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07.25.13 Andy Cush

Earlier this week, we told you about an amendment to this years defense appropriations bill that would divert any taxpayer money away from the NSA’s surveillance of American citizens. That amendment was voted on yesterday, and despite bipartisan support, failed to pass. For now, the NSA will continue to spy on you. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), […]

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03.19.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Texting may soon join the ranks of Facebook, Twitter, and other communication platforms that creepily record and permanently store all of your private interactions. Are you really all that surprised? If passed, a proposal being presented to Congress today would require all major wireless providers to capture and store customers’ SMS messages — meaning all […]

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01.29.13 Andy Cush

It’s been a long, convoluted journey, but a $51 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package has received the final go-ahead from the U.S. Senate, and will be on its way to victims on the Eastern Seaboard soon. The bill passed on a 62-to-36 vote, with 9 Republicans crossing the aisle to support it. Previously, the aid […]

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01.16.13 Andy Cush

Two and a half months after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and over a week after House of Representatives leadership let the 112th Congress end without a vote, a $50.7 billion relief package has passed through the House. One hundred ninety-two Democrats and 49 Republicans voted “yes” on the […]

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01.09.13 Andy Cush

Mississippi Congressman Steve Palazzo was one of the 67 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted “no” on a relatively small federal Sandy relief package last week. However, after visiting Staten Island and the Jersey Shore yesterday, he changed his tune, and vowed to support a larger aid bill when it is voted on […]

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01.03.13 Andy Cush

Yesterday afternoon, Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a scathing speech addressing the House’s decision to delay voting on a Hurricane Sandy relief package until after the current term expires, invoking Hurricane Katrina, calling out fellow Republican House Speaker John Boehner by name, and labeling the whole fiasco “disgusting.” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave […]

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01.02.13 Andy Cush

The Fiscal Cliff compromise deal–which averted the crisis at hand, but was felt by many in Washington to be a bit of a cop-out–diverted attention away from one of the other most important issues of our day: federal relief for states pummeled by Hurricane Sandy. In the flurry of activity over the fiscal deal, House […]

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11.22.11 Bucky Turco

Now that Congress has appeased the frozen food lobby and reclassified tomato paste so that it’s considered suitable as a vegetable serving, this visual seemed wholly appropriate. (Illustration: Matt Hallock/ANIMALNewYork) […]

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11.16.11 Marina Galperina

If you like the internet, it all might change shortly. Right now, the congress is hearing the slyly named Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that will give private corporations the power to have any website shut down for merely posting a link to “infringing content.” For the latest, go here. Will it affect you? Oh […]

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11.17.10 Lauri Apple

Today the Senate’s supposed to could have voted on the Paycheck Fairness Act. But the Republicans stopped that from happening. […]

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