Surveillance

18 Senate Dems Who Should Turn in Their ‘#Resistance’ Membership Cards

Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Democratic colleagues had a chance to check the Trump administration's surveillance powers on Tuesday. They failed.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) was pretty worried about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. "He thinks this is a dictatorship. He doesn't understand," she told Morning Joe about a month before the election. "Just because he says these outrageous things doesn't mean our constitution would allow him to do them."

On Tuesday night, McCaskill had the chance to stick up for those constitutional checks on the Trump team's power to do "outrageous things." Instead, she cast the deciding vote to advance a bill that reauthorizes and expands the power of the federal government—that is, the Trump administration—to snoop on American citizens' private communications.

McCaskill's vote provided the necessary 60-39 margin (Sen. John McCain of Arizona was absent) on the cloture vote, which means there will be only a limited time for debate on the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. Had she voted the other way, it would have opened the door for a filibuster from privacy hawks such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). For more on what could have happened but didn't, check out Scott Shackford's recap of the drama.

Getting that 60-vote margin required support not just from McCaskill but from 17 other Senate Democrats. Among them: Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), who has labeled Trump "Nixonian" and called for the president's resignation. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), who has said Trump is "dangerous." Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who has said Trump is not fit to be the nation's commander-in-chief. The list goes on and on.

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) deserves special attention. She wrote an amendment to the FISA bill and tweeted about why it should be considered:

Then she voted for cloture, killing the opportunity to offer and debate her very own amendment.

Again, just one fewer vote for cloture would have allowed debate to proceed. Feinstein snuffed out her own proposal, along with any amendments that anyone else might have offered.

Republicans get most of the blame for the bill's swift passage. They control the agenda in Congress, and a majority of the GOP in both the House and the Senate have supported reauthorization. But make no mistake: This expansion of the government's powers was a bipartisan exercise.

The same thing happened in the House last week, when dozens of Democrats voted for the FISA reauthorization bill. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has called Trump "reckless" and "incompetent," but did she vote to give that reckless, incompetent president more power to spy on Americans? You bet.

In the Senate, though, rank-and-file members didn't get cover from their leadership. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) voted against the bill. He disagreed with the six-year span of the reauthorization—that's "too much," he told reporters—and he wanted debate and amendments. He wasn't giving full-throated support to the Paul/Lee/Wyden coalition, but even tacit support matters.

For 18 other Senate Democrats, even that was too much to ask.

McCaskill, I should note, is in a difficult spot. She's one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election this year—Trump won Missouri by 18 points—and has already tried to cozy up to Trump on tax reform. Still, her vote on Tuesday is one that should be remembered, particularly when she starts trotting out the inevitable campaign ads arguing that Democratic control of the Senate will be the best check on a dangerous administration.

McCaskill and her colleagues had a chance to check that administration on Tuesday. They failed.

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132 responses to “18 Senate Dems Who Should Turn in Their ‘#Resistance’ Membership Cards

  1. #Resistance is opposition to Trump the person, not to the reckless big government agenda he represents.

    1. At that level it’s more a movement to send out email pleas for campaign donations on the outrageous thing he just said.

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  2. Instead, she cast the deciding vote to advance a bill that reauthorizes and expands the power of the federal government?that is, the Trump administration?to snoop on American citizens’ private communications.

    Christ, what an asshole.

    1. As bad as a Republican?

  3. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) deserves special attention. She wrote an amendment to the FISA bill and tweeted about why it should be considered:

    Our amendment would preserve Section 702’s core mission of collecting intelligence on foreign individuals abroad while ensuring constitutional protections for Americans. https://t.co/Rtbb448qvL

    ? Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 16, 2018
    Then she voted for cloture, killing the opportunity to offer and debate her very own amendment.

    Christ, what a retarded asshole.

    1. First you refer to Sen. Feinstein as an “asshole”, then you refer to her as a “retarded asshole”. Your on the right track, you just need to keep going.

      1. Okay, she is a California progressive who represents the political views of her voting base.

  4. Sen. John McCain of Arizona was absent

    Would you please retire or die already you sick, crazy old motherfucker.

    1. Selfish McCain is probably going to be the reason that ObamaCare cannot be repealed in 2018 and other legislation passed to roll back more government.

      When McCain is absent Team Blue only needs one RINO to block legislation.

      1. It’s kind of incredible that they don’t have rules in place so that a member who is clearly dying and incapacitated and won’t retire with a shred of dignity can be removed and replaced with someone competent and functional.

        1. The Founders messed up when they assumed the politicians would step aside or voters would throw the old bags of flesh out of office.

          On the other hand, the Founding Fathers did operate Congress as a part-time job. Getting away from that was one of American’s biggest mistakes.

          1. They do; its called expulsion.

            Article I, Section 5, of the United States Constitution provides that “Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.”

            1. punish its members for disorderly behavior

              I don’t know if it was an oversight by the FF not to specifically list this for reasons of incapacity or not but this doesn’t sound like what lc1789 was describing to me. The fact that it’s specifically designated as a punishment kinda renders it a no-go in situations like this.

              1. Or are the punishment and expulsion two separate things? They can punish members for bad behavior. They can also expel members, which may or may not be as punishment.

                1. Or are the punishment and expulsion two separate things?

                  You’re right, after I typed it I realized ‘punishment’ was or could be designated as separate from or a component in the series. However, I still think the implication is made and that expulsion isn’t seen as a matter of routine circumstance or generally a good or neutral thing.

                  1. I think they are to scared to use the rule since once its used how many will expelled just because the others don’t like him/her much like the left claiming they can impeach Trump just because he is Trump

          2. The Founders messed up when they assumed the politicians would step aside or voters would throw the old bags of flesh out of office.

            I don’t think this was their mistake. This is the inevitable issue with changing Senators from being selected to elected. If McCain were a Congressman, the people of his district would have a chance to force him out in November. Senators get 6 year terms and are intended to serve the Legislatures of the state they represent.

            I think the idea in the old system of the Founders was that people would step down if they could no longer serve properly, and if they didn’t, their state legislature would have the option of recalling them.

        2. They do. Senators can be expelled .

          expelled

          1. All Democrats too

        3. You have to have some dignity first. McCain has been a shill for the MIC and the NeoCons since ‘Nam. He’s never met a war he didn’t want to start or one he didn’t want to get his friends to sell weapons to.

          I really don’t prefer to wish ill will on anyone, but I won’t even give pause when he finally strokes out

    2. Arizona’s own “Libertarian-Republican” Jeff Flake stepped up to the National Security plate and hit a warrantless domestic surveillance home run. The Deep State couldn’t have done it without NeverTrump #RESISTANCE Jeff Flake.

      1. Jeff “criticizing the press is literally like Stalin” Flake.

        What an ignorant a-hole.

  5. 18 Senate Dems Who Should Turn in Their ‘#Resistance’ Membership Cards.
    You’re making the incorrect assumption that Democrats want a government that follows the Constitution and does not violate American’s rights.

    1. So Republicans hate the constitution more than Democrats, by the standards you’ve laid out in this post.

      1. So Democrats really hate the Constitution more than Republicans by the standards you’re laid out in this post.

      2. Remember when Barry eliminated the unconstitutional spy regime of the Bush administration instead of doubling down on it? Yeah, me neither.

        1. Stop sucking Republican cock. It makes me uncomfortable.

          1. Tony: Because you cannot fit Obama’s cock and Hillary’s Clinton’s cock in you mouth at the same time?

            1. Democrats care about people, on the whole. Republicans are all sociopaths. And their current leader is the most ridiculous person in the history of the world.

              Yet you can’t even refrain from sucking their cocks when they violate the very thing you’re arguing for. The problem is not with me, son.

              1. Democrats care about people, on the whole.

                [citation needed]

                1. [citation needed]

                  Look, if I whip my orphans to death, then I’ll either have to pay someone to drag my diamonds and salt out of the mines or do it myself. So, I only whip them enough to keep them motivated, not to harm them. Because I care.

                  However, that’s too economically cogent for progressive leftists. I suspect if they could whip voters to death and still get their vote, they would.

                  1. You have to admit, that was by far the funniest thing Tony’s ever written.

                  2. “However, that’s too economically cogent for progressive leftists. I suspect if they could whip voters to death and still get their vote, they would.”

                    Dead people vote all the time.

              2. Why do you suck the cocks of people who inflict harm on the downtrodden while thinking they’re helping, because they care so much, but just happen to be ignorant? What’s the moral justification for this position?

              3. Tony|1.17.18 @ 11:28AM|#
                Democrats care about people, on the whole. Republicans are all sociopaths. And their current leader is the most ridiculous person in the history of the world.

                Yet you can’t even refrain from sucking their cocks when they violate the very thing you’re arguing for. The problem is not with me, son.

                Democrats fought for slavery. Democrats fought for Jim Crowe laws. Democrats fought to make blacks poorer with the Civil Rights Act. Democrats are fine with taking more of your paycheck and assets. Democrats are fine with dropping bombs on innocent people around the World. Democrats are fine gutting the Constitution.

                Democrats are fine with putting Japanese-Americans in concentration camps.

                Tony, you are a useful idiot socialist sociopath…and the voices in your head already have told you that.

                1. When someone dredges up the ‘Democrats of the ’60s were racists’ but omits the context (those bigots migrated to and were welcomed by the Republican Party), a modern-style, right-leaning, disaffected bigot is speaking.

                2. I think Tony, OBL, Rev., et al. are playing devil’s advocate to force us to generate cogent, balanced arguments using logos, ethos, and pathos. They’re messing around, but they utilize the same statements as many dems.

                  1. i think it’s the Reason staff. To drum up controversy, tickle the prostate of some of the more unhihnged readers, monitor and report the crazies, as well as challenge those of us who try to live a NAPled life in the a not so enlightend era.

                  2. RAK (Rev AK aka Royal Arse Kisser) is not playing anything. That is the way he/she/it posts almost all the time.

              4. And their current leader is the most ridiculous person in the history of the world.

                OK, Trump is a piece of shit no doubt but more ridiculous than Caligula or Savanorola?

                get real, Tony

                1. Yeah, get real Tony/Butt.

                  You tell yourself what’s what.

                2. I like how you respond to your sock so you can point to this later and say you disagree when being accused of being his sock.

              5. Democrats care about people, on the whole.

                Except for anyone that disagrees with them on any particular issue, like taxes or people who believe in freedom of speech. Those people are deplorable. Subhuman, even. They are to be lorded over and treated with the utmost contempt.

              6. Most politicians of either party are sociopaths.

                Most normal people care about people.

              7. Toejam Tony’s been hanging out with artie poo. It seems it’s made him more stupid, if that’s even possible.

              8. Democrats care about people, on the whole. Republicans are all sociopaths.

                Says Tony, the biggest sociopath on Reason…

          2. I do no such thing. Bush’s spy regime was bad and unconstitutional. I agreed with “candidate” Barry on that and other things about the Bush admin. The trouble is that Barry doubled down on virtually all of the bad things about the Bush admin. So pls stop sucking Democrat cock (they just assisted in handing Trump the same powers, after all…), it makes me uncomfortable.

            1. Obama did not “double down”, you idiot.

              WASHINGTON ? In a significant scaling back of national security policy formed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Senate on Tuesday approved legislation curtailing the federal government’s sweeping surveillance of American phone records, and President Obama signed the measure hours later.

              The legislation signaled a cultural turning point for the nation, almost 14 years after the Sept. 11 attacks heralded the construction of a powerful national security apparatus. The shift against the security state began with the revelation by Edward J. Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, about the bulk collection of phone records. The backlash was aided by the growth of interconnected communication networks run by companies that have felt manhandled by government prying.

              The storage of those records now shifts to the phone companies, and the government must petition a special federal court for permission to search them.

              NY Times

              Fought by McConnell and the GOP I might add.

              1. “Obama did not “double down”, you idiot.”

                Obama expanded unconstitutional surveillance of Americans.

                1. Obama expanded unconstitutional surveillance of Americans

                  read above, moron.

              2. The storage of those records now shifts to the phone companies, and the government must petition a special federal court for permission to search them.

                This makes everything in the article irrelevant. It is a secret court that always gives. It circumvents the constitution. I stand by my prior assertion.

                1. The “special federal court” is a Magic 8-Ball with a die reading “Yes” on every side.

                2. No it does NOT circumvent the Constitution. It is fully consistent with due process via the 4th Amendment.

                  Unless you believe in Star Chamber CT.

                  1. Secret, rubberstamp courts are in no way consistent with due process. It pretty much is a star chamber.

                  2. Does the warrant come before or after the surveillance?

                  3. Butt and its lefty cohorts don’t believe in the constitutional limitations on government, so every law that increase government power is good.

                  4. Even collecting the metadata at all is unconstitutional, even if it was not a secret rubberstamping court granting permissions, which it is.

              3. moving information from one location to another is not a reduction its just a new location. typical miss direction by pissing on people and telling them its rain and you drank it all up.

          3. “Stop sucking Republican cock. It makes me jealous”

            FIFY

      3. I love the constitution! Especially the elections part!

  6. What makes you think they wanted to succeed?

    That they hate Trump does not lessen their love of government authority.

    1. Exactly, they are still statist scum.

      1. Anyone (or any political party) that promotes the drug war, criminalization of abortion, torture, massive military spending, whittling of the Fourth Amendment, government discrimination against gays (to pander to superstitious yahoos and bigots), endless detention without trial, military belligerence, government secrecy, militarization of police, voter suppression, abusive policing, restrictive and bigoted immigration policies, micromanagement of certain health care facilities, government surveillance, qualified immunity, and the Trump administration’s generally authoritarian ways is statist scum and the enemy of libertarians.

        The worst statist scum is right-wing, faux libertarian statist scum.

        Carry on, clingers.

  7. The Democrats will never do anything to restrict government power, they only look to increase it. To be fair, most Republicans are the same, some just talk a good game.

  8. Among them: Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), who has labeled Trump “Nixonian” and called for the president’s resignation.

    It’s just nice Casey makes his way out from under his rock every so often.

  9. 18 Democrats get the blame but the 42 Republicans skate by?

    Any bad legislation is always Democrats fault.

    1. Now you’re learning how to blame Democrats like you do republicans.

    2. Nobody is saying those republicans aren’t scumbags. But they haven’t (all) been campaigning on a #ResistTrump platform. It’s just pointing out hypocrisy.

      1. I seriously doubt that the Red State Dem Senators are #Resistance supporters.

        Because POLITICS, of course.

        1. Lefties don’t like Americans to have rights at all.

          Because SOCIALISM, of course.

            1. Butt, is upset because Mussolini was a socialist fascisti in Italy.

              The socialists of today don’t like that they want the same thing Mussolini and Hitler wanted.

          1. The bigoted and backward, conservative, faux libertarians around here certainly are cranky lately.

            Makes me wonder why they’re here. Surely they have better things to do that stick around here to be agitated. Aren’t there some black votes that need to be suppressed, some gays who need to be bashed, some immigrants who need to be demonized, some women at risk of receiving health care that offends superstitious goobers, some Confederate monuments to be celebrated, some Mexican or Muslim judges or Gold Star parents to be slurred, etc?

            1. Remember when the Democrats fought to preserve slavery, Jim Crowe laws, segregation?

              Remember when Democrats put Americans of Japanese descent in concentration camps?

            2. Ah, Kirkland, you’re so typical of the left: anything and anybody who doesn’t toe your party line you try to smear, disrupt, and destroy.

              Do you get paid for your b.s.? Or do you act out ignorance, bigotry, hate, and intolerance?

              1. Carry on, clingers.

                Forget that the past half-century has gone against you and toward liberal-libertarian progress in America, and that your stale thinking is destined to continue to fail as America’s electorate improves.

                More inconsequential whimpering, please.

                1. Forget that the past half-century has gone against you and toward liberal-libertarian progress in America, and that your stale thinking is destined to continue to fail as America’s electorate improves.

                  It has been going towards more libertarian progress, and against progressive clingers and their stale ideas.

                  I.e., it has been going against people like you whose mindset is stuck in the 1960’s.

    3. No, it’s because for the past 18 months the Dems, the Never-Trump Repubs, and the Media have been screeching non-stop about how dangerous Trump is and how only they courageously stand between us and the Dark Night of Trumpian Fascism, a repressive dystopian world where women are forced to wear red robes and meekly submit to sex while anyone with skin darker than an Irishman is automatically given second-class status.

      While Washington DC is always awash in hypocrisy and both parties drink deeply from the well of double standards, the Republicans weren’t the ones who portrayed themselves as the virtuous Saviors of our rights in the Era of Trump. The Dems deserve all the scorn they receive on this issue.

      1. Seconded.

  10. “Whereas Republicans are expected to be authoritarian assholes, so we’ll not focus on their role in passing this bill. Just kidding, they do tax cuts so we lick their balls every chance we get.”

    1. In 30 days this board’s half-wits like Rufus, Sevo, and LoveCons will talk about how Democrats “rammed through” new FISA laws.

      1. Rebel Scum|1.17.18 @ 11:20AM|#

        Remember when Barry eliminated the unconstitutional spy regime of the Bush administration instead of doubling down on it? Yeah, me neither.

        1. Message to Moron:

          Government never SHRINKS – it only expands its scope and power. So you blame the Bushpigs for the 2001 PATRIOT Spy on America Act and not future administrations for not eliminating it.

          1. The government never shrinks because of Democrats and RINOs and people like you who love big government.

          2. Government never SHRINKS

            Not with that attitude. And I detect implicit support for a fascist total state. Well, so long as your preferred team is at the helm.

            not future administrations for not eliminating it

            Is it future admins fault for expanding it, and other things like military involvement in foreign conflicts?

          3. So you blame the Bushpigs for the 2001 PATRIOT Spy on America Act and not future administrations for not eliminating it.

            How about we blame future administrations for actively renewing it? How many times has Obama signed it now?

            1. Dubya signed the PATRIOT Act into law in 2001.

              1. Obama signed the renewal twice. He had the chance to kill it. Twice.

                1. Like Medicare, SS, Medicaid, TANF, SNAP and all the other programs signed into law THEY NEVER GO AWAY.

                  What is so hard to understand about that?

                  The only way to prevent Big Government is NOT STARTING IT TO BEGIN WITH.

                  Again I ask – What is so hard to understand about that?

                  1. What is so hard to understand that Obama had the option to not sign the damn renewal, which is not an option he was presented for SS, Medicaid, TANF, SNAP and all other programs?

                    Good you are a fucking hack.

                    1. You are trying to blame Obama for the PATRIOT Act when Bush/GOP and their SCARE AMERICA tactics get 100% of the blame for it.

                      If Obama had proposed the PATRIOT Act the GOP would have said “nigger” and opposed it like they did his corporate tax cut proposal.

                    2. This is apparently too hard for you to comprehend. Let me try and state it at a 3rd grade level.

                      Bush created the PATRIOT Act = bad
                      Obama renewed the PATRIOT Act = bad too

                    3. But Bush is to be blamed for the PATRIOT Act, NSA, TSA, spying and the broad overreach of the federal government in response to 9/11.

                      Just like Obama can be blamed for the ACA.

                      There is no bad/bad equivalency especially after Obama modestly curtailed the scope of unlawful surveillance. One is much worse than the other.

                      This smacks of a conservative trying to claim (laughably now) that the GOP really really REALLY is for small government.

                    4. Bush Congress created the PATRIOT Act = unconstitutionally horrible
                      Bush signed the PATRIOT Act into law = bad
                      Obama renewed and expanded the PATRIOT Act = almost as bad as Congress

                  2. “What is so hard to understand about that?”

                    It’s fucking retarded, that’s what.

    2. That’s not a fair summary of the Reason position. Many of the writers here correctly denounce the Republicans for their white nationalist, anti-immigration rhetoric and policies. (Admittedly too many of the commenters are closed-borders, phony “libertarians.”)

      1. Yet, no denouncing of Democrat’s racist, pro-slavery, and open-border rhetoric and policies?

        (Admittedly too many of the commenters are open-borders, phony “libertarians.”)

    3. This article was specifically about Democratic senators who claim to stand against Trump but just handed his administration really troubling surveillance powers, Tony. If you need to pretend that Reason is full GOP on FISA, feel free to ignore every other Hit’n’Run post about it.

    4. Strictly speaking, taxes have a greater impact on my life than surveillance. Following through with tax cuts and deregulation would make them less authoritarian on net. It’s a risk usually worth taking over a 100% guarantee of more socialism, more poverty, and more hardship.

      1. As Bush and Reagan proved tax cuts must be reversed and taxes increased later.

        Current tax cuts will benefit only corporations/stockholders and those over 50.

        those under 50 will have to pay higher taxes to offset the larger deficits created for the elderly.

      2. I am all for tax cuts – AFTER SPENDING IS CUT.

        Current tax policy by the Dotard is pure Keynesian.

        1. Luckily, you lefties are not in charge.

          Tax cuts have made Trump look even better and then Congressional spending cuts that you lefties can holler about.

        2. If statist hate it it must be good.

  11. I’m still trying to figure out what everyone is resisting. And Tony better not post something retarded under me like “resisting the orange, fascist, sexit, racist, misogynist, Nazi in the White House.”

    1. sexit

      The fuck? Well, the way women are these days. Bring on the sex-bots.

      1. sexit

        I think the preferred term is still “marriage.” Ba dum TSH

        1. Are you going to be here all week, Citizen?

    2. Remember the airport protests against the #MuslimBan? We’re resisting the things Drumpf does that are consistent with his white supremacist ideology. On the other hand, if Drumpf does something that Hillary would also have done, like dropping bombs on the other side of the globe, why would we resist that?

      1. MuslimBan

        There was never a “muslim ban”.

        white supremacist ideology

        Citation needed. Or do you mean tax cuts, regulation cuts, and deference to the legislature to legislate? I know I’ve told you before, but I don’t see how someone who has been in the public eye for decades, a businessman, a celebrity is all the sudden a “white-supremacist” because he beat Her Hilleiness for the office of president. You guys (leftists) are grasping for straws and dooming your election chances. Keep it up.

        1. Stop replying to an obvious parody account.

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  13. First, I should clarify that I’m not a Trump supporter. So this comment doesn’t come from that bias. The Democrats are going to end up sorry about the current approach to Trump. The resist everything approach is going to result in one of two things – nobody will end up listening to them because they are crying wolf, or Trump is Hitler, about total disaster or they will get control and the Republicans will do the same thing to the new President. I think Trump is a dumb blowhard and the Democrats and their media arm CNN and the WaPo dumber.

  14. its all theater proclomations to the public while stabbing them in the back with their votes

  15. Interesting of course by their omission, is the 47 republican senators that wrote and put forth and were waiting, ready to vote for such a bill, to approve spying on Americans. The aberration here is how democrats fell in line with the natural instinctive, capitalist/fascism of the republican party. But we don’t read of republican authoritarianism, only when dems fall in line too.

    It is the 18 dems that make it bipartisan, not the 47 republicans who voted too. It’s always the democrats that screw things up right ? Never the majority, the repubs who would create such a flawed law. Ridiculous.

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  17. “The aberration here is how democrats fell in line”……..lolololololololol. Areb you this stupid in real life or just whilst trolling?

    1. Well I didn’t notice here where it mentions the fact that about 100% of the repubs created and voted for this bill. It’s as if the solution implied here is to…vote out the dems. Then we will see mar war and of course…more war profits.

      Capitalists and their hirelings on congress (otherwise known as republicans) love war and war profits. Let’s see how easily the repubs vote money to go to war in Iran.

  18. Le’s see…Feinstein wants more electronic snooping and she wants to take our guns away.

    I think I am starting appreciate the Constitution in a way I never had before.

    1. Wrong, Feinstein voted not to allow further debate that would have brought up her amend. but the repubs are united in their authoritarianism and she and the others…would have lost. Plus, she wants to ban assault weapons as we did in the past and lifted it. Never want to stop a repub from getting assault weapons I guess.

      1. Bull
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        shit.

  19. “Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) was pretty worried about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. “He thinks this is a dictatorship. He doesn’t understand,”

    She misspelled “Obama”

  20. Notice Reason memory-holing the fact that their mancrush Jeff Flake voted for it too.

  21. There was a time civil liberties were a strong suit of the democrats. But then again I am getting old and have a long memory. They threw that reputation out the window when they controlled all 3 branches of government and renewed the intentionally misnamed Patriot Act, as is, after bashing the Bush era attack on freedom, authored by the enemy of constitutional rights John Ashcroft.

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