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Marijuana: Will Legalization Create an Economic Boom?

Ann Lininger | Posted 10.02.2015 | 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

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

Elliott Negin | Posted 08.11.2015 | 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

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

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

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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 07.13.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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,...

Ryan J. Reilly

Republican Congressman: GOP Needs To 'Wake Up' On Marijuana | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), one of the strongest conservative voices for reforming the government’s approach to cannabis, joined...

Earl Blumenauer Re-Elected In Oregon House Race

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) was re-elected Tuesday to represent the state's 3rd Congressional District, defeating Republican challenger James Buchal...

The Day After Tomorrow: What Congress Needs to Accomplish This Year

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

None of these items are particularly controversial, but represent simple ways that we can save lives, save money, and make laws fairer. It's too early to call it quits for the year -- it will be even more difficult to get anything done next year with half of the Senate running for president.

Kate Sheppard

2 Years After Sandy, U.S. Disaster Policy Is Still A Disaster | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Two years ago, Superstorm Sandy devastated the northeastern United States, killing more than 70 people, causing $60 billion in damage ...

Friday Talking Points -- Games the Whole Family Can Play

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The head of the Secret Service abruptly resigned, after she got grilled by Congress over several disconcerting lapses which happened on her watch. She fell on her sword immediately, to her credit, rather than drawing the story out day after day.

Hilarious 'Dawson's Creek' Post Pops Up On Congressman's Facebook Page

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics

The angsty teenage drama of "Dawson's Creek" still keeps Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) up at night. At least that's what his followers deduced afte...

Prosecutors Object to War on Weed

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Of all the pro-legalization arguments, this could perhaps be the strongest one. The laws don't work.