The cringe-inducing headlines of scandal and hyper partisan behavior greets us almost daily. Yet amid the conflict I'm encouraged about our work, designed to bring people together to solve problems, and the awareness and appreciation that surrounds it.
No matter what your opinion is of these wars, no one can dispute the U.S. has a very real moral and practical obligation to the people who were truck drivers, interpreters, and guides for our servicemen and woman.
The surrounding media attention, and the admission by a private security contractor that he had leaked the private information, has obscured another disturbing story about information disclosure that would have been headline news in Washington under different circumstances.
I wholeheartedly agree that no group or individual should be persecuted by the IRS for their beliefs. But there is a much larger issue here and we should take a step back to see why this might have occurred.
Speaking of Ding Dongs and the New York City mayor's office, Anthony Weiner is now exploring his own... um.... chances of winning the mayor's race, apparently. Late-night comics everywhere are rejoicing, one assumes.
Most Americans see the battle of medical cannabis from a distance as a ping-pong game of excuses from the federal government to deny patients access to cannabis for therapeutic use. But for millions of Americans, issues surrounding medical cannabis affect their daily lives.
Today, 14 of my colleagues joined me in speaking out against the war in Afghanistan. Congress is deeply complicit in maintaining and continuing the war, but if enough members join our voices, maybe an end to this travesty can be in sight.
The Affordable Care Act might have been able to curtail Medicare spending further if it hadn't been for Palin, who charged that a provision of the law allowing Medicare to pay for end-of-life discussions would lead to government-run "death panels."
Two days ago, I pointed out Senator Rand Paul mislead the public regarding the arrest of two men for violating the Lacey Act by illegally harvesting lobsters. Senator Paul responded and implied that it was I, in fact, who was misleading the public.
I was disappointed to read Rep. Blumenauer's piece on this site titled "Truth Takes A Back Seat in Lacey Act Hearing." In that piece, Rep. Blumenauer called me a liar and proceeded to set forth a series of unsubstantiated claims.
As America prepares for the holiday season, I hope that Congress will give a gift of life, health and hope by helping people around the world with something that most Americans take for granted: safe drinking water.