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Bipartisanship

10 Reasons to Spend Time With Your Political Opposite

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

So why would anyone be crazy enough to spend significant time with someone on the other side of the political fence? Why funny you should ask...

Obamacare is Here to Stay, So Let's Make it Better

Rob Sawicki | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Rob Sawicki

If Democrats and Republicans can work together to take a "mend it, don't end it" approach to Obamacare, it could be a defining moment.

Make Criminal Justice Reform a Key Issue in 2016

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The state of our criminal justice system is simply so bad, the political climate for change so good, that it would be an epic desertion of our civic duties -- and of the pressure we as voters possess -- to let the 2016 election slip by without electoral promises of far-reaching reform. Which is why criminal justice must be a key issue for 2016 voters.

Congress Reinvigorating Rules of the Road

Jason Grumet | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Jason Grumet

While active skepticism of government is healthy, unwavering condemnation can be corrosive to a democracy that depends on participation. Fortunately, we see a glimmer of effective governance that contradicts the narrative of congressional incompetence as an embedded feature of our democracy.

Obama's Recent Victories: How and Why?

John Feffer | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

It would have been difficult, after the 2014 elections, to imagine that President Barack Obama could achieve much of anything in his last two years in office. After all, the opposition Republican Party had taken control of both houses of Congress in the midterm elections in 2014. The Supreme Court, led by the right-leaning Chief Justice John Roberts, maintained a narrow conservative majority. And the president's approval rating had dropped below 50 percent. And yet here we are, only a few months after the new Congress took up residence on Capitol Hill, with a suddenly resurgent president. Just in the last few weeks, President Obama has been scoring a surprising number of domestic and foreign policy victories. His critics are cowed. The president reached a 50 percent public approval rating for the first time since May 2013.

Reforming Our Justice System Will Require Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances

Christine Leonard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

As Congress and the nation are increasingly focused on the need for systemic reform, the Coalition and its partners, on both sides of the political spectrum, believe we are on the cusp of meaningful change, through fair sentencing and fair chances.

Why Ending Cosmetics Testing on Animals Is a Bipartisan Issue

Monica Engebretson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Monica Engebretson

It's no secret that the U.S. has a less than stellar track record of passing animal protection legislation at the Federal level especially when compared to other countries. It's also no secret that bipartisan support is needed for any legislation to have hope of passage in the U.S. Congress.

Medical Research Becomes a Bipartisan Issue

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

Perhaps one thing that people of all political stripes can agree on is the importance of health. When disease strikes us or our loved ones, our whole world changes.

Driving Free Trade Out of the Ditch

Jason Grumet | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Jason Grumet

Surprising things keep happening in this 114th Congress, and the 24-hour successful "do-over" on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is no exception.

Why Campus Sustainability Works: An Open Letter to George Will

Samuel Reed | Posted 05.08.2015 | College
Samuel Reed

In its simplest form, sustainability means greater efficiency and cutting waste to preserve both the natural environment and money. This is not a leftist agenda, but an alignment with both conservative and liberal values.

A Promising Model for Bipartisan Cooperation on Long Island

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 05.06.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

At a time when bipartisan cooperation is much-needed and all too rare in the United States, a new initiative on Long Island offers hope. Leaders of Su...

Maxwell Strachan

Too Many Americans Treat Politics Like Just Another Sport

HuffingtonPost.com | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 04.22.2015 | Sports

And it's causing problems.

Acknowledging Bipartisanship in Congress Is An Important Part of Civil Discourse

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Columnist Ruth Marcus in her column in the Washington Post called for "tempered optimism." She wrote: "The lesson of the recent achievements is that when the proper forces come into alignment, there are navigable paths through the gridlock."

Don't Look Now, But Congress Is Actually Doing Its Job

AP | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly, bipartisanship has broken out on Capitol Hill. On Iran, Medicare, education and trade, Republicans and De...

Congress and the Terrific, Honorable, Very Good, Not-Bad Day

Jason Grumet | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Jason Grumet

Don't look now, but Tuesday, April 14, 2015, was a good day for American democracy. Buds of bipartisanship offer signs that the legislative process is coming back to life after years of dark and depressing political gridlock.

Iranian Negotiations - Common Sense Perspective from the American Heartland

Lawrence A. Levine | Posted 06.03.2015 | World
Lawrence A. Levine

Jim Slattery, a self-described farm boy from Atchison County, Kansas, deep in the American Heartland, served six terms in the US Congress. He exudes a calm demeanor and common-sense straight talk on the Iran issue oddly out of place with more strident rhetoric.

U.S. Leadership on Global Food and Nutrition Security: We are Making Serious Progress

Katie Lee | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Katie Lee

By sharing U.S. expertise in agriculture development and developing legislation to codify the government's flagship initiative Feed the Future into law, families and farmers worldwide can set the foundation to build more independent, prosperous lives.

The Next American Economy Requires Bipartisan Leadership

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Now more than ever it is imperative that Republicans and Democrats work together to focus our vast national resources on new and better ways to grow our economy that are more sustainable and inclusive for Americans of all backgrounds and political persuasions.

Big Bills vs. Little Bills

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is amusing for Democrats to watch the "Ted Cruz wing" of the GOP try to defend their big DHS bill, just as it will be amusing to watch them howl later this week when it gets split in two. All a Democrat will have to do to really rub it in will be to say, "But you've been saying all along that immigration reform can only be done one tiny step at a time!"

Building a Washington That Washington Would Respect

Lauren Maddox | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Lauren Maddox

George Washington, who gave our capital its name and whose birthday falls on February 22, authored "Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation." Our first president's first rule was: "Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present." Can Washington, D.C., return to George Washington's ideals?

Women in Congress Are More Bipartisan, Collaborative But Still Less Powerful

Mariel Klein | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Mariel Klein

Though the increasing number of Congresswomen can be viewed as removing another shard in the glass ceiling, relatively few women have joined the leadership ranks of the 114th Congress.

Donté Stallworth

Numbers Show Senate Women Get More Done

HuffingtonPost.com | Donté Stallworth | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The last Congress came close to being the least productive since the days of Harry Truman, outdone only by the Congress that preceded it...

More Evidence That 'Centrist' Solutions Can't Save Us

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We have become a profoundly unequal society. Unless we can build momentum for a new political agenda, we'll be divided into a small minority with fabulous wealth and a permanent underclass with few hopes or prospects. Unfortunately, our mainstream political dialogue shows no sign of adapting to these realities.

The Golden Rule of Politics

Tim Goeglein | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Tim Goeglein

We are two people with very different points of view and political beliefs. Whenever we talk, we quickly find issues we disagree on and are certain there are many other differences that we haven't yet discovered.

Women Need Bipartisan Action -- Not Just Words -- on Equal Pay

Lisa Maatz | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

Members of Congress, don't just say you support equal pay and then use gridlock as an excuse for continued inaction. It's time to walk the walk. Seize this broad public and political support as an opportunity to come together and move forward on one of the most fundamental economic issues of our time. Families are tired of waiting.