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Obama, Heeding Close House Vote, Should Press Saudis to End Yemen War

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.16.2016 | World
Robert Naiman

President Obama is meeting Friday with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with the conflict in Yemen among the topics of discussion. The President should take a signal from the House vote, and pressure Saudi Arabia to end its war in Yemen.

Hillary Clinton Embraces Progressive Federal Reserve Reforms

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton came out in favor of changes to the Federal Reserve that would reduce the number of bankers in key central bank pos...

Elizabeth Warren, Democrats Slam The Fed's Lack Of Diversity

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

A majority of House Democrats and eleven Democratic senators sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday, urging the Fed to improv...

Reps. Conyers, Yoho: Sending MANPADS to Syria Is Still a Stupid Thing We Shouldn't Do

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.04.2016 | World
Robert Naiman

Concerns over the potential for terrorist groups to obtain MANPADS from U.S.-supplied insurgents have been greatly heightened by incidents in which terrorist groups captured U.S.-supplied weaponry in Syria.

House Democrat Says Rick Snyder Should Be Arrested For The Flint Water Crisis

The Huffington Post | Tyler Tynes | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said Wednesday that Congress needs to ensure that everyone at fault in the Flint water crisis answers for th...

U.S. Expands Visa Waiver Restrictions For Recent Travelers To Libya, Somalia, Yemen

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In what could be a sign the administration is moving away from a policy seen as discriminatory, the Obama administration announced Thurs...

Think Bernie Wouldn't Be Able to Pass Any Legislation In Office? Think Again.

Rich Rubino | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Instead of working through the center, Sanders could effectuate coalitions of the progressive left and the Tea Party Right. The opposition would come from the center-left and from the center-right in both parties.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Unimpressed By Bernie Sanders' Argument Against Reparations

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

Bernie Sanders is running for president on a host of progressive policy ideas that are unlikely to be enacted. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates wants to know w...

Lighten the Load on Our Nurses for Better Health Care

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Prior to the OSH Act, workplace safety was a concept only familiar to those with a good union or an unusually goodhearted boss. There was no law saying your employer had to send you home every day in one piece. The OSH Act changed that.

Why These Progressives Want To Stop The Fed From Raising Interest Rates

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

The Federal Reserve is poised to raise its benchmark interest rate later this month. But advocates of full employment on Tuesday once again warned tha...

White House Comes Out Against Effort To Curb White-Collar Crime Prosecutions

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

The White House is not happy about language on corporate crime that the House Judiciary Committee approved on Wednesday as part of a bipartisan crimin...

Janet Yellen Shows the Need for a 4 Percent Unemployment Target

Dean Baker | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

In a speech last week, Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen inadvertently told us why Congress should set a 4 percent unemployment target for the Fed in its conduct of monetary policy, as is proposed in a new bill put forward by Michigan Representative John Conyers. The context was Yellen's dismissal of such a target. Certainly the Federal Reserve Board cannot just pick any number and say it will get the unemployment rate to that level. There are limits posed by the economy that can prevent the Fed from hitting an unemployment rate target despite its best efforts. However, this is also true of the 2.0 percent inflation target that the Fed has chosen for itself as a basis for policy over the last decade. But the fact is that the Fed cannot simply set any inflation rate it likes.

Senior Democrat Has A New Plan To Trim Unemployment

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

The Federal Reserve may not have raised its benchmark interest rate on Thursday, but advocates of full employment still worry it could do so before th...

Putin's Man in Congress

Kristofer Harrison | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Kristofer Harrison

Are you skeptical that Moscow's crass propaganda efforts could really impact hearts and minds in Europe? Unfortunately, they not only have an impact there; those information operations are making inroads right here in the United States thanks to a senior Democratic congressman and pliable media.

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Con...

Jennifer Bendery

Bill To Restore Voting Rights Act Gets Another Bipartisan Push

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers are giving another push to legislation that went nowhere in the last Congress: a bill to restore the landmark 1965 Votin...

Michigan Congressman Calls For Police Reforms After Cop Who Killed 7-Year-Old Walks

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has pledged to introduce legislation on police accountability following the dismissal of charges against a Detroit police ...

Here are the 241 Bills and Resolutions Introduced on the First Day of Congress

Marci Harris | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Marci Harris

Leaders were elected, Members took their oaths, and in short order, they got to work introducing bills on the first day of the 114th Congress.

10 Things You Should Know About the First Day of the 114th Congress

Marci Harris | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Marci Harris

The first day of a new Congress follows a well-established schedule, from oaths of office to leadership elections and rule changes. Here are ten of the highlights, gathered by POPVOX.

Can Congress End Cuba Embargo? Many Republicans Want Embargo to Fall

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Could a Republican-led Congress vote to end the U.S. embargo? Some Republican leaders were quick to denounce President Obama's announcement that the U.S. was restoring ties with Cuba. But how many divisions do these Cold War dead-enders control?

John Conyers Wins Reelection

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) defeated Republican Jeff Gorman in the midterm race to represent Michigan's 13th District Tuesday. Conyers' campaign wa...

Gaza Blockade Hangs Fire in Cairo: Where Is the Anti-War Left?

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The greatest struggle facing the anti-war movement in the United States is the struggle to get people who come to anti-war demonstrations after a war starts to engage politically to prevent the same wars in the future.

Here's How Politicians Have Reacted To The Protests In Ferguson

The Huffington Post | David McCabe | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics

Politicians around the country have reacted as national attention has focused on the clashes between police and those protesting the shooting of unarm...

40 Acres and a Mule, Plus Interest

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

If we are truly in denial of the past, then we are condemned to repeat it. So, as painful as it will be, if there is any hope for healing the racial divides, we must first talk fully and openly about the past.

The President Has No Mandate to Bomb Iraq or Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Regardless of whether we can agree that President Obama does not have the authority to bomb Iraq or Syria in a legal sense, as a political matter he should come to Congress for authorization anyway.