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Ali Watkins

Here's Where 2016 GOP Hopefuls Came Down On Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An unlikely cross-aisle coalition in the Senate voted Tuesday to outlaw torture, in an overwhelming affirmation that included quite a fe...

Ali Watkins

Senate Votes To Outlaw Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a landmark showing, lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to outlaw the practice of torture and solidify a noncoercive method of int...

Ali Watkins

In Classified Corners Of Defense Bill, Lawmakers Back Drone Overhaul

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A classified annex to the National Defense Authorization Act seeks to further enable the White House’s long-promised transition to end...

Sage-Grouse Don't Threaten National Security

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Military readiness and the conservation of greater sage-grouse- - an iconic and imperiled bird that makes its home in the American West -- and other imperiled species are not things most Americans would consider at odds with each other... because they aren't.

Jessica Schulberg

Senators Push Iran Sanctions Extension Ahead Of Nuclear Deal Deadline

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With less than a month before the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) filed an ame...

Ali Watkins

Lawmakers: Arm The Kurds In Fight Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS reels from major setbacks in halting the extremist group’s continued creep into Iraq and Syria,...

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...

Friday Talking Points -- Is That Your Final Answer, Jeb?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush, in case you haven't heard, spent the entire week coming up with a believable answer to one question After watching Bush twist in the wind this week, we can't help but wonder if the 2016 Republican nomination race is going to closely resemble the 2008 Democratic nomination fight.

Elise Foley

Immigration Hardliners Prevail In Fight Over Dreamers And The Military

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Asking the Department of Defense to consider allowing young undocumented immigrants to enlist proved a bridge too far Thursday in the R...

Michael McAuliff

Defense Bill Would Put 100,000 Untraceable Guns On Streets

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Psst. Want an untraceable gun? Courtesy of Congress and the U.S. military? That may soon be possible thanks to a provision tacked ont...

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...

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...

Zach Carter

Democrats Defeat GOP Plan To Block Predatory Lending Protections For Soldiers

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats successfully knocked down a GOP plan early Thursday morning that would have blocked predatory lending protections for Am...

Michael McAuliff

Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to N...

Michael McAuliff

Conservative GOP Senator Tries To Strip Government's Ability To Detain Americans Indefinitely

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) mounted a largely symbolic bid Friday to end the White House's authority to indefinitely detain Americans without...

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...

Protecting the Lands We Swore to Defend

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

As service members, we joined the military to ensure that our distinctive American identity remains robust. That identity includes the iconic landscapes that Americans can enjoy on our public lands, from sea to shining sea.

Michael McAuliff

Senators Demand Obama Get Permission For War Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two progressive senators declared Friday that President Barack Obama lacks authority for his growing war on the Islamic State, and are d...

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...

An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Ironically, just a short week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 227th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been little to celebrate.

Welcome Back, Congress! Here Are 15 Issues Awaiting Your Return

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Here are 15 issues on their agenda. On your mark, get set, go!

It's August Recess! Now What?

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Congress adjourned for a five-week August recess -- and will return on Sept. 8. Here's a look at five issues still on the table for when Congress returns. Mark your calendars!

What I Don't Like About Life in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I don't like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don't like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don't like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home.

The Spirit of Independence: How Culture Drives Politics

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Large-scale popular movements against power are triggered not when enough people see in that an abstract right has been taken from them - but when enough people actually experience their everyday lives as being impinged upon.