Update on February 12: Final votes were today. Barack Obama voted against telecom immunity — as did Harry Reid and 29 other Democrats. John McCain along with every single Republican Senator, Joe Lieberman, and 19 Democrats voted for. More here.
Update on Super Tuesday: Ari Melber’s Nation article gives the current snapshot; read the thread for more.
Russ Feingold’s video on YouTube sums it up perfectly:
This Slashdot post on The Technical Risks of the “Protect” America Act is particularly timely given Paul Kiel’s TPMMuckracker update on the situation in Washington: the attempt to invoke cloture went down in flames, with Democrats in general hanging tough, and signs of movement among some key Republicans. This leaves the backers of the bill in a very tough position. (Update on 1/30: the House and Senate have both passed a 15-day extension. See below.) in 30 seconds.And now, on top of that:
YouTube and Slashdot matter here because they expose the issue to large numbers of people who wouldn’t otherwise be aware of it. This dynamic lets courageous politicians, activists, technologists, and others who are willing to take a stand get the word out more broadly — and exposes those who are taking craven, opportunistic, and uninformed stances. In a climate where much of the mainstream media follows the administration’s and telco’s framing, social networking technologies allow other perspectives to be fairly heard … and gives people the information to make up their own minds.