CIA board clears staff of snooping Senate computers

A CIA internal watchdog has cleared agency officers of improperly accessing the computers of members of the US Senate intelligence committee.

BBC, January 15

It said CIA officers acted reasonably in searching computers after concerns they contained classified material.

The finding contradicts allegations from lawmakers and an admission from the agency’s own inspector general.

The […]

Round Goes the Revolving Door: Black Water Lobbyist to Run House Intel Committee

The revolving door between government and private industry is quite scary.

Alternet, By Lee Fang, December 16

After lobbyist-run SuperPACs and big money efforts dominated the last election, legislators are now appointing lobbyists to literally manage the day-to-day affairs of Congress. For the House Intelligence Committee, which oversees government intelligence operations and agencies, the changing […]

Thought Experiment

You work for the only business of any substance in town. You make a nice income.

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Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking by

TruthDig/Common Dreams, By Dennis Kucinich, December 16

Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill, a hydra-headed incubator of poisonous conflict. The second provocative anti-Russian legislation in a week, it further polarizes our relations with Russia, helping to cement a Russia-China alliance against Western hegemony, and undermines long-term America’s […]

US Senate Torture Report publication countdown

12/8/2014 (originally posted Dec 8th, 10:37 pm)

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA a decade ago will cause violence and deaths abroad.

12/9/2014 (originally posted Dec 9th,13:37 pm)

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the […]

Rockefeller under fire for blocking FOIA bill

The Hill, By Julian Hattem, December 5

Retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is being blamed for placing a secret hold on a bipartisan bill to update the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The bill, which the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved last month, has broad support among transparency advocates who have begun vocally criticizing Rockefeller […]

Sen. Mary Landrieu loses runoff in Louisiana to Rep. Bill Cassidy

Washington Post, By Sean Sullivan, December 6

Republicans put the finishing touches on a triumphant midterm election by picking up a ninth Senate seat Saturday when Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) defeated Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) in a runoff election.

Landrieu’s loss means there will be no Democratic senators from the Deep South when the new […]

Congress gives Native American lands to foreign mining company with new NDAA

RT, December 04

Congress is poised to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of national forest in Arizona that is cherished ancestral homeland to Apache natives. Controversially, the measure is attached to annual legislation that funds the US Defense Department.

This week, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees quietly attached a provision to […]

21st Century Cold War Has Began; US House Of Reps Passes Resolution 758 Even As US Tells Russia To Stop Self-isolation

IBT Australia, By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | December 5, 2014

The United States has effectively pushed the button of the 21st century Cold War era. On Thursday, its House of Representatives passed Resolution 758, a decree telling the U.S., Europe and its’ allies to “aggressively keep the pressure” on Russia and its President Vladimir Putin until […]

Bernie Sanders Speaks Truth. Sort Of.

I love Bernie Sanders. I want to have his babby.

However, I think he needs to step back from this. His agenda is too easily co-opted by moderates and conservatives. It’s a nice counterculture statement of values, to be sure, but in the current environment completely unworkable.

I’ve been thinking about Ferguson and the […]

Louisiana Senate Candidates Race to Hold Lame Duck Votes On Keystone XL Pipeline

ABC News, By Arlette Saenz, November 12

After two years of inaction on the Keystone XL pipeline, it could be a Louisiana Senate run-off that finally forces Congress to vote on the measure.

The so-called Bayou Brawl was on full display on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the two candidates – Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu and […]

Why Dems Lose Midterms

The preliminary numbers are in, and voter turnout was at a record low nationwide.

Conventional wisdom says that each party, Republican and Democrat, can count on roughly 45% of the vote, no matter what. The last ten percent is what you need to win an election.

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Two Years’ Vacation

A couple of points to be made about last night’s midterm elections.

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Senate control may be not be decided Tuesday

McClatchy, By David Lightman, November 2

Polls released Sunday show it’s increasingly likely that control of the Senate may not be decided Tuesday, as no one in Louisiana and Georgia races has the majority needed to avoid a runoff election.

New Marist-NBC polls in those states show the leaders still in the 40s. In Louisiana, […]

Former pig castrator Joni Ernst poised to win Iowa Senate seat for Republicans

Republican once considered an obscure one-term state senator has the momentum in Iowa despite suffering the ridicule of her rivals

The Guardian, By Rory Carroll, November 3

Des Moines – Joni Ernst became famous by gazing into a camera and boasting of castrating hogs on the Iowa farm where she grew up.

“So when I […]

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