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How do you get angry, deranged people to tweet to you? Skip a rock in the fever swamp they fester in.

How do you get angry, deranged people to tweet to you? Skip a rock in the fever swamp they fester in.

Send the Senate our holiday wish - keep funding the end of global poverty

I just joined the ONE Campaign and told my member of Congress to protect the part of the budget that helps the world’s poorest. This part of our country’s budget is just less than 1% of the US total budget, but it does a world of good with things like fight AIDS and help with global hunger.

zherr delikat schadenfreude

zherr delikat schadenfreude

Sisters Mary and Liz Cheney have entered into an ugly public feud over the legalization of gay marriage. On Sunday, Liz appeared on Fox News to clarify her stance on gay marriage, saying “I do believe it’s an issue that’s got to be left up to states. I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage.” Mary’s spouse Heather Poe responded to Liz on Facebook, and Mary shared Poe’s status with the comment “Liz - this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree - you’re just wrong - and on the wrong side of history.” She might as well have added, “For f*ck’s sake, even dad supports gay marriage now.”

Sisters Mary and Liz Cheney have entered into an ugly public feud over the legalization of gay marriage. On Sunday, Liz appeared on Fox News to clarify her stance on gay marriage, saying “I do believe it’s an issue that’s got to be left up to states. I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage.” Mary’s spouse Heather Poe responded to Liz on Facebook, and Mary shared Poe’s status with the comment “Liz - this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree - you’re just wrong - and on the wrong side of history.” She might as well have added, “For f*ck’s sake, even dad supports gay marriage now.”

In Wall Street Journal, Senator Dianne Feinstein Insidiously Defends NSA Surveillance | The Dissenter

Toward the end of her op-ed, Feinstein mentioned she introduced legislation to make “improvements to these counterterrorism programs” that would “require court review when the call records are queried” and “mandate a series of limitations on how the records can be obtained, stored and used.” That might lead one to think Feinstein is in favor of reform, however, her legislation is intended to disrupt concerted efforts to truly impose reform.

The American Civil Liberties Union pointed out that her proposed legislation might change the way the NSA accesses Americans’ phone records but it will not impose a limit on the volume of records collected. In fact, the legislation is likely to expand government surveillance powers by “legalizing the warrantless wiretapping of people known to be located in the US for 7 days where that surveillance began abroad.” And, under a section of FISA, the legislation would also legalize queries for “US persons’ names or email addresses without probable cause, so long as it is for ‘articulable foreign intelligence purposes.’”

Similar to what former vice president Dick Cheney might have said if he were in her position, she concluded, “If we end this vital program, we only make our nation more vulnerable to another devastating terrorist attack.” This is because fear is all Feinstein has to make the case that the NSA should not give up any of its powers.

CBS Host Embarrasses Rand Paul Over Simplistic View of Congress: ‘It’s More Complicated’ | Video Cafe

"But you know, Senator, with all due respect," Schieffer interrupted. "It’s a little more complicated that that. Because you’ve got, not just Republicans versus Democrats, you’ve got Republicans versus Republicans. You’ve got House Republicans versus Senate Republicans versus. You’ve got Republican Senator Ted Cruz, whose advising House Republicans to go against their own leadership in the House."

"So, it’s going to take more than a conference committee," he added. "I mean, you’d have to set up 15 or 20 committees to try resolve all the controversies that are going on right now. I mean, do you disagree with that?"

The biggest name in these most pivotal contests is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). In his race and in that of endangered Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in nearby Arkansas, large amounts of outside money are already being spent, and both pols have been racing to arm their campaign committees with cash.

Toppling McConnell would be a significant upset for many reasons, not the least of which is the torrid pace of his fundraising. The top-ranking Senate Republican took in $2.2 million in the second quarter of the year, giving him a stockpile of $9.6 million as of the end of June. This is by no means McConnell’s first rodeo — he raised more than $16 million in 2008 — and clearly he holds the upper hand over his opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes (D). Having declared her candidacy just a few weeks ago, Grimes won’t post numbers showing the depth of her money trough till October.
As the arguably white nationalist Southern Avenger, Hunter praised the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, saying he “raise[s] a personal toast every May 10 to celebrate John Wilkes Booth’s birthday,” compared Lincoln to Saddam Hussein, and suggested the great American president would have had a homosexual relationship with Adolf Hitler, had the two ever met. He also advocated against Hispanic immigration and in favor of white pride, warning that a “non-white majority America would simply cease to be America.”
As border residents, Senate Bill S. 744 is extremely troubling and threatening to the well being of our communities. The Human Rights Council of Oceanside cannot support the Corker-Hoeven amendment included in the bill. Our communities have been under attack by Border Patrol and a doubling of agents, at a time with such low levels of clandestine entries, is going to increase fear and the possibility of increased abuse with impunity. We expect immigration laws to reflect reality, and the reality is that the Border Patrol agency is an agency that works in our community and yet fails to account for the abuse by its agents. We hope that it is clear why at this time we cannot stand behind the Corker-Hoeven amendment that will bring devastation to our communities, and are also hopeful that it will change into something that we can support.

71 Senators Reject States’ Rights To Label GMOs

  • Alexander (R-TN)
  • Ayotte (R-NH)
  • Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Baucus (D-MT)
  • Blunt (R-MO)
  • Boozman (R-AR)
  • Brown (D-OH)
  • Burr (R-NC)
  • Carper (D-DE)
  • Casey (D-PA)
  • Chambliss (R-GA)
  • Coats (R-IN)
  • Coburn (R-OK)
  • Cochran (R-MS)
  • Collins (R-ME)
  • Coons (D-DE)
  • Corker (R-TN)
  • Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Cowan (D-MA)
  • Crapo (R-ID)
  • Cruz (R-TX)
  • Donnelly (D-IN)
  • Durbin (D-IL)
  • Enzi (R-WY)
  • Fischer (R-NE)
  • Franken (D-MN)
  • Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Graham (R-SC)
  • Grassley (R-IA)
  • Hagan (D-NC)
  • Harkin (D-IA)
  • Hatch (R-UT)
  • Heitkamp (D-ND)
  • Heller (R-NV)
  • Hoeven (R-ND)
  • Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Isakson (R-GA)
  • Johanns (R-NE)
  • Johnson (D-SD)
  • Johnson (R-WI)
  • Kaine (D-VA)
  • Kirk (R-IL)
  • Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Landrieu (D-LA)
  • Lee (R-UT)
  • Levin (D-MI)
  • McCain (R-AZ)
  • McCaskill (D-MO)
  • McConnell (R-KY)
  • Menendez (D-NJ)
  • Moran (R-KS)
  • Nelson (D-FL)
  • Paul (R-KY)
  • Portman (R-OH)
  • Pryor (D-AR)
  • Risch (R-ID)
  • Roberts (R-KS)
  • Rubio (R-FL)
  • Scott (R-SC)
  • Sessions (R-AL)
  • Shaheen (D-NH)
  • Shelby (R-AL)
  • Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Thune (R-SD)
  • Toomey (R-PA)
  • Udall (D-CO)
  • Vitter (R-LA)
  • Warner (D-VA)
  • Warren (D-MA)