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Ron Wyden Calls NAFTA Insufficient Now; In 1993, He Called It a “Vote For Less Pollution”

One of the common rhetorical tropes supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have used to sell it is to declaim all prior trade agreements as inferior, relative to this bright, shiny and new deal. Ron Wyden, the Democrat in Congress most responsible for moving TPP through, gave a particularly juicy example of this yesterday.

Rand Paul Uses ‘Filibustering’ As Excuse to Give Really Long Campaign Speech

Senator Rand Paul took the Senate floor more than three hours ago, and there's no sign he's going to stop anytime soon. He and Oregon Democrat senator Ron Wyden promised to filibuster any reauthorization of the Patriot Act, which is set to expire at the end of the month.  And... More »

WATCH LIVE: Senators Rand Paul and Ron Wyden filibuster the Patriot Act

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul began giving a speech on Wednesday to oppose any vote on legislation that would extend U.S. spy agencies’ collection of Americans’ telephone data. Under Senate rules, Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate, can stay on the Senate floor and speak without...

Key Fighter For Civil Liberties, Russ Feingold, Running To Return To The Senate

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've pointed out for years how strong a supporter of civil liberties Senator Ron Wyden has been, but the one guy who probably had an even stronger record on that front was Senator Russ Feingold. Feingold was the only Senator who consistently voted against the PATRIOT Act and increases to government surveillance. Show More Summary

50,000 MW Geothermal Goal Set By Senate Bill

A bill introduced by Montana Senator Jon Tester would set a goal of 50,000 MW of geothermal energy by 2025. (Oregon Senator Ron Wyden co-sponsored it.) “Montana’s public lands contain some of the best renewable energy sources in theShow More Summary

Fast-track legislation faces a key test in the Senate today. Expect a close vote.

Teamsters join other foes of fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty in presenting a petition to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, a key backer of TPP. The future of President Obama's top legislative priority—the Trans-Pacific Partnership...Show More Summary

Latest Explanation For James Clapper Lying About 'Essential' NSA Spy Program: 'He Forgot About It'

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

By now, one hopes, you've seen this video of James Clapper lying to Senator Ron Wyden and the American public while testifying before Congress in early 2013: Here's the key transcript: Wyden: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans? Clapper: No sir. Show More Summary

Ron Wyden Threatens Filibuster Over NSA Bulk Data Collection

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), one of the most persistent critics of U.S. surveillance programs, on Sunday threatened to filibuster a reauthorization of the Patriot Act if it fails to include major reforms, including ending a...Show More Summary

First vote on trade deal coming Tuesday

Teamsters join other foes of fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty in presenting a petition to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, who is a key backer of TPP. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday set the first test vote on fast-track legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Show More Summary

The IRS Scandal, Day 729

Orange County Register editorial, Emails Keep IRS Scandal Probe Afloat: John Koskinen has some ’splaining to do. Last June, Mr. Koskinen, the IRS commissioner, told Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and ranking member Orrin Hatch that a computer malfunction somehow zapped thousands of emails to and from Lois Lerner,...

Senator Wyden: Congress May End NSA Bulk Data Collection

US Senator Ron Wyden claims that the US Congress may be persuaded to end bulk data collection as a result of a US federal court ruling on the illegality of NSA's bulk domestic surveillance program.

Obama Should End NSA Mass Surveillance Program ‘Immediately’ - US Senator

US Senator Ron Wyden said that Barack Obama should put an end to the US National Security Agency’s program of telephone meta data bulk collection as soon as possible.

What’s Behind Ron Wyden’s Bipartisanship

Mark Bloomfield: Amid Washington's gridlock, there are occasional moments of bipartisanship, such as when Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) joined with Orrin Hatch and Paul Ryan to introduce Trade Promotion Authority legislation.

Oregon: Wyden Trying to Pull a Fast One on Fast Track

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced agreement with Republican leaders April 16 over the terms of a “Fast Track” bill introduced in the Senate and House. The bill would make it easier to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a NAFTA-style trade deal that the Obama administration has been negotiating in secret with representatives from 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

Barriers to Innovation Act Would Renew DMCA Exemptions Automatically

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) on April 16 introduced the “Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act,” a bill that would make significant changes to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright ActShow More Summary

A 'Path To Yes' On Trade, But Paul Ryan Blocks It

The "fast track" trade bill introduced last week by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a number of problems. It sets aside Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and essentially pre-approves the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the public and most of Congress even sees it. Show More Summary

Why Senator Ron Wyden Has It Wrong About the Open Internet

4 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Sen. Ron Wyden took to Wired yesterday to argue that the Fast Track bill he co-sponsored to rush approval for trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will help protect the free and open Internet. Sen. Wyden has...Show More Summary

Senators Introduce Anti-Aaron's Law To Increase Jail Terms For 'Unauthorized Access' To Computers

4 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Yesterday, we wrote about an important new bill, Aaron's Law, from Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul and Rep. Zoe Lofgren. It's a fix to many of the problematic aspects of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). If you're unaware, the...Show More Summary

Ron Wyden on Trans-Pacific Partnership, Intellectual Property Law, & Net Neutrality

4 weeks agoNews : Reason

Yesterday, Brian Doherty covered many of the issues related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade deal currently coursing its way through Congress. Generally speaking, free trade—or even just freer trade—is a moral and an economic good. Show More Summary

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