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Betty McCollum Changes Position, Now Supports Syrian Military Intervention

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 6:22 am

Betty McCollum is apparently the first vote switching success the White House can claim as a result of its intense lobbying effort for authorization of the use of military force in Syria.

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip List, Wednesday September 4

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 11:46 am

House leadership tried to create the illusion of “momentum” yesterday with John Boehner and Eric Cantor coming out in favor of authorizing the use of force with Syria, as well as Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen putting aside their concerns about “boots on the ground” and jumping on board.

Nonetheless, the number of representatives coming out in opposition to the vote continue to dramatically outstrip those in favor.

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip List, Tuesday September 3

By: Tuesday September 3, 2013 8:46 am

I’ll continue to update the chart throughout the day. Please let me know if you find quotes from any member of Congress who isn’t listed that indicates where they stand, or if you think I’ve assigned someone to a category where they don’t belong.

Preliminary Whip List – War With Syria

By: Monday September 2, 2013 10:16 am

The Senate is basically a lost cause — the only Democrats I could find who openly oppose action in Syria are Begich and Manchin, and there is more than enough Republican support to get to 60 votes. So the battle is going to be in the House.

On MSNBC Talking About Bradley Manning Verdict

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 3:32 pm

I was on MSNBC yesterday with Tamron Hall talking about the Bradley Manning verdict. The sentencing phase begins today, and Kevin Gosztola is reporting live from Fort Meade.

Family Research Council Fudges Facts About DC Circuit Court Appointee Nina Pillard

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:07 am

The anti-choice right is in high dudgeon this morning as Georgetown Law Professor Nina Pillard has her Senate hearing for confirmation to the D.C. Circuit Court. Leading the pack is Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, who objects to a quote taken from a 2011 paper written by Pillard. The problem is, as PFAW notes, that Pillard didn’t say that. William Rehnquist did

Can We Please Stop Pretending Obama is “Capitulating” on Social Security?

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:58 am

The President has been very forthcoming about the fact that cutting Social Security benefits is something he wants to do. When he said during the debate that he didn’t differ from Mitt Romney on entitlement reform, he meant it. It’s time for people to remove the rose-colored glasses and stop projecting their own feelings on to the man. It’s time to take him at his word.

Please Help #Sandy Cleanup Volunteers: Help Donate 400 Tyvek Suits to Protect Them From Mold Exposure

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 10:12 am

We’ve received an emergency request from Occupy Sandy for 400 Tyvek suits to protect those who are cleaning up mold damage in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Click here to help send 400 Tyvek suits to Occupy Sandy cleanup teams.

VIDEO: Michigan Protesters Tear Down Americans for Prosperity Tent

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 11:52 am

Earlier today AFSCME reported that 100,000 people showed up at the state capital in Lansing to protest the passage of Michian’s “right to work” law. Why anyone thought it was a good idea to throw up an anti-union tent in the midst of that is anybody’s guess, but Americans for Prosperity did, and Michigan protesters tore it down.

Video: Alan Simpson Does Gangnam Style Austerity Dance

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 9:10 am

Simpson seems to think he’s inspiring a new austerity generation when he tells them to “Get in there before all the old coots clean out the Treasury and leave you with nothing.” Apparently he doesn’t understand that the dance is a parody of poseur rich kids like himself who have nothing better to do than act outrageously and call attention to themselves.

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