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It's supposed to be easier to email Congresspeople than it is to pick up the phone, but that's not always how it works in practice. Just ask anyone who has navigated convoluted web forms just to voice opposition to a bill, for starters. You won't have to put up with those technical hurdles after...

July 15th 2015 at 5:47pm 0 Comments
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No, this is not a repeat from 1964. Congress has blocked a funding bill amendment that would have allowed the FDA to review and approve electronic cigarette brands before they hit market. Republican Andy Harris said, "I think most people realize that they are less dangerous than cigarettes, and ye...

July 9th 2015 at 12:47pm 0 Comments
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One of GOP's rising stars has resigned from Congress, in part because his own Instagram posts have given rise to constant questions about his expenditures. Illinois representative Aaron Schock lived a lavish lifestyle while he was a government official, and he used to make sure the world knew that...

March 18th 2015 at 7:34am 0 Comments
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Rep. Aaron Schock (R) from Illinois has been spending taxpayer money on renting private jets, getting massages and taking his staff to sold out concerts, according to the Associated Press. And, get this: AP says it has confirmed all those times he rented a private jet, thanks in part to his Instag...

February 24th 2015 at 3:38am 0 Comments
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Remember last week when Speaker of the House John Boehner was raked over the coals for reducing a complex political argument to a series of glib Taylor Swift GIFs? Well, now it's New York representative Charlie Rangel's turn. The apparent congressman for life posted a direct response to Speaker Bo...

January 23rd 2015 at 5:43pm 0 Comments
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While the FCC gets ready to vote on its new plan for net neutrality next month, a couple of Republicans in Congress are already showing off their own plan. Senator Jon Thune (R, SD) and Representative Fred Upton (R, MI) published an op-ed today outlining a proposal that they claim protects interne...

January 15th 2015 at 7:14pm 0 Comments
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Politicians know that the best time to clamp down on security is following an attack on a nation's interests, since people are thinking more about safety than civil liberties. This time, the impetus is the recent Sony attacks, which US Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D) is using to re-introduc...

January 9th 2015 at 5:19am 0 Comments
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Just because FBI director James Comey believes his agency has a right to see your phone's encrypted data doesn't mean he'll get his way. Members of Congress from both major parties, including House Representatives Darrell Issa and Zoe Lofgren as well as Senator Ron Wyden, are saying that there's...

October 22nd 2014 at 11:16am 0 Comments
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Despite the FCC voting to repeal the NFL's decades-old blackout protection, the league still has the power to include sellout provisions in TV contracts. However, if it chooses to do so, a pair of US Senators warn that it could lose its antitrust exemption and tax benefits. In a letter to NFL Comm...

October 2nd 2014 at 3:31pm 0 Comments
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The White House today announced that President Obama was signing the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" into law after the bill passed successfully through both the House and Senate. Today, President Obama will sign into law the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Co...

August 1st 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments