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DREAM Act Makes History in House, Given New Life in Senate

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Harry Reid just positioned DREAM to give it the best chance possible to cross the finish line. Now, we just need a handful of Republican Senators to step up to the plate and turn this historic, bipartisan House victory into law.

Is Foreign Aid Too Fat?

Serra Sippel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Serra Sippel

A Democrat says we have to make foreign aid more efficient. A Republican says she will trim the "fat" in existing aid programs. Depending on how you define "fat," we may have a bi-partisan consensus on our hands.

The Post Election Foreign Policy Hangover

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Any Congress, particularly a hostile Congress, has the power to give any sitting president a major national security migraine -- and the incoming House GOP leadership has proven their determination to do just that.

Applause for Chairman Berman's New Foreign Aid Legislation

George Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Ingram

Berman recently released a working draft of new legislation authorizing U.S. foreign assistance. This is a major step toward building a 21st century approach for promoting development.

Aid Reform Within Reach: Time for the President to Lead

George Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
George Ingram

The United States is falling short in getting the most bang for its development buck. Even our best aid projects often fail to maximize the benefits for either effective development or national interests.

The War That Isn't What it Seems

Jane Bussmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Bussmann

After 24 years it's time to stop looking at the capacity of the players to stop Kony and start looking at their will. If not, Kony Rapes Inc. might as well get listed in the phonebook.

Look Who's Talking: Turkey!

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Until a few years ago, Turkey had been preoccupied with its own affairs. But recently, Ankara has become an outspoken player in one of the world's toughest and most volatile regions.

Israel Lobby Gets Congress to Stick It to Turkey

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

If the Armenian resolution passes both houses and goes into effect, it will not be out of some newfound compassion for the victims of the Armenian genocide, but to send a message to Turkey.

5 Pitfalls for Congress' Iran Sanctions

Patrick Barry | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Barry

While sanctions are a useful diplomatic instrument and congressional pressure can send an important signal that U.S. patience with Iran is not limited, now is not the time for unilateral action.

Howard Berman/Richard Lugar Bipartisan Team Call for End to Cuba Travel Ban

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

It is a remarkable but true fact that the US government cannot stop regular Americans from traveling to North Korea, Burma, Iran, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Congo, or any other complicated place in the world, except Cuba.

Iranian Crisis: The Run-Up To Negotiation

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

There's a point in the Iran situation where semantics come into play. Is Iran on a path to nuclear weapons-capable technology? Yes. Is it producing nuclear weapons? No. Does it intend to produce nuclear weapons?

White Committee Chairmen Hire Fewer Black Aides: Congressional Survey

Congressional Quarterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Black aides are so scarce on some House committees that the Congressional Black Caucus surveyed the panels. Their conclusion: black staffers are most ...

Berman, Pelosi Undermine Obama on Iran Diplomacy

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

It's interesting to observe when some Democratic Congressional leaders say Democrats have to be "loyal" to Obama and when it's apparently OK to join Republicans in undermining him.

A Balanced Approach to U.S. Foreign Aid Reform

David Beckmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Beckmann

In a world where poverty anywhere threatens prosperity everywhere, foreign assistance is a vital tool for translating our moral beliefs into practical actions.

Congress Should Travel More Not Less: Applauding the Aspen Institute

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Let me play the contrarian here. We need as many members out seeing the world as possible -- and if they are at a forum debating political Islam...well, fantastic!

Obama Superdelegates: Waxman And Berman

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two big representative endorsements for Barack Obama today: Rep. Henry Waxman and Rep. Howard Berman. It brings today's number of superdelegate endor...