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Congress' Weed Guy Grapples With The Trump Administration

The Huffington Post | Eliot Nelson | Posted 05.19.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has been selling weed for years. Actually, let’s rephrase: Blumenauer, the bespectacled, bow tie-clad,...

New Legislation Would Force The Federal Government To Treat Marijuana Like Alcohol

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.30.2017 | Politics

A set of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate and House on Thursday would drastically reform the way marijuana is regulated at the federal level and al...

How Low Would We Go for TPP?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

The more the public hears about TPP, the less we like it. For most voters, TPP is too low to go. We are very much looking forward to stopping TPP, and starting a "rethink" of our approach to globalization.

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.

Congress Clears Way For Veterans To Get Medical Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where ...

Toxic Air in Oregon Attributed to Stained Glass Industry

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.28.2017 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

The current Republican front-runner for president, Donald Trump, has made it clear that the Environmental Protection Agency is in line for serious cut...

Congressman Calls For DEA Chief's Removal After He Calls Medical Marijuana A 'Joke'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said Wednesday that acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg should be replaced after calling the no...

Marijuana: Will Legalization Create an Economic Boom?

Ann Lininger | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Ann Lininger

Oregon already has been producing high-quality marijuana for decades. Our market is valued at $1 billion a year. Now that legalization is happening, more of the marijuana sales are likely to occur on the legal market and the opportunity for growth is enormous.

A Conflicted Liberal Explains How Obama Is Making Trade Deals So Hard To Support

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration did no favors for Rep. Earl Blumenauer last month when it decided Maylasia should no longer be considered amon...

On the A-Bomb's 70th Anniversary, Obama Wants to Spend a Trillion Dollars on New Nuclear Weapons

Elliott Negin | Posted 08.06.2016 | Politics
Elliott Negin

News organizations love anniversary stories, and if for some reason you haven't heard, it's the 70th anniversary of when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. Despite all this coverage, however, I didn't notice any stories that bothered to mention the fact that the Obama administration wants the U.S. government to spend as much as $1 trillion over the next three decades on a new generation of nuclear weapons.

Many Of The Biggest Opponents Of The Iran Deal Loved The Iraq War, Dem Says

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some of the loudest cheerleaders for the Iraq War are hollering for Congress to kill an Iran nuclear deal that could prevent an even lar...

How The GOP Could Raise Gas Taxes And End Its Highway Nightmare

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — There’s a simple, popular solution that Republican leaders in Congress could grab hold of to get themselves out of their embarrassing...

House Votes To Ban States From Labeling GMO Foods

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Do you want to know whether your food has genetically modified organisms in it? The House of Representatives voted to make that harder o...

How Is Marijuana Policy Factoring into the Presidential Campaign?

Rob Kampia | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Setting aside the ability of the cannabis industry to have some degree of impact on the current presidential race, what are the positions of some of the more interesting candidates?

Friday Talking Points -- Run, Bernie, Run!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.

Does Fast Track Supporter Earl Blumenauer Also Support Israeli Settlements?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

From the point of view of the administration, Blumenauer is an extremely rare commodity: a House Democrat who supports the Ryan-Hatch fast track legislation.

US Senate Step Promises Peace for Medical Marijuana Patients

Steph Sherer | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Medical marijuana patients just got a step closer to what we need, with the introduction yesterday of a historic medical marijuana bill in the U.S. Senate. With medical science and public opinion on our side, compassion can win out over the legacy of fear-mongering from the past century.

Dem Rep: Netanyahu Addressing Congress Is 'Outrageous On Several Levels'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) elaborated on his previous request that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) cancel Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan...

Matt Ferner

House Bills Would End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

Two congressmen filed separate House bills on Friday that together would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana at the federal level, effectively ending...

Breaking News: Bill In Congress Proposes End To Farm Animal Torture At Federal Labs

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The USDA is the agency tasked with enforcing the AWA at facilities that conduct biomedical research; therefore, if these same animals were used in a laboratory for human health research they would be protected under this federal law.

Israeli Consul: Supporters of Bibi's Speech Want to Humiliate President Obama

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If any doubt remains that Speaker Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3 represents a coordinated attack on President Obama by the right-wing noise machine, let Israel's consul general in Philadelphia, Yaron Sideman, put it to rest.

Miracle on Capitol Hill

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

By fixing and extending the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program, we can improve the national security of the U.S., keep our promises to our allies, show our soldiers and veterans that we protect those who protected them and maybe, just maybe, prove to the American people that Congress can still be a force for good and right.

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.

Ronald Reagan Made A 'Special' Appearance On The House Floor This Week

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

Politicians have done some wacky things to get attention on the House floor, but this week Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) went to new heights. On We...

Congressman Reminds Us How Many People Have Overdosed On Pot: 'Spoiler Alert: It's Zero'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) took a moment Thursday afternoon to remind everyone how many people have overdosed on pot. "Spoiler alert: it's zero,...