How Our Laws Are Made [infographic]

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As the national debt and budget issues monopolize the airwaves, it strikes me how little I remember from my undergraduate government courses. I can rattle off the names of several key representatives and senators, but the inner workings of their roles conjuring a bill into a law are a bit fuzzy. If you have found yourself in a similar predicament (or you are a political science buff who thrives on clever ways to explain governmental processes) this infographic is for you.

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Congress Begins 2013 With 14% Approval

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Americans give Congress a 14% job approval rating as the new year begins, the lowest since September of last year and one point below Congress’ 15% average approval for 2012, the lowest yearly average in Gallup’s history.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

I want to thank John C. Fleming (@RepFleming), Louisiana’s 4th District Republican Congressman, for inspiring me to look up the truth.


He posted the following tonight:

"Obama’s game playing (instead of leadership) on sequestration appears to be tanking his approvals. He just dropped from 51% approval to 46% approval."


Tanking? 51% to 46% is taking?


Either he (or his staffer) didn’t bother to actually look at the data, or they just don’t care about the truth and the facts. His post linked to the president’s daily (daily? really?) poll ratings. It was at 51% for the period Feb 26-28. That was last week. It went to 47% 2/27-3/1; still last week. It dropped one more point to 46% 2/28-3/2 where it remains as of 3/1-3/3/2013.


Wonder why he’s silent on the approval rating of Congress?


Congress Begins 2013 With 14% ApprovalAverage approval for 2012 is lowest in history


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The Congress That’s Never There

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The 112th Congress was widely regarded as the worst Congress ever. The 113th — which is just 58 days old, but will go into recess on Friday as the sequester hits — is taking do-nothingness to the next level, because it has done nothing to stop the deliberately stupid cuts of the sequester from happening. 58 days is actually giving our legislators more credit than they’re due: Congress has been in session just 23 of the 60 days so far in 2013. As the calendar at right shows, Congress takes most of the year off: the days shaded orange indicate when the House has been out of session over the past year. Don’t worry, the impending series of fiscal crises has not been much of an inconvenience to their schedule: the House began a three-day weekend today, enjoys a four-day weekend next week, and then goes on a two-week vacation starting on March 22, even though government funding runs out March 27.  MORE


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