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113th Congress

It's Time to Put People First

Ami Bera, MD | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Ami Bera, MD

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Majority Leader it's in your hands. Do what is right. Many of us are ready to begin working and solving our nations problems. But first we need leadership that lets us do that work. The people are watching.

Business As Usual: A Tale of Two Sectors

Tim Delaney | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Tim Delaney

As the clock ticks down towards the latest two federal fiscal crises manufactured by politicians, charitable nonprofits prepare for business as usual: doing even more to serve the American people.

House Repubs: Go Ahead, Shut the Government, Make Our Day

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

A brief shutdown of the government is nowhere near as catastrophic as failing to increase the federal debt ceiling and, for the first time in history, allowing the American government to default on its obligations.

Congressional Republicans Violate Oath of Office

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Before taking office, each member of Congress swears a simple, straightforward oath. It leaves little room for misinterpretation. They vow to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to "faithfully discharge the duties of the office." High among those duties is paying the government's bills.

A Formula to Fight the Shutdown

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Obama's mantra, and that of Hill Democrats, could become a simple one: "We'll work with the Republicans, but we won't accept anything that threatens our nation's health, homes, jobs, or our justice."

'What Are You Laughing At? You're Next!'

Dave Helfert | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Dave Helfert

Tea party-led Republicans in Congress put a gun to their own heads and demanded that President Obama give them everything they want, or else. And when congressional Democrats snickered, they snarled, "What are you laughing at? You're next!"

Government Shutdown Coverage Discounts Unprecedented Extremism

Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.25.2013 | Media
Dan Froomkin

The GOP's position raises fundamental questions about whether the modern Republican Party is willing to govern, and whether it actually wants the government to function.

The GOP Should Pay for Shutdown Foolishness

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

A government shutdown is an untenable situation. It's even less tenable for the party that causes it. Should their brinksmanship extend past September 30, House Republicans would be poised to take the overwhelming brunt of the blame.

An Act of God

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

When someone is starving, a good society feeds them first. And asks questions later. Hint: sometimes, when you actually do it, it makes the person all the more grateful. When you give from your heart and from goodness.

The House Republicans' Dangerous New Constitutional Doctrine: Repealing Laws by De-Funding Them

Robert Reich | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Republicans who are now running the House of Representatives are pushing a dangerous new constitutional doctrine. They must be stopped. There should be no compromising with fanatics.

The Party of Mammon

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

While many Republicans like to pose as the "Party of God," what they actually show themselves to be, day after day, is the Party of Mammon.

Republican SNAP Cuts Make It Harder for Local Governments

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Americans who need food stamps are not the welfare queens Republicans so famously tout as the epitome for reform. Food stamp recipients are our children, our seniors and our disabled.

The Food Stamp Fight: Partisan Politics vs. People's Right to Survive

Rep. Frederica Wilson | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Rep. Frederica Wilson

Why did the Republican-led House of Representatives just pass a bill to eliminate basic food aid for four million struggling Americans, including 200,000 children and 170,000 veterans?

It's Time for Some Straight Talk About the GOP Budget

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Forget the debt ceiling for a moment, if you can. Forget the GOP's attempt to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act. Who is going to explain to the American people how profoundly misguided, and even immoral, the Republicans' entire economic agenda has become?

Torching Their Future: House Republicans Try to Kill Immigration Reform

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

As we head into the 2014 midterm elections, mainstream Republicans must decide if they are willing to gamble control of the House of Representatives and a chance at wining a Senate majority in order to please far right extremists.

The House's Un-American Activities

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

What the Republicans are attempting to do is both un-Constitutional and a violation of their own sworn promise -- an oath sworn on the Bible they claim to revere. Their consciences must decide whether their behavior is un-Godly, but the Constitution they swore to uphold makes it pretty plain that it's un-American.

Joy Resmovits

Rand Paul Teaming Up With Dems? For This Cause, He Thinks It's Worth It | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

As Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) explores the possibility of a presidential run, he's trying his hand at something that's become a rite of passage for t...

Everybody Loves to Hate Mitch McConnell

Jason Sattler | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Jason Sattler

One thing that Democrats, Republicans and Tea Partiers all have in common is that they love to make Mitch McConnell's life miserable.

SAFE Act an Expensive Boondoggle

Alex Nowrasteh | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Alex Nowrasteh

Throwing more money and delegating more powers to an immigration enforcement bureaucracy will be largely ineffective at halting unauthorized immigration, waste scarce taxpayer dollars, and harm American workers and businesses.

Members of Congress Recess for an Undeserved Five-Week Vacation

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Our country could implode and this crowd would still desert their posts to take their paid vacations -- on our dime. Who else among us hard-working, struggling Americans receives five weeks off with pay these days?

The Subtle Art of Non-Compromise

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

This is the Republican definition of "meeting halfway," which is what got us into the sequestration mess that Rep. Cantor says he himself helped cause.

The Cut-at-all-Costs Congress Needs a Dose of Reality

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

For communities across the country where Republican lawmakers continue to wage war on the poor by cutting their lifeline of nutrition assistance, the question remains: whose side are you on?

The Divine Right of Senators

Rev. Tom Davis | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Tom Davis

As a longtime minister and close student of the history and current status of the abortion issue in America, I can find no instances where these senators have pondered what they would do if they were a woman and legislators ordered them to have medical tests which their doctors said were unnecessary.

Tea Party Favorite Announces Challenge To Lindsey Graham

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics

Republican Nancy Mace announced she is running for the United States Senate, posing a primary challenge to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Mace is th...

Focus Shifts To Obama If Lawmakers Axe Key Measure

Reuters | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - If immigration reform sputters in the deeply divided U.S. Congress, supporters are plan...