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Close Guantanamo and Return It to Cuba

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.14.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

If there is probable cause to believe a detainee committed a crime, he should be sent to the United States for trial in federal court. The remaining detainees should be returned to their countries of origin or third countries if that is not feasible. After shuttering the prison camp, Obama should return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba, its rightful owner.

Mr. President, "Stop Whining" about Gun Violence

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

If President Obama is as frustrated and angry as he appeared to be at his recent news conference about the inability of Congress to do something about gun violence in the wake of another mass shooting, Bishop Douglas Miles has similar feelings about the President's lack of leadership.

It's Time for Paid Safe Time

Marcy Karin | Posted 10.05.2015 | Women
Marcy Karin

This October, it is time we recognize the intersection of domestic violence and work-life issues. An effective national policy on domestic violence must understand the impact this epidemic has on the workplace, including the problems for both employees and employers, some of which result from the structure of the workplace itself.

Obama Signs Executive Order On Paid Sick Days

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Labor Day requiring that federal contractors provide their employees with paid sick leave, t...

From Receptionists to Rocket Scientists, MANPOWER Undermines Higher Wages

Mary Bottari | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

In 2013, a U.S. Senate committee exposed the fact that too many federal contractors are violating federal wage laws and health and safety standards, yet continue to profit off of U.S. taxpayers with repeat contracts.

Another Presidential Usurpation

Bruce Fein | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Chronicling President Barack Obama's constitutional usurpations is like memorializing the sins of the Borgia Popes. They benumb by repetition. The latest is Mr. Obama's imminent issuance of an executive order usurping congressional authority to enact labor laws.

Executive Order on Paid Sick Days? Yes, Please!

Amy Traub | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Amy Traub

Executive action on paid sick days for employees of federal contractors would be in keeping with Obama's steps to raise workplace standards for contract employees as he would like to see them raised for all American workers.

Washington's Way of Dealing With Hostages: More Bureaucracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For Al-Qaeda affiliates around the world, holding westerners hostage and threatening to kill them if their governments don't pay for their release is big business. In fact, kidnapping is a massive windfall for terrorist organizations in general.

Friday Talking Points -- Spinning Straw (Polls) Into Gold

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's one of those rare weeks in Washington where Congress deigns to actually do their job and vote on some stuff... before lapsing back into their default status, which is of course: "taking weeks and weeks off, on vacation."

Why Are Conservatives Signing On to Ban the Box?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

The past few weeks have seen a wave of conservative support for "Ban the Box" initiatives, a practice that delays questions on criminal background until after job applicants have had the opportunity to demonstrate qualifications. For the over 70 million Americans who are subject to employment discrimination due to criminal history, the change has come none too soon.

Contractors: Fairness, Size and Influence

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.12.2015 | Small Business
Lisa Gilbert

The federal contracting process needs to be fair. This isn't a statement that most would dispute. Nor would anyone likely take issue with the ideas that small businesses should have a fair shot when they go seek government dollars to do work.

Stan & Deliver: Why Hip-Hop Fans Hate Talking Nas

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 05.05.2015 | Entertainment
Shane Paul Neil

Nas fans, by and large, are very similar to Knick fans. They rally around a past champion who put a city on his back at a time when she was an underdog fighting to reclaim prominence.

Behind the White House's Sanctions Against Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

The contradiction between the Venezuela sanctions and the opening to Cuba is probably more apparent than real. A majority of the U.S. foreign policy establishment has wanted to normalize relations with Cuba since at least the 1990s.

Another Step Toward Equality for LGBT Workers

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Thomas E. Perez

Today, President Obama's Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination goes into effect. It prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

An Executive Order the Left and Right Can Agree On

Charlotte Hill | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Turn on the TV, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a news story about Americans uniting across ideologies. One idea, however, has risen above the fray to achieve practically unheard-of heights of public support. An incredible 97 percent of Americans agree: the time has come to end government corruption in America.

This Women's History Month, How Can We Honor Immigrant Moms?

Reshma Shamasunder | Posted 05.27.2015 | Los Angeles
Reshma Shamasunder

As women's history month comes to an end, I'd like to honor a courageous immigrant mother who leads by example.

Is It a Crime Doing Business in Crimea?

Andre Bourque | Posted 05.24.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

Just two years ago, National Geographic featured the country of Crimea in its 2013 Best Trips report. All that changed last year. Russia sent troops into Crimea in early 2014. Regardless, the position of the United States is clear -- stay away from Crimea.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Calls On Federal Agencies To Reduce Emissions 40 Percent By 2025 | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Thursday committing the federal government to cutting its own emissions 40 percent b...

Mr. President, It's Our Moment of Truth

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

From the heartlands of America to our city centers, there are too many folks who don't believe our system works. When citizens are under-served by their leaders, an apathy is fostered that enables corruption and prevents accountability.

Open Letter to Giuliani on Characterizations of Obama

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rudy, let's break down your statement. When you say that "I do not believe that the president loves America," what indication do you have or what criteria are you using? I really want to know.

Congress Ought to Be Ashamed: Stop Playing Politics With Our National Security

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Republicans and Democrats are playing politics with U.S. national security. Senate Democrats may be blocking debate right now, but it was the House Republican caucus that passed an appropriations bill for the Homeland Security Department knowing full well that Democrats would refuse to support it.

Watch: How Will Rauner's Union Plans in Illinois Impact National Law?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.19.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The more important part of Rauner's action Monday was a motion he filed in federal court that is intended to elicit a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on Rauner's belief that forcing non-union employees to pay any fee to a public-sector union is a First Amendment violation.

Time for Obama to Bring His 'A Game' and 'Best Stuff'

Greg Schwem | Posted 03.15.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

It's no secret President Obama is a sports-minded individual; video of him playing golf and basketball are ample proof. So from the moment the president enters the House chambers on January 20, he needs to talk tough, he needs to talk frank and he needs to talk sports.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Can Give You Overtime Pay -- If He Doesn't Blow It | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you're a salaried worker in the U.S., chances are you don't get paid overtime at your job, even if you work 100 hours a week and slee...

Christine Conetta

House Republicans Criticize President Obama's ‘Unconstitutional' Actions On Immigration | Christine Conetta | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

House Republicans are not pleased with President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration, and they devoted two hearings and several hou...