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John Oliver on the ‘Elections That Actually Matter on Tuesday’

While most of the media are focusing on the midterm elections for the U.S. Senate, the “Last Week Tonight” host argues that we should be focusing on state legislatures at the polls.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE

Classic Kids’ Song ‘How a Bill Becomes a Law’ Needs an Update

Jon Stewart revamps the Schoolhouse Rock song to reflect how ineffective and inefficient Congress really is these days when it comes to passing laws in a hilarious new “Daily Show” segment called “How a Bill Becomes an Ad.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection and Allow Collectors to Seize a Fourth of Their Wages

Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out of date and overly harsh.

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What’s the Point of a Source Protection Law That Wouldn’t Protect Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden?

Laws are bad when they don’t do what they are meant to and even worse when they cause harm instead.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE

Equal Pay

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Judge Throws Out Murder Charge in Mississippi Fetal Harm Case

The ruling means that the woman whose drug use had her facing a possible life term can at most be charged with manslaughter in the death of her stillborn daughter.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE

Shifty Congress

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Senate Speed Trap

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Anti-Aircraft Laser Cannons Are Here (Video)

The U.S. Defense Department has developed a laser cannon capable of downing a drone aircraft from the deck of a Navy warship at dirt cheap operating cost.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE

Sodomy Law

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Mass Shootings Do Little to Change State Gun Laws

Following the mass shooting in Connecticut, the Obama administration and lawmakers around the country have promised to re-examine gun control in America. Here’s a look at what’s happened legislatively in states where some of the worst shootings in recent U.S. history have occurred to see what effect, if any, those events had on gun laws.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE

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Survey: Number of Religious Lobbying Groups in D.C. Is Up Fivefold

Pew researchers discovered that the number of religious groups lobbying politicians in Washington, D.C., has increased 500 percent in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. With more than 1,000 lobbyists vying for the ears of Congress members, the groups together spend more than $390 million a year ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE

Super Bush

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Immigration Rally Is Largest in L.A. History

An estimated crowd of more than 500,000 thronged downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to protest a tightening of the country’s immigration laws.

Posted on Mar 26, 2006 READ MORE

Texas Arresting People in Bars for Being Drunk

Undercover agents will bust you in a bar for public intoxication—so you don’t get behind the wheel of a car, or something like that.

Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


Feingold Speaks Truth to Power, and Stewart

The Wisconsin senator whips Jon Stewart’s audience into a frenzy with his insistence on holding Bush accountable for his spying program.

Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


Pat Roberts, Uncovered

Think Progress puts together an in-depth cheat sheet on all the ways Roberts has shrunk from his responsibilities as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


Surprise, Surprise: Ethics Reform Stalling

Figuring that public indignation over the Jack Abramoff scandal will soon dissipate, Republicans in Congress are dragging their feet on promised reform measures.
Unfortunately, this will probably work—because an indignant populace is sort of like a villain in a James Bond movie: We vow to stamp out a source of aggravation; we put the machinery in place for doing so; we flip the switch; and then we leave the room on the nave assumption that our plan is escape-proof.
It’d be funny if this weren’t, like, our government we’re talking about.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE

Boot Camps for Wayward Teens Go Unregulated Overseas

Sketchy U.S. operators of “tough love” schools skirt American regulations by operating in other countries. Sorta like sketchy U.S. corporations that skirt American taxes by having mailboxes in other countries. AlterNet’s got the goods.

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE

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