Category Archives: Politics

Senate Democrats Leave Door Open To Skip Netanyahu Speech

Weight Destroyer 101 Only one senator asked by BuzzFeed News — Sen. Ben Cardin — said he’d definitely go. ASSOCIATED PRESS Susan Walsh WASHINGTON — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress in March, it is unclear whether everybody invited will actually show up. Democrats have criticized House Speaker John Boehner for circumventing… Read More »

White House: The Federal Government Still Opposes Legalizing Marijuana

“The Federal Government opposes drug legalization because it runs counter to a public health and safety approach to drug policy,” a White House official tells BuzzFeed News after Loretta Lynch testifies. Mark Wilson / Getty Images WASHINGTON — When Loretta Lynch told senators “I do not support the legalization of marijuana” during her confirmation hearing for Attorney General… Read More »

Senate Subcommittee Drops “Civil Rights And Human Rights” From Name

Sen. John Cornyn, now the chairman of the subcommittee, decided to change the name. “The name of a subcommittee speaks to its priorities,” one Senate Democrat aide said. Yuri Gripas / Reuters WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights is now just the Subcommittee on the Constitution. A spokeswoman for… Read More »

Federal Appeals Court Appears Poised To Strike Down Three Southern States’ Same-Sex Marriage Bans

After oral arguments about Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas’ bans on marriages for same-sex couples, the 5th Circuit of Appeals looks likely to strike the laws down. The plaintiffs and lawyers challenging Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas' marriage bans gather outside the courthouse after arguments were held in the cases on Friday, Jan. 9, 2014. Chris Geidner/BuzzFeed NEW ORLEANS —… Read More »

Ben Carson’s History Book Plagiarizes SocialismSucks.Net And Many Other Sources

“If it is determined that additional citations or attribution are required, the appropriate revisions will be made in subsequent printings.” Ben Carson Facebook Several sections of potential Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson's 2012 book America the Beautiful were plagiarized from various sources, BuzzFeed News has found. In many cases Carson cites the works that he plagiarizes in… Read More »

GOP Congressman: Dianne Feinstein “As Much A Traitor” To America As Edward Snowden

“I think she’s as much a traitor to this country at this point as I thought about Edward Snowden and his release of information about other investigations and abilities from an intelligence stand point.” w.soundcloud.com Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan says that Dianne Feinstein is a traitor for releasing the report on the CIA's interrogation and detention techniques. “We… Read More »

House Foreign Affairs Chairman: Average Cuban Won’t Benefit From Better U.S. Relations

“The problem in the Cuban system is that when foreign companies go in there, they write the check out to the account controlled by Fidel Castro and by his brother Raul.” w.soundcloud.com California Rep. Ed Royce, the chairman of the House of Representatives' Committee on Foreign Affairs, said that the relaxing of restrictions placed on Americans traveling to… Read More »

Federal Appeals Court Denies Transgender Inmate’s Surgery Claim

Reversing a trial court’s order, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals denied Massachusetts inmate Michelle Kosilek’s request for gender reassignment surgery. Michelle Kosilek, in a Jan. 15, 1993 file photo. AP Photo/Lisa Bul, File NEW YORK CITY — A divided federal appeals court Tuesday denied a Massachusetts Department of Correction inmate's request for gender reassignment surgery, ruling that… Read More »