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Don't Blame Encryption for the Paris Terrorist Attacks

Ryan Hagemann | Posted 11.25.2015 | Technology
Ryan Hagemann

Major news outlets and American politicians have been hammering home this message of Syrian nationals as the source of these attacks, but they've also begun catapulting another culprit into the blameworthy limelight: encryption.

Why Split Hairs Over a Viable Economic Development Program?

Ali Jahangiri | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Ali Jahangiri

While reform is absolutely necessary to improve and expand the EB-5 program, Congress should exercise caution when tinkering with the program's incentives to boost financing in certain areas or risk dampening EB-5's overall economic impact.

Even Waiting On The Pope To Speak Couldn't Keep This Senator From Getting Bored

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) seemingly had no time to spare on Wednesday, impatiently tweeting while waiting on Pope Francis to speak outside of ...

On Marijuana Policy, Congress Needs to Pick Up Where It Left Off

Rob Kampia | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Rob Kampia

As with marriage reform, the bulk of the action with marijuana legalization has been at the state level, with most members of Congress hesitant to express support until public opinion moves well past the tipping point. This is starting to change.

Senate Leaders on Target to Break Obstruction Record

Judith E. Schaeffer | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Judith E. Schaeffer

On August 7, the Senate left town for its month-long summer recess, a pretty long break for lawmakers who have accomplished so little. When the Senate returns on September 8, it needs to start doing the people's business. Surely, the American people, and our federal judicial system, deserve better than this.

Chuck Grassley Blocks Judicial Nominees, Then Says GOP Is Doing A Great Job Confirming Them

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has done an abysmal job of confirming federal judges this year. Only five of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees have...

Jennifer Bendery

After Eight Months, Judicial Nominee Whom Everyone Likes Advances | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. And in this Senate, even a judicial nominee moves forward on occasion. It took eig...

Jennifer Bendery

GOP Senator Insists He's Not Holding Up Judicial Nominee He's Holding Up | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) insisted Wednesday that he's not blocking one of his own judicial nominees for political reasons -- even as he i...

Kate Sheppard

Prospective Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Scores High In New 'Climate Hawk' Ranking | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new ranking of U.S. senators based on their climate activism puts soon-to-be presidential candidate Bernie Sanders among the top "clim...

Jennifer Bendery

Sen. Grassley: No Need To Restore Voting Rights Act Because 'More Minorities Are Already Voting' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Monday he doesn't expect to bring up legislation to restore the ...

Ali Watkins

Congress Doesn't Seem Totally Sure Who Should Deal With NSA Reform | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- All eyes are on Congress as the June 1 expiration date looms for the National Security Agency program that sweeps up massive dragnets of...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Torches Republicans Over Loretta Lynch Delays: 'This Is Embarrassing' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Friday that Senate dysfunction has hit a new low with Republicans' continued delays in confirming U.S. attor...

Jennifer Bendery

Now In Charge, Senate Republicans Slow To Move Forward With Obama's Judicial Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch has been waiting months for a confirmation vote. But she's not the only one twiddling her th...

Matt Sledge

Congress Girds For Patriot Act Fight Over NSA Spying | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, sat down to talk face to face with his fiercest critics in a House office in Janu...

Independent Sector Should Stop Pushing Self-Regulation

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

Asking nonprofits to voluntarily transform their behavior has done little to stomp out the biggest problems in the nonprofit world. The only way to end bad behavior is to pass more stringent laws and to put teeth into enforcing them. That's what Independent Sector should have been asking for when it visited Congress.

Sam Levine

Key House Republican Sounded 'Remarkably Open' To Criminal Justice Reform | Sam Levine | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee was "remarkably open to many aspects of criminal justice reform" during a White House meeting...

Matt Ferner

Senators Rip Obama's 'Flexible' Interpretation Of International Drug Controls | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

Now that four states have legalized recreational marijuana, anti-pot Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), have teamed up t...

Ryan Grim

Here's The Democratic Route Back To Senate Control In 2016 | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When a congressional caucus shrinks, it tends to solidify the politics of the remaining members, as conservative Democrats and moderate ...

Carly Ledbetter

Senator Chuck Grassley Has A Thing For Dairy Queen And He Wants You To Know About It | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 11.04.2014 | Taste

He's just like us.

Koch Super-PAC Drops Major Money On New Ads In Six States

Bloomberg | Annie Linskey | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

The Koch-backed political network makes its closing arguments starting Wednesday in six Senate contests, with new political commercials set to run in ...

Howard Fineman

10 Things To Know If The GOP Runs The Senate | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It’s easy to think that little will change if Republicans win the Senate. They won’t have a filibuster-proof majority. The place is ...

This 81-Year-Old Senator Is More In Shape Than Most Of Us

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is 81 years old. I repeat: 81. So understandably, people were impressed when he woke up and ran 6.21 miles from h...

Heading for College, Heading for Trouble

Martha Burk | Posted 11.04.2014 | College
Martha Burk

There's no doubt college can be a wonderful experience. But for some, it will be a nightmare. Specifically the nightmare of sexual assault for one in five female coeds. You read that right -- one in five.

In Heartland and Beyond, Businesses Get It: Not Cutting Carbon Pollution Is Risky Business

Bob Keefe | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Bob Keefe

For businesses, not taking action to cut carbon pollution and address climate change is a business risk that can have serious results. According to "Risky Business," the groundbreaking new report by E2 co-chairs Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, sea-level rise and coastal storms could sap $35 billion out of our economy every year.

How DC's Political Intelligence Biz Made Fat Cats Fatter

Michael Winship | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

As the revolving door spins faster than ever between jobs in government and corporate America, information and who you know are the currency that gets you through the tollgate, information that paying clients then use for ever greater profits and a competitive edge.