As Michelle Alexander so brilliantly documented in her book The New Jim Crow, America’s atavistic and punitive drug laws are largely responsible for our booming prison-industrial complex that destroys millions of lives — disproportionately those of people of color. Those laws are slowly starting to change but one of the biggest hurdles to change is [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday December 6, 2013 11:11 am|
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday September 12, 2013 8:37 am|
Ben Cardin, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said a vote could happen in the Senate “as early as next week” on a backdoor AUMF being crafted by John McCain’s “Gang of 8.” It would give the President the authorization to take military action if certain conditions are not met. (Don’t sleep yet.) Since members of Congress are still declaring their support/opposition to the use of military force in Congress, we’re going to keep tracking them. We’ll be updating this post with Syria news throughout the day.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday September 11, 2013 7:11 am|
The President’s speech last night sounded like it was the product of a speechwriter’s war, where everyone was so anxious to get their own digs in they lost sight of the fact that the parts didn’t really all fit together. But as we start Day 10 of our whip count, we’ll see if any members of Congress found it persuasive.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday September 10, 2013 11:22 am|
Lunch between Barack Obama and Democrats on the Hill just broke up. Apparently Obama is asking for an Authorization for Use of Military Force on Syria in order to maintain a credible threat.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday September 10, 2013 7:20 am|
As we begin Day 9 of our whip count, the House Armed Services Committee is holding hearings that we’ll be liveblogging, where John Kerry will testify. And members of Congress are coming out of the closet and expressing their opposition to military action in Syria, now that it’s pretty much universally accepted that there will not be a vote.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday September 9, 2013 8:09 am|
Congress is back on the job today on this, Day 8 of our whip count on the authorization of the use of military force in Congress. As always, I’ll be updating news and totals here throughout the day.
|By: Jane Hamsher Sunday September 8, 2013 9:50 am|
Here we are at Day 7 of our whip effort. I’ll be posting updates here throughout the day, so check back here for the latest news on Syria.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday September 7, 2013 8:04 am|
Here we are at Day 6 of our whip effort. This is where we stand:
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday September 6, 2013 6:48 am|
As we begin Day 5 of our whip effort, the dynamics that will shape a final House vote are starting to become clear. This is where we stand
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday September 5, 2013 10:45 am|
Things are looking pretty grim today for the pro-bombing camp in Congress. Firedoglake’s latest whip count indicates that there are 94 firm “nay” votes and 99 “lean nay,” which means the world of potential “nay” votes is approaching the magic 217 votes needed to stop passage.