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John Kerry Measure Adds Accountability to TSA Contracting

John Kerry secured an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill today that will “repeal the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) exemption from federal contracting laws.” The provision was cosponsored by Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). It adds increased “transparency and accountability while also helping to level the playing field for smaller […]

Latest Blogger on Net Neutrality–John Kerry

John Kerry has a guest blog at Save The Internet.Com. Kerry wrote: Free and open access to the internet is something all Americans should enjoy, regardless of what financial means they’re born into or where they live. It is profoundly disappointing that the Senate is going let a handful of companies hold internet access hostage […]

Pelosi Positioning Democrats As The Fiscally Responsible Party

The Wall Street Journal reports on an interview with Nancy Pelosi in which she promises fiscal restraint and reduction of earmarks (offering a different view on earmarks than Joe Lieberman recently provided). While Joe “earmarks are great for Connecticut” Lieberman defended earmarks in his debate with Lamont, Pelosi is critical of them. “Personally, myself, I’d […]

Warner and Kerry

Two recent news items indirectly connect Mark Warner and John Kerry. Hotline ended a recent article on Warner with a footnote on fund raising for other Democrats. Note the last line: A footnote: Warner’s PAC will release an estimate of the amount of money he’s raised for other Democrats this cycle — about $5M. That […]

Army to End Halliburton Handouts

After years of attacks on the war profiteering of Halliburton, the “Army is discontinuing a controversial multibillion-dollar deal with oil services giant Halliburton Co. to provide logistical support to U.S. troops worldwide, a decision that could cut deeply into the firm’s dominance of government contracting in Iraq.” Under the deal, Halliburton had exclusive rights to […]

Native American Tribe in Texas Names Abramoff, Reed in Suit

The Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Livingston, Texas filed a federal civil suit today, alleging that “ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and their associates engaged in fraud and racketeering to shut down the tribe’s casino.” The Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Livingston, Texas, alleged the defendants defrauded the tribe, the people of Texas and the […]

Is That a Mule or a Terrorist in a Mule Suit?

A new report from the Department of Homeland Security, shows that you never know where terrorists lurk… Take for instance the photo above of the annual Mule Day Parade in Columbia, TN, which is listed in the National Asset Database — a “database is used by the Homeland Security Department to help divvy up the […]