Amtrak is still in trouble, but “fast track” is back on the rails.

House Republicans approved a late-term abortion ban on Wednesday after a controversial rape provision was removed from the bill’s language. Female Republican lawmakers had threatened to rebel against the bill if the provision remained in the bill.


Opponents of TPA, TPP, and TTIP rejoiced over the Senate’s May 12 vote, but another Fast Track match is looming, as lobbyists, the White House, the GOP, and Dems work out backroom deals.

Senate Democrats Tuesday threw up a hurdle on the “fast track” that President Obama and Republican “free trade” advocates couldn’t clear.

In a last-ditch bid to save the Patriot Act, which has been condemned by many members of Congress for its overreaching authorization of domestic spying in the name of national security, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has postponed debate on the controversial law until the week of May 25, days before it expires on May 31.


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