Meet the Ten Most Liberal Senators

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.)

National Journal released its 2013 vote ratings on Thursday. The ratings are based on roll-call votes from 2013 and compared on an ideological scale. Votes on noncontroversial issues and issues that fall along regional lines were not included.

House Committee Begins Immigration Debate

House committee approves first immigration bill
U.S.-Mexico border / AP

The House Judiciary Committee approved the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) act, a bill meant to improve enforcement of current immigration laws that supporters say is necessary before comprehensive immigration reform can be discussed, on Tuesday.

Site Launches to Host Founders’ Writings

Will host hundreds of thousands of documents
John Trumbull painting, The Declaration of Independence / Wikimedia Commons

A website that gives free access to the writings of several United States Founding Fathers was launched Thursday afternoon at the National Archives.

Immigration Bill Full of Harmful Provisions

Expert: like Obamacare, ‘Gang of Eight’ bill full of surprises
Gang of Eight speaks on immigration reform / AP

The “Gang of Eight” immigration bill is full of provisions many senators seem to be ignoring, former Lt. Governor of New York Betsy McCaughey said at a Senate briefing Wednesday afternoon.

Losing Track of Terrorists

DOJ implementing corrective measures after losing terrorists in witness protection program
AP

Several congressmen expressed concerns about the federal witness security program (WITSEC) at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday after a May inspector general report revealed the Justice Department lost track of two known or suspected terrorists.

The Past Repeats Itself

Republicans concerned immigration bill repeats 1986 mistakes
A U.S. Border Patrol agent is seen from Mexico through the fence along the US-Mexico border / AP

House Republicans expressed concerns at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday that the Senate immigration bill repeats the mistakes of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).

Opposing Amnesty

African-American leaders call on Congressional Black Caucus to halt immigration bill
Rep. Marcia Fudge / AP

The African American Leadership Council asked the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill at a press conference Wednesday morning.