U.S. government may not hit debt limit until October: analysts
WASHINGTON - The United States might not hit the statutory limit on its debt until October, a policy research group said on Friday, giving Republican lawmakers more time to extract spending cuts from the Obama administration in return for extending the borrowing cap.
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Mike Huckabee compares Obama's gun policy to Nazism
Former Republican Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has likened Obama's policy on gun control to that of Nazi Germany, warning that America may find itself going down the path of a dictatorship.
Senator Moran On Filibustering Drone Policy And How To Influence Congressmen
Senator Jerry Moran (CrunchGov Grade: A) left his tie back in Washington, D.C., and sat down with me for an informal, yet candid discussion at the SXSW Interactive conference. The folksy Kansas representative has been one of the Senate’s few tech wonks, spearheading a bill to create a new visa for immigrant entrepreneurs, the Startup Visa Act 3.0. We’ve included highlights below. From filibustering drone policy to how to influence his fellow congressmen, we’ve included the highlights below. Drones “If the federal government can kill a U.S. citizen without due process of law in the United States, what can’t the federal government do?” said Moran, who helped Rand Paul on his epic 12-hour filibuster this week to protest the nomination of John Brennan as CIA Director. Paul had invoked the U.S. Senate’s fire-alarm procedure, the filibuster, which permits any representative to hold up all political activity so long as he or she continuously talks (no bathroom breaks). Moran joined ...
How A Fired Republican Staffer Became A Powerful Martyr For Internet Activists
Someone in DC thought they had snuffed out an official Republican report on radical intellectual property reform by convincing the authoring agency to erase the document from the Internet and fire the staffer charged with writing it. The shadowy politicking backfired. The young fall-boy, Derek Khanna, instantly became a front-page living martyr against the entertainment and telecommunication lobbies, who have long been villainized for pushing aggressive anti-piracy laws at the expense of innovation. Just 3 months later, Khanna led a massive 100,000-person petition to give consumers more rights over their cell phone carriers, convincing the White House and Congress to publicly prioritize consumer choice and uphold the principles first laid out in the now non-existent committee document. A day later, legislation was introduced to codify the White House’s support into law, with an official hat-tip to Khanna. “They sought to ‘silence’ him by firing him, but it just brought him more attention ...
Sen. Rand Paul ends lengthy filibuster of CIA nominee
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul spoke for nearly 13 hours on the Senate floor in an attempt to block the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director in a protest of the Obama administration's policy of using drones in targeted killings.