Mar 28, 2013: Keystone XS?
The Facts About the Tar Sands Pipeline The official State Department process to determine whether the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is in the “national interest” is grinding along and should wrap up later this year, but that didn’t stop the senators from trying to force the issue last week. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) put [...]
Mar 27, 2013: State Legislatures Gone Wild, Cont.
7 Terrible State Bills Recently, we discussed some of the terrible bills floating around out there in state legislatures. Here’s another look at some of the worst proposals, including a couple that were signed into law this week: NORTH DAKOTA: The state’s Republican governor signed a trifecta of terrible anti-abortion bills, which are likely to [...]
Mar 26, 2013: Equality
All Eyes on the Supreme Court As we discussed yesterday, this week the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in two historic marriage equality cases. Today, the High Court heard arguments about California’s Proposition 8. Thousands of supporters of equality turned out to make their voices heard. Here’s a few snaps of today’s action outside [...]
Mar 25, 2013: Will the Supreme Court Say I Do?
Supreme Court to Take Up Historic Marriage Equality Cases Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the first of two historic cases dealing with marriage equality. Here’s what you need to know about these two cases and how the High Court could come down. Case #1 (Tuesday): Hollingsworth v. Perry At issue: California’s Proposition [...]
Mar 22, 2013: Senators Gone Wild
10 Terrible Amendments Offered Today by Senators The Senate has been debating the Democratic budget for the past few days. One of the quirks of Senate rules means that the amendment process on the budget is completely open, allowing senators to file and request a vote on an unlimited number of amendments. They don’t even [...]
Mar 21, 2013: Americans Like Equality
Evening Brief: Important Stories That You Might’ve Missed Leading conservative commentator says DOMA is unconstitutional. GOP Congressman: “The best thing about the Earth is if you poke holes in it oil and gas come out.” Starbucks CEO: If you don’t like marriage equality then feel free to sell your Starbucks stock. Michele Bachmann: Obamacare is [...]
Mar 20, 2013: A Trillion Dollar Boost
How a Path to Citizenship Will Boost the Economy Reforming our broken immigration system and offering the 11 million undocumented immigrants already here a path to earned citizenship is morally right thing to do, but it’s also the economically smart thing. A new report out today from our colleagues at the Center for American Progress [...]
Mar 19, 2013: Wreckless
The Heavy Toll of the Iraq War Today is one anniversary that is definitely not cause for celebration. Ten years ago today, President George W. Bush made the fateful decision to launch the unnecessary Iraq War. The consequences of this decision have been overwhelming. A new report estimates that the Iraq War will end up [...]
Mar 18, 2013: A Tale of Two Budgets
Compare and Contrast Last week, we showed you how the new GOP budget plan is basically the same as the old Romney-Ryan plan that voters soundly rejected. Since then, Senate Democrats released their own budget, so now we can compare and contrast the values and priorities embedded in the two competing plans. We summed it [...]
Mar 15, 2013: State Legislatures Gone Wild
9 Terrible Proposed State Laws If you think that irresponsible and outright ridiculous bills only come out of Washington, D.C., think again. Ever since the big GOP wave election in 2010, state legislatures across the country have been racing to pass offensive, unconstitutional, and just outright bizarre laws. Other states long controlled by Republicans are [...]