Warrantless wiretaps? Congress votes yes

Fucking Congress. So they finally agree on one ...

Published Dec 29, 2012 in Politics

Fucking Congress. So they finally agree on one thing… and this is what they decide it should be?

But FISA was re-authorized this morning, by a vote of 73-23, after an amendment from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) was shot down. Of the 23 opponents, 20 were Democrats and 3 were Republicans.

Wyden’s amendment would have applied a bare modicum of transparency to the FISA Amendments Act, which allows the government to intercept international communications of Americans without a warrant. The defeated amendment would have required reports to Congress about whether any wholly domestic communications were picked up by NSA wiretapping.

As Swing Districts Dwindle, Can a Divided House Stand?

Nate Silver seems to agree with Robert Reich....

Published Dec 28, 2012 in Politics, Data Visualization