Conservative Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) came out in favor of marriage equality today, in an interview on CNN
and an Op-Ed in the Columbus Dispatch.
This reversal comes via Portman's son, who came out as a gay man to his parents two years ago. Reaction has been mixed.
81-year-old Senator Alan Simpson does a decent gangnam
while encouraging you to do something better with your time and social web skills.
JFK's Waffles, Adlai's Pie, Humphrey's Soup and 13 More Political Recipes. Political Pot Luck: A Collection of Recipes from Men Only,
published in 1959 by the Peninsular Publishing Company in Tallahassee. It was edited by Meg Madigan, whose father was a Florida state comptroller and lobbyist. And she went all out for the cookbook, from governors to senators to media barons. Some of them can cook
Lisa Murkowski has become the first successful
write-in candidate for the US Senate in more than fifty years. Lisa mounted a write-in campaign after she narrowly lost
Republican nomination to Joe Miller, a candidate supported by the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party. Her campaign team ran this adorable spelling bee advertisement
) after Joe Miller demanded
the exclusion of any ballots in which Ms Murkowski's name was misspelt.
"The Man Who Never Was."
Vanity Fair editor Todd S. Purdum
follows up his 2007 profile of then-Senator John McCain
and a scathing
2009 profile of Sarah Palin
by asking whether McCain, "...the leader so many Americans admired — and so many journalists covered — ever truly existed." (Previously)
iPhone 4's reception woes, wherein bridging the area
where the metal bands meet (affectionately dubbed "the spot
") results in a dramatic loss in signal strength, have been widely covered in the media over
the past few weeks. Apple acknowledged the concerns publicly with a letter to customers
where they concluded that the issue was not with the phone, but rather that they were being too generous in the way the software communicated signal quality as bars. After an update
to iOS, the bars are in fact different but the problems persist
. Most recently, Consumer Reports stated it was unable to recommend iPhone 4
because of the significant design flaw, despite listing it as the highest rated overall smartphone
they've tested to date.
The latest wrinkle in the story has been an open letter to Steve Jobs
from Chuck Schumer, yes -- United States Senator
from New York Chuck Schumer, in which he questions the adequacy and transparency of Apple's response
to customer concerns.
Apple will be holding a press conference
at 10AM tomorrow in San Francisco to address the matter. [more inside]
Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92
Robert C. Byrd, who used his record tenure as a United States senator to fight for the primacy of the legislative branch of government and to build a modern West Virginia with vast amounts of federal money, died early on Monday. He was 92. He was the longest-serving Senator as well as the longest-serving member in congressional history. In his younger days he joined
the Ku Klux Klan when he was 24 in 1942.
The FBI has released their extensive files on US Senator Edward M. Kennedy to the public,
covering their relationship with him between 1961 and 1985. The seven files, totaling more than 2,200 pages of documents reveal
(among other things,) the perhaps unsurprising news that the late Senator received "scores"
of death threats
from radical groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, “Minutemen” organizations, and the National Socialist White People’s Party. The release was initiated by a Freedom of Information Act Request from Judicial Watch
on May 3, 2010, (Complaint pdf
) but the FBI gave the Senator's family the "rare opportunity" to raise objections before releasing the file
"It's just a thing ... I worked so hard to get that title."
And with that, her political enemies pounced. Sen. Barbara Boxer upbraided an Army general for repeatedly calling her "ma'am" in a hearing. The moment is now campaign fodder
for Republican candidates, including former HP CEO Carly Fiorina.
The second most powerful United States Senator
admits, "And the banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place
." [more inside]
is a website for keeping track of the U.S. Congress. (previously)
But, now it also a social network
. So, sign-up
and see what your favourite Senator
has been doing, track bills
and, follow important issues
. Then, share that information with your friends
or write about it on your blog
Who'd have guessed?
Turns out that Senator Ted Stevens
was simply a man ahead of his time. The internet really is a series of tubes
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
Florida's New Senator.
Bob Graham's retiring and not running for re-election of his senate seat. It's sad to see a good senator go. But not to worry because the end of this Floridian's distinguished senatorial career marks the beginning of another... Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate 2004!
I am happy
to see that the GOP is expanding
their reach to the more eclectic fringes of society. Although it may freak
some other people out.
Sen. Paula Hawkins was at one time curious about what kind of toys Frank Zappa's children played with. Now we know: Among Dweezil's collection was a 1963 Fender Stratocaster owned, played, and burnt to a crisp by one Jimi Hendrix. Now, Dweezil is selling the thing
, but not to buy a new car or house or something. He's trying to raise funds to refurbish his old man's studio. Zappa once wrote an essay about how to raise fantastic children. It seems from this story that he did exactly that.
Multiculturalism v/s Democracy
On this day in 1858, Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois and Abraham Lincoln, a Kentucky-born lawyer and one-time U.S. Representative from Illinois, began a series of famous public debates on the issue of slavery, during the course of which Lincoln said:
[Founding Fathers] meant to set up a standard maxim for free society which should be familiar to all: constantly looked to, constantly labored for, and even, though never perfectly attained, constantly approximated, and thereby constantly spreading and deepening its influence and augmenting the happiness and value of life to all people, of all colors, every where."
I argue that when a culture values slavery, when a culture is built upon a system of basic inequality, regardless of the reasons, that culture is incompatible with Democracy and the ideals of American society, and can not and should not be embraced by Americans.
Is it possible that part of the anger at the US stems from the "spreading and deepening" influence of American principles, and not just at our economic and military mistakes?
Senate Approves Canada Drug Imports!
"Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, said, "If this proposal becomes law, we are just placing our country in the hands of foreign terrorists who could easily get hold of various prescription drug products and spread desolation and disease."
Really, Senator, what hallucinogen are you on, and which drug company is buying it for you?
I'm sure this bill still faces hurdles, but sounds great to me.
Buffoon Of The Day?
Sen. Joe Biden criticized the war in Afghanistan and is now being called the "buffoon of the day" by the National Review
. Roll Call
says he's been criticized by top Republicans and the Washington Times
notes that a top fellow Democrat is pretty upset too. The New Republic
has another less-than-flattering piece on Biden before
he made his comments. Did Biden just kill his chance to run for president in 2004? (via Vote.com
and Political Wire
, farewell goodbye
I'd love to stay
and play and sing for awhile
But it's time to hit the road and say goodbye
So long farewell goodbye
Hillary rules out running for president - ever!
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday ruled out ever running for president - a startling declaration that even seemed to leave her own aides stunned. And a domain