Four years later, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding hearings on another major climate initiative. And this time, people testifying in support of the pollution limits have significantly out-numbered detractors. Interestingly, it doesn't seem to be making as big of a splash in the media.
As of this writing, Representative Ellison stands alone among Members of Congress in calling for the economic blockade on civilians in Gaza to end.
We are hopeful the Majority Leader's words will lead to action on the part of House leadership and members on both sides of the aisle. Then Congress will be able to take action on the major issues facing our county.
Ex-Congressman Robert Dold continues to cross a time-honored line by refusing to respect the hard-earned, bipartisan support for the U.S.-Israel relationship in Congress.
Congress adjourned for a five-week August recess -- and will return on Sept. 8. Here's a look at five issues still on the table for when Congress returns. Mark your calendars!
The media, Congress and American workers are talking about raising the minimum wage nationally. So why hasn't an increase been passed? Who opposes raising the minimum wage? Not average Americans. Not even most Republicans. The answer: Republicans in Congress.
The stark admission by the CIA's inspector general that the agency had broken into a classified computer network used by its overseers at the Senate Intelligence Committee violates the core principle of separation of powers of governmental branches enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
Let's be clear: This shameful record is not an example of "government failure." It is a demonstration of what happens when people who are opposed to government, for reasons of both ideology and self-interest, are given positions of power within it and do not face a sufficiently eloquent and well-organized opposition.
There are several trends in American politics that lead away from democracy, moderate demands for change, and inhibit building a federal government capable of working with the private sector to bring about a sustainable economy.
This week Congress lived down to the standards we've come to expect. First, House Republicans voted to sue President Obama for using executive authority to delay implementation of the health care law they've held over 50 votes to repeal. Then, after a revolt in their own ranks, House leadership withdrew their bill to deal with the border crisis -- then issued a jaw-dropping statement urging the president to (wait for it... ) use executive authority "without congressional action." But on Friday, after worsening an already bad bill by weakening protections for the children at the center of the crisis, they finally passed a symbolic and useless package -- useless since their Republican counterparts in the Senate already torpedoed that chamber's $2.7 billion border crisis bill. Their "work" done, they recessed for a five-week vacation -- during which they will no doubt fundraise, using the "crisis" they've failed to address as fodder. If only we could issue an executive order to put an end to this nonsense.
How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.
Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.
Doing nothing is hard work! ...
As I write this, the House has still not managed to pass a bill to deal with the border crisis. They've been trying for a few days now, but have been locked in a serious battle between Tea Party hardliners and Republicans from more moderate districts.
Political space -- the time and interest of elected leaders -- is not guaranteed to last. We need to make the benefits of an Internet-connected society more visible and permanent.