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Reforming Our Justice System

Carla DiMare | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Carla DiMare

How do we improve the judiciary? Easy. Change the law. Some suggestions will cost our country virtually nothing, but will reap benefits of fairness, justice, social order and peace, particularly for the most vulnerable.

Asbestos-Victim Families May Face Govt. Repayment Issue

Sara Warner | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

In the hardball political world of mesothelioma litigation, the asbestos-related cancer that fuels all those commercials, it's getting hard to tell if some victims are going to be branded as Medicare "scofflaws" or embraced as important whistleblowers.

What TedCruz.com and @ImmigrationGOP Say About Republicans

Juan Escalante | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Juan Escalante

The race to the White House officially begins today, with Ted Cruz being the first candidate to announce his candidacy for what many expect to be a crowded Republican primary. But already the Ted Cruz camp is playing defense. Behold! www.TedCruz.com.

Dems Must Defend 'Trust' System, Even As Asbestos Trusts Deplete

Sara Warner | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

The new Republican-controlled congress rolled up its sleeves and rolled out its agenda over the last week, and along with immigration and budget issues it turns out "asbestos litigation reform" is an apparent priority.

Why Are Republicans Trying to Suppress My Fight Against Militarizing the Border?

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Yesterday's Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration provided supporters of the House GOP's Homeland Security bill an opportunity to demonstrate a need for granting local officers whose duties include "border security activities" priority access to the DOD's free transfer program. Instead, the GOP demonstrated no actual need and tried to censor me when I pointed this out.

Thanks to Four Bright Rainbows in Our National Clouds

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

All were willing to step up to make a difference, to lead when it could be dangerous, and to let their lives be shining examples for others. We should remember them when we face stormy and cloudy weather in our national life and become bright rainbows of hope like them.

The Absolute Best Way to Reflect on Nixon's Resignation

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Lester & Charlie

On this anniversary, let's remember one great -- but too often overlooked -- Lesbian African-American House Representative from Texas who steered us through a Constitutional crisis 40 years ago with logic and passion.

Criminal Injustice

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

For decades, Congress has implemented policies that distort America's criminal justice system and tip the scales of justice in favor of punishment over rehabilitation. As a matter of civil rights and basic justice, our criminal justice system must change.

Ear-Picking Congressman Clears The Air

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) quickly gained Internet fame when C-SPAN footage of him picking at his ear, inspecting his finger, then nibbling at his finge...

Dem Rep Learns The Hard Way That C-SPAN Is Always Watching

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) is about to learn a valuable lesson: C-SPAN is always watching. During a House Judiciary Committee meeting last week, the ...

Matt Sledge

House Committee Approves NSA Reform Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Wednesday on a "fast track to passage" that would limit the NSA's bulk collection of telephone call reco...

Unconstitutionally Long Copyright Terms Stifle Content Creation, Just Ask Disney

Derek Khanna | Posted 07.06.2014 | Media
Derek Khanna

As the House Judiciary Committee is considering major copyright reforms to provide for the next Great Copyright Act, they must include copyright terms more consistent with the original public meaning of the Copyright Clause.

I Want a Bigger Cable Company, Said No One Ever

Chris Meyer | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Chris Meyer

A combined Comcast/Time Warner has implications for millions of consumers around the country, so it's no wonder that this issue has struck a chord with so many people.

'This Is Not Prostitution -- This Is Child Rape.'

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Malika Saada Saar

As a human rights movement, the anti-trafficking movement must urge for laws, policies, and practices that hold both the trafficker and the buyer accountable for their crimes.

With Upcoming Discussion on Limiting Abortion Rights, the Personal Is Political

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

To break the issue of abortion rights down to a battle over "messaging," or ensuring that Republican members of the House give some necessary red meat to their base, ultimately has a much more dire impact on the body politic.

What Price Justice?

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

As the government budget gridlock grinds on, there has been considerable attention concerning its financial impact. However, few commentators have focused on the effect the sequester and the government shutdown are having on our constitutional obligation to do justice.

Goodlatte Pledges Action On Key Issue

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday pledged action on immigration overhaul legislation even as most of the at...

Goodlatte Rejects Path To Citizenship

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics

VERONA, Va. — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is rejecting the idea of giving immigrants in the U.S. illegally a special pathway t...

Republicans: Holder 'Deceptive And Misleading'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House Judiciary Committee report released on Wednesday concludes that Attorney General Eric Holder gave "deceptive and misleading" tes...

Tea Partier Makes Absurd Civil Rights Comparison

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) compared the civil liberties of minority groups to snail darters and prairie chickens at a House Judiciary Committee hear...

Film and Television Play Vital Role in Driving Innovation, Strengthening US Economy

Chris Dodd | Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Dodd

The production and distribution of film and television continues to be one of this country's most valuable cultural and economic resources.

House Holding Surveillance Hearing

Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

By PETE YOST, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Six weeks after a leaked document exposed the scope of the government's surveillance of Americans...

House Committee Advances Immigration Bill Over Dem Objections

AP | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

BY DAVID ESPO AND ERICA WERNER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping immigration legislation moving toward a vote in the Senate would ...

Contentious Bill Gets Revised After Rape Controversy

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Republicans have modified a tough anti-abortion bill to include exceptions for rape and incest after the GOP sponsor of the l...

FBI Director Faces Tough Questions

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert Mueller is leaving the law enforcement agency that he has run every day since the week before the Sept. 11, 200...