The Progressive Caucus could supply a principled counterweight to the bombast coming from the likes of Boehner and Feinstein. But for that to happen, leaders of the caucus would need to set a good example by putting up a real fight.
This is a momentous week for immigration reform advocates in Congress. As a nation we are taking a step forward in a collective fight for immigration reform that respects the dignity of immigrant communities and recognizes their contributions to making our country great.
Never in the history of this country has Congress ever restricted the right of the White House or State Department to meet with representatives of a foreign state, even in wartime. If this measure passes, it will establish a dangerous precedent.
On Tuesday, Rep. Honda signed his name to legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the redeployment of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This is potentially a bellwether event.
Last week, some members of Congress sent President Obama a letter that urged him to "reconsider" his order deploying 17,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. But the list of signers was awfully short.