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Tea Party Leader Gives Tearful Testimony On 'Intimidation'

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics

By Kim Dixon WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) - Tea Party and other conservative groups delivered an emotional plea for Washington to rei...

The Tax Man Targeting our Right to Diversity of Thought

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Wendy N. Powell

We all have skin in this game to maintain our liberties. It is an ironic turn of events that the very issue of inappropriate scrutiny of our liberties is now the focus of the IRS by the public, media, elected officials; even the ACLU has raised its head.

Ousted IRS Chief Facing Tough Questions

Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM AND STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are ready to question the ousted head of the Internal Revenue Se...

Do-Nothing Congress Gives Inertia a Bad Name

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

If you want to see why the public approval rating of Congress is down in the sub-arctic range all you have to do is take a quick look at how the House and Senate pay worship at the altar of corporations, banks and other special interests at the expense of public need.

Dilemma -- the Earned Income Tax Credit

Christopher Bergin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

Immediately, some began to assert that Baucus' announcement meant the end of tax reform. Pardon me if I differ, but if anything, it probably helps the tax reform effort a bit by concentrating Baucus more on it.

Fundraising PAC Aims To Give Charities A Political Voice

philanthropy.com | Posted 11.06.2012 | Impact

Many nonprofit leaders will be watching on Tuesday to see whether members of Congress with influence over nonprofit policy will win their bids for ree...

Alex Becker

Presidential Candidates Must Release Taxes, Democrats Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Becker | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to introduce legislation that would require presumptive Republican presidential nomi...

Huge Corporations Gearing Up For Tax Reform Battle

Posted 12.23.2011 | Business

Huge U.S. corporations are forming lobbying groups to try to influence what could become the hottest congressional debate over comprehensive tax refor...

The Death of Even One Child Due to Abuse and Neglect Is Too Many

Rep. Lloyd Doggett | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Congress must take a closer look at what we can do about the gap between those children who are surrounded by loving and supportive families and those who are not.

How Many Committees Does it Take to Wage a War on Women?

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Recent and ongoing attacks on women's freedom and privacy by the anti-choice House leadership are so far-reaching and so extreme that they've been dubbed the "War on Women."

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Receives 15,000 Resumes

Michael Thornton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Thornton

Congress must make the jobs crisis a priority, since the unemployment problem is rapidly evolving into an unemployment nightmare for millions of Americans.

Time to Stop Subsidizing Ethanol

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

The $5 billion VEETC subsidy pads the pockets of Big Oil but does almost nothing to advance its stated purpose of actually promoting ethanol production.

Social Security at 75: Don't Mess With Success

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

For three-quarters of a century, Social Security has been the foundation of a secure retirement in America. Rather than dismantle it, we should work to strengthen the program for the next 75 years. You don't mess with success.

Offshore Tax 'Shenanigans': Report Reveals How Multinationals Are Duping Government Out Of Billions

Bloomberg | Jesse Drucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A U.S. tech company identified only by the pseudonym "Delta" generated as much as 55 percent of its revenue domestically while reporting to shareholde...

Writing Congress About LA's 30/10 Mass Transit and Jobs Initiative

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

What's every Angelenos favorite excuse for being late to a business meeting, lunch, or job interview? That's right, traffic. But now we have the 30/10 initiative. All it needs is our support.

In The Public Interest: Why Do We Let Companies Abandon Ship on Taxes?

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

While much of the focus of the BP oil spill has rightfully been on the families, the environment and the businesses affected, it has also allowed anot...

In The Public Interest: An Oil Industry Tax-Dollar Leak No Amount of "Top Kill" Can Stop

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

President Obama and Congress need to get some serious "top kill" going on the corporate tax loopholes which allow greedy corporations to shirk their responsibilities and billions of dollars to tax bills of those who play fair.

Medicare Needs a Digital Elliot Ness

Peter Roskam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Peter Roskam

Medicare, the government health care safety net for seniors, processes $460 billion of claims every year -- as much as 10% of which turn out to be fraudulent.

In The Public Interest: Something for Nothing 2.0

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

Every year, American taxpayers who play by the rules - individuals, small businesses and even a lot of bigger businesses - have to pay a lot of extra "something" because of all the tax dodgers who pay nothing.

In The Public Interest: Close the Loophole. Really.

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

On Saturday Night Live, the "Weekend Update" sometimes includes a segment in which Seth Myers and Amy Poehler will report a fairly ridiculous - but tr...

Blackstone Speaks Out Against Tax Hike On Executives

BusinessWeek | Ryan J. Donmoyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Blackstone Group LP and other firms protesting a plan by Congress to increase taxes on executives of investment partnerships are focusing on what they...

Troubled Rangel's Seat Eyed By Potential Successors

nytimes.com | MICHAEL BARBARO | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Representative Charles B. Rangel's decision to relinquish the coveted chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee has raised a once-unthinkable...

It's a Swamp Thing

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The thing about promising to drain the swamp is that people tend to remember. Then they expect you to do it. What a pain in the gavel! Actually, that's only partially true.

Rangel Steps Down

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Rangel To Give Up Chairmanship On Ways And Means Committee, NBC Reports

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

** UPDATES BELOW ** 12:35 PM ET -- Pelosi chooses 'firebrand' Pete Stark to replace Rangel. "Speaker Nancy Pelosi has picked liberal firebrand Rep. P...