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Obama Hints He Might Use Executive Action To Close Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

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Close Guantanamo and Return It to Cuba

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.14.2015 | 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 Guantana...

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

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

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Senate Sends President Defense Bill He Opposes

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

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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 Barac...

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

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 09.28.2015 | 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 or...

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 06.15.2015 | 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 | 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 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...

Michael McAuliff

White House Vows Defense Bill Veto Over Gitmo | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than five years after President Barack Obama first pledged to close the military's Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba for terrorism susp...

Elise Foley

House Skips Another Chance For Immigration Vote | Elise Foley | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been 11 months since the Senate approved a sweeping immigration overhaul. In the House, meanwhile, comprehensive immigration reform...

Elise Foley

Battle Continues Over Undocumented Immigrants Joining Military | Elise Foley | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House will get its chance this week to address -- or again skirt -- one small piece of immigration reform: whether or not to allow u...

End the Blank Check for War

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

Reflecting on the nearly 13 years that have passed since Congress voted for the AUMF, the warning bells that few were ringing now appear prescient. In addition to providing the president the authority to wage war against anyone, anywhere, at any time, the single sentence of the AUMF serves as the legal justification for some of the most troubling U.S. policies.

The Perils of Groupthink

Marianne Williamson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

There's a certain je ne sais quoi that Americans have in spades -- a we-can-do-anything spirit that makes so many things possible for all of us. We're rugged individualists, aspirational in nature, and we like to think for ourselves.