After years of threats and warnings that ended with a whimper, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and his Democratic majority on Thursday finally executed the "nuclear option" to end the filibuster for judicial and executive branch nominees. The vote does not end the filibuster for legislation or Supreme Court nominees. "Republicans have routinely used the filibuster to prevent President Obama from appointing his executive team or confirming judges," Reid said on the Senate floor. "Can anyone say the Senate is working now? I don't think so."
Marijuana's fibrous cousin hemp has a long history with automakers. in 1941 Henry Ford unveiled a car body made primarily out of organic fibers, hemp included. Seventy years later, the world's first production-ready biocomposite electric car -- with hemp as the "bio" -- will finally hit the streets. The Kestrel, a three-door hatchback, is made of a "hemp composite as strong as the fiberglass in boats, yet incredibly lightweight," says Nathan Armstrong, the president of Motive industries, Kestrel's manufacturer.
What could conservative Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann and Walter Jones and liberal Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro possibly agree on?
They all want to limit President Barack Obama's ability to "fast-track" international trade deals.
The three representatives are gathering lawmakers' signatures on letters that seek to block Obama from using the fast-track process called Trade Promotion Authority, which limits Congress to up-or-down votes on free-trade agreements and bars all amendments. Every president since Richard Nixon has had that power, although it lapsed in 2007 because of a lack of major trade deals requiring its reauthorization.
Former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul made comments during a campaign rally for Ken Cucinelli that appeared to advocate an armed revolution, writes Kevin Drum of Mother Jones. "Jefferson obviously was a clear leader on the principle of nullification," Paul said of the third president. "I've been working on the assumption that nullification is going to come. It's going to be a de facto nullification. It's ugly, but pretty soon things are going to get so bad that we're just going to ignore the feds and live our own lives in our own states. ... The Second Amendment was not there so you could shoot rabbits," he said. "Right now today, we have a great threat to our liberties internally." read more
A lot of Americans say they oppose President Obama's health care reform law. But you may be surprised to learn that of all those who say they oppose the 2010 law because its approach to health care is "too liberal" (35 percent), nearly half again as many oppose it because they think it's "not liberal enough" (16 percent).