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May 31, 2013
11:44 // 10 months ago
May 29, 2013

ccindecision:

You guys, Michele Bachmann won’t be returning to Congress next term. She’s going home to spend more time with her ethics scandals. 

Great. Now she has her time freed up to replace Sarah Palin on Fox News.

8:44 // 10 months ago
May 24, 2013
motherjones:

If you were wondering why the new House bill on bank bailouts seemed like it was written by Citigroup, it’s because it was literally written by Citigroup.

"Citigroup’s recommendations were reflected in more than 70 lines of the House committee’s 85-line bill."

motherjones:

If you were wondering why the new House bill on bank bailouts seemed like it was written by Citigroup, it’s because it was literally written by Citigroup.

"Citigroup’s recommendations were reflected in more than 70 lines of the House committee’s 85-line bill."

(via afternoonsnoozebutton)

14:51 // 11 months ago
May 22, 2013
The American people are owed a full explanation of how [Abdulrahman al-Awlaki] wound up dead. ‘We weren’t trying to kill the 16-year-old American we blew up’ isn’t sufficient explanation.
The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf on Eric Holder’s letter to Congress, in which Holder acknowledged that the Obama administrated has killed four US citizens via drone stroke—only one of whom was actually being targeted. source
22:53 // 11 months ago
May 21, 2013

Apple CEO Tim Cook was facing a Congressional panel today with tough questions about the way the company has organized itself in an effort to lower its tax burden. But at the end of the questioning, John McCain had something else on his mind. That, friends, is what we call a softball.

14:59 // 11 months ago
May 20, 2013
The message of ‘spend, spend, spend’ on military spending doesn’t make sense. We have a huge national debt, and the biggest threat to our country is to let that national debt grow. Eventually, when we have a situation when we need military spending, when we actually need the money to go to our military to fight a major war, we won’t have that money.

Rep. Justin Amash, in a broad-ranging recent interview with Reason.

Definitely an interesting read, covering everything from Amash’s views on Syria (his mother immigrated from Syria) to his thoughts on Ayn Rand’s ironically emotional appeal.

(via hipsterlibertarian)

Amash is an interesting figure in Congress and definitely worth keeping an eye on for a number of reasons, including his young age, his political stances, and his willingness to tell constituents why he votes the way he does on every single bill on his Facebook page. While his libertarian political views may not be everyone’s cup of tea, we need more people like him in Congress.

11:19 // 11 months ago
April 16, 2013
18:50 // 1 year ago
April 12, 2013
He’s so unusual.
Update: Rep. Steve Cohen pretended to be “hot” for Cyndi Lauper just to draw attention to Memphis music. “It was all a ruse. I knew by deleting it they would run it, it would give it news, give it life. That was the hook.” Congratulations, buddy. You made the media give a quarter of a crap about a scooplet.

He’s so unusual.

Update: Rep. Steve Cohen pretended to be “hot” for Cyndi Lauper just to draw attention to Memphis music“It was all a ruse. I knew by deleting it they would run it, it would give it news, give it life. That was the hook.” Congratulations, buddy. You made the media give a quarter of a crap about a scooplet.

12:20 // 1 year ago
April 3, 2013
Gotta hand it to Slate. They certainly know how to pitch something nobody else would think to pitch …

Gotta hand it to Slate. They certainly know how to pitch something nobody else would think to pitch …

9:25 // 1 year ago
March 22, 2013
thedailywhat:

White House Petition of the Day: Make Legislators Wear Logos of Corporate Backers
The latest brilliant idea to come out of We The People website is this petition suggesting that lawmakers should be required to be more transparent about their financial backers by wearing logos of their corporate “sponsors,” just like the NASCAR drivers do. As of Thursday evening, it has accrued more than 9,000 of the 100,000 signatures it needs to be formally addressed by the White House. GOOD magazine previously explored this idea with photoshopped mockups of New York Senator Charles Schumer and Florida Senator Marco Rubio donning logo patches of their contributors on their suits.
Hat tip goes to Dangerous Minds.

Not likely to go anywhere (just like NASCAR drivers, who drive in circles), but sort of amazing.

thedailywhat:

White House Petition of the Day: Make Legislators Wear Logos of Corporate Backers

The latest brilliant idea to come out of We The People website is this petition suggesting that lawmakers should be required to be more transparent about their financial backers by wearing logos of their corporate “sponsors,” just like the NASCAR drivers do. As of Thursday evening, it has accrued more than 9,000 of the 100,000 signatures it needs to be formally addressed by the White House. GOOD magazine previously explored this idea with photoshopped mockups of New York Senator Charles Schumer and Florida Senator Marco Rubio donning logo patches of their contributors on their suits.

Hat tip goes to Dangerous Minds.

Not likely to go anywhere (just like NASCAR drivers, who drive in circles), but sort of amazing.

(via maneatingbadger)

15:33 // 1 year ago