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January 26, 2010 - by Eric Naing

As Scott Brown-mania fades on Capitol Hill, Congress is trying to get back to work. Health care seems to be in a holding pattern and the attention of Congress has turned to financial matters. However, President Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow could shake a few things up. Until then, here's are some interesting articles and blog posts to tide you over: The president is expected to announce a three-year spending freeze on discretionary, non-security spending in his State of the Union...

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ACORN Suing Federal Government Over Vote in House

November 12, 2009 - by Paul Blumenthal

In September, the House of Representatives voted to ban funding the community organization Acorn. At the time questions arose as to whether the language stripping Acorn of funds was unconstitutional. The Constitution forbids bills of attainder, legislation targeting one specific individual or organization.

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Congresswoman Hits Back With New ACORN Bill

October 5, 2009 - by Paul Blumenthal

A few weeks ago Congress passed the Defund ACORN Act (it was attached to another bill during a motion to recommit), a bill designed at defunding the beleaguered community organization. While many Democrats voted for the bill, most seemed caught flat-footed. Most of Congress appeared to be caught not knowing what they were even voting on. Later examination of the bill revealed that it was so broad as to not only ban federal funds from going to ACORN, but also to major defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman.

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Crowdsourcing a Legislative Oops

September 22, 2009 - by Paul Blumenthal

Rep. Alan Grayson is taking advantage of a legislative misfire by overzealous lawmakers. And he's asking anyone out there to help him.

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