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Jim Mcgovern

Congressman Doubts Effectiveness Of 'Just Bombing Everybody'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Like most members of Congress, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) isn't sure the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State group, also known as ...

A Generation of Fighting for Human Rights

Brian Dooley | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

McGovern has put in a generation of work on human rights in Congress since then as an intern, staffer and representative. Pity there aren't many more like him.

Michael McAuliff

Disappointed Dems Help Pass Trade Relief For Fired Workers | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a bill Thursday to help workers displaced by the trade deals Congress just gave President Barack Obama the power to sig...

Jennifer Bendery

House Debates War Authorization For 2 Hours -- Then Votes Against Dealing With It | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers determined to have a war authorization debate chalked up a win on Wednesday: they forced the House of Representatives to spend...

Jennifer Bendery

House Lawmakers To Force Debate On Withdrawing U.S. Troops From Iraq And Syria | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a surprise move, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday to force a debate on whether U.S. troops should wit...

Michael McAuliff

House Passes 56th Obamacare Repeal | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted for the 56th time to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act. The vote was largely ...

Jim McGovern Re-Elected To Congress

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) was re-elected to Congress on Tuesday. McGovern represents Massachusetts' 2nd District. See more on the midterm elec...

Sunset an Authorization for the Use of Force in Iraq

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Whatever one thinks of the President's actions so far, it does not seem likely that there will be a majority in Congress in the near future to force the withdrawal of U.S. military forces. But there might well be a majority in the near future to insist that a military campaign that goes on for months needs explicit Congressional authorization.

'Humanitarian Emergency' Does Not Suspend the Constitution on War Powers

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Every time the president -- this president or any president -- is allowed to "cut corners" on the Constitutional question of Congressional war powers, it sets a bad precedent for the future, eroding a key Constitutional, democratic speed bump against unnecessary wars of choice.

Michael McAuliff

House Takes First Step To Sue Obama | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans teed up House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Barack Obama Thursday, passing a measure that will likely com...

Before Unleashing Gaza-Like Airstrikes on Iraq, Congress Must Vote

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

In the early hours of Friday morning, Gaza's Ark - the boat preparing to sail from Gaza in defiance of the Israeli blockade on Palestinian exports - was hit by an Israeli missile and caught fire. When dawn broke Friday morning, little was left of the boat.

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...

Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan? Let Congress Vote!

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

If you care about democracy in Afghanistan, you should be happy for the Afghans. But if you also care about democracy in the United States, you should be a bit troubled.

Jennifer Bendery

Democratic Lawmaker Grumbles About His Party Caving On Sequestration | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the midst of a partisan war over funding the government, one House Democrat fumed Monday night that his party leaders aren't fighting...

Arthur Delaney

Food Stamp Surfer Responds To The Haters | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jason Greenslate is America's most famous food stamp recipient. Fox News profiled the 28-year-old San Diego resident in two August s...

Arthur Delaney

House To Vote On Food Stamps Cuts Amid Syria Furor | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate in Congress over whether the United States should bomb Syria may be diverting attention from the economy at home. While the H...

Shouldn't War Critics Get a Broadcast Response to the President's War Speech?

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.09.2013 | Media
Robert Naiman

President Obama is addressing the nation Tuesday evening to lobby public opinion and Congress to support the Congressional authorization for war in Syria. Shouldn't broadcast media respect the right of war critics to an equal response?

Elise Foley

Democrat: Obama Should Withdraw Syria Request | Elise Foley | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said Sunday that the Obama administration should accept that it doesn't have the necessary support in Congre...

Epic GOP Bumbling Could Inadvertently Save This

Salon | Blake Zeff | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

There are lawmakers in the Republican Party who really hate the idea of the government helping poor people stay alive via eating. This disdain is seve...

WATCH: Congressman Introduces Constitutional Amendments To Repeal Citizens United

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.30.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern last Tuesday proposed two Constitutional amendments on the House floor that would overturn the Supreme Cour...

15 Members of Congress Speak Out: End the War in Afghanistan

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

Today, 14 of my colleagues joined me in speaking out against the war in Afghanistan. Congress is deeply complicit in maintaining and continuing the war, but if enough members join our voices, maybe an end to this travesty can be in sight.

On Afghanistan, the Pentagon Has Lost the American People

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Until now the Administration has gotten away with a having a two-faced policy: presented to the American people as a timetable for withdrawal, but understood by the Pentagon and the Republican leadership as allowing tens of thousands of U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan forever.

Dem Rep Accused Of Drinking On The Job By GOP Colleague

Politico | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

One congressman accused another of drinking on the job in the midst of a tense exchange Wednesday night over whether the House would debate an amendme...

GOP Admits It Lacks Votes for Afghan War; House to Vote on Drone Strikes, Afghan Exit & Indefinite Detention

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.17.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

On Wednesday night, the House GOP leadership effectively conceded that they no longer have the votes in the House to sustain the current war policy in Afghanistan.

House Moots Afghan Exit, Iran War, Military Budget, and 'Signature' Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

According to the way the House operates, the authorization bill is the most open opportunity to challenge current policy. When the House considers the appropriations bill, amendments can be offered to cut money for specific programs.