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Congress Passes Spending Bill Backing Expanded Campaign Against ISIS

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

(Adds final vote in second paragraph) By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress approved an a...

Laura Bassett

GOP Congressmen Agree To Military Abortion Amendment | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

A bipartisan conference committee of House and Senate members approved an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill on Tuesday that will extend the ...

The Latest Skirmish in Afghanistan: Hate to Say We Told You So

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The U.S. government can't credibly insist that the Afghans improve their justice system and treatment of detainees if the U.S. military doesn't first get its own detention house in order.

Liberty or Security -- Why Can't We Have Both?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

So much blood was lost in the name of freedom, yet here we are several generations later, fearful of Islamic terrorism and blandly accepting the serious erosion of our civil liberties with barely a murmur of dissent.

Obama Must Veto Defense Authorization Bill

Ginny Sloan | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

If members of Congress choose -- for the first time in our nation's history -- to codify a system of indefinite detention without charge and authorize such confinement on the basis of suspicion alone, they will do so with their eyes wide open.

Worldwide War Provision Makes Its Way Through Congress (and People Thought the Patriot Act Was Bad)

Coleen Rowley | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Something far worse than the Patriot Act, and actually, if you can believe it, something legally worse than anything so far in the "war on terror" is now making its way through Congress.

Mark Kirk Votes NO: Joins Party To Block Debate Of Don't Ask, Don't Tell In Senate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Thursday, a major defense authorization bill that included the repeal of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law was blocked by Senate Republica...

Will Mark Kirk Vote To Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Senate vote on the defense authorization bill that includes the repeal of the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy could happen a...

Amanda Terkel

Senate GOP Leader: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Won't Happen This Year | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent a message to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal advocates on Sunday: Don't hold y...

Time to Listen to Our Military and Repeal DADT

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

We are now closer than ever before to repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and lifting the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

Amanda Terkel

Obama And Top Congressional Democrats Call For DREAM Act's Passage Before Year's End | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama met with Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members Tuesday afternoon and told them he backs their strategy of passing ...

Amanda Terkel

DADT Repeal Advocates Call For More Aggressive White House Outreach To Capitol Hill | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With negotiations heating up over whether the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will be brought up in the lame duck session of C...

Burris Amendment For Abortion Rights On Army Bases Fails, For Now

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After Republicans successfully blocked debate on the defense authorization bill Tuesday, much was made of the defeat of immigration reforms in the DRE...

Support the DREAM

Amy Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Novick

The DREAM Act has always been one of the most important facets of comprehensive immigration reform. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he was bringing the DREAM Act up for a vote.

What the Changes to DADT Mean: The Good, The Bad and the Politically Dangerous

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nathaniel Frank

In announcing today that it would make it harder to fire gay troops under existing policy, the Pentagon took a major step towards ending Don't Ask Don't Tell which could have a real impact on the lives of service members.

Nuclear Naivete

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Far-right conservatives posture as nuclear tough guys, but push a shockingly naive policy. Clinging to Cold War doctrines, they play politics with our nuclear weapons. It is a dangerous game that puts American security at risk.

After State of the Union, Gates and Mullen Charge the Hill

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

The Senate Armed Services Committee will soon hear what Defense Secretary Robert Gates and JCS Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen think about repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Senate Vote at Noon on Nationalizing Concealed Handgun Laws

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

After more than two decades, at noon today the gun lobby's efforts to enact a national concealed handgun law will have its first chance at success when the U.S. Senate votes.

Senate Set to Nationalize Concealed Handgun Laws That Have Killed 7 Cops, 44 Private Citizens

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

For over two decades a top priority of the gun lobby has been establishing and expanding state laws that allow the carrying of concealed handguns by private citizens. This effort may culminate as early as today.