The Republican Tax Bill Is An Unconscionable Windfall for the Wealthy, Paid for With Everyone Else’s Health, Education, and Security
The U.S. Senate just passed a shockingly irresponsible overhaul of the tax code, called the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." It will increase the deficit by $1.4 trillion in order to benefit the wealthy.Read More
Make the Road is a New York organization dedicated to issues affecting the lives and rights of Latinx and working class communities of color. High school sophomore Gisele Mendez, who is a Make the Road youth member, showed up to a town hall with her congressman Dan Donovan, to talk about one of those major issues: DACA and the Dream Act.Read More
Paul Ryan has been seeing a lot of criticism over the women ejected from the House lobby over their sleeveless dresses.Read More
Democratic California Congressman Brad Sherman was the first to draft articles of impeachment for the President, and today he presented the formal resolution, H. 438, on the House floor. Sherman's articles accuse Trump of obstructing justice. We still are on a long and winding road in Trumptown, however.Read More
Everyone's favorite Mad Woman and Handmaiden will be taking on the role of one of history's most mysterious (and infectious) figures for the BBC.Read More
Co-creator and character designer Susie Lewis is giving an update on what those beloved characters are up today.Read More
Congress Jumps the Shark: Senator Asks Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch About Fighting Duck-Sized Horses, Horse-Sized Duck
Or is it "nukes the fridge" now?
As has been the case in politics in the United States since Donald Trump began his run, it's been a weird week for politics. One moment from yesterday's confirmation hearing (still ongoing today) for Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch stuck out, though: A Senator actually asked him whether he'd choose to fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck.Read More
"I wouldn't waste my time."
"I don't honor him. I don't respect him, and I don't want to be involved with him."Read More
Last week, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted out an anti-climate science propaganda article as a slam against "alarmists." Unfortunately, there's plenty of reason to be alarmed, as the Weather Channel has laid out effectively, after one of their segments was disingenuously used to bolster the article's claims.Read More
In case you hadn't heard, Puerto Rico, which is a commonwealth of the United States — and not as many seem to think of it and treat it, a foreign country — is in a debt crisis. As May approaches and the debts to certain creditors are coming due, Puerto Rico's 3.5 Million people may not be able to survive much longer. John Oliver, and special guest Lin-Manuel Miranda, made an impassioned plea to Congress on behalf of the island on this week's Last Week Tonight.Read More
There's a bill working its way through congress that would relax regulations on commercial drone use, but it's less exciting/upsetting than it sounds, depending on your personal feelings about drones.Read More
Not only is congress giving NASA more money than president Obama even asked for, but they're increasing NASA's budget from 2015 by $1.27 billion. What alternate universe is this? Also, where are your hoverboards sold? I assume they actually exist in this wonderful utopia.Read More
For now, it's just a bill sitting there on Capitol Hill.
Congress has produced a bill that, if enacted, would take away the FCC's authority to reclassify broadband Internet as a utility in the interest of net neutrality. However, the bill itself includes protections for net neutrality with specific language that would ban the paid "Internet fast lanes" currently at the center of the debate.Read More
"You kids behave yourselves, or I will turn this space station right around and go home." —Russia
Hey, we're not the only ones concerned that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has been slinging insults and making threats that Russia will just leave everyone else with a crippled ISS in 2020! Congress must have heard what was going on, because they asked NASA if it's more than just a threat.Read More
Teacher-Turned-Congressman Grades GOP Letter to House Speaker, Posts It to Tumblr for Your Enjoyment
There are politicians who use Tumblr? This is worse than when the celebrities find our fanfic.
As much as high school sucked for basically everyone, there are some things about the state of the real adult world that could probably be improved by a little more of the discipline that only an overworked teacher can provide. Former high school teacher Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) decided that maybe the Republican-drafted letter about immigration that was circulating around the floor of the House might benefit from some edits and creative criticism, so he graded it and posted the results to his Tumblr. Unsurprisingly, Takano feels the work needs some serious revisions.Read More
Department of Defense, Congressional Staff Forbidden From Reading Publicly Available PRISM Documents
This seems like a ridiculous thing to do, but okay, sure, these documents don't exist.
Thanks to Edward Snowden's leaked documents, everyone in the world can learn a lot about what the NSA was up to with the PRISM data mining program. Except the people who should have been overseeing it in the first place, as it turns out. Both Congressional staffers and Department of Defense employees have been instructed to not look at the documents and basically pretend they were never leaked in the first place.Read More
Pirating content is bad, mmkay? That doesn't make it okay for the content creators to install malware on your computer.
The entertainment industry would like you to stop pirating things. They've tried digital rights management, prosecuting file sharers, and even making films like The Last Airbender that were so bad nobody would want to pirate them. Nothing's worked. You jerks keep stealing content, so now the industry is asking Congress to let them install malware on your computer to get you to knock it off.Read More
They say every cloud has a silver lining. If that's true, then there has to be something good about the fact that 288 members of Congress just voted to pass CISPA, right? The bill essentially strips citizens of any right to online privacy, which is obviously terrible, but there has to be something positive about this.Read More
It Came From Outer Space
In a move that will either prove to be brilliant or disastrous, House Representative Zoe Lofgren of California intends to use Reddit to take suggestions on legislation dealing with websites accused of copyright infringement. We think Reddit would be a great way for citizens to interact with their representatives, but the obvious potential for trolling is also worth considering. Internet, please behave.Read More