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Whack-A-Mole Security: Bad Policy, Bad Legislation

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Peer-to-peer software, by itself, did not cause the confidential Congressional document to be leaked to the press. Certainly people are not perfect and some data breaches will still occur even with better policies and technology.

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of Our Country

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

With an issue like health, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debate.

Women Lawmakers are Top Dogs on Animal Welfare

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

You might say that female legislators are more likely to stand up for the underdogs, so it's no surprise that there's a gender gap on animal protection, with women more likely to be involved in animal advocacy.

Pray for Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Beck's predictions that health care reform would lead to government bureaucrats euthanizing people like his daughter are dead wrong, but we at Sojournors agree with Glenn on this point: God is the giver of life.

OpenCongress: Congressional Data Is Defective By Design

Sunlight Foundation. | Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Today’s launch of the “Baucus Bill”— aka “America’s Healthy Future Act”, aka the “mark” version ...

Support Current Legislation to Improve Farm Animal Conditions in New York State

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Very few people know that a bill similar to California's Prop 2 to protect hens, sows and calves has been proposed in New York State's Assembly, where it is currently stuck in the Agriculture Committee.

Did Obama's Speech Change The Game?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Stylistically, the speech was reminiscent of Obama on the campaign trail. But the bar for him is so high that this was only remarkable because it has been so absent of late from Obama.

Busting the Health Care Trusts, One Way or Another

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Politically, economically and socially, it is not worth passing a bill that does not reduce health care costs, except to temporarily mitigate the ER as primary care status quo for 50 million people.

Congress Weans Us Off the Teat of Foreign Oil with Concessions to Offshore Drilling

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Weaning America off the teat of foreign oil is something that every citizen can agree is a good thing. It will start to put funding into renewable energy infrastructure that we so desperately need.

Taking Things Off the Table

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama absolutely loves the phrase "everything's on the table." But the time for piling "everything" on "the table" is over. Everything being on the table means that no decisions have been made.

Friday Talking Points [92] -- The End Of Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sadly, Obama's speech to school children has become mired in manufactured controversy from the right, with typical sky-is-falling rhetoric about the evil, evil man who occupies the Oval Office.

Remembering a Fighter for Freedom

Michelle Pilecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Pilecki

Larry Frankel spent his professional life as a legislative lobbyist for the ACLU. That means that Larry worked behind the scenes with both "left" and "right" legislators to protect the civil rights.

Send Us Your Bill

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

The Humane Society Legislative Fund has launched its first-ever "There Oughta Be a Law" contest, and we're asking animal lovers like you to submit your concept for a federal animal protection bill.

107 and Counting

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

The Pennsylvania bill to prohibit large-scale puppy mill operators from crudely performing certain surgeries on dogs without anesthesia was the 107th new animal protection law passed by state legislatures in 2009.

Why Jim Marshall Won't Read H.R. 3200?

Terry Humphrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Humphrey

I thought it was important to find out how Jim Marshall could justify voting against H.R. 3200 without reading it.

The Vast Majority of Bills Go Nowhere

Sunlight Foundation. | Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Every once in a while we get an email from someone concerned about some obscure bill they have found on OpenCongress that they think poses a direct th...

Healthcare Reformers: Dance With The Ones Who Brung Ya

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

While the dance of legislation can be painful to watch, I still like the Democrats' chances for healthcare reform better than Tom DeLay's on Dancing with the Stars.

Dealers Bail Out Cash for Clunkers

Ashley Rindsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ashley Rindsberg

The auto industry (at least the retail end of it) is finally taking responsibility for itself in a way that benefits the public it serves. Perhaps Congress will follow suit.

Senate/Assembly Pork: Who's Getting the Choicest Cuts?

Times Union | Times Union | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Under Democratic control of the Senate, upstate lost nearly $26 million in member items, the discretionary grants doled out by legislators commonly ca...

On the Climate Bill Fence: What Sen. McCain Is Thinking

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

McCain had been like the Lone Ranger in the Senate working with his Tonto, Lieberman, to push for climate legislation. Suddenly, post the 2008 presidential race, he is on the fence.

How to Win a Culture War

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one.

It's Time To Lead, Mr. President

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's legislative style has been to vaguely define what he's for, introduce a plan that is quite obviously open to lots and lots of negotiation, and then sit back and let Congress work it out.

Congress Considers Two Bills to End Contracting Abuses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The American Small Business League (ASBL) estimates that over that $100 billion a year in federal small business contracts actually go to Fortune 500 firms and other clearly large businesses.

California Dreamin' Becoming Reality

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

When California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 2, banning the extreme confinement of animals on industrial factory farms, they sent the message loud and clear.

Judging Sonia: In Defense of Judicial Activism and a Wise Latina

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

What is the role or expectation of a justice on the Supreme Court? An adherent of precedent? A policy maker? And just how did judicial activism garner such a tarnished reputation?