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As Olympics Begin, Senators Renew Call For Equal Pay For U.S. Women's Soccer Stars

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 08.12.2016 | Sports

Two U.S. senators on Wednesday renewed their efforts to scrutinize why players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team earn less than their male co...

No-Fly, No Buy: Orlando, Senate Expand State of Terror

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

By linking issues of gun control to the vague notions of "terrorism" and "reasonable suspicion", Democrats and Republicans have demonstrated that they are willing to accept the status quo of labeling thousands of Americans as "suspected terrorists."

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.21.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Can we all just take a deep breath? I'm speaking to many Democratic voters as well as the bulk of the mainstream media here, just to clarify. Because far too many seem to currently be going off the deep end. But from where I sit, this is an overreaction to a very short-term situation.

American Public Can't See Full Senate Torture Report, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics

An appeals court ruled on Friday that more than 6,000 pages of the so-called Senate torture report cannot be made public because they consist of congr...

The End Of Hillary Clinton's 2008 Campaign

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.28.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Hillary Clinton worked for party unity, but only after a very hard-fought and contentious primary season. I offer these reminders up, because now she finds herself in the opposite role. And it seems like everyone's memory has gone fuzzy when recalling the final two months of the 2008 race.

Friday Talking Points -- Fighting or Following?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.16.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ryan's got enough problems right now as it is, since he hasn't really gotten anything done in the House this year. Just like John Boehner before him, the Tea Party extremist faction is holding everything hostage and gumming up the works.

Friday Talking Points -- Marijuana Policy Questions for the Candidates

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There was some good news and some bad news on marijuana this week, which got us thinking about how the subject of federal marijuana policy relates to the presidential nomination race.

Anti-Drug Senators Criticized For 'Sham' Hearing On Legal Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics

A Senate hearing on state marijuana laws Tuesday was biased and dishonest, focusing mostly on debunked claims that marijuana use leads to substances l...

American Woman 20/20

Lisa Ellis | Posted 03.29.2017 | Women
Lisa Ellis

The Constitutions interpretations and principles as they relate to the meaning of Women's Rights are never ending. As we approach the first quarter-...

Government Hypocrisy Rears Its Ugly Head. Again.

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 02.18.2017 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

For a government that is so quick to violate and trample on everyone else's privacy rights via the Patriot Act or this recent swipe at Apple, they certainly go to great lengths to protect their own.

Welcome to the Splinternet

Scott Malcomson | Posted 12.21.2016 | World
Scott Malcomson

Americans don't want to accept that 21st-century technological life has to come at the price of total vulnerability to surveillance, nor do they want American technology companies to maintain open global networks at the price of their own personal security. Recent calls for blocking terrorists from posting on social media -- from Hillary Clinton, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Google's Eric Schmidt -- reflect a growing American conviction that the state's responsibility to protect its citizens should extend to restrictions on cyber speech.

Senate Republicans Just Blocked A Bunch Of Gun Control Measures

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One day after 14 people were killed in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Senate Democrats pushed through votes on measures ...

Don't Blame Encryption for the Paris Terrorist Attacks

Ryan Hagemann | Posted 11.25.2016 | Technology
Ryan Hagemann

Major news outlets and American politicians have been hammering home this message of Syrian nationals as the source of these attacks, but they've also begun catapulting another culprit into the blameworthy limelight: encryption.

Lawmakers May Have A Better Idea Than Turning Away Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress considers how to enhance national security in response to the Paris terrorist attacks, one idea gaining traction is to refor...

Dianne Feinstein Says Islamic State Stronger, Criticizes U.S. Approach

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics

Leading Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday the United States is not doing enough to fight Islamic State, and the group is gaining stre...

Senators Are Really Worried About Encrypted Data After Paris

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The failure to pick up communications between terrorists involved in the deadly Paris attacks last week is feeding a belief in Washingto...

Don't Get Fooled Again: What NOT To Do Is Clear

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.15.2016 | World
Robert S. McElvaine

What France, the United States, and other Western nations should do in response to the unmitigated evil that was perpetrated by terrorists, apparently associated with ISIS, in Paris on Friday is not at all clear.

Senate Democrats Unveil Measure To Close Gun Background Check Loophole

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a dozen Democratic senators, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), announced their support on Wednesday for new legislati...

The Small Brooklyn Publisher That Brought The CIA Torture Report To The World

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dennis Johnson remembers a Melville House staff meeting on a Tuesday morning last winter, smack in the middle of the publishing industry...

Can the Democrats Lose California?

William Bradley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Last week's legislative defeat for a couple of key items in Governor Jerry Brown's climate and energy agenda suggests a question: Could the Democrats lose control in California?

Bummer: The CIA Didn't Kill Jesus

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former CIA Director Michael Hayden still isn't pumped about last year's Senate report on the agency's torture program. It's slanted, it'...

Relax, The CIA Didn't Torture People; It Just Tortured People

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― In a collection of essays set to be released this week, former CIA Director Michael Hayden unabashedly defends the CIA’s post-9/11 to...

Shocker: The CIA Isn't Sorry For Torture

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a year after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify its massive study on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program ...

A Little Celebritician History

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.12.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

The victories of both Schwarzenegger and Ventura do have one very important lesson to teach, one that so far is mostly being ignored by most everyone in the political world. The lesson might be phrased: "Strange things happen when the political and entertainment worlds collide."

Senate To Tackle Cybersecurity Bill Before Summer Break

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators aren’t leaving for summer vacation yet. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said Monday night he'll ask lawmakers to hamme...