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Topic - Justin Amash
Sen. John McCain — who recently referred to three of his Capitol Hill colleagues as "wackos" — has now said he's learned a valuable lesson and advises against getting personal in politics.
Sen. Rand Paul told members of the liberty movement that they've been "winning" the big policy battles on Capitol Hill and that their message could grow even stronger in the coming years if former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes the next Democratic nominee for president.
The debate over whether the U.S. should launch airstrikes against Syria is testing the willingness of rank-and-file Republicans to get involved in another military conflict and giving the party's libertarian wing a chance to push the party toward adopting a less interventionist approach to foreign policy.
As the actress Jennifer Aniston once said, "There are no regrets in life, just lessons." Given recent developments, some members of Congress must be having second thoughts about their support for the National Security Agency's domestic spying operation. They now have their opportunity to show that they've learned their lesson.
Last week, Justin Amash, the two-term libertarian Republican congressman from Michigan, joined John Conyers Jr., the 25-term liberal Democratic congressman from the same state, to offer an amendment to legislation funding the National Security Agency.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing evidence Wednesday from intelligence officials and experts about the National Security Agency’s domestic snooping activities revealed by leaker Edward J. Snowden.
Former Rep. Ron Paul says that even had an amendment to defund some of the surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) had passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives, it would have been a "significant symbolic victory," but possibly little more than that.
The National Security Agency has been lying to Congress and the public. For years, employees at the spy agency have sworn they absolutely, positively never engage in domestic snooping.
The House continues to debate the annual defense spending bill Wednesday and is likely to consider controversial amendments that would defund domestic data-gathering by the National Security Agency and spike President Obama's plan to arm Syrian insurgents.
Top intelligence officials from the Obama and Bush administrations, along with senior House lawmakers from both parties, succeeded Wednesday in heading off the first legislative challenge to the domestic snooping program exposed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
The House narrowly rejected a challenge to the National Security Agency's secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records Wednesday night after a fierce debate pitting privacy rights against the government's efforts to thwart terrorism.
The spirit of Massachusetts lawyer James Otis is awakening in Congress with a vote scheduled for the House floor Wednesday to limit surveillance by the National Security Agency.
The White House said Tuesday night that it opposes a House amendment that challenges the National Security Agency's authority to monitor and seize massive amounts of communications data.
On Thursday, I held a news conference announcing my intent to pursue legal action against the federal government for infringing on Americans' Fourth Amendment rights.
The press has amplified 1 percent, 99 percent and 47 percent in recent days as a succinct measure of political culture and public opinion. Here is a fourth measurement to add to the collection: 9 percent. That is the number of Republicans who approve of Congress, this according to Gallup. Things are pretty tepid elsewhere: 15 percent of Americans overall and 17 percent of Democrats give the lawmakers a thumbs-up.
FILE - In this July 24, 2103 file photo, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.
FILE - In this July 24, 2013 file photo, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.