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Lawmakers Press Border Security In Immigration Plan

Reuters | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 14 (Reuters) - Tighter border security must be one goal of U.S. immigration reform if the measure is to pass Congress, lawmakers w...

Energy Drinks Marketing Sends Confusing Message

The Huffington Post | Carey Polis | Posted 04.11.2013 | Business

Energy drinks have been the subject of a heap of controversy recently. From claims of false advertising to disturbing news about deaths that followed ...

#ChainedCPI? For Every Social Security Judas, a Primary Challenge

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The only thing that can stop President Obama from cutting Social Security now is Congress. Therefore, the only thing that can stop President Obama from cutting Social Security now is public pressure on Congress to stand up to Obama and say no.

Suffer the Children

George Heymont | Posted 06.02.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Although the plots of many musicals have been built around love stories and comic devices, a growing number can be identified as "message" musicals.

Obama Nothing But 'Confident' On Immigration Deal

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's hopes for comprehensive immigration reform remain nothing short of "confident." In a Wednesday interview aired on Telemund...

John Celock

Senators Back $23.3 Billion Online Sales Tax | John Celock | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A measure to allow state and local governments to collect sales taxes from online purchases received key support in the United States Se...

Gang Of Eight On Path To Key Measure

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

(Repeats with no change in content) * Aim to produce a comprehensive legislation next month * Senators optimistic about ...

A16: Let Sarah Knuckey and James Cavallaro Testify About the Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Before this year -- before President Obama nominated John Brennan to head the CIA -- there was virtually no public Congressional discussion of the drone strike policy at all.

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.17.2013 | Media

We have wrapped up the annual CPAC conference, we have a new Pope, we have no Grand Bargain, and apparently the clouds are going to belch one more layer of slush on Washington before winter is finally dragged off into the woods to be put down, once and for all.

U.S. Senator Would Make History With Reelection

Posted 03.11.2013 | Chicago

Senator Dick Durbin is going for the history books, ending months of speculation over whether the popular three-term senator from Illinois will run ag...

What Rand Paul & Ted Cruz Exposed About the Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

The events of the last few days proved again what should have been obvious: Congressional pressure works to force the administration to disclose information that it should disclose, and absence of Congressional pressure doesn't work.

Why Do Senators Boxer and Wyden Want to Bomb Iran?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.03.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Remember when we pilloried John McCain for singing about bombing Iran? Wouldn't it be a scandal if it turned out that California Senator Barbara Boxer and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden were pushing the same agenda? I have bad news, I'm afraid. They are.

Senators Look To Fight Mistreatment Of Puppies

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

There's nothing like a little puppy love to muster some bipartisan will in the Senate. On Wednesday, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and David Vitter (R...

Aided by Fox News, For-Profit Colleges Use Shameless Propaganda to Mask Shameful Conduct

David Halperin | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
David Halperin

Instead of taking this opportunity to reform, the industry's big players appear to be digging in, and continuing to use their revenues -- about 86 percent of which come from taxpayers -- to engage in lobbying and propaganda aimed at convincing the public that everything is fine.

Jason Linkins

Looking Forward In Angst: Death-Dealing Drones And You | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

It would not seem, at first blush, to be particularly helpful to use drone attacks to incinerate people who preach against al Qaeda. But I'm sure I am overthinking things. Omelettes and eggs, after all. Best not to question it.

Cantor Supports Citizenship For Children Of Undocumented Immigrants

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - A top U.S. Republican lawmaker said on Sunday he would support granting citizenship to...

The Latino Steamroller

Shan Wells | Posted 04.06.2013 | Denver
Shan Wells


Gang Of Eight Turns Focus To Divisive Immigration Issue

Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

By ERICA WERNER, The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators working to craft immigration legislation is focusing on how to d...

Wayne LaPierre Does Not Speak for Most Gun Owners or NRA Members

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

When future historians look back on the gun control wars of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, they will consider LaPierre, if they consider him at all, to be a right-wing nut whose influence was based on the misguided perception that he actually represented more than a small number of "gun rights" extremists.

Dem Senator Clashes With NRA Official Who 'Missed The Point Completely'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre clashed at Wednesday’s Senate hearing on gun violen...

WATCH: Slow Jammin' The Debt Ceiling

Posted 01.29.2013 | Comedy

Some jokes about the news are best served with a punchline. And some are best served by bringing out Brian Williams and putting a funky groove beneath...

Elise Foley

Senators Announce Bipartisan Immigration Measure For Undocumented 'Living In The Shadows' | Elise Foley | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators from the eight-member working group on immigration reform did their best on Monday to walk the thin line between two very diffe...

'Gang Of Eight' Unveils Immigration Reform Framework

Reuters | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

* U.S. Senators back broad outline for legislation * Tough fight seen for first major bill since 1986 * Seeks smoother f...

Elise Foley

From Drones To Dreamers: Most Important Aspects Of Immigration Framework | Elise Foley | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan working group in the Senate will publicly unveil its immigration reform framework on Monday. The text, though, is already o...

Jon Ward

Bipartisan Group Of Senators To Introduce Immigration Plan, Preempt Obama | Jon Ward | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of four Democratic senators and four Republican senators will announce the framework for a comprehensive immigration ...