Princeton Students and Polticians Stage Filibuster --
Princeton students started a filibuster at the Frist Campus Center at Princeton University
to protest the impending unloading of the "nuclear option
" in the United States Senate.
Bill Frist is a Princeton alum and his family donated the building the filibuster is in front of.
It's been going on for a whopping 78 hours already and looks to at least go through the weekend. Congressman Rush Holt
(D-NJ) spoke earlier today, and NJ Assemblyman Reed Gusciora
was there yesterday. They've even got physicists (one
) and a Nobel Prize winner
Senators were told Iraqi weapons could hit U.S. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday the Bush administration last year told him and other senators that Iraq not only had weapons of mass destruction, but they had the means to deliver them to East Coast cities.
If this is true, is he in trouble for saying it?
Big FCC rollback vote this Tuesday.
I know a lot of mefites are passionate about this issue and it looks like Senators Byron Dorgan (D–ND) and Trent Lott (R-MS) are doing something about it. More info, free faxes, etc at the ACLU. Read S.J. res 17 here.
And so it is.
At approximately 1:20 a.m., the Senate passed S.J. Res 45, a resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iraq. The vote: 77 yea, 23 nay. Some surprising yeas, including Clinton and Daschle. What happens next?
More election hilarity expected!!!
So, does anyone here still remember the 2000 election? Its not through with us yet. The GOP could regain control of the Senate immediately
following the Nov. 5 elections, thanks to a nutty legal wrinkle associated with Sen. Jean Carnahan's
appointment to the seat Missouri elected her deceased husband to. That is, if she loses, and if the Democrats don't pull the trick William Safire expects
House likely to approve homeland security bill that erodes labor protections
"But the Senate, which likely takes up the matter next week, so far has pursued a much different course. On Thursday, the Democratic-led Senate Governmental Affairs Committee crafted legislation that would protect all current civil service protections and make it more difficult for the president to move workers out of unions. Bush and other Republicans said the measure would give the president less authority than he has now."
The House seems to be so much more conservative and extremist than the Senate. Heck they're still working on trying to ban selected types of abortion procedures
even when there's a strong chance it won't pass constitutional muster and the Senate isn't likely to support them.
Is it your perception that the House is more conservative? If so, why do you think that's true?
Oil makes the world go round.
The Senate yesterday defeated an effort to increase fuel efficiency standards for cars, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks by 50 percent over 13 years, voting instead for a measure backed by the auto industry.
Happy November 31st!
Senators and Congressmen Order Botched Calendars With an Extra Day.
Want to redesign the Senate Web site?
The Senate is soliciting proposals for a new CMS and complete overhaul of the current site
, which hasn't changed much (or added many features) lately. It does not include individual senators' or committees' sites.
Silicon Valley backs Senate bill
that would allow companies to report computer network attacks to the government without having to worry about the public finding out. The reasoning: it would encourage
more companies to report the problems and help the
government track down the culprits. A similar bill
is in the House.
At least Helms tries
to pretend he's offended...
Warning: Quicktime file, may put you off your feed.
Reno's going to run...and Gramm is going to retire
. Two Hispanic Congressmen
, a Republican and a Democrat, seem poised to run for the Senate seat. (Does a Democrat even stand a chance in Texas...with little more than a year 'til the election?)
That makes 3 Republican Senate retirements (Thurmond, Helms, Gramm). 20 Republican Senate seats are up for reelection as opposed to 13 Democrat seats. How do you think the Democrats will fare in the 2002 elections -- both in and out of the Senate?
So Help Me God
: "Ninety-five percent of the people believe in God. An invocation of his name, in conjunction with the seriousness of telling the truth, has an importance beyond mere legal requirement," Sessions said Thursday.
Will he or won't he switch
is the question for Vermont Sen. Jeffords. If he does, the Democrats gain control of the Senate. But this Washington Times article seems to be pleading
Sen. Jeffords to remain within the GOP. If he is such a stalwart conservative, why the all propaganda from the Times?
Don't like the rulings? Fire the umpire.
Trent Lott got the Senate's parliamentarian, a Republican, fired because he, appropriately, wouldn't exempt some bills from filibuster. It seems the GOP has abandoned any pretense of bipartisanship.
Take my wife, please
Old soldiers may die but their wives carry on. The mantle is passed.
The obvious next step has been taken: An Oregon state senator introduces a bill
that will expand the definition of hate crimes to include ecoterrorism and illegal actions motivated by anticapitalism. Block a street, go to jail?
Snowe Days for Democrats?
It may take only one party-switch to give Democrats control of the Senate. Maine may offer just the one.
If Al Gore becomes the president, Mickey Kaus has a wickedly devious
idea on how the Dems can stick it to the senate Repubs. It hinges on Joe Leiberman refusing the vice-presidency.
"No Senate Race in New York in 2000."
I was at the my AOL page
and from there, two-clicked my way to their election 2000 link
to find my local races; where I was greeted with the aforementioned quote, in red. At first I thought it was a reference to the New York State Senate. But the top of the page clearly says, "U.S. Senate Race." Am I the only person being duped by the AOL election information services?
In the NY debate
between Clinton and Lazio a reporter asked them about House bill 602p. An evil bill this one, purporedtly letting the US Postal Service tax email!
US Senate approves hate crimes legislation
as an amendment to a military spending bill. All of the Democrats (minus Byrd) and thirteen Republicans brought the tally to 57-42. As was recently discussed here
, this is a contentious issue, even among those who support some type of increased punitive power based on the perpetrator's state of mind and opinions.
THE ROBINSON REPORT
: "A Complete Report to the Citizens of the Commonwealth on the Personal Background of a Candidate for the United States Senate" -- written by the candidate, in the spirit of full discolsure. [more inside]
I wonder if Hillary
is doing a happy mario dance right now, you know, swing your arms from side to site, ohh, well, getting back to the point, a sources say Giuliani is going to Drop Out