Republicans want to weaken role of states in review of fossil fuel applications

Senate Republicans introduced legislation on Tuesday that would take regulatory power away from states in order to expedite the approval of energy infrastructure projects that are facing stiff resistance from the public. The bill, dubbed the Water Quality Certification Improvement Act of 2018, is part of…

Green groups praise Republican for introducing carbon tax bill, but dislike what’s in the details

A congressional Republican introduced a proposal on Monday to address climate change by placing a tax on carbon dioxide emissions. But some climate experts contend the plan — if it were to miraculously become law in Republican-controlled Washington — would still fall short of cutting…

Democrats introduce legislation to abolish ICE

Three House members introduced a bill Thursday to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the first legislative attempt to eliminate the agency, as a growing number of Democrats call for its abolition. The bill would bring together a group of experts to “provide a roadmap…

Anti-Antifa bill would punish masked protesters with up to 15 years in prison

Republican Congressmen have introduced legislation that would make it a crime, punishable by more than a decade in prison, for protesters to cover their faces during demonstrations. The “Unmasking Antifa Act,” introduced in June by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) and co-sponsored by Reps. Paul Gosar…

‘Drag Race’ star Dusty Ray Bottoms is a symbol of courage

The current season of RuPaul’s Drag Race introduced viewers to New York City queen Dusty Ray Bottoms, a frenetic punk known for the trademark dots in her makeup. Despite being eliminated from the competition, Bottoms won the heart of America through both her drag and…

‘Anti-Semitism Awareness Act’ Is A Brazen Crackdown On Free Speech

Members of Congress last month introduced the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act.” The bill purports to address a real problem: According to the FBI, incidents of hate crimes motivated by anti-Jewish bias have significantly increased in recent years… Read More At: https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/rights-protesters/latest-attack-free-speech-israel-palestine-debate?redirect=blog/free-speech/rights-protesters/latest-attack-campaign-silence-criticism-israel Support The Show On Patreon:…

Lawyer linking NRA and Russia helped lead Marsha Blackburn campaigns, documents show

When G. Kline Preston IV first introduced National Rifle Association (NRA) leadership to Russian officials in 2011, he’d been close to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) for years. Both Preston and Blackburn have a long history in and around Brentwood, the tony Nashville suburb. And as…

Bipartisan effort emerges countering Trump on offshore drilling

A North Carolina Republican and a Virginia Democrat introduced a bipartisan bill on Tuesday in an effort to counter offshore drilling efforts along the Atlantic Coast. The issue of coastal drilling has become increasingly contentious as the Trump administration has pushed for its expansion. Reps….

This bill won’t let employers force people to sign non-disclosure agreements related to harassment

Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would prohibit certain kinds of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) that help silence victims of sexual harassment. This bill would prohibit nondisclosure and nondisparagement clauses on workplace harassment as a condition of employment,…

Democrats introduce bill reinstating key cybersecurity position after White House eliminates it

A pair of Democratic congressmen have introduced a bill meant to reinstate a key cybersecurity position in the White house after national security adviser John Bolton reportedly eliminated the role on Tuesday. The bill, which Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced, would create a permanent…