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Kim Bellware

Health Care At County Jails Could Get Big Boost Under Proposed Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

With almost 10,000 on-site inmates, the Cook County Jail in Chicago is the size of a small city -- one in which roughly one-third of the population is...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Harry Reid Says 'Hell No' To Giving Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is saying “hell no” to a bipartisan deal reached last week that would grant President Barack Obama authorit...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Clinton Aides Meet With Senate Democrats To Talk 2016

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senior campaign advisers to Hillary Clinton met with Senate Democrats during their weekly luncheon on Tuesday to talk about the former s...

The Emerging Populist Groundswell

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We are the richest country humanity has ever seen, and we are at our richest moment. Yet hardworking Americans keep coming home to "a plate full of worry." This is largely because over the last few decades the wages of the bottom 80 percent of Americans have fallen or stagnated while the super-rich rake in all the profits. We can do better, and we must.

The Net Worth of Members of Congress From Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In 2013, the average net worth of U.S. Senators was $10.87 million and $7.15 million for Representatives. While wealth in the Senate has steadily decreased since it peaked in 2007 at $17.09 million, the average net worth of House members has been on the rise after it fell briefly to $4.66 million in 2008.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Top Republican On Schumer: ‘He's A Guy That We Can Do Business With'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

The Senate’s third-ranking Republican sees room for collaboration with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is looking to take the top Democratic spot i...

Patty Murray Endorses Schumer For Democratic Leader

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is backing New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer for the top Senate Democratic leadership spot, Murray's office confirmed Monday...

Sam Stein

Dick Durbin Says He Won't Vote For Government Funding Bill Without Sequester Fix

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate says he won't support a government funding bill this fall if it does not include relief from spending c...

Progressives Thrilled That Durbin Will Seek Reelection as Senate Democratic Whip -- Here's Why

Robert Creamer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Late Thursday night, after hearing of Harry Reid's plans to retire from the Senate, Dick Durbin went to Chuck Schumer and told him that in order to prevent a divisive, distracting battle, he would not challenge Schumer for the leader position and would instead run again for his post of Democratic whip. That was classic Dick Durbin.

Much Ado About Nothing: Chuck Schumer's Rise Won't Salve The Senate

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision not to seek reelection in 2016 will mark the end of his impressive 30-year career in the Senate. Mr. Reid, one of the least charismatic politicians to rise to his post but who mastered the Senate arcane rules to his party's advantage, anointed Chuck Schumer as his successor.

Jennifer Bendery

Top Democrat Worried Senate Will Reject Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday that he has real concerns about Republicans voting down President Barack Obama's ...

Policlips Now: Obama's NCAA Bracket And A Lawmaker's Challenge To Voter ID Laws

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

It’s another week of Policlips Now, and this week politicians said some interesting(?) things on the topics of race and sports. According to one Nev...

Jennifer Bendery

Dem Senator: Loretta Lynch Being Asked 'To Sit In The Back Of The Bus' To Get A Senate Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman to be nominated for U.S. attorney general,...

Dave Jamieson

Biden Warns The Right Is 'Intent On Breaking' Labor Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking to the leading labor union for firefighters on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden hammered the GOP for pursuing budget cuts and t...

Netanyahu Declines Invite To Meet With Senate Democrats

Reuters | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during h...

It's Time To Put Food First

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

Unfortunately, the FDA putting food last is only one part of our broken food safety system. There is also a fundamental failure of coordination and responsibility for food regulation at the federal level.

Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The muck in question isn't even Democratic muck. It's purely conservative and Republican mudslinging, at a person who used to be put on a pretty tall pedestal in Republicanland: Sarah Palin.

Paul Blumenthal

5 Years After Citizens United, Money Controls Politics More Than Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five years ago this Wednesday, the Supreme Court overturned two decades of precedent in a bitterly divided 5-4 decision to open the door...

Much to the Surprise of Pundit Class, Nancy Pelosi's Influence Will Rise in 2015

Robert Creamer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Some in the pundit class are falling all over each other with predictions that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi -- and the Progressive forces she leads -- have somehow been banished to irrelevancy by the outcome of the mid-term elections. Wrong.

Harry Reid Diagnosed With Broken Bones, A Concussion From Exercise Accident

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is working from home on the first day of the 114th Congress after being diagnosed with broken bone...

Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles

Steve Horn | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The NDAA also included a provision that opened the floodgates for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S. -- cars that would largely be fueled by gas obtained via fracking.

Eric Holder: Profiling Continues

James Zogby | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

I first met Eric Holder during the Clinton years when he was serving as Deputy Attorney General. Back then, my community was deeply troubled by FBI harassment, the government's use of "secret evidence" to detain individuals and profiling of Muslim or Arab-looking individuals at airports around the country.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Democrats Must Choose Next Year: Lap Dogs Or Guard Dogs?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday's failed rebellion over the omnibus government funding bill offered two radically different models for the Democratic Party ove...

This Week Senate Democrats Can Limit the ISIS War

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

At long last the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote this week on an authorization for the use of force for the war against ISIS that started in early August. There is little doubt that a majority of the committee supports the use of force against ISIS. What will be revealed this week is what limits the committee will support in authorizing the use of force.

4 Truths About Water and Sanitation

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Lisa Schechtman

Right now, one-third of the world's population lives without a decent toilet. One in ten people doesn't have access to safe drinking water. Without these, even basic handwashing can be beyond reach.