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Virginia Bill Allowing Unmarried Gays To Adopt Defeated

26 minutes agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

"Two steps forward, two steps back" continues to be the best way of escribing Virginia's path towards LGBT equality. Virginia state senator Janet Howell’s bill that would have allowed unmarried gay couples to adopt children has been shot down by...

Distinguished pol of the week

There were many stand outs this week. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ran the Senate just as he promised, enabling him to crow: “We just cast our 15th roll call vote on an amendment on this bill, which is more votes — more roll call votes on amendments than the entire United States Senate [did] in […]

Climate-Denial Buffoon Inhofe takes Big $$ from Big Oil, Says Scientists Corrupt

ThinkProgress Video | — ThinkProgress: “Jim Inhofe (R-OK) Tells The Senate Why He Thinks Global Warming Is A Hoax” [Added by Juan Cole]: The Center for Responsive Politics’ website Opensecrets.com details that…

Ted Cruz and Climate Change

If this is the best liberals can do to disparage Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator has a great chance of being our next President. Adam Estes at Gizmodo.com fired off

Senator George Brandis: Inconsistent Data Retention 'Hampering Investigations'

Metadata, it’s all the rage these days among security organisations, even if those in charge don’t have the best understanding of what metadata actually is. Throwing a new spanner in the works — if there weren’t enough already — is the apparent inconsistent nature in which ISPs retain your internet activities, with some pitching your data after a couple of days. More »      

Cruz Applause Line Draws Response from High Profile Nun

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, referring to the Obama administration’s defense of its health care law against the legal challenge from some Catholic nuns, said "If you're litigating against nuns” then “you're probably doing something wrong."

Grassley: Overturning Citizens United Could ‘Lead Us To The Abolishment Of The Bill Of Rights

The Iowa senator spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit. “Like” us on Facebook   Now read this:Romney Leads Iowa Poll (Jan 13, 2015) Trump Makes Believe He’s Running Again (Dec 10, 2014) Palin To Iowa (Dec 8, 2014) Iowa Man Arrested After Threatening To Blow Up The White House (Nov 23, 2014) Republicans Used Twitter [...]

Senate Subcommittee Nixes ‘Civil Rights and Human Rights’ From Its Name

17 hours agoNews : Mediaite

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights is changing -- well, at least the name is. It's now just the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

Davos – The Arrogance Of Officialdom

Submitted by Martin Armstrong via Armstrong Economics, In 55BC, Cicero stood before the Senate of Rome and warned of its demise because of a trade deficit importing spices and silk from China. He spoke of the “arrogance of officialdom”...Show More Summary

From Know-Nothingism to Do-Nothingism in the U.S. Senate

The "I am not a scientist" era in the U.S. Senate may be starting to wane. But the "I am opposed to doing anything about climate change" era is still going strong. In votes Wednesday on amendments to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill, some Republican Senators finally went on record acknowledging that man-made climate change is real. Show More Summary

Spotlight on green news & views: Senate plays kabuki on Keystone XL, hottest year arguments, spills

17 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

See Missys Brother's post. Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Show More Summary

The Senate is Finally Getting Back to ‘Normal’ After the Disastrous Reign of Democrats, Harry Reid

Yes, we have some major problems with the Senate but there was a little good news coming out of the upper chamber this week. The new Senate Majority Leader, Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, has gone back to allowing the minorityShow More Summary

Vermont Democrat opposes more background checks for gun ownership

GruntSgt sends us a link from WatchdogVermont which reports that one Democrat state senator in Vermont, Dick Sears, D-Bennington, figures that Vermont has the proper amount of background checks for legal gun owners that they don’t need anymore; “If I want to give a neighbor my gun, and I’m not hunting anymore, I shouldn’t have […]

GOP May Kill Filibuster for Supreme Court Nominees

“Top Senate Republicans are considering gutting the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees — a move that could yield big rewards for whichever party controls the White House and Senate after 2016,” Politico reports. “The move, still in its early stages, [...] The post GOP May Kill Filibuster for Supreme Court Nominees appeared first on Political Wire.

GOP Senators Reportedly Considering Abolishing Filibusters for SCOTUS Nominees

19 hours agoNews : Mediaite

Senate Republicans are considering getting rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, Politico reports. While the proposal is still nascent, it would make it easier for the party that wins the White House in 2016 to replace aging justices. Show More Summary

Senator to Hospitals: Stop Suing Poor Patients

19 hours agoNews : Truthdig

By Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR Prompted by an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, Sen. Charles Grassley asks a Missouri nonprofit hospital to explain why it seizes the wages of thousands of its patients.

Republicans Weigh Expanding ‘Nuclear Option’ for Supreme Court Nominees

Some Senate Republicans are considering changing the chamber’s rules to be able to confirm Supreme Court nominees with just a simple majority.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Talks Campus Rape at Sundance

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sat quietly in the middle of the Marc theater yesterday at the Sundance premiere of The Hunting Ground, the latest documentary from director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering, which explores sexual assault on college campuses. Joined by California Senator Barbara Boxer, the pair was a... More »

Marco Rubio And The Wilderness Of Rakes

This weekend, I will be in and around Steve King's big hootenanny out in Ioway. So will Senator Marco Rubio, former rising star of the Republican party, who is now making serious noises about running for president in 2016. And, by serious noises, I m...

Here’s the Strongest Potential Presidential Candidate Nobody is Talking About — And Why He Can Win

21 hours agoNews : Mediaite

One of the more surprising 2016 polls to emerge this week was good news for Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), which places him moving into second place behind Mitt Romney.

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