The U.S. Senate approved an amendment Tuesday to the immigration reform bill that provides automatic citizenship to all persons who were born outside the United States and were adopted by U.S. citizens. The provision would fix a controversial law that has led to the deportation of adoptees who lived most of their lives in the United States.
Catering to the ongoing insistence by the usual suspects that the Citizens United decision spells DOOM for American democracy, Senators Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) proposed a constitutional amendment that would take away nasty corporations' ability to gum up the political process. Show More Summary
Since the Citizens United case stripped the state of a vital tool of censorship, many on the Left have harbored the desire to, as Nancy Pelosi put it last year, "amend the First Amendment." This afternoon, the Washington Free Beacon's...Show More Summary
Don’t mess with Texans’ email. Ars Technica reports that Texas has become the first state in the United States that requires law enforcement officials to get search warrants before snooping on citizens’ emails. The law only applies to...Show More Summary
For people outside the United States -- including citizens of our most friendly allies -- the scope of surveillance allowed under American law may not seem so modest.
“Attention, liberals: The ACLU wouldn’t be able to sue the NSA if it weren’t for Citizens United.” [Wendy Kaminer, The Atlantic] Tweet Tags: ACLU, campaign regulation, constitutional law, free speech Corporations as people, cont’d is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
"Prospective voters must check a box for yes or no, and they must sign the form, swearing under the penalty of perjury that they are citizens. The state law, by contrast, required prospective voters to prove that they were citizens by...Show More Summary
Former Vice President Dick Cheney (R), whose false statements helped propel the United States into an eight year war in Iraq, said Sunday that citizens should simply “trust” the federal government on matters of privacy and security. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Cheney laughed off questions about why federal surveillance of phone records [...]
The exposure of the Obama regime’s use of the National Security Agency to secretly spy on the communications of hundreds of millions of US and overseas citizens has provoked world-wide denunciations. In the United States, despite widespread mass media coverage and the opposition of civil liberties organizations, there has not been any mass protest. Show More Summary
Remember way back in 2010 when we thought our democracy was lost when our political system turned bribery into an expression free speech? Remember how mad we were about the Citizens United ruling? Well, move over Citizens United. We want our basic rights back.
Covington & Burling in Washington has signed up to lobby for another country looking to make it easier for its citizens to enter the United States. New Zealand has hired Covington to help create "a legislative solution and strategy for...
Major takedown of Cory Booker from The Guardian Cory Booker: the inexorable rise of Newark's neoliberal egomaniac. U.S. Senate Special Election Watchdog groups - NJ Citizen Action and NJ Communities United - support effort to stop Christie from holding October election for U.S. Show More Summary
People from all over the world are tired of the lack of information aimed toward the education and safety of Squirrel Hunters. After feeling like second class citizens for decades, many hunters came together to create the premier resource aimed specifi...
Should corporations suffer the same consequences as United States citizens? Carl Pettit argues in the case of corporate personhood and their constitutional rights.
The United States imposed sanctions on four Lebanese citizens on Tuesday, accusing them of fundraising and recruiting for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in West Africa. The U.S. Treasury Department said the four men were sanctioned for effectively acting as “ambassadors” for Hezbollah, which Washington considers a terrorist group. They were acting in Sierra Leone, [...]
David S. Miller (Cadwalader, New York), Fixing 501(c)(4): Recalibrating the Tax Subsidy for Lobbying and Political Activity: While the surge in 501(c)(4)s that led to the current IRS scandal is widely attributable to Citizens United, it was a very deliberate IRS action – the decision to exempt donations to 501(c)(4)s...
Last week, several media outlets obtained leaked information that revealed that the United States government, in collaboration with several major corporations, has been secretly collecting a metric fuckton of data on its citizens without their knowledge or consent, all as part of a Bond villainesquely named program called PRISM. Show More Summary
One day after reports of PRISM surfaced — a program which reportedly enables the United States government to tap directly into the central servers of US-based Internet companies — U.S. president Barack Obama... Keep reading ?
Protecting the oceans isn't about political power; it's about empowering the people. Forget about Citizens United. We have our voices and we have our votes, and if we have the will to win, that's all we need. We will prevail in protecting the oceans.
Frightening government overreach or valuable law enforcement tool?That's the question politicians in Washington, and millions of citizens around the United States, asked Thursday thanks to a jolting report suggesting the government has...Show More Summary