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IRS Abuses Power in Targeting Tea Party

IRS Abuses Power in Targeting Tea Party

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:58am

The extraordinary revelation this week that the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party groups for more aggressive enforcement highlights exactly why caution is needed in any response to the much-vilified Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Urge Congress to Stop SOPA!

Urge Congress to Stop SOPA!

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:20pm

The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261), known as “SOPA,” is scheduled for consideration at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow. The bill is aimed at taking down sites that allow Internet users to acquire pirated…

Immigration Reform: Week One is Done

Immigration Reform: Week One is Done

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:31am

Only a few short weeks ago, the so-called Senate Gang of Eight – four Republicans and four Democrats committed to producing a bipartisan immigration reform bill – released a bill exceeding 800 pages representing work dating back to November. …

Immigration Reform: Week Three Is History (And Earlier Than Expected!)

Immigration Reform: Week Three Is History (And Earlier Than Expected!)

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:01am

We were prepared for trench warfare in the third week of deliberations over the landmark immigration...

Immigration Reform: Week Two Is Through

Immigration Reform: Week Two Is Through

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:59am

After two more long days last week of largely unsuccessful attempts to scuttle the immigration reform bill, the Senate Judiciary Committee now is looking at the gargantuan task of wrapping up consideration – somehow, some way – before the end of…

It's Not About the Money – Spending vs. Ideology in Congress

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 7:31pm

The first spending bill for the new fiscal year that starts in October was adopted by the House of Representatives today after a week of wrangling. H.R. 5326 will provide funding for the Departments of Justice and Commerce as well as several science…

The Internet Goes Dark

The Internet Goes Dark

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:05pm

As of Thursday afternoon, 26 senators have withdrawn their support for PIPA (SOPA’s sister bill in the Senate), including six of the bill’s former cosponsors.

Online Protest Over SOPA Helps

Online Protest Over SOPA Helps

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:53am

Today, major tech advocates are protesting a proposed law that would result in our government blocking access to websites that contain copyright-infringing material.

Immigration Reform on the Senate Floor – A Procedural Maze and Lots of Border Talk

Immigration Reform on the Senate Floor – A Procedural Maze and Lots of Border Talk

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:57pm

The full U. S. Senate took up the potentially historic bill to overhaul the country's immigration system last week.

At the top of the week, things looked rosy. S. 744 flew through initial procedural hurdles to allowing the chamber to take up…

SOPA and PIPA Votes Delayed Indefinitely

SOPA and PIPA Votes Delayed Indefinitely

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:52am

Votes on two anti-piracy bills in the House and Senate have been delayed indefinitely until there is wider agreement in Congress about the legislation.

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