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Log In - New York Times. This State Wants Protestors Prosecuted as Organized Criminals. Thanks to Republican state legislators, organizing protests in Arizona might soon be enough to land residents in jail.

This State Wants Protestors Prosecuted as Organized Criminals

Why is Government Subsidizing Junk Food? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aims for recipients to “make healthy food choices within a limited budget.”

Why is Government Subsidizing Junk Food?

SNAP is supposed to “permit low-income households to obtain a more nutritious diet.” However, the lofty goals of federal programs often differ from the actual results. The Founding Fathers Did Not Want You To Vote. "A Dark Day for the People of Puerto Rico": U.S. Senate Moves to OK "Colonial Control Board" This is viewer supported news Donate The U.S.

"A Dark Day for the People of Puerto Rico": U.S. Senate Moves to OK "Colonial Control Board"

Congressional Hearing Goof Pulls Back The Curtain On How Washington Really Works. Nominee to Oversee Wall Street Works at Think Tank Dedicated to Blocking Regulation. President Barack Obama recently nominated Hester Maria Peirce to fill a Republican seat on the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Nominee to Oversee Wall Street Works at Think Tank Dedicated to Blocking Regulation

Our political system is just this corrupt: Lawrence Lessig explodes our diseased, dangerous Congress. Tweedism corrupts representative democracy.

Our political system is just this corrupt: Lawrence Lessig explodes our diseased, dangerous Congress

House Republicans Are Trying To Slip Bank Deregulation Into Highway Bill. I Want You Guys To See Something. <a class="icopyright-article-tools-noscript" href=" target="_blank" title="Main menu of all reuse options"><img height="25" width="27" border="0" align="bottom" alt="[Reuse options]" src=" Click here for reuse options!

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</a> Texas Congressvarmint Louie Gohmert says he’s a Baptist deacon and does not imbibe in alcohol. Congress ready to ban 'pay for patriotism' salutes at sports events. WASHINGTON — Taxpayer-financed salutes to U.S. troops at sporting events would be banned under legislation setting U.S. defense policy for the next 12 months.

Congress ready to ban 'pay for patriotism' salutes at sports events

The National Defense Authorization Act, as agreed to by congressional negotiators, would ban such activities as the "hometown heroes" promotion at New York Jets' home games featuring members of the New Jersey Army National Guard. Overall, the Defense Department paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million from 2011 to 2014 for such promotions, dubbed as "pay for patriotism. " The bill also seeks a study of all existing sports sponsorships and advertising deals.

Government Sells Sacred Native Land To Foreign Mining Company. Bob Menendez Corruption Case Reads Like An Indictment Of Citizens United Ruling, Too. Senate Passes GOP Budget After Late-Night Debate. WASHINGTON -- The Senate early Friday passed a Republican budget plan that would cut spending by $5.1 trillion over 10 years, raise military funding and repeal Obamacare.

Senate Passes GOP Budget After Late-Night Debate

The non-binding budget, debated all week and passed 52-46 during a 15-hour marathon session before the Easter recess, gives Republicans another crack at repealing the Affordable Care Act, probably through a process known as reconciliation, and increases defense spending while slashing funds in other areas, including education and health care. The House passed a similar spending plan Wednesday. An aide to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said the budget wasn't assured of passage until the 3:30 a.m. vote.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) broke party lines and voted against it. The budget provides extra money for the military through the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, adding $38 billion to $58 billion already allotted. John Boehner Explains Why He's Suing Obama Over The Immigration Executive Action. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) confirmed on Wednesday that he's planning to sue President Barack Obama -- again.

John Boehner Explains Why He's Suing Obama Over The Immigration Executive Action

In an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, Boehner said he was finalizing the details of a House legal challenge to Obama's decision to bypass Congress and use executive action to provide deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants. House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research. Republicans File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Health Law. House Republicans on Friday followed through on a threat to sue President Obama over actions he has taken concerning the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Health Law

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury. "Time after time, the president has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and rewrite federal law on his own without a vote of Congress," House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, said in announcing the lawsuit. The Senate just rejected a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. On Thursday afternoon, a proposal to amend the US Constitution to allow tougher campaign finance and election spending restrictions was blocked in the Senate, in a party-line vote. 54 Democrats voted to advance the measure — another, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), would have done so but wasn't present.

However, every single Republican voted against it, and it fell to a filibuster. Unlike with other bills that have majority support, a filibuster wasn't the primary obstacle here. A proposed constitutional amendment has to win 67 votes to be passed by the Senate — so, assuming all Democrats were present, the amendment would still have been 12 votes short overall. The amendment would have reversed not just Citizens United, but decades of Supreme Court holdings on political spending, going back to the 1970s. House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change. WASHINGTON -- The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill on Thursday that would bar the Department of Defense from using funds to assess climate change and its implications for national security. The amendment, from Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), passed in what was nearly a party-line vote. Four Democrats voted for the amendment, and three Republicans voted against it. The bill aims to block the DOD from taking any significant action related to climate change or its potential consequences.

Jeanine Molloff: HR 347 'Trespass Bill' Criminalizes Protest. As I write this op-ed, I primp for the mirror -- looking for the most flattering pose -- for my mug shot. Now, don't get the wrong impression; I haven't been arrested and charged with a federal felony -- yet. Nor is the preparation done in anticipation of a guest stint on "America's Next Top Model" -- but as a common sense reaction to Obama's predictable signing of the latest assault on the Bill of Rights -- namely -- H.R. 347 (and it's companion senate bill S. 1794); aka the "Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. " Sounding more like an appropriations bill authorizing monies for federal grounds landscaping -- this bill, better known to those in the DC beltway as the 'Trespass Bill' -- potentially makes peaceable protest anywhere in the U.S. a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. H. Past NSSE events included the funerals of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and the national security concern that was Superbowl XXXVI.

Anti-Protest Law Passes Nearly Unanimously And Is Signed By The President. Marc Rich, presidential pardon: How Eric Holder facilitated the most unjust presidential pardon in American history. Photo by Guido Roeoesli/AFP/Getty Images Crime is Slate’s crime blog. Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @slatecrime. Marc Rich, the man who got away with it, died last week, and I would be remiss if I let his death pass without comment. Well, Time To Go Out In Front Of A Bunch Of People And Lie To Them. Maps: Senators who voted to expand NSA’s power. Hayes Slams Boehner for Wanting to Pay China First if U.S. Nears Default. How Congress Quietly Overhauled Its Insider-Trading Law : It's All Politics. Hide captionVice President Biden and members of Congress watch as President Obama signs the STOCK Act on April 4, 2012. A year later, Congress moved to undo large portions of the law without fanfare. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Vice President Biden and members of Congress watch as President Obama signs the STOCK Act on April 4, 2012.

Lamar Smith, Global Warming Skeptic, Set To Chair House Science Committee. Bill Moyers Exposes the Stranglehold the Corporate & Right-Wing Alliance Has on Our Democracy. A Rare Look at Why the Government Won't Fight Wall Street. Watchdogs headed for heavy budget cuts. DHS Employees Arrested For Cocaine Smuggling, Child Porn, And More Last Year.