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Man Running Country Blares Frozen Ringtone in Meeting About Running Country

A 78-year-old man who is part of a body that helps runs the United States of America has a Frozen ringtone. And on Thursday, his Frozen ringtone interrupted a hearing. What you’re about to see is Republican Senator Pat Roberts, from the great state of Kansas, silencing his phone when the familiar chorus of “Let It Go” interrupts Agriculture Secretary …

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Loretta Lynch Confirmation Could Be Stalled Until April

Loretta Lynch has been waiting since November for her confirmation from the Senate to become the next attorney general. In a bid to force the Senate to complete their consideration of a controversial sex trafficking bill which reportedly includes language on abortion, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to hold off on Loretta Lynch’s confirmation until that can be …

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Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple & Other Tech Companies Call For Government Surveillance Reform

About a year ago, the Reform Government Surveillance coalition was formed. Today, it includes AOL, Apple, Drobpbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo. The companies have since maintained a website on the issue, and have now penned an open letter to the U.S. Senate as the USA Freedom Act comes up for a vote. The companies say the …

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Obamacare In Trouble If Senate Goes Republican

Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (or ACA), has a pretty sketchy future should the elections next week yield a Republican Senate. This could make things a lot easier for opponents of the controversial Obamacare law. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) revealed that, unsurprisingly, his aim is focused on getting rid of Obamacare. If Republicans take over the …

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Republicans Made Their Own Retro Platformer Starring an Elephant Named Giopi

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the group whose only purpose is getting Republicans elected to the US Senate, has turned to nostalgic gaming to help with its cause. The NRSC has built its own retro platformer called Gioipi: 2014 Mission Majority. Combining funky chiptune jams and an unbelievably spry pachyderm with strong GOP messaging, Giopi is available to play right …

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Unlocking Your Cellphone Is Now Legal – Again

Today, President Obama will sign a bill into law that The White House calls “a win for American consumers, a win for wireless competition, and an example of democracy at its best.” It’s the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, and it will allow consumers to unlock their cellphones to work on other carriers. “The most important part of …

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Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes House, Heads to Obama’s Desk

The House has unanimously passed legislation, unanimously passed last week in the Senate, that will once again make it legal for consumers to unlock their cellphones. “With today’s House passage of the bipartisan Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, this important legislation is headed to the President for his signature. This law will protect consumer choice by allowing flexibility …

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Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes Senate, Heads to House

Late Tuesday, the Senate passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act with a unanimous vote. The bill, introduced by Democratic Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, reverses a Library of Congress decision regarding DMCA exemptions and would once again make unlocking your cellphone legal. “I applaud the Senate for so quickly passing the bipartisan Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition …

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Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes Senate Committee

A Senate bill to reverse a Library of Congress decision and make unlocking your cellphone legal again has passed the Judiciary Committee. In January of last year, unlocking new cellphones became illegal via a decision from the Library of Congress. In short, they reversed their decision to exempt cellphone unlocking from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (by opting not to …

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Elizabeth Warren Seeks to Lessen Student Loan Burden

On Monday, President Obama signed an executive order which would extend the ability to cap one’s student loan repayment amount at 10 percent of one’s income, finally allowing those who borrowed money before 2007 to take advantage of an opportunity many have already capitalized on. Following his own executive order, Obama continued to push student-loan legislation, however, as he endorsed …

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Mitch McConnell Whips Tea Party Darling

Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader and senior U.S. Senator from Kentucky, has successfully fended off a primary challenge from Tea Party hopeful Matt Bevin. This could be a significant harbinger of things to come for the Tea Party faction of the Grand Old Party. The last time the Tea Party rallied in Kentucky, it resulted in the primary election of …

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Diane Humetewa Becomes First Female Native American Federal Judge

The U.S. Senate this week confirmed the first female Native American federal judge in U.S. history. Diane Humetewa, a former U.S. Attorney, will serve on the Federal District Court of Arizona. According to an Associated Press report, Humetewa was confirmed on Wednesday in a rare unanimous (96-0) vote in the U.S. Senate. She has now been nominated for federal positions …

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