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Conspiracy Behind The Climate Change Bill

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Let’s return to Annie Leonard’s profoundly ignorant attack on the cap-and-trade bill working its way through congress. Leonard’s primary contention is that the bill is a con job cooked up by Wall Street. We know this to be false both because it doesn’t make any sense and because it’s easy to trace the actual lobbying on the bill to the usual suspects.

But in a way this analysis of lobbying dollars is still a step removed from the more fundamental issue: a large bloc of legislators simply have no interest in climate change. For structural reasons, this problem is particularly devilish in the Senate, but the House of Representatives is hardly an environmental utopia.

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CISA: The Second Patriot Act

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UPDATE: CISA is now the law.

Back in 2014, civil liberties and privacy advocates were up in arms when the government tried to quietly push through the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, a law which would allow federal agencies - including the NSA - to share cybersecurity, and really any information with private corporations "notwithstanding any other provision of law." The most vocal complaint involved CISA’s information-sharing channel, which was ostensibly created for responding quickly to hacks and breaches, and which provided a loophole in privacy laws that enabled intelligence and law enforcement surveillance without a warrant.

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The Whitewash Conspiracy

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The intelligence committees of the Senate and House of Representatives plan to hold a series of hearings through the end of the year, with the proceedings to be opened to the public from the end of this month. The probe is touted to be a thorough investigation into the events of September 11 and whether or not they could have been prevented. As independent research has highlighted, the Bush administration not only had prior knowledge of the terrorist attacks, but actually ran the entire operation. This will strike the naive reader as a bold statement indeed.

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Library Of Congress To Eliminate Terms ‘Illegal Alien’ And ‘Alien’

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The Library of Congress is dropping the terms “illegal alien” and “alien” from its subject headings after a group of college students and the American Library Association protested the words’ usage.

As early as May, the Library of Congress will begin revising its subject headings and replacing “Aliens” with “Noncitizens” and heading references to “Illegal aliens” with “Noncitizens” and “Unauthorized immigration.”

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Conspiracy Of Silence On Immigration Amendment

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Once again, voters have been denied a chance to see congressional roll call votes on immigration. Despite hundreds of roll call votes on amendments to H.R. 1 (the Continuing Resolution) in the House the last three days, not a single immigration amendment that was introduced actually was allowed to come up for a vote.

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The Boehner Conspiracy

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Those UTD students who haven’t begun shooting up pumpkin spice lattes, wearing a parka on sixty degree mornings, or binge-watching House to study for Anatomy midterms may have noticed that news from Washington has taken an intriguing new tone this autumn. Notable examples of a new wave of D.C. shake-ups include a rare alignment between far left Democrats and far right Republicans in opposition to President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, along with a historic visit from Pope Francis— whose more liberal take on social and environmental issues has left God-fearing, Bible-toting, “Jesus hates tree-huggers” conservatives with some explaining to do. Yet the most perplexing turn of events thus far has been House Republicans’ decision to finally seek medical treatment for their Boehner lasting longer than four years.

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House Republicans Iran Deal Conspiracy Theory

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Today, the House will vote on a resolution claiming that the clock hasn’t started on the 60-day period that Congress granted itself to review the Iran nuclear agreement because the President has not submitted text of a separate agreement between Iran and the IAEA to Congress.

Opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement were going to lose a planned disapproval vote to block the President from implementing the Iran accord and so, after abruptly canceling the scheduled debate, are now attempting to drum up a political distraction.

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