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Purveyors of Wisdom on Higher Ed Panel Have Advanced Harmful for-Profit College Agenda

David Halperin | Posted 10.16.2015 | Education
David Halperin

The panelists spoke about the need for Republicans and Democrats to work together and find common ground to improve the Higher Education Act. That's great. But they didn't talk about the work all three of them have done to hurt higher education by backing the agenda of predatory career colleges.

Michael McAuliff

Congress Raids Ancestral Native American Lands With Defense Bill | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Terry Rambler, the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, woke up Wednesday in Washington, D.C., it was to learn that Congress wa...

$5 Billion for Iraq-Syria War? Three Reasons to Oppose

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The annual "base" budget of the Pentagon is half a trillion dollars. That's the money that the Pentagon gets if it fights no wars.

The Disappointing U.S. Statement On Anti-Personnel Land Mines

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

It is past time for the United States to agree to a ban on the use of these indiscriminate weapons and to accede to the Ottawa Convention. The U.S. statement does not advance that outcome.

House Panel Will Investigate Bergdahl Swap

AP | By DONNA CASSATA and BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Armed Services Committee will investigate the Obama administration's swap of an American prisoner held for five years fo...

GOP Lawmakers Say Obama's Prisoner Exchange Violated Law

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers on Saturday accused President Barack Obama of breaking the law by approving the release of five Afghan de...

Matt Sledge

Congress Celebrates Memorial Day By Hammering Civil Liberties | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics

Before heading home this Memorial Day weekend to honor those Americans who fought and died for the principle of liberty, Congress did a number on the ...

House Rebuffs Pentagon On Defense Spending

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold Wa...

The House Armed Services Committee Has Spoken

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.

House Bill Is Good News for Pentagon Contractors

William Hartung | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

The real budget fights may not come from the House's version of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic -- stealing from readiness to pay for unneeded weapons systems. They are likely to come on two other fronts.

President Obama Should Ignore Buck McKeon's Bad Advice on Foreign Policy

William Hartung | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

Contrary to the cries of McKeon and the president's other critics, restraint in Syria and Ukraine and diplomacy in Iran are signs of good judgment, not weakness. A foreign policy of all-military-all-the-time would be immensely costly and extremely counterproductive. We can and should do better.

GOP Rep Rebukes General's Opinion On Benghazi

AP | DEB RIECHMANN and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired U.S. general came under sharp criticism from a Republican committee chairman on Thursday after testifying that the Obama...

GOP Rep. Retiring

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — An emotional Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has announced his retirement. McKeon says...

GOP Rep To Retire

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has decided to retire after 11 terms. Republican o...

GOP Chairman Seeks Afghan Detainee Names

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Republican chairman is seeking from U.S. military officials the names of 72 detainees that Afghan President Hamid Karzai h...

Congress Works On Fallback Bill For Crucial Funding

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress' military panels are working on a backup plan to en...

What The Pentagon Means When It Says The U.S. Military Is 'Ready'

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation's military is being hobbled by bu...

Keep America at Peace: Keep the Pentagon Sequester

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Cutting the Pentagon budget is in the interests of the vast majority of Americans who would rather that our tax dollars be used for domestic needs -- including by lowering taxes on working people -- than for foreign wars, foreign military bases, and exotic science fiction weapons systems.

Paul Blumenthal

These House Challengers Are Defying The Fundraising Odds | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Raising money for a congressional run is hard work. Candidates have to spend hours each day dialing for dollars and attending fundraiser...

After the Shutdown, Don't Exempt the Pentagon

William Hartung | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

A new report from the Stimson Center -- shows how the Pentagon can make the roughly $50 billion in cuts required by current law. An important assumption underpinning the approach is that the era of large scale, boots-on-the-ground conflicts is over.

Sequestration Seeps Into Syria Debate

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Armed Services Committee Chair Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, in which says he wi...

Another Republican Ties Terrorist To Latino Border-Crossers

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said at a town hall meeting this week that more border security is needed to keep terrorists from posing as Hispanic to en...

GOP Lawmakers Urge Hagel To Re-Test Missile Defense System

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, July 12 (Reuters) - Four U.S. Republican lawmakers on Friday urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to ...

Congress OKs Killing of Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress: The Authorization for Use of Military Force, which is enabling a system of eternal warfare.

John Boehner Mourns Death Of Staffer

Roll Call | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

Speaker John A. Boehner’s office is mourning the loss of one of its own, the Ohio Republican announced Tuesday....