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An Epidemic of Gun Silence

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Guns will kill almost twice as many children as cancer. Gun violence costs our country an estimated $174 billion every year. Next year, for the first time, gun deaths will exceed traffic fatalities. It doesn't have to be this way.

Progressive Activist Dies At 55

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

Tim Carpenter, a political activist and founder of the Progressive Democrats of America, died Monday after a battle with melanoma. Carpenter, 55, s...

Your Doctors Are Worried

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

In a nuclear war involving as few as 100 weapons anywhere in the world, the global climate and agricultural production would be affected so severely that the lives of more than 2 billion people would be in jeopardy.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Dems Introduce Longshot Bills To Tackle Keystone Pipeline Problems | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced two bills on Thursday related to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The first would require any oil...

Kate Sheppard

They're Up All Night To Get Wonky: 30 Senators Hold Overnight Climate Session | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Senators planning to stay up all night Monday talking about climate change say the marathon session is the "opening salvo" in a renewe...

Kate Sheppard

Lots Of Countries Have Passed Climate Bills, But The U.S. Is Still Behind The Times | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There now exist nearly 500 climate-related laws in 66 different countries, according to a report released Thursday. The report comes ...

New White House Cybersecurity Framework and DATA Act: Good Intentions, But Still Fall Short

Christina Gagnier | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Christina Gagnier

While cybersecurity and privacy are certainly "shared challenges" as the government itself has not taken the appropriate steps to rectify its own privacy violations, the government must take leadership in creating enforceable measures for the private sector and other organizations that will prevent the casual manner in which many companies still treat data.

Dem Senator Set To Take Over Senate Energy Panel Chair

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Poised to take the reins of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen...

Senator Calls For Probe Into Marketing Company

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey is asking for information about the business pra...

Kate Sheppard

Senators 'Deeply Concerned' Over Farm Bill Provision | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The way government agencies deal with science is under attack thanks to a provision tucked into the sweeping federal farm bill, 13 Dem...

Kate Sheppard

Science Provision Buried In House Farm Bill Could Gum Up Regulatory Work, Critics Say | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some senators and environmental and public health groups are concerned that a little-noticed provision in the House's version of the far...

Kate Sheppard

Senators Call For Extension Of Key Energy Tax Credits | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Twenty-four senators are asking the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee to renew a slate of tax credits for renewable energy and eff...

Matt Sledge

Cops Asked For Cell Phone Data More Than 1 Million Times Last Year | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Where you've been, whom you've talked to and even what you've been saying -- police can get it all from your cell phone company, and frequently withou...

Paul Blumenthal

Have Liberals Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Citizens United? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite liberal opposition to the election spending unleashed by the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, progressive independ...

Why Do 'Congressional Truants' Still Get Paid While Openly Seeking Other Jobs?

Rich Rubino | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

American politics is perhaps the only field where office holders can spend the preponderance of their time campaigning for another office while being truant from the office they currently hold.

Beyond Left and Right on Syria

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee just voted to approve a resolution to attack Syria on a vote of 10-7. But the breakdown of the voting reveals that this was in no way a party-line vote.

House Hopefuls Split On Syria

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

Only one of the five contenders for the Democratic nomination to succeed Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in the U.S. House of Representatives has publicly co...

New Era of 'Open Debates' Begins In Elizabeth Warren's Backyard

Adam Green | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Adam Green

Open Debates will be a game changer in our political process -- ensuring that questions get asked that the public actually cares about. What starts in Massachusetts will hopefully become the norm for local, state, congressional, and even presidential debates in the future.

This Past Week's Progressive Scorecard

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is always good to remind ourselves that progressive change doesn't happen overnight, that most progress comes as steppingstone victories, and that setbacks are a normal part of the struggle for social justice. Social justice activists have to be marathon runners, not sprinters.

Friday Talking Points -- Professional Edition

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

All Americans who love this country very much deserve a commonsense immigration process, one that includes a roadmap for people who aspire to be citizens.

President Obama Vows to Cut Pollution

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I was live tweeting the speech, which had a distinct "call to arms" tone, as Obama underscored the need for each citizen to do his/her part. He said, "I'm going to need all of you to educate others. Speak up for the facts, Broaden the circle. Make yourself heard."

Super PAC surge can't deliver Gomez victory against Markey

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael Beckel June 25, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartis...

Dem Prevails In Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) defeated Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts special election, projects The Associated Press. The re...

Voters Head To Polls For Race Between Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez

Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

By STEVE LEBLANC AND BOB SALSBERG, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON — Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez scrambled to ene...

Jason Linkins

Ed Markey Makes Closing Argument | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

According to the folks at HuffPost Pollster, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is currently ahead in all polls, with our polling average putting him a shade un...