Stockman has an uphill battle in front of him since Cornyn has a substantial warchest, but even if he doesn’t win this move could have real policy implications beyond Texas. Cornyn is the second ranking Senate Republican. With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also fighting off his own primary challenge this means both of the top Republican leaders in the Senate are probably going to spend the next several months proving they are conservative enough. This should continue to push the entire GOP rightward for the next year and make the possibility of any big deals with President Obama highly unlikely.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 10, 2013 12:16 pm|
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 10, 2013 11:05 am|
The Volcker Rule has been formally approved by the FDIC, Federal Reserve and SEC. The Volcker Rule, named after former Fed Chairman and advocate Paul Volcker, was passed as part of the Dodd-Frank reform act in 2010 and is meant to prevent or limit large Wall Street banks from proprietary trading – trading on their own account.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 10, 2013 10:09 am|
Cuban assistance played a key role in bringing about an end to apartheid. In Angola, the country had military instructors that helped train the military wing of the African National Congress, which Mandela co-founded, called Umkhonto we Sizwe or Spear of the Nation (MK). Cuba provided support for those organizing against the regime, who were in exile, as well.
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 10, 2013 8:58 am|
While Congress may be interested in blowing over $600 billion to subsidize defense contractors in fighting the non-existent Soviet Union, the food stamp program is facing the knife. Now you might note that the Pentagon can’t account for trillions (with a t) of dollars and the fraud rate for SNAP is 1%, but whatever. We need to save money and people on food stamps can’t make campaign contributions like defense contractors can.
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday December 10, 2013 7:55 am|
The reason the U.S. didn’t want any investigation was because an “actual investigation” would reveal military operations, “which, if revealed, could do us psychological as well as military damage.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 10, 2013 7:03 am|
It’s that time of year again, when important bills are quickly rushed through Congress and people are told there is no time to think about it. So it was yesterday that the final version of the Defense Bill was unveiled with backers telling everyone there is no time to debate.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 9, 2013 2:23 pm|
A Pakistani political party chaired by Imran Khan has vowed to continue protests against US drone strikes, despite a warning from the United States that aid could be cut off if they are not brought to a halt. Protests spearheaded by the political party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), have been blockading a NATO supply route to [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday December 9, 2013 1:22 pm|
A top U.S. psychologist touting “Positive Psychology” — Martin Seligman from the University of Pennsylvania — has been linked to the CIA’s Bush torture program.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Monday December 9, 2013 12:22 pm|
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|By: DSWright Monday December 9, 2013 11:18 am|
Local and state police are now using NSA type methods to suck up the public’s cell phone data according to USA Today. With new technologies provided either by the federal government or other vendors, local and state police are capturing information from the public without warrants or oversight.