Over 1,100 Faith Leaders Urge Congress to Reduce Prison Population by Passing the Smarter Sentencing Act

By: Friday June 6, 2014 10:14 am

Today over 1,100 faith leaders from across the religious spectrum — Roman Catholics, Jews, Evangelical Protestants and Mainline Protestants — signed on to a letter to Congress, urging them to reduce the US prison population by passing the Smarter Sentencing Act

Mukasey, Bennet and other Former DEA/DOJ Leaders Urge Senate to Scrap Sentencing Reform

By: Friday May 16, 2014 7:36 am

Former leaders within the Department of Justice and DEA, including Michael Mukasey and Bill Bennet, have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking them to defeat the Smarter Sentencing Act.

What Do Barack Obama and the Koch Brothers Agree On? The Smarter Sentencing Act

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 8:00 am

Support the Smarter Sentencing Act to Reform Mandatory Minimum Sentences » Read the petition and add your name There aren’t many things that Barack Obama, Eric Holder, the Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist, Ted Cruz and Sheldon Whitehouse agree on. But one of those rare things is the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bill that has support [...]

Help “After Legalization” Dispel #Marijuana Myths Fueled by 40 Years of Drug Warrior Culture

By: Friday December 6, 2013 11:11 am

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 [...]

Syria Watch, Sept 12 – Let’s Ask Kissinger, He Knows Everything

By: 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.

Congressional Vote on #Syria Whip Count, Sept 11 – Bombing for Peace

By: 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.

New Back Door AUMF Bill Being Crafted By Senate Hawks; Alan Grayson is Opposed

By: 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.

Congressional Vote on #Syria Whip Count, Sept 10 – Who Was For It Before They Were Against It?

By: 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.

Congressional Vote on #Syria Whip Count, Sept 9 – Launching Our New Senate Whip Count Page

By: Monday September 9, 2013 8:09 am

Firedoglake Senate Syria Whip Count Page (**NEW**)

Firedoglake House Syria Whip Count Page

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.

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip Count, Sept 8

By: 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.