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No Rights for People Outside the United States

Pedro Pizano | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Pedro Pizano

This week the United States is up for its Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Committee. One of the most contentious issues that will be raised is whether the US will accept that core human rights provisions apply outside its borders.

Pentagon Should Get Only One Year To Fix Sexual Assault Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The claim from every head of the armed services that the military can solve this problem and leave intact the chain of command issues is about to be tested. Issue your orders to your subordinates. Let it be known that the "look the other way" and "boys will be boys" culture is over.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate GOP At Odds With Tea Party On Budget Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A tea party rebellion by several U.S. senators blocking progress on the federal budget may be working for them, but not for their fellow...

Immigration Reform Clears First Hurdle

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The politics of immigration reform are already messy, and they're just going to get messier. The hurdles are going to get a lot higher, and a lot harder to clear. Whether they can be cleared or not may depend on the final tally the bill gets in the Senate floor vote.

Lockheed Martin's CEO Wants Your Social Security Check

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Military contractors are crying crocodile tears right now about the "fragility" of their industry. But in fact that industry is flush with cash, and will do or say anything to protect the one thing they care about above all else: profit.

Friday Talking Points -- Ads Obama Should Run

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama should run a few ads right now which do not even mention the election. Instead of saying "vote for me!" these ads should say "pass my jobs bill" in as many creative ways as possible.

Wall Street Reform Conference Committee Membership Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Wall Street reform effort enters a new phase on Thursday, as the conference committee between the House and Senate will meet to begin hashing out the differences between the House and Senate versions which have already passed.

Friday Talking Points [114] -- When Will Rahm Go? Place Your Bets!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The debate outside the Beltway (and, increasingly, inside the Beltway as well) is whether Rahm Emanuel should leave his job sooner, or later.

Max Baucus Has Only Himself To Blame

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have little sympathy for Baucus at this point, when he complains that his adversaries have had time to put out a report attacking his bill. Because there is one reason that they've had all that time.

Media's Credibility (Not Public Option) Is What Is Dead

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

The media has been pushing the "public option is dead" theme for so long, it's no wonder they're so astonished by yesterday's news that a public option will be included in the Senate bill.

Bennet gets seat on Senate health, education committee

Denver Business Journal | Denver Business Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Colorado's U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said Tuesday he has been chosen to serve on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, a panel...

Baucus' Bill Not Bipartisan, But Panmedia

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Baucus' was supposed to be the "bipartisan" bill, but the only way it can truly be referred to as such is in the growing bipartisan distaste for the bill.

Friday Talking Points [92] -- The End Of Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sadly, Obama's speech to school children has become mired in manufactured controversy from the right, with typical sky-is-falling rhetoric about the evil, evil man who occupies the Oval Office.

Barney Frank Introduces Marijuana Legislation

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How many Democrats do we need to elect to Congress before such commonsense laws are passed to rein in some of the excesses of past eras?

Friday Talking Points [56] -- Turkeys Everywhere!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While today is not officially Turkey Day, I will warn you in advance that it's going to be a theme running through today's column, like gravy through ...

Only One Day Left to Tell Your Senators "Lieberman Must Go!"

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

Stripping Lieberman of his committee chairmanships is not about exacting revenge. Lieberman has careened to the right on both foreign and domestic policy issues.