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Paul Ryan's Dream Crushed

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ryan's dream now lies in tatters. It has become something of a nightmare, really. In fact, Ryan has had no more success in getting his caucus to agree on anything than John Boehner managed.

Hillary's VP Choice: Senator Chris Murphy, An Antidote To Trump

Paul Abrams | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Although Bernie or Elizabeth would be the best choices, driving excitement on the trail and grassroots fundraising, and with their abilities to cut Trump to shreds, Hillary would be smart to look seriously at Chris Murphy (D-CT) as an alternative if neither of those work out.

Rolling Realignment About to Flatten Trump & GOP

Mark Green | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Mark Green

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpg Matalin thinks that Trump can still come back while vanden Heuvel doubts it even though Hillary's no Bernie. But given Trump's awful polls/analytics/infrastructure/party split, Host sees a coming "Rolling Realignment" that'll change government & America.

Friday Talking Points -- Taking The Trump Exit

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Donald Trump's name lends itself to all sorts of mashed-up words, but we find it doesn't really work with the big story of the week. British voters decided to take the so-called "Brexit" (or "British exit") from the European Union.

Profiles Of The Simply Spineless: Heidi Heitkamp, US Senator Of North Dakota

Mary Buffett | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Mary Buffett

Several years ago after the Newtown massacre, when Adam Lanza took his rage out on a classroom defenseless students and teachers, I wrote a piece castigating a number of Democratic Senators who dug their heads into the sand and refused to close basic background check loopholes.

Occupy Congress!

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As I write this, a protest is occurring on the floor of the House of Representatives. Democrats, led by John Lewis, Jim Clyburn, Nancy Pelosi (and many others), are staging a "sit-in" to protest Republicans' refusal to even hold a vote on any gun control legislation.

Political Leaders React To Senate Gun Control Failure -- And They're Absolutely Disgusted

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history and surging support for stricter gun laws weren't enough to force the Senate to take action Monday....

Orlando Massacre Wasn’t Enough To Spur Senate To Pass Gun Control Bills

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just over a week after the worst mass shooting in American history, the Senate failed Monday to advance a pair of modest and popular gun...

A Senator Just Staged a Historic Filibuster for These 2 Gun Reform Proposals

Kicker | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Kicker

For most of the day yesterday and through the early hours of this morning, Senator Chris Murphy and many of his Senate colleagues staged a dramatic filibuster--the 9th longest filibuster in US history.

Friday Talking Points -- No Magic Phrases

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The tragic news from Orlando dominated the week's media, as once again someone with easy access to military-style weaponry takes dozens of lives. According to Donald Trump and John McCain, this is all Barack Obama's fault (of course). Personally, we think if you want to go back and point fingers, you'd have to include George W. Bush.

The 11 Gun Bills Tulsi Gabbard Won’t Support

Shay Chan Hodges | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Shay Chan Hodges

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard took a selfie while watching the Senate Democrats filibuster on Wednesday: The filibuster was an effort by Senator Chris Murphy an...

To the People Who Disagree With Me

Cara McDonough | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Cara McDonough

I can't stomach another battle of ideologies that ends in stagnation once we're feeling desensitized again. But I'd like to get to know the people who disagree with me better. Of all my beliefs, and believe me, I've got 'em, this one feels the most pressing, the most promising and the most likely to inspire change.

The Most Powerful Moment Of The #HoldTheFloor Marathon Was The Last

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), after pleading on the Senate floor for nearly 15 hours for Congress to do something about America's mass mu...

Filibustering Senator Has Poignant Words For Son After Missing Pizza Night

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

When his young son entered the gallery on Wednesday night, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), was waging a filibuster in an attempt to force a gun reform vo...

Guns, Terrorists, And The Constitution

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If America does have a consensus that we're all basically OK with the concept of governmental blacklists, and that we further approve of curtailing constitutional rights for people on such lists, then it should be relatively easy to get the necessary votes in Congress and the statehouses.

Democrats Filibuster For Nearly 15 Hours On Gun Reform

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Led by the senators who represent Newtown, Connecticut -- where a gunman fatally shot 26 people, including 20 children, in 2012 -- Democ...

Connecticut's Senators, Who Know Something About Gun Violence, Blame Congress For Orlando Slaughter

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics

Connecticut's U.S. senators blamed Congress for the killing of at least 50 people early Sunday at an Orlando club, saying lawmakers' inaction on gun c...

Mental Health Reform: The Senate Needs to Act

Mary Giliberti | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary Giliberti

Every voice is needed now to keep the process moving forward. During Mental Health Awareness Month, let's make the Senators aware that they must act on this critical national issue and pass mental health reform now.

Would Sanders Support Murphy-Paul Conditions on Military Aid to Saudi Arabia?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Robert Naiman

On April 21, the University of Maryland and the National Iranian American Council sponsored a debate between former Assistant Secretary of Defense Larry Korb, a foreign policy advisor and surrogate for the Bernie Sanders campaign, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Derek Chollet, a foreign policy advisor and surrogate for the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Senators Murphy and Paul Challenge U.S. Military Aid to Saudi Arabia

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Until recently, the U.S. relationship to Saudi Arabia has been one of those things that we're not allowed to do anything about. There's death and taxes, and the U.S. is joined at the hip to Saudi Arabia. Move along, nothing to see here.

Connecticut Senator Not Happy With Bernie Sanders' View On Sandy Hook Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Tuesday that Sen. Bernie Sanders' views on allowing victims of gun crimes to sue manufacturers effectively disqualifi...

Senate HELP Committee Passes Pretend Mental Health Bill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

Earlier this month, allegedly mentally ill Kyle Odom shot pastor Tim Remington in Idaho because he "knew" the pastor was a Martian. In his untreated...

Saudi Arabia's New Ambassador To The U.S. Makes His First Pitch

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud, Saudi Arabia's new ambassador in Washington, used his first message to the American people...

A Senator Is Questioning The U.S.-Saudi Relationship At Just The Right Moment

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) recently gave a speech challenging the United States' long-standing indulgent relationship with Saudi A...

Senate Democrat: It's Time To Cut Off Support For Saudi Arabia's War In Yemen

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called for the U.S. to cease military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, doubling down on his critiq...