Monthly Archives: February 2013

CD015: Who Caused Sequester?

House Republicans tried hard during their week off to label the huge March 1 cuts as “the President’s sequester”, but was President Obama really the cause? We go back to August 1, 2011, the day sequester was born, to see who was celebrating the cuts and how they passed the House. Continue reading

CD014: Marching Towards Sequester

Hydropower and veterans get some love from the House this week, while churches get taxpayer money and Federal workers get screwed… again. Continue reading

H.R. 592: Taxpayer Money to Tax-Exempt Churches Act

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow direct cash grants of taxpayer money to go to religious institutions (that don’t pay taxes) for disaster relief, despite the fact that the First Amendment doesn’t allow taxpayer money to go to religions. Continue reading

Private Airport Security: Should We Go There?

I’ve been having great Twitter conversation today about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with one of my favorite podcasters, Ari Shaffir ( who has a new comedy special out -which he produced without a network- for only $5).

In essence, this is a debate about privatization of airport security. To sum up our conversation so far, it boils down to Jen thinks it would be bad and Ari thinks it would be good. Continue reading

CD013: Surveillance, Stupidity, & Drones

The House passes a surveillance bill masked as pediatric research and then wastes our time. Also, highlights from the leaked legal justification for the Obama Administration’s “lawful” drone bombing of American citizens. Continue reading

CD012: ALEC

A quick fact check followed by an introduction to ALEC, the association of lawmakers and corporations working together to write bills. Continue reading