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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...

Congress Has Introduced 80 Bills To Undermine Endangered Species Protections In 2015

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Many may be surprised to learn about Congress' closeted assault on imperiled wildlife. The public deserves to know because when it comes to this issue, Congressional action is directly contradicting public opinion.

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...

Ali Watkins

Here's Where 2016 GOP Hopefuls Came Down On Torture | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...

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.