The Other Questions Senator Ron Wyden Wants Answered on NSA Surveillance

By: Friday September 27, 2013 9:26 am

At a hearing convened by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chair of the committee, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, ensured that a second round of questions would not be asked of the distinguished witnesses present—NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Assistant Attorney General James Cole.


Late Night: Saxby Chambliss Is Still an Asshole

By: Monday August 5, 2013 8:00 pm

Well, you would know, you smuggy dumbass. You ran against Osama bin Laden in 2004.

Was Congress Briefed on NSA’s X-Keyscore Program Before Today?

By: Thursday August 1, 2013 1:05 pm

Today the President is meeting with key members of the Senate involved in NSA oversight, the day after the Guardian released details of the NSA’s X-Keyscore program. And since many of them have been publicly swearing up and down that the NSA has no programs which collect email content or telephone calls, it’s entirely possible that it is the first time many of them have been briefed on the details of X-Keyscore.

Why I Love Saxby Chambliss’s Honesty on Gay Marriage

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 8:47 am

While Chambliss is talking about same-sex marriage, this basic line could easily be adapted to explain almost every other major position of the Republican Party. Chambliss isn’t unemployed, so he is not going to need unemployment insurance. Chambliss can’t get pregnant, so he doesn’t need the right to choose. Chambliss makes more than minimum wage, so he doesn’t need minimum wage laws. Chambliss is not an Iraqi, so the war will not hurt him.

Georgia US Senator Saxby “OBL Ad” Chambliss to Retire

By: Saturday January 26, 2013 11:00 am

Clarence Saxby Chambliss has announced, or confided in Georgia’s governor who has announced it for him, that he will retire after two terms in the US Senate. Which is, in itself, reason for celebration, notwithstanding Chambliss’s possible GOP successors.

GA Sen: Saxby Chambliss to Retire

By: Friday January 25, 2013 12:00 pm

Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) will not seek another term. Instead of running again in 2014 Chambliss has decided to retire according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Norquist Rebellion: Not Actually News

By: Monday November 26, 2012 8:16 am

The big story I’m supposed to chase today concerns Republican legislative figures distancing themselves from the Grover Norquist pledge, opening the door a crack to increases in tax revenue. This is really a Washington process story about lobbying power rather than a legitimate policy evolution, however.

The Grand Confusion: The “Fiscal Cliff” is an Austerity Program

By: Monday November 12, 2012 9:10 am

There are riots in Greece precisely because they have engaged in long-term austerity measures, the equivalent of, I don’t know, cutting $4-5 trillion from the budget over ten years. In particular, the Greek rioters object to raising the retirement age, an exact parallel for the potential grand bargain measure of raising the Medicare eligibility age.

CEO’s Bold Plan to Fix the Debt by Lowering Their Own Taxes

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 1:43 pm

Mark Warner and Saxby Chambliss are the two Senators most hopeful of replacing Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson should they ever die or meet a poor person and get a spark of empathy. Warner and Chambliss are charter members of the Gang of Six, now a Gang of Eight, who are hard at work on a grand bargain for the lame duck session. And they are appealing to their core constituency to help make that a reality: Wall Street.

Gang of Eight Discusses Six-Month Punt for Fiscal Cliff

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 2:00 pm

Yesterday, John Boehner appeared to wave a white flag on talks aimed at resolving the fiscal cliff. Harry Reid reacted to that with disappointment, saying that there’s still time for a deficit reduction deal. But the real endgame – at least for the lame duck session – is coming into focus, with one of those “gang of” eight groups trying to negotiate a six month deal.

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