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    Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Bill: Cuts HIPAA Privacy for Mental Health Records

    American society has long recognized the importance of mental health and has encouraged those in need of mental health care to seek it. Effective provision of mental health services depends in important part upon open and honest communications between a patient and a psychotherapist. To encourage patient candor in the … More

    Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Legislation: Bad Law on Federal Gun Registry

    Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have rushed to cobble together some gun control legislation, providing another chance that Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid can jam it through the Senate before anybody can read and decipher it. Due to the sloppy drafting of the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin … More

    "Gang of Eight" Out of Touch on Border Security

    On Wednesday, four Senators leading in the push for comprehensive immigration reform headed down to Nogales, Arizona, to check out U.S. border security in action. From the beginning, it was clear the trip was simply another act of political showboating, an attempt by the members of the “Gang of Eight” … More

    Senators Urge IRS to Leave Politics Out of Tea Party Inquiries

    A dozen U.S. senators sent a stern warning to the Internal Revenue Service yesterday: Don’t let politics play a role in recent inquiries of Tea Party organizations. In the past few months, the IRS sent detailed questionnaires to organizations in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas asking about their political activities. Many … More

    Schumer, Who Opposed Keystone XL, Calls for More Saudi Oil Production

    Responding to record-high gas prices and a potential for further disruptions in supply, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Monday requested that the State Department pressure Saudi Arabia to increase its oil production. The senator’s concerns are twofold: “Schumer called on the State Department to press the Saudis to publicly commit … More

    Washington in a Flash: Obama and Reid Get Cozy at the White House

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is making his second trip to the White House this week. Today he’ll be joined by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for an afternoon meeting with President Obama on the debt limit among other issues. The Democrats are … More

    Morning Bell: Does The FDA Really Need More Power?

    Our long national nightmare is over. Phusion Projects, the makers of Four Loko brand caffeinated malt beverages, announced yesterday that it will remove the caffeine from its products. Phusion’s decisions came just one day after Senator Chuck Schumer (D–NY) pushed the Food and Drug Administration to ban “these dangerous and … More

    House Democrats Schedule Floor Vote on DISCLOSE Act

    House Democrats have tentatively scheduled a floor vote this week on the DISCLOSE Act, a campaign finance measure they hope will counter the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. A source on Capitol Hill confirmed the Democrats’ plans, but noted that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a lot to get done before … More

    Morning Bell: An Appetite for Real Immigration Reform

    In a very rare visit to the press cabin of Air Force One yesterday, President Barack Obama told reporters that the White House will not be leading any immigration reform efforts in 2010. Obama said: “…I’ve been working Congress pretty hard. So I know, there may not be an appetite … More

    Schumer's Amnesty Trojan Horse

    Ruben Navarrette has a thoughtful op-ed in today’s USA Today that tries to dissect the problem with immigration and border security reform. What we are likely to engage in, he forecasts, is “not a debate. It’s a distraction.” The bill being drafted by Sen. Schumer with the administration is incomprehensible. … More