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House Republicans Fail To Keep Us Safe

Joel Rubin | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Democratic frustration with the Republican's inability to keep our country safe is not a political talking point -- it is about real policy that affects real people. The number one job of our country's most representative elected body is to legislate in order to keep the American people safe. And in this regard, on both domestic and foreign policy, House Republicans have failed miserably.

Friday Talking Points -- Not Funny Anymore

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's not funny anymore -- it's getting closer and closer to becoming reality. Donald Trump, leader of the Republican Party. Deal with it, everyone.

Jessica Schulberg

Lawmakers Tell Colleagues To Stop 'Shirking' Their Duty To Declare War Against ISIS | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the congressional gridlock over the Iranian nuclear program temporarily assuaged, foreign policy-oriented lawmakers are shifting th...

Jennifer Bendery

John Kerry: If Congress Can't Pass A Bipartisan AUMF, They 'Absolutely' Shouldn't Pass One | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers Wednesday that if they can't pass President Barack Obama's war authorization request with a...

Good Obama, Bad Obama

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

During the last two years of a president's second term pundits begin discussing his "legacy." How will historians judge Barack Obama?

Jennifer Bendery

Coalition Urges Congress To Rein In Sweeping 2001 War Authorization | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress turns its attention to President Barack Obama's request to use military force against the Islamic State, more than a dozen g...

Jennifer Bendery

Lawmakers In Both Parties Press John Boehner For Full War Debate | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to schedule a full debate on the president's request for a...

Support the Peacemakers Too

Amb. (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Amb. (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters

We know that military means alone will not achieve our goals of peace and security in the Middle East. In addition to passing the AUMF, the Congress should take the far-sighted step of passing the Women, Peace and Security Act at the same time.

Jennifer Bendery

Democrats Introduce Bill To Repeal Sweeping 2001 War Authorization | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic senators unveiled legislation Friday night to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a sweeping 9/11-er...

It's Past Time to Stop Endless War

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

President Obama's proposal to repeal of the 2002 AUMF, which I have long fought for, is a positive sign, but we must address the root of the problem. Congress must repeal the 2001 AUMF, which allows any president to wage perpetual war, in any place and at any time.

Jennifer Bendery

Here's Why Obama's Request For War Limits Does Nothing To Limit War | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Capitol Hill has been abuzz all week over President Barack Obama's request for authority to use military force against Islamic State mil...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Says His Plan To Fight ISIS Strikes 'Necessary Balance' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said the war authorization proposal he unveiled Wednesday strikes the "necessary balance," giving him the flexibi...

Jennifer Bendery

White House: Draft War Authorization Language Heading To Congress 'Soon' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House signaled again Wednesday that it plans to send draft language to Congress for a new Authorization for the Use of Militar...

Jennifer Bendery

House Democrat Introduces ISIS War Authorization Bill | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) introduced legislation Wednesday to authorize military force against Islamic State militants -- a step aimed...

Obama Should Send John Boehner a "Thank You" Card

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

In making his off-the-cuff statement to the Times on Thursday morning, Speaker Boehner has given the administration several more months before making that decision.

What the 'Do Nothing Congress' Is Doing on ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

It's one small piece of good news that some lawmakers, three Republicans and one Democrat, are trying to make sure that the people's representatives are expressing their Article I powers to the fullest extent possible.

Iran Diplomacy Through the Prism of the Syria Debate

Joel Rubin | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

There are three strategic themes present in the current Washington debate about Syria that are relevant to Iran policy. First, it's always darkest before the dawn when it comes to diplomacy. Second, presidents must push for results and see what their team can deliver. And third, Congress can't be counted on, but it can't be ignored either.

Joshua Hersh

What Rand Paul Could Target Next | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director, he knew...