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For some unknown reason, Senate Republicans do not appear to be interested in closing the wage gap for working women…
Majority Leader Harry Reid said before the vote, which fell mostly on party lines from GOP Blocks Equal Pay Bill in Senate | RealClearPolitics
Susan Collins, welcome to 2014! You’ve done a damn good job at making Hillary Clinton seem like a trailblazer.

Susan Collins, welcome to 2014! You’ve done a damn good job at making Hillary Clinton seem like a trailblazer.

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate Any Amendment Must Include Corporate Personhood! | Move to Amend
Senate Joint Resolution 19 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United, but it doesn’t address corporate constitutional rights at all.
Move to Amend has vowed that we will not support any halfway measures that don’t amend the Constitution in two necessary ways:
Make clear that only human beings, not corporations have Constitutional rights;
Make clear that money is not speech and campaign spending can be regulated.
Tens of thousands of volunteers across the nation have been building a grassroots movement over the past four years from the bottom up. This movement came from everyday people taking this issue to their city governments, to town meeting debates, to candidate forums, to newspaper opinion pages, and to the ballot box directly. Nearly 600 cities and towns have now passed amendment resolutions.
Polling shows 80% of the American public believes that corporations should not have the same rights as people. State legislatures have been pressured to stand up as well, with 16 states passing resolutions calling for an amendment. “Ending Corporate Personhood” was a major theme in the demands that came from Occupy encampments across the country.
The plan is that this amendment will get a vote in the Senate this year — before election season. We cannot allow a proposal that doesn’t address corporate constitutional rights to get traction — the amendment must match the demand of our movement: “A Corporation is Not a Person! Money is Not Free Speech!”
Fill out this form to send a message to the authors of SJR19 — let them know that Corporate Personhood MUST be included in the language of the amendment.

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate Any Amendment Must Include Corporate Personhood! | Move to Amend

Senate Joint Resolution 19 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United, but it doesn’t address corporate constitutional rights at all.

Move to Amend has vowed that we will not support any halfway measures that don’t amend the Constitution in two necessary ways:

  1. Make clear that only human beings, not corporations have Constitutional rights;
  2. Make clear that money is not speech and campaign spending can be regulated.

Tens of thousands of volunteers across the nation have been building a grassroots movement over the past four years from the bottom up. This movement came from everyday people taking this issue to their city governments, to town meeting debates, to candidate forums, to newspaper opinion pages, and to the ballot box directly. Nearly 600 cities and towns have now passed amendment resolutions.

Polling shows 80% of the American public believes that corporations should not have the same rights as people. State legislatures have been pressured to stand up as well, with 16 states passing resolutions calling for an amendment. “Ending Corporate Personhood” was a major theme in the demands that came from Occupy encampments across the country.

The plan is that this amendment will get a vote in the Senate this year — before election season. We cannot allow a proposal that doesn’t address corporate constitutional rights to get traction — the amendment must match the demand of our movement: “A Corporation is Not a Person! Money is Not Free Speech!”

Fill out this form to send a message to the authors of SJR19 — let them know that Corporate Personhood MUST be included in the language of the amendment.

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.

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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.