Rockefeller, Wyden Want New Laws on Oil Train Derailments

On Thursday, the Democratic chairmen of the Senate Transportation and Energy committees, Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pushed the Obama administration to take “prompt and decisive” action addressing the problem of oil train derailments.  The senators wrote

Rockefeller, Wyden Want New Laws on Oil Train Derailments

Growing Backlash to Government Surveillance

(AP) Growing backlash to government surveillanceBy MARTHA MENDOZAAP National WriterSAN JOSE, Calif.From Silicon Valley to the South Pacific, counterattacks to revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance are taking shape, from a surge of new encrypted email programs to technology

Growing Backlash to Government Surveillance

Congress Set to Let DNI Clapper Skate on Possible Perjury

Despite Congress apparent ire over the possible perjury of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, it seems that Clapper has now emerged without so much as a scratch over his National Security Agency surveillance testimony earlier this year. In March

Congress Set to Let DNI Clapper Skate on Possible Perjury

Sen. Wyden: Top Obama Security Officials Lied to Congress About PRISM

On Tuesday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) suggested two prominent Obama administration national security officials lied to Congress about their knowledge of the National Security Agency’s phone and Internet spying programs.  Wyden, who is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Director

Sen. Wyden: Top Obama Security Officials Lied to Congress About PRISM

Senators Introduce Bill to Declassify FISA Court Rulings

Eight senators sponsored a bill on Tuesday that would declassify rulings made by courts that operate under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) were joined by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dean

Senators Introduce Bill to Declassify FISA Court Rulings

Rand Paul is Both Wrong and Right

Sen. Rand Paul’s ongoing filibuster (as of this writing) of John Brennan’s nomination as CIA Director is exciting, if only because it is a rare example of leadership and principle on Capitol Hill. It’s quite gratifying to see so much

Rand Paul is Both Wrong and Right

Ron Wyden Reads The Conversation?

In response to Democrat Senator: I’m Joining Rand Paul’s Filibuster: Well, maybe not. But I’m told Ron Wyden mentioned the concept of Outlawry in his own filibuster speech, noting that anyone deemed Outlaw by the state has at least the

Brennan Vote Delayed Without Explanation

The Senate Intelligence Committee has postponed the vote on CIA Director nominee John Brennan until next week, and it has declined to offer an explanation for the delay. The committee’s vice chairman, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), would only say he expects the

Brennan Vote Delayed Without Explanation

Drone Strikes: Can we kill Americans abroad?

This asymmetrical warfare we are engaged in is new terrain. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) a member of the Intelligence Committee, is cleared to know. For two years he has demanded the Obama administration disclose its legal opinions justifying the targeted assassinations

Fiscal Cliff Deal Packed with Breaks for Business

(AP) New tax law packed with breaks for businessesBy STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated PressWASHINGTONTucked into the “fiscal cliff” tax package approved by Congress are billions of dollars in tax breaks that should make the new year a lot happier for businesses of

Fiscal Cliff Deal Packed with Breaks for Business

Senate renews warrantless wiretapping law

The Senate approved a five-year extension of a George W. Bush-era surveillance law that allows US spy agencies to conduct wiretapping on foreign citizens without a warrant. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, approved by the House of Representatives in September,

Senate renews warrantless wiretapping law

Paul Ryan Didn't Gut Medicare, Barack Obama Did

The Obama campaign went after Congressman Paul Ryan over the weekend, claiming that he wanted to push old people off of cliffs by gutting their Medicare. The problem with that false narrative comes by way of Cutter Shambles, the Deputy

Paul Ryan Didn't Gut Medicare, Barack Obama Did

GOP preps for budget battle with Democrats, Obama

(AP) GOP preps for budget battle with Democrats, ObamaBy ANDREW TAYLORAssociated PressWASHINGTONAfter a few months of relative peace on the budget front, Democrats and Republicans are readying for a party-defining, election-year fight over trillion dollar-plus deficits and what to do

GOP preps for budget battle with Democrats, Obama

NPR: Not Particularly Relevant on Energy 'Subsidies'

Few fiscal-policy terms these days seem as elastic as the word “subsidy.” In a strict sense, it means a direct payment from government (i.e., taxpayers) to influence economic behavior. So it was with great interest that I read Robert H.