This is not Sally Yates' first rodeo when it comes to taking down powerful men who try to discredit her, and boy have they been trying lately. The President may have even committed a felony by attempting to
bully influence Yates' testimony over Twitter. Yet, while the phrase "Nevertheless, she persisted" was introduced into the mainstream because of Elizabeth Warren, it could just as easily apply to Sally Yates. She is not having your misogynist condescension and bullying, thank you.
You may have been too distracted with questions like, "Did our president's campaign collude with Russian operatives?" and, "Will Congress take away my healthcare and replace it with angry bees?" to even bother wondering, "Will the Senate vote to allow Internet providers to sell my private data?" Maybe you weren't even distracted, and it just seemed too absurd to think about, but it happened!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
Senate Democrats Successfully Boycott Confirmation of Two Trump Cabinet Appointees, But DeVos Moves On
Democrats in the Senate threw a bit of a monkey wrench into the Republicans' plans to confirm two of President Trump's cabinet appointees today when they refused to show up for the vote.Read More
It seems as though the Brock Turner case was the thing that finally forced the US Federal government to look more closely at the problem of sexual assault, particularly as it affects college campuses. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously for legislation to be included in a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.Read More
While we currently have more women in the U.S. Senate than we ever have before (20 whole women!), there's clearly room for improvement. Thankfully, the trajectory for women in the senate seems to be moving continually higher, and after the upcoming elections in November, it's possible that women will be making even more history.Read More
Who run this mother?
Yesterday, after this weekend's blizzard, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) pointed out that only women turned up to run the Senate.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
Just when you thought it was safe to send your friends funny chimpanzee videos. Recently, the U.S. Senate presented President Obama with an amendment to the Video Privacy Protection Act that would allow Netflix to override the act's prohibition of disclosing one's video rentals without expressed consent and automatically posting them to the individual's Facebook timeline -- essentially letting the world know you rented Battlefield Earth on more than one occasion. In addition to this was a second amendment to a different act that, if signed, required the federal government to obtain a warrant before searching email and other content stored in the cloud. Approved not too long ago by the Senate Judiciary Committee, this amendment was cut from the legislative package, granting the feds carte blanche to continue to rummage through your private messages should it prove conducive to an investigation.Read More