Senate Chairman Opens Door To Federal Legalized Pot

In the wake of new state laws legalizing the use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing on the matter, and left open the potential for federal law to mimic that found in Colorado and Washington. Sen. Patrick … Continue reading

Reaffirming Citizens United, SCOTUS ‘Ignored Concrete Evidence of Corruption’

In simultaneously striking down a century-old Montana campaign finance law and reaffirming its own 2010 Citizens United ruling, the copnservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that unlimited campaign contributions “do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” But in doing so, the justices actually … Continue reading

On Gay Marriage, Obama Talks The Talk — His Administration Walks The Walk

Although it thrilled progressives and other supporters of marriage equality — and maybe even changed a few minds on the issue — President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage earlier this month didn’t, in-and-of-itself, change any policy. Obama’s words don’t allow any new same-sex unions which had previously been outlawed, or even alleviate any discrimination … Continue reading

Sen. Patrick Leahy Voices His Support For Kony 2012

A key U.S. senator voiced his support for Kony 2012, the online video which portrays atrocities committed by a Ugandan warlord and has become a celebrity-fueled viral Internet cause. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy visited Champlain College in his home state of Vermont Monday, to praise the role of students there … Continue reading

Congressional Sponsors Angry After SOPA/PIPA Votes Delayed

Wednesday’s massive Internet protest against two controversial anti-piracy bills appeared to have some effect, as congressional leaders agreed to put off a vote on the legislation. However, it’s obvious that the fight isn’t over for opponents who contend the bills are so broadly written that they could lead to unchecked … Continue reading

SOPA Opponents Make Progress Ahead Of Blackout

Opponents of a bill targeting online piracy — but which they say could have far-reaching unintended consequences for Internet censorship — have made progress ahead of a planned web-based protest Wednesday. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Friday that he would remove the controversial Domain … Continue reading