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The Most Important Elections in 2016

William S. Becker | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
William S. Becker

History's chroniclers will conclude that nation that held itself up as humanity's greatest hope turned out to be humanity's greatest disappointment. The United States Congress succumbed to greed -- the greed of politicians for power and the greed of energy barons to profit as much and as long as possible before the era of fossil fuels came to its inevitable end.

America Has Lost Its Soul

Tim Arnold | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Tim Arnold

Are we the nation that will follow the lead of the peaceful protesters, reconsider our values and trumpet a new civil-rights era? Will newly-empowered Republicans support such a thing?

Jason Linkins

Rep. Dave Camp Gave This 'Congress' Thing His Best Shot, But He's Done | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

Is there even much of a point to being a member of Congress anymore, if you're nominally committed to public service? Probably not, and now Rep. Dave ...

The Republican Party Needs Immigration Reform

Luis Ubiñas | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Luis Ubiñas

A straight up or down vote in the House of Representatives on the immigration bill would likely see bipartisan passage. It is a matter of choice by the House leadership that keeps immigration reform from being reality.

Perpetual Halloween in Washington and the Ghost of Relationships Past

Robert Hall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Hall

The broken relationships of our country's leaders now place us in a perpetual season of Halloween.

Congress Approval Rating Drops To Dismal 5 Percent In Poll

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

A poll released Wednesday found Americans' approval of Congress dropping near all-time lows as the government shutdown continues with no solution yet ...

Poll: Dog Poop, Hipsters More Popular Than Congress

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

Congressional approval currently languishes at historic lows, but what does that really mean? According to the latest figures from Public Policy Po...

Congress Approval Rating Sinks To Historic Low

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics

Congress started the new year with an even lower approval rating than it had in 2012. Congress ended 2012 with a 15 percent average approval rating...

Poll: Cockroaches More Popular Than Congress

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.09.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

It's no secret that Congress isn't popular, but a new poll showcases that unpopularity with some rather startling comparisons. The Democratic-lean...

A Lesson in Accountability as U.S. Goes Over Fiscal Cliff

John Friedman | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
John Friedman

We're so busy expressing outrage and pointing fingers that we are not accepting responsibility for our own part in reelecting the same fiscal-cliff-creating, legislation-stalling, economy-risking people that we gave the lowest approval rate in history.

Standardized Testing for Elected Officials

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Rahm Emanuel wants to cheapen education to make it conform to a standardized testing model. So how about we come up with standardized testing models to see how our do-nothing politicians measure up?

Congress Hits Record Low

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics

Just one in 10 Americans approves of the job Congress is doing, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday, tying the branch's lowest approval rating...

Jason Linkins

Congresspersons, On Serving In Congress: This 'Sucks' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

Times have just changed for today's legislators, who have to wake up every morning to the news that their approval ratings hover one or two points ahead of people who desecrate graves for fun.

Jason Linkins

Americans Prefer Random Assortment Of Strangers To Run Country | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

Just how much do ordinary Americans dislike the group of legislators who are currently spending their days babbling at each other in the House of Repr...

Dave Jamieson

Pelosi: Obama ‘Should Run Against This Do-Nothing Congress’ | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Acknowledging how little the current Congress has done for Americans during the jobs crisis, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif...

Searching for Approval

Gavin Shulman | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Gavin Shulman

Congress's current approval rating of 11 percent is the lowest in the history of Gallup measuring. While it could be a ton of fun to mock our chosen leaders, what does that say about us as an electorate?

The Public Sees Members of Congress as Fools or Knaves

Ed Koch | Posted 01.22.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

What has happened to us that we no longer seem to elect leaders at all levels of government who create confidence?

WATCH: Pelosi Blasts Republicans During 'Daily Show' Interview

Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appeared Wednesday night on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" to discuss various topics...

"Do-Nothing Republican Congress" Could Sink GOP In 2012

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Even assuming that the economy continues to experience only modest improvements over the next year, the Obama campaign can lay the lack of progress where it belongs -- at the feet of the "do-nothing Republican Congress."

Jason Linkins

Sad-Sack Congresscritters Hate Themselves Almost As Much As Everyone Else Hates Them | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

What does one do when one learns that one is -- how shall I put this? Universally hated? Despised beyond measure by everyone? Well, if you are the U.S. Congress -- currently holding strong at a 9 percent approval rating in a world where I'm guessing that at least five percent of the public would allow themselves to have a pig's bladder full of live wasps thrown at their face at least once, just to try it -- you could decide that you are going to start doing the opposite of whatever it is you're doing now. But why make an effort when you can just make a bunch of glum jokes about it instead, as Lindsey Graham has decided to do?

Lawmakers Joke About Having Worst Approval Rating Of All Time

Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

Congress' approval rating dropped to its lowest level ever this week, bottoming out at a dismal 9 percent, according to a new New York Times/CBS News ...

Tie Congressional Pay to Results

Raja Krishnamoorthi | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago
Raja Krishnamoorthi

For too long, people in Congress point fingers at each other even as millions of middle-class Americans remain unemployed, and our economy continues to sputter. They must realize that we are all in this together.

Mark Blumenthal

Congressional Approval Tanks: What Can Turn It Around? | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

This article has been updated to include a new New York Times/CBS News poll released Thursday night. WASHINGTON -- The new CNN/ORC International po...

Poll Suggests Public Losing Patience With New Congress

McClatchy | David Lightman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Once again, the public is getting increasingly disgusted with Washington....

My Top Ten (Okay, Eleven) Jokes of 2010

Jane Condon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jane Condon

I bought a new Mac computer this winter. They give you some free lessons. Like how to organize your iPhotos. What I learned was -- I need a better looking family!