A surveillance law that granted the government expanded authority to collect the communications of foreign persons outside the United States four years ago is set to expire in four days unless reauthorized. On Thursday, senators concerned about how the law has been interpreted in secret and how these secret interpretations permit the collection or interception of Americans’ communications put forward amendments to the reauthorization and were permitted to engage in what passes for debate in Congress these days.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 27, 2012 5:38 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 29, 2012 11:50 am|
The United States Supreme Court heard a legal challenge being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) of 2008 today.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 15, 2012 12:30 pm|
Sen. Ron Wyden doesn’t appear on Sunday shows much and he comes from a Western state, so he’s typically an un-politician among the Beltway elite. But he drafted a white paper with Ryan about a potential premium support program for Medicare, and so he has been name-checked by the GOP Presidential ticket at every opportunity over the past week to explain the differences.
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 2, 2012 1:00 pm|
The Senate, unable to come up with a schedule for amendments, blocked the cybersecurity bill today in an outcome that, despite being a result of Republican obstruction, satisfied Internet activists who had been urging a no vote.
|By: David Dayen Monday June 11, 2012 2:40 pm|
Some Senate Democrats and even some Republicans are concerned about a controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which critics have denounced as “NAFTA for Asia.” And they are making their opinions known to the Obama Administration about the relative secrecy under which the deal is being negotiated.
|By: Siun Friday April 6, 2012 6:00 am|
This photo shows Abdulhadi Al Khawaja in his 57th day of a hunger strike, on this his 51st birthday. Protests across Bahrain calling for his release have been put down with considerable violence on the part of the US backed Bahrain government.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:20 am|
To coincide with Paul Ryan’s release of the House Republican budget, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) put an op-ed up in the Huffington Post to defend creating the Wyden-Ryan Medicare proposal. That proposal has allowed Ryan to claim there is “bipartisan support” for his budget proposals. But it wasn’t Wyden who convinced Ryan to shelve his original plan to replace Medicare; it was the loud outcry from the public.
|By: David Dayen Friday March 16, 2012 10:50 am|
Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been waging a lonely battle to make public information about the Justice Department’s interpretation of the Patriot Act, which they claim violates civil liberties in as-yet undisclosed ways. They tried to force this into the public sphere on the Senate floor. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein promised hearings that never materialized.
Wyden and Udall continue to press the issue and force it into the open.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 6, 2012 7:00 am|
Attorney General Eric Holder helpfully explained when the government can kill you without a trial, in a speech last night at Northwestern University. He didn’t take questions, because he was so crystal clear about it.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday March 1, 2012 11:17 am|
The American people love their Medicare and overwhelmingly oppose the idea of turning it into a voucher program or a premium support system.