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Senate Resolution Celebrating Second Founding Is Just the Beginning

Doug Kendall | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Even 150 years later, it's clear that the wounds of the Civil War are not completely healed. But despite these historical and political rifts, there is one thing that can and should unite all Americans, as it has united Senators Leahy and Lee and a unanimous Senate: The wisdom and importance of the constitutional changes wrought by the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid Pay Tribute To Beau Biden On Senate Floor

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics

Senators paid tribute to Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's son, on the Senate floor Sunday during a rare session to debate reforms to the Patriot...

Watchdog Group Names Leahy and Paul as "Constitutional Champions"

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

To recognize others who share our vision, each year we present our Constitutional Champion Award to individuals and organizations who have dedicated themselves to defending our Constitution and the principles it embodies.

Jennifer Bendery

As Selma Anniversary Nears, Here Are The Lawmakers Actually Trying To Strengthen Voting Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been almost 50 years since the historic civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, and Congress is ready to celebrate the people who m...

Bibi, Moses, and Churchill

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

Netanyahu carries a sense of superiority, self-importance, and an overbearing assumption that only he is correct. That attitude feeds the latest spat between Bibi and the White House which has become a classic example of domestic and foreign policies intertwined in an unhealthy imbroglio.

Jennifer Bendery

Bill To Restore Voting Rights Act Gets Another Bipartisan Push

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers are giving another push to legislation that went nowhere in the last Congress: a bill to restore the landmark 1965 Votin...

Not Too Late to Postpone Netanyahu Speech

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Alan Elsner

By now, it has become clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to address Congress on March 4 has become a disaster -- not just for him but more importantly for the US-Israel relationship.

Patrick Leahy: Netanyahu Address To Congress 'A Tawdry And High-Handed Stunt'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a statement Tuesday he would skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress...

Dana Liebelson

Democrats Head Off Republicans And Enter Net Neutrality Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats beat Republicans to the punch on net neutrality legislation on Wednesday, reviving a bill that would ban companies from chargi...

Business as Usual With Mexico No Longer Possible as Human Rights Disaster Deepens

Ted Lewis | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Ted Lewis

When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto last met with President Obama he was riding a wave of legislative success and media adulation, but terrifying events in 2014 have changed all that.

Congress Fails To Revise Government Records Law

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for greater openness in government were frustrated after Congress failed to update the Freedom of Information Act despit...

Senate Passes Bill To Improve The Freedom Of Information Act

AP | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to update the Freedom of Information Act. By voice vote on Monday, lawmakers endorsed ...

Matt Sledge

Libertarian Champion Rand Paul Helped Kill NSA Reform Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rand Paul, a leader of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party, helped kill a bill meant to rein in the National Security Agency. H...

Mitch McConnell Lashes Out At NSA Reform Bill

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) lashed out against a major National Security Agency reform bill on Tuesday, claiming that...

Obama Seeks Human Rights Waiver On ISIS War Funds

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has asked Congress repeatedly to exempt its military effort against the Islamic State from a longstanding...

Matt Sledge

Harry Reid Gives NSA Reform Bill The Go-Ahead

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gave the go-ahead Wednesday for the first major bill responding to the leaks by former National Security Ag...

Senator Talks Role In New Batman Movie

The Huffington Post | Diane Jeanty | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics

What role will Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" movie? "I can't say," Stabenow chuckled i...

Jennifer Bendery

Democrats Sink Controversial Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressives appear to have won their fight to sink President Barack Obama's controversial judicial nominee Michael Boggs. The New Yo...

Dem Senator To Propose Strong Curbs On NSA Phone Data Collection

Reuters | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - A new Senate proposal to curb the government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and increase transpar...

Laura Bassett

Gabby Giffords Touts First-Ever Senate Hearing On Guns And Domestic Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has scheduled the first-ever Senate hearing on how to keep guns out of the hands of d...

Leadership to End AIDS -- Cuomo's Got It, Where's Schumer? Leahy? Mikulski? Obama?

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Matthew Kavanagh

This week leadership in the fight to end AIDS (and seemingly to do most things that take political will) has shown up outside our nation's capitol. Governor Cuomo yesterday announced a credible, ambitious, and politically courageous plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York.

Lawmakers: Egypt's 'Descent Toward Despotism' Risks U.S. Aid

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics

(Inserts background on Senate legislation, paragraph 6, and lobbying group, paragraph 11) By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGT...

Washington to Cairo: Start Acting Like a Democracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the United States and many other foreign leaders around the world, from Great Britain to Australia, this sentence was a vivid reminder of Egypt's grotesque reality: that of a country dominated by the military, where the right to a fair trial, a free press, and free expression are blatantly crushed.

Jennifer Bendery

Vermont Christians Urge Patrick Leahy To Oppose Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) should expect some visitors at one of his Vermont offices on Friday: Burlington-area Christians plan to drop ...

Senator Leahy Must Throw Out the Blue Slips

Arisha Michelle Hatch | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Arisha Michelle Hatch

Thanks to the misuse of blue slips by Republican obstructionists, a bevy of highly qualified Black nominees have been routinely denied confirmation hearings.