4:20 PM, July 16th, 2013
First term Florida Republican Trey Radel reviewed Jay-Z’s new album Magna Carta, Holy Grail on Twitter this afternoon. Do you agree with his take?

First term Florida Republican Trey Radel reviewed Jay-Z’s new album Magna Carta, Holy Grail on Twitter this afternoon. Do you agree with his take?

3:20 PM, April 12th, 2013

Yes, Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas tweeted this new campaign bumper sticker yesterday. 

2:52 PM, February 13th, 2013

Pop quiz: Where do your elected representatives stand on gun control? Not sure? Our nifty interactive can help!

5:53 PM, March 28th, 2012

On Wednesday Bobby Rush (D-IL) wore a hoodie while speaking on the chamber floor in support of Trayvon Martin. He was booted for violating the dress code. What’s the story?

Such passion for the Trayvon case could also come from Rush’s personal life. In the fall of 1999, his 29-year-old son Huey was shot and killed in Rush’s district in Chicago as the incumbent waged his campaign against Obama. The killer got 90 years in prison.

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(AP Photo; Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo)

11:39 AM, March 15th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, Mar 15th

  1. Dems Demand Domestic Abuse LawThe battle over President Obama’s contraception mandate is just winding down, but Congress looks set to divide along party and gender lines once again. This time the issue is the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation would extend grant programs to law enforcement and shelters for battered women, expanding free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence.
  2. Taliban Quits Peace TalksIn a blow to a nascent peace process, the Afghan Taliban announced on Thursday that they would be suspending their negotiations with the United States. The group cited Washington’s “alternating and ever changing position.” It’s not clear whether the pullout is related to the shooting of Afghan civilians on Sunday or the recent burning of Qurans at a NATO base. 
  3. Romney Dismisses Split Convention: Mitt Romney refuses to believe that the GOP primary contest will end without a presidential nominee. “We’re not going to go to a brokered convention,” he said on Fox News Thursday. “The states that remain will vote for that person, and that person will get the delegates, become the nominee.” 
  4. Syria Loyalists Mark Protest Anniversary: Bashar al Assad is marking what he is calling the anniversary of a “year-old conspiracy” against the country by sending thousands of regime supporters into the streets of Damascus. Meanwhile, tanks invaded the city of Daraa, where the protests first began, and shelling continued in Homs for a sixth straight day.
  5. Blagojevich Bids FarewellIn his final speech before heading to prison, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich said that he’s going to “follow the law.” Blago heads to Colorado to begin a 14-year sentence.

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Photo: Samantha Cameron, First Lady Michelle Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and President Barack Obama pose for a photo at White House state dinner. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images). More photos from the dinner

7:23 PM, March 14th, 2012


You know what never gets old?

George Clooney visiting Capitol Hill.

Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta (AP)

Sigh. Our report!

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4:30 PM, March 7th, 2012
10:58 AM, February 10th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Feb 10th

  1. Rep. Bachus in Ethics ProbeThe Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama over possible insider-trading violations, the Associated Press reported.
  2. Bombs Kill 25 in SyriaIn the worst violence to hit the northern city of Aleppo yet, twin bomb blasts stuck Syrian military and security compounds on Friday, killing 25 people and wounding 175. No one has claimed responsibility. 
  3. Obama Backs Down on ContraceptionAccording to the Associated Press, the administration has backed down from a fight over requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide birth control for women free of charge under its health care plan.
  4. Santorum Clarifies ‘Emotions’ Comment: Rick Santorum attempted to clarify yet another controversial remark he made Thursday on CNN, this time saying that he had “concerns” about women serving in combat because of “other types of emotions that are involved,” after the Pentagon announced that frontline roles will be available to both sexes.
  5. Greeks Start 48-Hour Strike: Just as the European Union breathed a sigh of relief that Greek politicians reached a deal to pass austerity measures needed for an EU bailout and avoid default in March, angry Greek workers on Friday kicked off a protest against new measures in a 48-hour-long general strike all across the country.

Photo: Because it’s Friday (via). 

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11:06 AM, February 8th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, Feb. 8th

  1. Santorum Sweeps Three Primaries: Do GOP voters have a new favorite non-Romney? Rick Santorum won a stunning three-state victory last night, beating his rivals in the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and in a nonbinding primary in Missouri.
  2. Homs Shelling Redoubles: So much for the Russian envoy. Bashar al-Assad’s forces redoubled their shelling of the Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 40 people, according to activists. Residents say it’s the heaviest bombardment yet. EXTRA: Shocking Photos & Video From Syria
  3. Ron Paul Takes Second in Minnesota: Last night was a good one for Rick Santorum, but Ron Paul also got a bump, beating out Mitt Romney to come in second place in Minnesota. Paul got 27 percent of the vote in Minnesota, 10 points more than Romney.
  4. Earmarks Linked to Family TiesMore than a dozen members of Congress send earmarks to organizations affiliated with members of their immediate family, according to a Washington Post investigation.
  5. Greece Meets to Avoid Default: After yesterday’s “crunch meeting” was postponed because of missing paperwork, Greece is meeting again in an attempt to agree on reform that would save the country from default. 

Watch: John Avlon asks, Can Santorum Upset Romney? in the latest installment of Campaign Chronicles.

Photo: Jyoti Amge, 18, the world’s ‘shortest woman living (mobile),’ sits in a car while campaigning for a local right-wing political party. (Punit Paranjpe / AFP / Getty Images)

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2:10 PM, January 19th, 2012




Behold! What the Stop SOPA blackout managed to accomplish in 24 hours.

High five, internet.


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More Politicians Withdraw Support of PIPA and SOPA

More politicians have retracted their support of either or both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) since Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NB NE), two co-sponsors of SOPA, did so yesterday and this morning

Also one of our intrepid Tumblrers went down to the offices of New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to report on the "emergency meet" of New York tech scene. They are both cosponsors of PIPA.

Talking Points Memo reports that Senator John Boozman (R-AK AR), an original cosponsor of the bill, has also withdrawn support for PIPA, posting a note to his Facebook page this afternoon, writing:

I can say, with all honesty, that the feedback I received from Arkansans has been overwhelmingly in opposition to the Senate bill (S.968, the PROTECT IP Act) in its current form. That is why I am announcing today that I intend to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act.

Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Mark Rubio (R-FL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS), also cosponsors of PIPA, posted their withdrawals to either Facebook or Twitter today as well. Additionally Senators Jeff Markey (D-OR) and Allen West (R-FL) condemned the bill on Twitter. Not to be outdone, Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Mike Honda (D-CA) blacked out their websites in support.

[via TPM]

See also: Buzzfeed’s 50 Best Statements By Members Of Congress Against SOPA/PIPA

UPDATE: List of PIPA’s 40 cosponsors (guess where I found it)

1:00 PM, December 28th, 2011


Why people hate Congress, in one chart

based on data from Wealth, Income, and Power

For Occupy Wall Street’s take on this, we got Jeff Smith, a member of the OWS press team, to write a piece about the cash that’s corrupting Congress

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