain footing. Being a creative bunch, many users have taken to design tricks, boycotts, even music to protest what they feel is a dangerous bill. Here are just a few examples of SOPA protests online:
one Scribd, taking a bit of a cue from Tumblr but even more ambitiously, made the articles on their site disappear yesterday, word by word.
two A number of Reddit users have begun a movement to move domains away from GoDaddy en masse, in protest of their support of SOPA.
threeLeah Kauffman, the  songwriter who wrote “I Got a Crush on Obama,” just released an anti-SOPA protest song titled “Firewall.”
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People upset with the Stop Online Piracy Act have a small reason to cheer this morning. The anti-piracy bill, which many Internet users feel could have a chilling effect on the Web, got tabled until early next year, giving a brief respite and an opportunity for alternative bills (such as Rep. Darrell Issa’s OPEN act) to gain footing. Being a creative bunch, many users have taken to design tricks, boycotts, even music to protest what they feel is a dangerous bill. Here are just a few examples of SOPA protests online:

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11:18 // 2 years ago
December 20, 2011
20:42 // 2 years ago

More on Intranet Quorum and Congress

justspeakeasy:

Ok… this is incorrect. This image is depicting the IntranetQuorum function for sending mass emails or letters (“batching”). The mechanism for receiving email is similar, yes, but with the sheer number of emails a given Rep gets daily, it’s not the most impractical program. On the average day we were getting between 400-1000 emails from Constituents. This system aggregates all the emails and saves them to the sender so it’s easier to respond to them. They are printed and every single one is read and sorted into an appropriate category so it can be responded to (the Rep I worked for aimed for a 100% response rate, we even had a form letter for people who sent him hate mail). No, it may not be as sexy as google, but why does it need to be? I’d rather see them make it more efficient that more aesthetically pleasing (for instance, they could easily be sorted into categories using keywords before they are read, especially considering 90% are just form letters). 

This is such a weird thing for people to have latched on. 

» SFB says: A couple things: We did some looking but could only find the one screenshot, the same one that the original article used. Had we had more options, we would’ve posted multiple screenshots to give the full thrust of the app. Given our options, though, it got across the point, which was not about the specific menu but the overall app. Second of all, the author of the piece is looking at the software from a user-interface perspective. Some of that is good design, but theoretically a good design should lead to a better user interface. But here’s the key thing: Why can’t representatives choose what works best for them, instead of something farmed out to a large government contractor? Because, you know, it’s likely that given the option, an open-source program available for free (considering we’re trying to save money …) would offer better functionality, efficiency and ease of use than an app that looks like it came to being during the Clinton administration. It’s 2011. Why doesn’t this app tap into Facebook or Twitter? While we see where you’re coming from, ultimately, Congress should have better software to do this job. Even if it makes sense after a while, a confusing interface is just another roadblock for end-users. — Ernie @ SFB

(Source: informationdiet.com, via amour-joie)

11:04 // 2 years ago