The surveillance state is on hiatus, sort of, except not really


UPDATE: The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives' changes to sections of the PATRIOT Act, Tuesday evening, known as the USA FREEDOM Act, after GOP Senate leaders failed to get any of the changes they wanted to the House bill. The final vote was 67-32. It now heads to President Obama's desk for… Continue reading The surveillance state is on hiatus, sort of, except not really

Tom doesn’t cotton to Iran, Obama or the rest of the world


Diplomats around the world continue to scratch their heads over freshman Sen. Tom Cotton's (R-Arkansas) stunt insulting the Iranians and upsetting the integrity of U.S. negotiated agreements with foreign governments. Secretary of State John Kerry told a Senate committee, Wednesday, the letter "risks undermining the confidence that foreign governments in thousands of important agreements commit… Continue reading Tom doesn’t cotton to Iran, Obama or the rest of the world

Rand Paul sticks to his guns on Patriot Act


UPDATE: After reaching an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Rand Paul was able to bring two of his amendments to the floor for limited debate before a vote to table was taken, which is expected to kill both offerings. A vote on extending the Patriot Act will follow. ___________________ Standing alone,… Continue reading Rand Paul sticks to his guns on Patriot Act

No patriotism in isolationism – not then, not now


Arachnoid behavior manifests when the web twitches in a connected world. A disturbance somewhere is felt everywhere. Gone is the luxury of isolationism that was argued as a matter of principle during the European upheavals less than a century ago. As Eleanor Roosevelt pointed out in a 1938 letter to a journalist : "[T]he trouble… Continue reading No patriotism in isolationism – not then, not now