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Google Privacy Changes Draw Suspicion, Senator Pens Letter to FTC

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) has written a letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, asking her to look into whether or not Google’s new Terms …

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‘F*ck You Congress’ Is the Single-Purpose Site We All Need Right Now

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 in. You can tell your elected representative (or any elected representative for that matter) to go fuck themselves. And a …

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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 of Congress – “whether you are a furloughed worker, being forced to work for free, or just fed up at …

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Will Small Businesses Suffer If Forced To Collect Online Sales Tax?

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 will harm small businesses. Now one group has published a study finding that the bill would harm specific small businesses …

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Popular Government Shutdown Tweet Gets a House Floor Reading

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 of the most popular tweets about the current government shutdown, with nearly 20,000 retweets and over 8,000 favorites. Can I …

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Government Shutdown Could Hurt Republicans, Shows Poll

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% of American voters oppose shutting down the government as a tactic to block the ACA. 64% also oppose using debt …

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Government Shutdown: What it Means for Average “Joe”

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 federal workers will not go to work today, which according to CNN, could cost federal workers put on furlough as …

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Food Stamps Cut: $4 Billion Cut by House

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, and passed H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, on Thursday with a 217-210 vote. The bill still …

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte Introduces Internet Tax Legislation In House

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 in the House. The Hill reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Anna Eshoo have introduced the …

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Syria Turn Over Weapons Promise Sways Obama

While expressing skepticism about promises from the Syrian regime to turn over chemical weapons, during a Monday night NBC News interview, later that evening… President Barack Obama leaned toward the proposal in the face of public opposition and wavering congressional support. This during an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, saying, “We will pursue this diplomatic track.” The proposal—generally that …

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Harry Reid, Reconvenes Senate Early, Files Syria Rez

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid started forward momentum in Congress this weekend toward possible military intervention in Syria. The Democratic Senator from Nevada briefly reconvened his colleagues on Friday to file a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama’s desired military strikes in Syria. Congress was not set to resume until Monday. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee already approved a resolution on …

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USS Nimitz Heading Closer To Syria, No Orders Yet

With the tough decision on whether to enter Syria still to come from President Obama, it appears that the USS Nimitz has already set sail and is headed in that direction. The carrier has been set in place simply as an act to be prepared with its current status. With no orders to attack, it is just there waiting, in …

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