Monday, July 29, 2013

NSA Spying Scandal - #4544 - Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash - Wired (2) House Rejects Amendment to Defund NSA Program that Collects Millions of American's Phone Records - Here's Everyone Who Voted for and Against It - The Blaze (3) Republican National Committee Operatives Join Eric Holder's Campaign Against Texas, Several Other States - PJ Media (4) 80% of US Adults Facing Near Poverty or No Work - American Thinker

Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash - Wired.com - The numbers tell the story — in votes and dollars. On Wednesday, the House voted 217 to 205 not to rein in the NSA’s phone-spying dragnet. It turns out that those 217 “no” voters received twice as much campaign financing from the defense and intelligence industry as the 205 “yes” voters. That’s the upshot of a new analysis by MapLight, a Berkeley-based non-profit that performed the inquiry at WIRED’s request. The investigation shows that defense cash was a better predictor of a member’s vote on the Amash amendment than party affiliation. House members who voted to continue the massive phone-call-metadata spy program, on average, raked in 122 percent more money from defense contractors than those who voted to dismantle it. Overall, political action committees and employees from defense and intelligence firms such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Technologies, Honeywell International, and others ponied up $12.97 million in donations for a two-year period ending December 31, 2012, according to the analysis, which MapLight performed with financing data from OpenSecrets. Lawmakers who voted to continue the NSA dragnet-surveillance program averaged $41,635 from the pot, whereas House members who voted to repeal authority averaged $18,765. Of the top 10 money getters, only one House member — Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) — voted to end the program. Here is how Virginia House members voted, listed on 13 pages:  A 'No' vote is to continue NSA Spying,
(1) NO - $42,400Robert Hurt, R-VA 5, pg.4;  The following House members listed voted No -  from lowest amount of money received to highest. (2) NO- $13,000 Bob Goodlatte, R-VA 6, pg.8; (3) NO $83,946, Frank Wolfe, R-VA 10,  pg. 2; (4) NO-$102,900 Eric Cantor, R-VA 7, pg. 1;  (5) NO $122,349 - E. Rigell, R-VA 2, pg. 1; (6) NO$122,800 -  J. Randy Forbes, R-VA 4,  pg. 1;  (7) NO$153,950, Robert Whitman, R-VA 1, pg.  1.   
(8) YES-Bobby Scott, D-VA 3, $9,750, pg.10;   (9) YES-H. Griffith, R-VA 9, $23,000, pg. 6;  (10) YES-Gerry Connolly, D-VA $122,000, pg. 1; (11) YES- Jim Moran, D-VA 8, $152,500, pg. 1; Read more..........

(2) House Rejects Amendment to Defund NSA Program that Collects Millions of American's Phone Records - Here's Everyone Who Voted for and Against It - The Blaze - 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 vote was 217-205 on an issue that created unusual political coalitions in Washington, with libertarian-leaning conservatives and liberal Democrats pressing for the change against the Obama administration, the Republican establishment and Congress’ national security experts. The final vote tally shown on C-SPAN was 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats in favor, and 134 Republicans and 83 Democrats opposed. The showdown vote marked the first chance for lawmakers to take a stand on the secret surveillance program since former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden leaked classified documents last month that spelled out the monumental scope of the government’s activities. Note: Robert Hurt, R-VA 5 - Voted No. Read more, see how other House members voted........

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A Different Amendment Restricting NSA Spying Was Passed Overwhelmingly by the House but 'No One is Talking About It'..........

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(3) Republican National Committee Operatives Join Eric Holder's Campaign Against Texas, Several Other States - PJ Media - RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer is denying the claims made within this article, both via phone and by submitting comments below as “SeanS”. Additionally, Tom Hofeller, mentioned in this article, claims via email that this article is “unequivocally false.” PJ Media not only has 100% confidence in the accuracy of the article’s contents, we offered Spicer, via email, three additional questions for the RNC to answer regarding their denial: 1. Does RNC oppose a renewed Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, or is the story accurate that RNC consultants are working on a fix? 2. Does RNC oppose an amended Section 4? 3. Was RNC’s staff involved in the 2006 reauthorization of Section 5 — advocating amendment and higher burdens on states? We stated that we would wait for their responses and would publish them in this article. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department will seek to recapture Texas and return it to federal oversight for approval of all election law changes such as photo voter identification. Holder’s move comes after the Supreme Court in June freed Texas and other states from the requirement that all state election laws be approved in Washington, D.C. Holder’s move prompted outrage from Texas Senators Ted Cruz, John Cornyn and Governor Rick Perry. The three should also be angry with the Republican National Committee. PJ Tatler has learned that staff at the RNC have been spending RNC donations plotting to do exactly what Eric Holder is seeking to do – return Texas and other states to federal oversight. Read more........


(4) Rick Moran:  80% of U.S. Adults Facing Near Poverty or No Work - American Thinker - I read this AP story and could hardly believe it. Obama is still out there talking about "income inequality" when 80% of his constituents are living on the economic edge. Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor and loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend. The findings come as President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration's emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to "rebuild ladders of opportunity" and reverse income inequality. Read more.......

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