113th Congress

CD078: ISIS ISIL Bogeymen


In this bonus episode, details and analysis of the authorization to create a new military in Syria which is speeding towards becoming law.
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CD077: The May Bills


In this episode, we look at a bill that furthers the “new normal” in Africa, a bill that sanctions Venezuela, a banking bill, a charter school bill, some silly bills that won’t become law, and a few Presidential declarations. Read More

CD076: Weapons for the World


A look at the funding for foreign militaries that might become law as part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the House of Representatives in May. Included is a look at the US funding for Israel’s military, the funding for the “drug war” in Columbia, the “new normal” in Africa, the continuation of our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the brewing war with Russia. Read More

CD074: The March Bills


This episode highlights the bills that passed the House of Representatives in March, including a bill that allows toxic mountaintop removal waste to be dumped in streams, a bill that skips environmental reviews for new nuclear power plants, a bill that wasn’t meant to become law but could screw over every government employee if it did, a bill that prevents the government from managing water rights, multiple bills to chip away at ObamaCare, and more. Read More

CD073: Amtrak


In this bonus episode, we look into the state of passenger rail service in the United States by examining the history and current condition of Amtrak, the only choice for passenger rail service in the nation. Read More

CD072: The February Bills


Catching up the the bills that passed the House of Representatives in February, this episode details a bill designed to keep campaign donors secret, a bill to make all regulations more difficult to enact, a bill that makes unlocking your cell phone legal, a bill that prohibits states from seizing your land for another private interest’s gain, a bill that sets up the defunding of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau… and more. Read More

CD071: Our New Laws


In this episode, we look at all the important bills that become laws since the start of 2014, including a law that might cost you thousands of dollars per year, a law that ends public financing of political party nominating conventions, and a law that President Obama openly intends to ignore. We also discuss the resignation of Rep. Rob Andrews of New Jersey from the House of Representatives.  Read More

CD070: New Flood Insurance Law


In March, the President signed into a law some changes to our flood policy law. What is our flood policy law in the United States? How did we change it? Are the changes good?

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CD069 Giving Away Your Land


In February, the House passed a package of ten bills that give away or sell Federal land, most of them so that private interests can use our land for profit. Read More

CD068: Ukraine Aid Bill


We have a new law! President Obama signed a bill loaning a billion dollars and giving another $150 million to Ukraine. In this episode, we find out exactly what’s in it and why we are giving money to Ukraine – and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Read More