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Amanda Terkel

Obama Promises To Protect Science Research From Partisan Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama promised on Monday to ensure that scientific research is insulated from partisan politics, as government-funded p...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Pushes Politicization Of Scientific Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House science committee are making an unprecedented move to require oversight of the scientific research process, pus...

Republican Lawmakers Back Hobby Lobby's Obamacare Birth Control Fight

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.25.2013 | Business

Christian-owned retail chain Hobby Lobby won the backing of some high-profile Republicans in its fight against Obamacare's birth-control mandate last ...

GOP-Controlled Committee Plans Hearing On Asteroids That Pose A 'Potential Threat To Earth'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology announced Friday that it will hold a hearing in the coming weeks over asteroids that pose a "pote...

Science and Religion: Never the Twain Shall Meet

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.14.2013 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

Unlike scientific claims, beliefs cannot be arbitrated to determine which is valid because there is no objective basis on which to compare one set of beliefs to another. Those two world views are not closer than we think; they are as far apart as could possibly be imagined.

Our Economy Profits From All Undocumented Workers

Laura Merriman | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Laura Merriman

In his second term, President Obama must drastically change his administration's deportation policies and work towards a comprehensive, and fair, path to citizenship for undocumented workers.

Elise Foley

Key Republican Predicts 'Hard Time' With Citizenship In Immigration Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration pushes forward on immigration reform, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) made clear on Monday that many members of h...

A Cynical 180 on Immigration: The STEM Jobs Act

Ryan Campbell | Posted 02.11.2013 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

If Republicans want to win the White House again, whatever their stance, they have to at least be able to move far enough left on immigration to accept the DREAM Act; if not, they won't be able to win elections outside a dwindling number of places with a majority of old, white male voters.

Note to GOP: The Lamar Smith Political Strategy on Immigration Has Failed

Frank Sharry | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Lawrence Downes is right: If the Republicans are going to offer real immigration reform, they will have to do better than this.

Elise Foley

House Republicans' Immigration Bill Receives Official Opposition From White House

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announced on Wednesday its opposition to the latest House Republican effort on immigration: a bill that would e...

Global Warming Skeptic Set To Chair House Science Committee

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), a skeptic of man-made global warming, is set to take over the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology in the 113t...

Immigration Gridlock Not Likely to End After the Election

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

We recently saw for the first time in recent memory that the Democrats -- not Republicans -- blocked an immigration reform measure that many legislators in both parties say they support, in fact.

We Need More Than Just STEM Immigrants

Erwin de Leon | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Erwin de Leon

Yesterday, House GOP members tried and failed to pass legislation meant to keep the best and the brightest foreign students in the United States. At least those with doctorates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from our better universities.

Elise Foley

House Republicans Make Puzzling Accusation

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee unleashed its latest attack Friday on the Obama administration for its immigration enforcement: a claim th...

Elise Foley

Immigration Agents Sue Federal Government Over Deferred Action

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arizona immigration law author and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is representing 10 immigration agents in a lawsuit filed Thursd...

Winning Gold in the "Anti-Immigration Olympics"

Amy Novick | Posted 10.20.2012 | Latino Voices
Amy Novick

These champions return to our country and see games of a different sort going on - elected officials stooping to the worst kind of politics, spreading fear and misinformation about immigrants, and enacting harmful anti-immigration policies.

Representative Lamar Smith and Unauthorized Immigrant Crime

Alex Nowrasteh | Posted 10.03.2012 | Latino Voices
Alex Nowrasteh

Immigrants, seem to be much less likely than natives to be convicted of property or violent crimes according to a wealth of studies on the topic. Cities with higher numbers of immigrants and that are closer to the southern border are more peaceful and less crime prone.

Nancy Pelosi, Allen West And Others React To New Obama's New Immigration Policy

The Huffington Post | Erin Mershon | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

The Obama administration announced Friday that it will stop deporting law-abiding young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and w...

I Am Joaquin Luna: A Reminder of the Rodolfo Corky Gonzales Poem

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics
DeeDee Garcia Blase

Why did Corky choose the name "Joaquin"? Was it a premonition? Was Corky accurate when he said our fathers have lost the economic battle? Perhaps not. All we know is what we are left with.

Lamar Smith: Long On Criticism; Short On Solutions

David Leopold | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
David Leopold

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is chair of the House Judiciary Committee or the head of the "Just Say No To Any Immigration Solution" crowd.

Elise Foley

Immigrant Detention TOO Nice, House Republicans Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- To some Republicans in Congress, U.S. immigration detention facilities sound like resorts. That was the premise of a hearing Wednesd...

GOP Won't Solve Its Latino Voter Problem With Lamar Smith Calling the Shots on Immigration

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Any attempt to amend or soften the Republican Party's immigration positioning runs smack dab into Smith, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee -- and the leading anti-immigrant lawmaker in Congress.

The Incredible Shrinking Rep. Lamar Smith

Frank Sharry | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Does anyone (besides Mitt Romney) listen to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee anymore? This week, Rep. Lamar Smith is looking especially desperate.

Common Sense Does Exist in Washington After All

David Leopold | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
David Leopold

Administrative closure of a deportation case does not take a single job away from a U.S. worker. What it does is free up ICE prosecutors to go after those who pose a threat to our communities.

Zach Carter

Chamber of Commerce's Secret SOPA Email

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top intellectual property lawyer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce appears to have sent out an email to underlings on Friday, notifyin...