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Ethics Probe Halts Congressional Travel To Turkey; Free Trips Overall Have Slowed

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

House lawmakers and their staffers used to make about 150 stops there a year on their privately sponsored jaunts around the world. Then came a massive ethics investigation, and they all stopped taking those free trips to Turkey -- cold.

Congress Should Not Be a Part-Time Job

Rebecca Costa | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Costa

What if the next President of the United States decided not to move to the nation's capital? After the election, they announced plans to fly into Washington on Monday -- keep office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays -- and return home on Friday. Welcome to the United States Congress.

Trump Flip-Flops on His Member

Marty Rudoy | Posted 03.07.2016 | Comedy
Marty Rudoy

Donald Trump retreated today from his claim that there was "no problem" with the size of his hands or his manhood. "I guarantee you there's no problem...

Turkey Pays Former CIA Director and Lobbyists to Misrepresent Attacks on Kurds and ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Among the U.S. lobbyists for Turkey, perhaps the most questionable is Porter Goss, CIA Director from 2004 to 2006, who has agreed to sell his soul and possibly U.S. national secrets for a fistful of Turkish Liras.

A Congress of the Millionaires, By the Millionaires, and for the Millionaires

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

What does it mean for a representative democracy when most of its representatives are insulated from the real-world economic experiences of its citizens?

Raising the Minimum Wage "Pays for" Extended Unemployment Insurance

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Today, the working poor receive $3-7 Billion in federal assistance. The real number is probably higher than that, but the savings from raising the minimum wage is not likely to be 100 percent. So, let us call it $5 Billion.

A 9/11 Widow Speaks Out

Terry Strada | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Terry Strada

I had spoken with my husband Tom, and I heard the fear and screams in the background. I saw the images on TV of his building engulfed in flames. All those innocent people trapped above the point of impact in the North Tower had no chance of survival -- no chance of rescue.

Life in Congress: A Member's Perspective

Patricia Kempthorne | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Patricia Kempthorne

When you are in the midst of a political life, it feels as if the personal part of your life is put on hold and you have to hold your breath and hope for the best until it is over.

They All Look The Same!

The New Republic | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

I have a question I like to ask journalist friends whenever they're stressed about misspelling the name of some obscure interest group flack or mistak...

A Modest Proposal

Bill Allen | Posted 01.16.2013 | Comedy
Bill Allen

In light of the Petraeus situation and the scrutiny it has received I have a modest proposal to solve several of the nation's problems at once.

Bachmann, West and the Rebirth of McCarthyism

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

How the nation and our political leaders deal with members of Congress like Michele Bachmann and Allen West, who talk as if they are the reincarnation of Senator Joe McCarthy, is our next test.

The Congressional Playground

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The dreadful thing about the legislative log jams that have confronted both Houses because of the intransigence of their members is that it has cut into the members' recess time.

The War Must Not Go On!

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The president has announced that after an initial drawdown in Afghanistan, the remaining troops will be withdrawn "at a steady pace" going into 2014. But that's not good enough. President Obama had an opportunity to pivot his policy on the war and he didn't take it.

The Top 3 Signs This War Will End

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

Congress is fed up with the war in Afghanistan, and its members' turn against the war mirrors the quickly changing public opinion.

Afghanistan: No More Excuses

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

After 10 long years, the national conversation on the war in Afghanistan has changed significantly. And now, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, used for years to justify the war, is over.

The Republican Budget Hypocrisy

Rep. Paul Tonko | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Rep. Paul Tonko

What kind of health care plan will $8,000 buy in 2022 for our sickest and oldest seniors, when $9,000 can't buy a plan for a Member of Congress today?

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Let's be clear: When politicians attack the poor, it is not partisan to challenge them -- it is a Christian responsibility.

After Tucson, the State of the Union

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The speech Barack Obama gave in Tucson was a memorial to the victims of a horrible tragedy, but the spirit of his speech could also shape Tuesday's State of the Union address by calling us to be worthy of each victim's sacrifice.

Congress Got Richer During Recession

OpenSecrets | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress are enjoying their own financial stimulus. Despite a stubbornly sour national economy congressional members' pers...

Sam Stein

New Lawmakers Hit Fundraising Circuit 'Before They Even Find The Bathrooms' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Well before they cast their first votes, attend their first committee hearings or settle into their new offices, the newly-elected membe...

Arthur Delaney

Lawmakers Ignore Call To Promise Not To Become Lobbyists | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Retiring members of Congress are ignoring a call to promise they won't become lobbyists when their terms end. Public Citizen, a Washington-based wat...

Glenn Beck on Martin Luther King and Gandhi

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

I was heartened to hear Beck affirm the nonviolence of King, but I would also like to remind him of King's tireless commitment to social justice.

Mark Souder Affair May Not Break Congressional Rules

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The good news for soon-to-be ex-Rep. Mark Souder: There are no rules that expressly prohibit Members of Congress from sleeping with their staff. The ...

Pray Immigration Reform Into Passage

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

If our political leaders won't make room for the "strangers" among us, we, the people of faith, will. It's time to stop playing politics with people's lives.

My 'Daniel Fast'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I believe our nation is in deep trouble. Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray.