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National Defense Authorization Act

Dear Americans: This Law Makes It Possible To Arrest And Jail You Indefinitely Anytime

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

The frightening implications of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) In 2014 alone, terrorism killed nearly 30,000 men, women and children. ...

Iowa Senator Doesn’t Want Anyone Forcing Soldiers To Eat Vegetables

The Huffington Post | Jacquie Lee | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has beef with the idea of military personnel participating in “meatless Mondays,” and last week introduced amendments to ...

A 10-Minute Debate on War

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"Look, nuclear should be off the table. But would there be a time when it could be used? Possibly, possibly . . ." This is -- who else? -- Donald Tru...

Every U.S. Military Dog Will Be Brought Home, Thanks To New Law

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 12.07.2015 | Good News

The heroic pups who courageously serve and paw-tect our country are finally getting the recognition they deserve. President Barack Obama signed a bil...

Christmas Comes Early for Gun Nuts

Mike Weisser | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

The NRA is cheering because this small part of the military funding bill releases a huge stash of 1911 45-caliber pistols that have been gathering rust in military arsenals since the Army switched its battle pistol to the Beretta M9, 9mm model back in 1985.

Obama Hints He Might Use Executive Action To Close Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama hinted at possible plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison through executive action as he signed an updated nati...

Close Guantanamo and Return It to Cuba

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

If there is probable cause to believe a detainee committed a crime, he should be sent to the United States for trial in federal court. The remaining detainees should be returned to their countries of origin or third countries if that is not feasible. After shuttering the prison camp, Obama should return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba, its rightful owner.

Senate Blocks One Of The Last Pathways To Closing Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has closed one of the last remaining pathways for President Barack Obama to fulfill a campaign promise to close the Guantanam...

Bernie Sanders, Tammy Baldwin Join Fight To Prevent Mining Of Sacred Native American Lands

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would repeal a controversial measure giving s...

Senate Sends President Defense Bill He Opposes

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Time to bring out the veto pen, Mr. President. The Senate on Wednesday passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act, sending it ...

Senate Ignores Obama Veto Threat To Advance Defense Bill

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Enough Senate Democrats sided with Republicans on Tuesday to advance a key defense bill, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama...

John McCain Fought For Native Religious Freedom, Then He Sold Sacred Oak Flat

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been the subject of intense criticism from Native activists and their supporters over the past year for his role in orc...

Mitch McConnell's Move Leaves Ted Cruz Out In The Hallway

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senior lawmakers and staff from the House and Senate armed services committees are hammering away on the National Defense Authorization ...

800 Years on, the Magna Carta for Our Time

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The Magna Carta is widely regarded as the document that marked the beginning of the Anglo tradition of constitutional liberty that would eventually lead to the writing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Elise Foley

Congressman Shrugs Off Dreamers' Patriotism, Says ISIS Would Enlist, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), the immigration hardliner who unseated former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), dismissed arguments fro...

Zach Carter

Republicans Try To Strip Predatory Lending Protections For American Troops, Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are again attacking measures aimed at protecting U.S. troops from predatory lending practices, two weeks after a simil...

Congress Should Act to Solidify Ban Against Torture

Mark Fallon | Posted 05.08.2016 | Politics
Mark Fallon

At this point we all know that, in President Obama's words, "We tortured some folks." The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's report on the CIA's rendition, detention, and interrogation program revealed shocking abuses that went far beyond even the torture that the administration had authorized.

Elise Foley

House Committee Approves Two Dreamer-Friendly Amendments

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House has voted multiple times to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that allows young undocumented immigrants c...

Congress Passes Spending Bill Backing Expanded Campaign Against ISIS

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

(Adds final vote in second paragraph) By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress approved an a...

The Militarized Divide

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.10.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Either we're united by our common humanity or we live in a broken world, a nation hellishly divided against itself, a roiling stew of privilege and squalor. And no one in such a world is free -- that is to say, fully himself or herself, fully human.

Michael McAuliff

House Passes Defense Bill That Helps Partner Of Iran, Ignores New War

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a defense bill that ducked the debate on new military action in Iraq and Syria, but did ...

Michael McAuliff

Congress Raids Ancestral Native American Lands With Defense Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Terry Rambler, the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, woke up Wednesday in Washington, D.C., it was to learn that Congress wa...

Kate Sheppard

House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill on Thursday that would bar the Department of Defense from using...

Michael McAuliff

House Rejects Bid To End The Endless War On Terror

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With U.S. forces leaving Afghanistan and gone from Iraq, Congress reaffirmed America's endless war Wednesday, with the House of Represen...

Michael McAuliff

House Vote Maintains Military Ability To Jail People Without Trial

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House voted down a measure Thursday that would have ended the military's ability to indefinitely jail anyone without charge or trial...