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Will Lawmakers Use The Target Hack To Give The FTC More Power? Will Lawmakers Use The Target Hack To Give The FTC More Power?
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Target, one of the nation’s largest retailers, suffered a major security breach over the holiday shopping season that affected millions of its in-store customers. In fact, it’s estimated that 40 million dedit and card card accounts were stolen. It’s already …

Most Americans Think This Congress is the Worst They’ve Seen

This year has not been an encouraging one for American politics. The in-fighting in congress seemed to increase in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, and Republican opposition to President Obama is as staunch as ever. The gridlock in …

Should Congress Regulate Data Brokers And Targeted Ads? Should Congress Regulate Data Brokers And Targeted Ads?
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If you listen to the anti-surveillance movement across the U.S., they would have you believe that the NSA is the biggest privacy threat facing Americans today. While many in Congress would agree with that sentiment, one Committee thinks another group …

Breaking News: Senate Ends Budget Debate

After weeks of concern that we were headed for yet another government shutdown, it seems that might not be the case at all. A bipartisan effort to bring the budget debate to a final vote suggests there’s a chance the …

Congressional Approval Dropped to a New Low in 2013
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Though it seems as though congress has always had low approval ratings, Americans’ views of the legislative branch actually increased throughout the 90s. According to Gallup‘s yearly congressional approval ratings, however, that goodwill took a nosedive after peaking at 56% …

Mi-17 Helicopter Purchases Raise Questions
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The Associated Press is reporting that the United States Pentagon just spent roughly $1 billion on dozens of Russian Mi-17 rotorcrafts. Previously it had been reported that there was a great amount of difficulty in securing a deal and there …

Congresswoman Mugged in DC For Gucci Handbag

DC can be a dangerous place, and it seems like nobody, not even Congressional representatives, are truly safe. Grace Meng was faced with this reality head-on when she was attacked on Tuesday night. The New York Representative from Queens was …

Congressional Approval Hits Lowest Point Ever
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It’s been something of a truism and a joke in recent years that Americans hate congress but love their individual congresspersons. Now, even that sentiment could be changing as congressional approval in the U.S. has hit rock-bottom. Gallup today released …

Tim Cook Writes WSJ Piece In Favor Of ENDA Tim Cook Writes WSJ Piece In Favor Of ENDA

The Wall Street Journal published an editorial written by Apple CEO Tim Cook on Sunday, titled, “Workplace Equality Is Good for Business.” Cook discusses why he thinks Congress should support the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. It’s not a long piece. He …

Senate Intelligence Panel Approves NSA Bill That Improves Transparency And Not Much Else Senate Intelligence Panel Approves NSA Bill That Improves Transparency And Not Much Else
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Ever since the Snowden leaks revealed that the NSA was collecting Americans’ phone records en masse, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein has been the agency’s number one cheerleader. She has consistently argued that the collection of phone records was …

Sen. Patrick Leahy Officially Introduces The USA FREEDOM Act In The Senate Sen. Patrick Leahy Officially Introduces The USA FREEDOM Act In The Senate
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Earlier this month, Sen. Patrick Leahy began circulating a piece of legislation called The USA FREEDOM Act. We knew what the legislation would do, but we didn’t know any of the specifics until today. The Hill reports that Sen. Leahy …

Facebook Death Threats Against Congressional Dems Land Man in Prison Facebook Death Threats Against Congressional Dems Land Man in Prison

Making death threats to members of Congress is ill-advised, and it’s especially dense to make them on a public forum like Facebook. A New York man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after he admitted to using Facebook …

Google Privacy Changes Draw Suspicion, Senator Pens Letter to FTC Google Privacy Changes Draw Suspicion, Senator Pens Letter to FTC
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One U.S. Senator wants the Federal Trade Commission to take another look at Google, this time for privacy changes the company announced last week that will allow them to use your name and face in advertisements. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) …

‘F*ck You Congress’ Is the Single-Purpose Site We All Need Right Now
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As the gears continue to sit, idle, at our nation’s capital – you probably feel powerless. And right now, you are. There’s a log jam in Washington and there’s pretty much nothing you can do about it. Wait, this just …

Drunk Dial a Random Member of Congress and Tell Them You Want to Watch the Damn Panda Cam

As the government shutdown continues, you should take a break from continually drunk dialing your ex and instead, drunk dial a member of Congress. A new, single-service site called DrunkDialCongress wants you to call and yell at a random member …

Will Small Businesses Suffer If Forced To Collect Online Sales Tax? Will Small Businesses Suffer If Forced To Collect Online Sales Tax?
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The Marketplace Fairness Act is one of the most controversial bills currently making its way through the House. Those who support the bill claim it will help brick-and-mortar stores compete with online businesses whereas those who oppose it claim it …

Popular Government Shutdown Tweet Gets a House Floor Reading
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Sometimes, it takes a Twitter user to perfectly sum up exactly what’s going on in Washington right now. And sometimes, that internet voice makes its way to the House floor. This tweet from Think Progress Editor-in-Chief Judd Legum is one …

Government Shutdown Could Hurt Republicans, Shows Poll
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Americans may be divided on the Affordable Care Act (ACA, colloquially known as “ObamaCare”), but it seems they aren’t on board with shutting down the U.S. government to prevent its implementation. A new Quinnipiac poll out today shows that 72% …

Government Shutdown: What it Means for Average “Joe” Government Shutdown: What it Means for Average “Joe”
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The nation is waking up this morning to a government that is shutting down. There was no agreement reached last night as the famous Ohio clock struck 12, and now the country must move forward in this uncertainty. About 800,000 …

Food Stamps Cut: $4 Billion Cut by House
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Millions of people could see their food stamps benefits decrease or go away after the House voted for $4 billion per year for the next 10 years in food stamp cuts. House Republicans introduced the new legislation earlier this week, …

Rep. Bob Goodlatte Introduces Internet Tax Legislation In House Rep. Bob Goodlatte Introduces Internet Tax Legislation In House
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Back in August, Sens. Ron Wyden and John Thune introduced legislation that would permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998. The legislation prevents state and local governments from taxing Internet services. Now similar legislation has finally been introduced …