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113th Congress

A 'KISS' (Keep-It-Simple-Stupid) Strategy for Dems to Win the '14 Elections

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

To win the '14 elections, Democrats especially have to generate enthusiasm, a reason for minorities and young people and women to vote in the same numbers as they do in presidential election years.

Joy Resmovits

Why Did Obama Wait 6 Months To Fill This Key Position?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- More than six months after President Barack Obama announced a major initiative to expand preschool, the U.S. Education Department has fill...

When We Put Our Country First, We Can Do the Right Thing

Sen. Joe Manchin | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Sen. Joe Manchin

Each year, millions of American students rely on the federal student loan program to pursue higher education. For many families, without the ability to pay for their students' education over a longer term, college would simply be out of reach.

Reid Thinks Congress Could Do Better

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told PBS NewsHour Wednesday that Americans are disappointed in Congress, and he agrees with them. On the...

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama's Student Loan Profit Guaranteed As Senate Approves Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

The U.S. government is forecast to generate $185 billion in profit over the next decade from students and their families under an overhaul of the fede...

Republican Hypocrisy on Kids Act

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices
Rep. Karen Bass

For the sake of children who were brought here through no fault of their own, let's hope that Republicans pick up on the contradiction between supporting the children of undocumented immigrants while simultaneously promoting policies that would tear families apart.

Shahien Nasiripour

White House Twists Arms To Defuse Student Loan Implosion

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

The White House is scrambling to keep a preliminary deal on student loan interest rates from imploding, people familiar with the efforts said Tuesday,...

Today In 'John Boehner's Life Is A Living Hell'

nymag.com | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

The political premise of my magazine story about the Republican Congress is that the Tea Party wave of 2010 is not actually receding....

Joy Resmovits

Dumping Bush's School Legacy For Good?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

The House of Representatives voted Friday to pass a replacement of the long-expired No Child Left Behind Act, the first time the nation's sweeping fed...

Is There No Price to Be Paid?

Stan Greenberg | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Stan Greenberg

We would all benefit from listening to the voters who may be trying to tell us something about what is happening in Washington and the U.S. Congress. Maybe there is a price to pay for not trying to help our country meet its challenges.

Amanda Terkel

John Boehner Insists It's 'Nonsense' 112th Congress Was Least Productive, Even Though It Was

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) bristled at a suggestion on Thursday that Congress has been "historically unproductive." "That's ...

No One Is Safe: Out-Of-State Groups Dominate Key Races

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

Carpetbagging super PACs and nonprofit groups are dominating this year’s special congressional elections in a potential foreshadowing of the 2014 mi...

Why the Senate Filibuster Should Be Abolished Entirely

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The whole idea of democracy is government by the people, of the people, and for the people, so why is it that anything but the votes of the people are allowed to decide political measures?

Farm Bill Folly: The Real Way the Bill Harms the Poor

Lori Sanders | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Lori Sanders

For a party allegedly dedicated to deficit trimming and reducing wasteful subsidies, the bill passed by House Republicans is an outrage, made exponentially worse by the provision that makes its most egregious programs permanent.

Republicans Nix Food Stamps: This Is Who They Are

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

They just passed a farm bill that included about $195 billion in subsidies to "farmers" (read: agribusiness) over 10 years, while eliminating food stamps and nutrition programs from the bill as "extraneous."

Congressional Leaders Urge State to Consider Keystone XL's Significant Climate Impact

Anthony Swift | Posted 09.09.2013 | Green
Anthony Swift

Today Representative Henry Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse submitted a detailed letter to the State Department urging it to correct significant mistakes in the analysis of the climate impacts of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Student Loan Deal Set To Fail Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the eve of a major vote that would help some 7 million college students pay a lower interest rate on their new loans, Senate Democrat...

Why Republicans Want to Tax Students and Not Polluters

Robert Reich | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Koch brothers -- whose companies are among America's 20 worst air-polluters -- have long been intent on blocking a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system. And they, too, have been donating generously to Republicans to do their bidding.

I'm Just a Bill

Dave Helfert | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Dave Helfert

"It sounds the Congress doesn't work at all. It's broken. None of this is the way the Founding Fathers designed it. How did it all go off the tracks?"

Let's Not Make Things Worse for Young Adults

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.28.2013 | College
Terri Ludwig

America's young adults face a treacherous road ahead, and it's clear that student loans are exacerbating the problem. Lawmakers in Washington should be careful not to make matters worse.

Ohio Senator Missing In Action on Immigration Reform

David Leopold | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
David Leopold

Given the major concessions from both sides of the aisle to get to a bipartisan agreement, Rob Portman's position cannot be justified -- especially given what's at stake for Ohio and for America if immigration reform fails.

Joy Resmovits

Education's Bay Of Pigs?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Over the last few months, the louder critics of the Common Core learning standards have associated the initiative with varying degrees of evil: vampir...

Joy Resmovits

Can Patty Murray Save Obama's Pre-K Push?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a former preschool teacher, will unveil a major push for expanding early education in a speech at the Center for American...

Scarecrow Boehner

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Shahien Nasiripour

Senators Want To Raise Student Borrowing Costs Even Higher

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Student borrowers and their families would pay more to finance college under a proposal pushed by a bipartisan group of senators, increa...