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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 02.12.2015 | 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 01.30.2015 | 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 01.07.2015 | 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.

Rauner's Union Leader Dilemma

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.04.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When Bruce Rauner won the Republican nomination for governor on March 18, he abruptly dropped one term from his campaign vernacular: "union bosses."

Kate Sheppard

Embattled Democratic Senator Launches A Keystone XL Hail Mary

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), whose future in the Senate is still undecided, is making a big push to get a vote on her legislation to fo...

The Aftermath

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Democrats got well and truly shellacked once again in a midterm election. It was so bad, it's pretty hard for Democrats to even attempt to gild the lily or spot that elusive silver lining. Republicans are consumed with glee, which they've well earned this year.

Sam Stein

With Senate At Stake, Democrats Angry At Colleagues For Sitting On Cash

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats who aren't running for re-election this year and those who have retired were sitting on nearly $52 million in campaign ...

Illinois Libertarian Candidate for U.S. Senate Explains Why She Thinks We Need New Leadership

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.22.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With so much focus on Illinois gubernatorial election Nov. 4, it can be easy to forget that Illinois is also in the midst of five other statewide races.

Bill Clinton Stumps For Illinois Governor, Dick Durbin In Chicago

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dic...

Reboot Illinois Polls Offer Insights Into 2014 State Races

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.08.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Democratic state Sen. Michael Frerichs is trailing behind Republican state Rep. Tom Cross in the Illinois treasurer's race by only 1 percentage point in a new Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll. In three previous Reboot Illinois polls, Frerichs was behind Cross by 7, 11 and 6 percentage points.

Dick Durbin To Seek Probe Of Control-Center Sabotage That Caused Massive Flight Delays

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday that he will seek an investigation into how a contract employee was able to sabotage a regional con...

Obama Should Send John Boehner a "Thank You" Card

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

In making his off-the-cuff statement to the Times on Thursday morning, Speaker Boehner has given the administration several more months before making that decision.

Michael McAuliff

Conflicted Congress Passes Obama's New War Funding

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate added its conflicted stamp of approval to President Barack Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels against the Islamic...

The Case For and Against Sen. Dick Durbin's Reelection

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Whether or not they believe Durbin is the best person to help lead Illinois into prosperity, most Illinoisans will agree that prosperity is what they want.

Illinois voters think Bruce Rauner is more trustworthy than Pat Quinn

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.05.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll earlier this week Republican Bruce Rauner leading Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn by eight points. The numbers were m...

Why Are Democrats Tone Deaf on Military Issues?

Paul Alexander | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Democrats have established a track record of being tone deaf when addressing military and veteran issues. Though not a matter of life and death, consider the way some Democrats have dealt with a subject that is important to many active and retired servicemen -- college.

Friday Talking Points -- Big and Little Brother

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to focus on the aftermath and ramifications of what has been happening in Ferguson, Missouri for the past few weeks. It even reached international proportions, as both Egypt and Russia got in a few digs at American police and protesters.