Representative Anthony D. Weiner said on Friday that he exchanged at least five private messages on Twitter this spring with a 17-year-old Delaware girl who became an admirer of his after hearing him speak during a high school trip to Washington.
State lawmakers in country music's capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend's login — even with permission — to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Netflix or Rhapsody. The bill, no
With Goldman Sachs' latest high-profile hire, the Wall Street giant is unlikely to shake its Government Sachs nickname or the reputation for exerting undue influence in Washington that it implies. Goldman announced Friday that it had named three-t
The fiscal 2011 funding bill roundly hailed for its "historic" spending cuts actually raised government spending by more than $3 billion, according to a new report. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded Monday evening, "Total disc
The generous pension system enjoyed by millions of federal workers from clerks to senators and judges has emerged as a key target in negotiations between Vice President Biden and congressional leaders looking to restrain the growing national debt.
New Jersey legislators are trying to make it illegal to photograph children in public without parental consent, proving that they have no Constitututional common sense to be lawmakers. The bill is an attempt to prevent pedophiles from photogaphing
It is now officially impossible to know whether thousands of paper ballots being counted in the state of Wisconsin's Supreme Court election "recount" are the same ones actually cast on Election Day.
Rep. Zeke Zalaski, a Democrat from Southington, has taken the legislative plates off his car because of complaints he gets about taxes when he fills up with gas, he told NBC Connecticut Wednesday. He wants Gov. Dannel Malloy, also a Democrat, to r
After nightlong negotiations that ended before dawn on Friday yielded no agreement, Senator Reid went on the offensive. He told reporters and said on the Senate floor that Mr. Boehner, the Senate Democrats and Mr. Obama had essentially settled on $38
But the Polk County Compensation Board thinks supervisors have sacrificed too much in the name of fiscal austerity recommending they and the county's 5 other elected officials receive severance payments up to $30,000 if voters fired them.
A city lawmaker thinks free toys and other giveaways cause children to clamor for fast food, and he planned to introduce a bill that will ban them from meals that fail to meet nutritional guidelines. The bill would create an incentive for restaurants
A very familiar, albeit younger-looking politician in this video discusses one of the biggest drug dealers in the country. The drug dealer is given immunity from criminal prosecution by the government because the drug dealer is the government.
Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill admitted Monday that she had failed to pay about $287,000 in back taxes and will sell a private plane that has created considerable controversy as she prepares to run for a second term in 2012.
Despite the looming possibility of a government shutdown, federal layoffs and furloughs, there’s at least one thing members of Congress from both political parties can readily agree on these days: partying. Morning, noon and night, more than 150 f
An Illinois man who was arrested last year on felony wiretapping charges after he videotaped a traffic stop has filed a lawsuit, questioning the Constitutionality of the state's law. Illinois has the most absurd wiretapping law in the nation, making
A state lawmaker doesn’t want drivers to stop and take pictures or videos of vehicle accidents. As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports, a measure to ban that practice has passed an Illinois House committee.
Lynn Swearingen PPJ earlier article Illinois FOID Carriers - Whatcha' doing on March 10th? Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Since yesterday, 13 Senators have added themselves as Co-Sponsors or Chief Co-Sponsors
Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) will be the next CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. Dodd, 66, will replace current MPAA CEO Dan Glickman as chief of the leading lobbying and trade group for the movies and television industry.
Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Yes. I used the “P” word. When I began blogging, I tended to avoid words that euphemisms could cover. I did consider utilizing “the ol’ stick and berries” merely for the visual context, but
Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Not content with raising taxes 66%, attempting to track down those crazy homeschoolers so they can be “helped”, and sheltering Wisconsin’s missing Democrats (we hear that Indiana’s Dems are on
Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security have ballooned to 57% of the government budget this year and are widely cited as the most significant contributors to the federal deficit, something all Americans want to see aggressively brought under control.
"Are we a nation whose laws are in place to protect the rights of the people, or are we willing to give those rights up to... more expeditiously capture criminals?"
Representative Christopher Lee of New York abruptly resigned on Wednesday night after a shirtless photo of himself, which he had e-mailed to a woman, was published on the Internet.
Ten-year Rep. Jane Harman, a Democrat from California, is expected to resign from Congress soon to head the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center, according to three major media outlets. NBC's Andrea Mitchell broke the news on Twitter Monday morn
A measure which would allow a judge to punish the parents of teenagers who engage in the risky practice known as 'sexting,' was introduced today in the Texas Legislature, and immediately received the support of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, 120
Finally there's a noticeable result to credit card reform. You're going to have to pay for your once-free checking account. All the major banks are phasing out some free checking over the next year, according to the LA Times. If you keep en
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to slash numerous federal programs, including food stamps for the poor, to save $500 billion in a single year. A legislative proposal Paul introduced on Tuesday would slash $42 billion from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Citing the particular clause of the Constitution that authorizes newly introduced legislation is reasonable. Yet in reality it will do little to restrain unconstitutional growth of the government. We've had such rules in the past and no benefit came
Saying no is not enough. We have done that. We have been clear about what we won’t do. Now we need to say clearly what we will do.
Some Colorado lawmakers say their state should be the first one where people become organ donors by default, even though other states' efforts have been halted by worries about making such a personal decision automatic. Colorado's proposal, intr