Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.
House Democrats will play a key role in whether the Obama administration can get a deal with Iran.
We can definitely increase the resources for food aid programs, which are about less than one tenth of 1 percent of the federal budget. They can certainly be increased from this relatively tiny level of spending. Food is peace. Congress must remember this as it crafts the new budget in the coming months.
Wednesday was National Golf Day. Yes, golf has it's own day and what many might not know is the important role golf plays in the economy. Like all ecosystems there are multiple levels and golf is no exception.
If protecting our prized landscapes forever for the benefit of all is America's best idea, selling them off for the short-term economic gain of a few special interests is Congress's worst.
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.
Boars Head delivery driver Bobby McPhee held a press conference outside his Stutsville Ohio home to announce that he had mistakenly watched a few minutes of CSPAN 3 and now "totally gets democracy."
Repealing the estate tax won't create jobs, it won't boost GDP and it won't add efficiency to the market. Instead, repealing the estate tax will simply add to the debt, hurt our ability to build a stronger economy and worsen economic inequality.
This isn't a small change; it's absolutely crucial. The original language in the Corker bill represented an existential threat to the negotiations.
Let's be clear. No American citizen should be denied housing, the ability to attend school, to apply for a mortgage, or to serve on a jury because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
April 15 marks the 100th day of the 114th--some might call the best Koch money could buy--Congress. The first 100 days of any new Congress is a well-established timeline to evaluate its priorities, efficacy and focus.
Our loophole-ridden corporate tax code creates winners and losers. The winners are a narrow set of large multinationals that boast armies of tax lawyers and accountants, and the losers are average taxpayers and small business owners who are left to foot the bill.
In selling the new framework agreement reached between Iran and the six world powers known as the P5+1, President Obama has assured an apprehensive American public that if Iran breaches the terms of a final deal, he will "snap back" the sanctions.
At the very moment that a nuclear deal with Iran is looking closer to reality, Iran is expanding its influence throughout the Middle East. To the Saudis, the Emirates and Israel -- all of whom see Iran as the greatest threat in the region -- this is a disturbing phenomenon.
Some people see infrastructure as about as exciting as watching paint dry. We here at the Eno Center for Transportation, a national transportation policy think tank, eat reports on infrastructure for breakfast. And we know that our infrastructure needs much more than a new coat of paint.
After the congressman told me I do not understand "the process," I had to tell him the obvious: "Excuses about process are not very compelling. Either you break through and get your bill on the floor or you don't." He once again shook his head at me, his eyes squinting as if at any moment he would punch me in the mouth.