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Key Senate Republican Floats Obamacare 'Transition' Plan

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― A Senate Republican chairman with jurisdiction over Obamacare on Tuesday unveiled his outline for a proposal that would reshape the hea...

Republicans Argue Whether Obamacare Repeal-And-Delay Strategy Will Work

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics

Republicans in Congress say they are united in their determination to repeal and replace Obamacare. But they appear to have different views over wheth...

Senators Try One More Time To Get Funding To Fight Opioid Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Congress may have found one last chance to put real muscle behind the push to slow the opioid crisis, sources close to ongoing negotiat...

Major New Mental Health Bills Ignore Serious Mental Illness

DJ Jaffe | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

When they return in June, House and Senate leadership have indicated they may take up rewritten mental health bills originally proposed by Representative Tim Murphy (R., Penn.). Both bills have good provisions for mental health, but lost some of the provisions that help the most seriously mentally ill.

Republicans Move to Hide the Gender Pay Gap

Martha Burk | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Martha Burk

If Republicans really cared about the EEOC's "mission not accomplished" record due to budget starvation, it would increase funding for investigation and prosecution of giant corporations getting fat off our tax dollars -- while women working for them still slave away for 79 cents on the dollar.

What to Expect Out of John King, US Secretary of Education

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.21.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

John King has the makings of another Arne Duncan, and on some points (e.g., ESSA Title I state plans), Sen. Lamar Alexander will want to use the Senate to rein King in. However, on other points (e.g., reckless charter spending; pressuring states to deliver on that 95 percent of test takers), King and Alexander will get on just fine.

Senate HELP Committee Passes Pretend Mental Health Bill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

Earlier this month, allegedly mentally ill Kyle Odom shot pastor Tim Remington in Idaho because he "knew" the pastor was a Martian. In his untreated...

Republicans Are Even Blocking Their Own Nominees Now

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The level of obstruction in the Senate hit a new level of absurdity Wednesday, as a Democratic effort to confirm a federal judge with s...

Obama Is One Step Closer To Officially Having A New Education Secretary

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics

It looks like acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. may not be acting for much longer. On Wednesday morning, the Senate education committee...

Senate GOP Tries To Like Ted Cruz The Way You Have To Hug Your Sweaty Cousin

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Wanna make Republican senators squirm? Just ask why their caucus isn’t rallying behind fellow Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) to defeat Donald ...

Donald Trump Wins Tennessee Republican Primary

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump easily won the Tennessee GOP primary on Tuesday, despite the public opposition of high-profile elected Republicans in the state. The busi...

The President Just Signed A Bill That Will Transform Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law Thursday morning, a day after the Senate voted to pass the bill. The Every Stude...

Back to the Chalkboard: The Soft Patience for High Expectations

Mark Silva | Posted 12.09.2016 | Education
Mark Silva

As eagerly as the Common Core regimen was embraced, it was disavowed in a Tea Party-inspired wave of opposition to what was become known simply as government outreach. And as strongly as the teachers' unions had campaigned for educational reform, they deemed the government's obsession with a testing an albatross hanging over the careers of educators who could handle their own classrooms perfectly well.

GOP Beginning to Face Stark Reality That Trump Might Become Their Nominee

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.02.2016 | Media
Chris Weigant

Previously considered unthinkable, unconceivable and downright unimaginable, some Republicans are now struggling to come to grips with the fact that Donald Trump might actually become their party's standard-bearing presidential nominee.

McCain, Alexander Press Department of Defense to Back off of University of Phoenix, Their Donor

David Halperin | Posted 10.22.2016 | Politics
David Halperin

Republican senators wrote to the Secretary of Defense calling on him to "reconsider" the decision to put the largest for-profit college on probation. Coincidentally, all three senators have received significant campaign contributions from the group that owns the University of Phoenix.

Senate Republicans Eye Change To Filibuster

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are eyeing new changes to Senate rules that would make it easier for the majority party to take up and pass legislati...

How A Dead Man's Wheelchair Could Help Pass A New 9/11 Health Bill

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most people who lobby Congress rely on millions of dollars and connections to well-placed insiders. Ray Pfeifer needed a new motorized w...

9/11 Health Program Now Officially On Borrowed Time

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to a sense of urgency, Congress has to be graded on a curve these days, so perhaps no one should be too surprised that law...

Boehner's Exit and the ESEA Reauthorization: What Next?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.26.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

My first thought was about the fate of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the latest version of which is the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

Senate GOP Leaders Want To Put Ted Cruz In A Time Out

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republican leaders spent a rare Sunday session scolding Ted Cruz. The leaders wagged their fingers at the younger senator, accusi...

Your Bigotry Threatens Children, Not My Homosexuality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Some conservative political leaders want you to believe that gay men are a threat to children. They choose to turn away from actual problems facing kids in American schools. In doing so, they are perpetuating the obstacles that LGBT youth must face every day.

Senate's ESEA Challenge: Strengthen Accountability to Help Schools Improve, Not Perpetuate Test-driven Accountability

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

If we've learned anything from the failure of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), it should be that NCLB's accountability strategy -- pressuring schools to continuously raise standardized test scores -- doesn't work.

Dayana Morales Gomez

Here's What Southern Congress Members Think About The Confederate Flag On State License Plates

HuffingtonPost.com | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the Charleston shooting, the country has been reexamining why it still pays tribute to America's history of slavery. Conf...

Air Pollution Is Making Me Anxious

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.12.2016 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

As an urban dweller, I may finally have something to pin my personal angst on. The funny thing is that I suspected that air pollution may be impacting my mental health, just not in the way that one study suggested...

My Position on the Senate ESEA Reauthorization Draft

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The clear, repeated, detailed, and undeniable limits on the authority of US secretary of education and the absence of any discussion of Title I funding portability are my chief reasons for supporting the Senate ESEA draft. And I think this bill could realistically garner enough votes in Congress to rid us once and for all of NCLB.