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Senate Passes Patriot Act Extension

The Senate passed a six-month extension of the USA Patriot Act late tonight, “hoping to avoid the expiration of law enforcement powers deemed vital in the war on terror.” Approval came on a voice vote, and cleared the way for a final vote in the House. Several provisions in the current law expire Dec. 31, […]

Thanks to All Our Readers for Your Support

Thanks to all our readers for your support! We’re here every day doing what we do because of you. In the spirit of the holiday season, remember that your support helps us to grow…

John Kerry: You Stopped the Republicans Today

Here’s the latest email from John Kerry, thanking everyone for their help in stopping the Republicans from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Today you proved what can happen when we stand up against the abuse of power in Washington. Today the Senate kept faith with our troops and we stopped the Republican leadership […]

John Kerry on the Ed Schultz Show Today

John Kerry was on the Ed Schultz Show today and so was Senator Ted Kennedy. I’ll post the links when they are available! From WeGotEd.com: Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, joins the show today to talk about the vote on ANWR, the pending Senate Defense Bill and Bush wiretapping issue. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-MA, is our […]

Greenpeace Activists Intercept Whale Killing Fleet with Ties to U.S. Seafood Giant, Gorton’s of Gloucester

In the news today, Greenpeace activists confronted whaling ships in the Southern Ocean today after weeks of pursuit. In an email from Greenpeace, here’s the scoop on their interception of the whalers: Facing high-pressure hoses, harpoons and large waves, activists put their lives on the line to protect the whales from the slaughter. The Japanese […]

John Kerry: A Win for Reform as ANWR Drilling is Removed from Defense Appropriations Bill

As Ron posted a short time ago, the Senate rejected ANWR Drilling. Ted Stevens denied Democratic charges that he violated a Senate rule (see this post for rule violation) “to get the drilling provision inserted into the defense appropriations bill. “There’s nothing I’ve done here that violated the rules,” he said.” John Kerry made the […]

Senate Rejects ANWR Drilling

Remember a year ago when Bush thought he had the political capital to do whatever they wanted, and Republicans like Grover Norquist thought they were in complete control and on the way to a permanent majority? It looks like the Republicans have been stopped again: The Senate blocked oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge […]

Statement by Senator Dianne Feinstein In Opposition to Arctic Drilling and Other Provisions Added to Defense Bill

Senator Dianne Feinstein today announced her intent to vote against cloture on the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill because of the inclusion of provisions in violation of Senate Rules to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and to grant unprecedented liability protection to vaccine manufacturers The following is Senator Feinstein’s floor statement on […]