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Saturday, den 20. April 2013

Immigration experts dispute right-wing radio claims that the comprehensive immigration reform proposal is “amnesty.” Indeed, the legislation introduced in the Senate on April 17 by a bipartisan group of senators includes a number of provisions undocumented immigrants would have to meet before they could apply for citizenship — along with waiting at a minimum 13 years.

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Tuesday, den 4. December 2012

In anticipation of a Senate vote on a United Nations treaty that seeks to promote equal rights for people with disabilities, conservative media have revived the debunked myth that the treaty threatens U.S. sovereignty. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities sets global standards for the treatment of people with disabilities, asking signatories to “ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities without discrimination of any kind on the basis of disability.” More than 120 nations have ratified the treaty, and though the United States signed it in 2009 and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved it, the Senate has been unable to obtain the required number of votes to push it through.

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

The Australian parliament’s swift approval of an “offshore processing” law marks a shift in refugee policy that appears arbitrary and discriminatory on its face. The Migration Legislation Amendment (Offshore Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2011, passed by the Senate on August 16, 2012, and by the House the previous day, authorizes the transfer of asylum seekers who arrive by boat to remote Pacific islands, where they will remain indefinitely while their refugee claims are processed. read more

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Wednesday, den 8. August 2012

The Senate Conservatives Fund agrees to reveal more information about earmarked donations.

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

By Aaron Goode I believe that campaign finance is the most important issue at stake in the November election , and the most important issue for our next.

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Tuesday, den 31. July 2012

On July 29 The Heritage Foundation published a post  on its blog, The Foundry, that called for the filibuster of Oklahoma Judge Robert Bacharach ‘s bipartisan-supported nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

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Thursday, den 26. July 2012

A constitutional amendment is needed to undo the damage caused by the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v.

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Thursday, den 21. June 2012

From: Voting Rights Watch 2012 Voting Rights Watch 2012 In a state with an existing voter ID law, three bills target voters of color, youth, the elderly and non-English speakers.

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Thursday, den 21. June 2012

From: Ben Adler Ben Adler Mitt Romney has made the assumption that businessmen make better presidents the central argument for his candidacy. But history shows it to be totally false. 

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Monday, den 30. April 2012

David Cole Tarek Mehanna got seventeen years in prison for translating a document.

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Saturday, den 28. April 2012

Failed Supreme Court Nominee Robert Bork In 1987, the Senate rejected Judge Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court in light of Bork’s long record of extremism . Bork once described the federal ban on whites-only lunch counters as “unsurpassed ugliness.” He claimed that it is “ utterly specious ” to suggest that women have a constitutional right to use contraception. And he believes that the Constitution does not protect women from gender discrimination . Nor has Bork moderated his views in the twenty-five years since he was denied a seat on the Court. Bork said it was “silly” to say that women are discriminated against as recently as last October. Mitt Romney, however, apparently finds this kind of outlook quite appealing, because he selected Bork to co-chair his “ Justice Advisory Committee .” At a recent campaign event, Vice President Biden went after Romney for his poor judgment in selecting Bork for this role : [Biden] addressed specifically the issue of contraception, saying that he “noticed today” that Judge Robert Bork, “a fine man, and a man who I disagree with a lot,” had been named as the Romney campaign’s “justice coordinator.” (He appeared to have read an editorial in today’s New York Times which addressed this fact. Bork was actually named as a chair of Romney’s “Justice Advisory Committee” last August, a Romney spokesperson confirmed.) He discussed the Bork confirmation hearings, which he oversaw as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the discussion of Griswold vs. Connecticut . “So we’re kind of returning to the past. You know that movie, ‘Back To the Future?’ It feels like to me that we’re going Back to the Future,” he said. Not too long ago, of course, the Romney campaign spent days pretending to believe that President Obama’s own view of motherhood was somehow in question because someone who has no association with his campaign said something dumb on CNN . Meanwhile, Romney continues to trust Bork as one of his top legal policy advisors — even after Bork claimed that there’s no such thing as discrimination against women and that women who think there is are “silly.”

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Sunday, den 22. January 2012

James Lardner It’s time to tackle the root problem—its subservience to corporate and financial powers.  

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Sunday, den 22. January 2012

From: Ilyse Hogue Ilyse Hogue A week full of progressives victories—SOPA, Keystone and Wisconsin recall efforts—bring great reminders about the long game of organizing.

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Sunday, den 22. January 2012

In a January 19 editorial headlined “Obama’s appointment with tyranny: President grabs absolute power in abuse of recess commissions,” The Washington Times attacked President Obama over his recess appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) during a Senate recess of fewer than three days, calling it “lawless” and a “play for absolute appointment-making sovereignty.”  However, past presidents have made recess appointments during recesses of three days or fewer, and neither the Constitution nor the courts have specified how long the Senate must be in recess for a president to make a recess appointment. Moreover, congressional Republicans have engaged in unprecedented obstructionism that is preventing hundreds of Obama nominees from being confirmed.  From the Times :  President Obama’s lawless Jan. 4 installation of a new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau goes to the heart of his loose interpretation of our Constitution. Mr. Obama’s actions show he believes checks and balance apply only to the other branches of government, not to him.    The recess appointment authority has drifted far from what was originally intended by the framers of the Constitution. Article II Section 2 allows that “the president shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.” As a plain reading of the text indicates, this was intended to apply to openings that actually occurred when the Senate was in recess, such as when someone in a relevant office resigned, died or was incapacitated. It was a matter of reasonable convenience for the executive, not an invitation for the president to obviate the will of the people. This was the standard interpretation of the text for over a century.  Congress further checked the power of the executive by stipulating no salary would be paid to anyone given a recess appointment if the position to which they were appointed existed during the prior Senate session. This law withered over time as various parties used recess appointments to their advantage, but it was sound legislation while it lasted and prevented much of the contemporary abuse of the power. It should be revisited.  Unchecked power is inimical to liberty. Any legal reasoning that supports unlimited executive authority is thus false on its face. President Obama’s play for absolute appointment-making sovereignty should be checked while there’s still a republic to save. Previously: Fox & Friends  Ignores Historic GOP Obstructionism In Attacking Obama Over Cordray Appointment Conservative Media Back GOP Obstructionism, Attack Obama’s Appointment Of Cordray As CFPB Chief

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Thursday, den 19. January 2012

From: George Zornick George Zornick Far-right members of Congress are helping to lead the charge against government intrusion on the net. 

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Sunday, den 15. January 2012

Michael Blanding Should states or the rubber-stamp NRC decide whether nuclear plants continue to operate?

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Sunday, den 15. January 2012

From: George Zornick George Zornick Why isn’t the administration interested in better enforcement of campaign finance laws?

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Monday, den 9. January 2012

From: Ari Melber Ari Melber Santorum touted his opposition to discrimination at this weekend’s debates, but he has backed discrimination against gays repeatedly in government.

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Wednesday, den 28. December 2011

Rep. Keith Ellison House Republicans sink payroll tax cut extension in their single-minded quest to “drown government in the bathtub.”

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Wednesday, den 28. December 2011

From: Jamelle Bouie Jamelle Bouie The Nebraska lawmaker is retiring from the Senate. Good. 

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Tuesday, den 27. December 2011

From: Ilyse Hogue Ilyse Hogue Unless there’s a blueprint to break the Republican strategy of hostage taking, the Dems will be left trumpeting their own weakness to avoid blame.

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Tuesday, den 6. December 2011

From: Ari Berman Ari Berman If Republicans keep blocking well qualified Obama nominees, the president should fill the positions through recess appointments.

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Sunday, den 4. December 2011

From: George Zornick George Zornick Two Republican bills in Congress have the potential to restart the pipeline project. 

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Wednesday, den 30. November 2011

From: George Zornick George Zornick When Mitch McConnell surrendered on a payroll tax cut extension, it might have marked a new dynamic in Washington. 

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Tuesday, den 29. November 2011

From: Jon Wiener Jon Wiener A nearly unanimous vote at our greatest public university.

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Saturday, den 26. November 2011

From: George Zornick George Zornick  A sneaky resignation might shut down the National Labor Relations Board.

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Saturday, den 26. November 2011

From: Jon Wiener Jon Wiener Linking arms, the chancellor said, “is not non-violent.”

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Saturday, den 19. November 2011

From: George Zornick George Zornick  60 Minutes had an explosive report detailing insider trading by members of Congress—how bad is the problem?

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Friday, den 18. November 2011

From: George Zornick George Zornick Slashing the safety net and cutting government spending aren’t the only ways to fix the budget. 

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Wednesday, den 16. November 2011

John Nichols From Ohio to Maine to Mississippi, voters rejected the conservative agenda on key issues.

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Sunday, den 13. November 2011

From: Ari Berman Ari Berman A new ad from the conservative group Crossroads GPS attacks Elizabeth Warren and Occupy Wall Street.

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Sunday, den 13. November 2011

From: George Zornick George Zornick  The usual suspects in Congress are trying to kill net neutrality rules–but in many ways, they’ve already won the battle. 

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Sunday, den 13. November 2011

From: Dana Goldstein Dana Goldstein As in the United States, many Mexican education reformers focus on teachers’ unions–but both countries need a broader public schools agenda.

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Saturday, den 5. November 2011

From: William Greider William Greider The Washington Post ‘s alarming “news” that Social Security has gone cash negative is not true.

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Sunday, den 30. October 2011

Rob Richie A Republican proposal in Pennsylvania would change the way electoral votes are counted—and the results could spell Obama’s defeat in 2012.

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