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Amanda Terkel

LGBT Adoption Bill Picks Up GOP Cosponsor | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.29.2011 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) has signed on as the first Republican supporter of a bill outlawing discrimination against same-sex...

More Rights Proposed For Colorado’s Pot-Businesses

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.26.2011 | Denver

Lead by Colorado U.S. Representative Jared Polis, along with a unified coalition of bipartisan congressional support, three new bills to improve acces...

Celebrating Reason on the National Day of Prayer

Rep. Pete Stark | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Rep. Pete Stark

Our nation faces many serious problems, here at home and abroad. Although the gravity of these issues may drive many to prayer, the way we will actually solve them is through the application of reason.

Amanda Terkel

Same-Sex Adoption Bill Introduced | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As several states have moved to make it harder for same-sex families to adopt children or become foster parents, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Cali...

Fighting To Give Foster Children The Support They Deserve

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

The chain of responsibility for children in the foster care system culminates with us, and by virtue of our Democratic process, those who represent us.

Act Now to End the War in Afghanistan

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

While Congress proposes slashing health care benefits, vital children's programs, and veterans' services -- all because we're "broke" -- it continues to fund a war that has cost us more than $455 billion.

Secular Coalition Asks Newt Gingrich to Respect America's Secular Heritage

Sean Faircloth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Faircloth

Mr. Gingrich, if you want to prove yourself worthy of our nation's highest office, it would very wise for you to not only acknowledge America's rich secular heritage -- but affirm our historic and constitutional responsibility to defend it.

After Traveling Europe, Robin Hood Drops in on Congress

Michelle Chan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michelle Chan

What do French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu have in common? They both support taxing harmful financial speculation to pay for global goods.

Republican Advice to Republicans: Focus on Jobs

Rep. Pete Stark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Pete Stark

2011-02-14-boehner.jpgRepublicans in the minority in 2009 and 2010 gave important advice to Republicans in the majority in 2011: Focus on jobs.

Ryan Grim

Health Insurance Profits Soar, Dem Calls For Rebates | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Health insurance profits are skyrocketing in 2010 compared to last year's returns and the outgoing chairman of the House subcommittee th...

Atheist House Candidate Up Against Pillar of Prayer Caucus

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barrett Brown

There are probably a great many atheists and agnostics in Congress, and most of those keep their religious opinions secret; polls routinely show that atheists are mistrusted more than any other group.

Financing Global Health Aid and Protecting Wall Street: Enact a Financial Speculation Tax

Anand Reddi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anand Reddi

A 0.005% financial speculation tax -- a "pinprick" for international banks -- would be an important stream of revenue for domestic and global development initiatives.

Currency Tax -- A Way to Invest in Our Future

Rep. Pete Stark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Pete Stark

It's time to tax the type of speculation that helped to worsen the recent financial crisis and which serves no purpose other than making a few people and institutions even richer.

Ryan Grim

California Dems Endorse Pot Legalization, Proposition 19 | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic lawmakers from California are hoping that a proposition to legalize marijuana on the November ballot will help drive progressive voter turn...

Sander Levin: Pete Stark Relinquishes Ways And Means Chairmanship To Sander Levin

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) will take over the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means committee, the Michigan Democrat told reporters on Thursday. ...

Pete Stark: Charlie Rangel Successor As House Ways And Means Committee Chair

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) will temporarily take the House Ways and Means Committee chairmanship vacated Wednesday morning by Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N...

Pete Stark Runs Into Resistance As Rangel's Interim Ways And Means Replacement

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Pete Stark (Calif.) may have the shortest chairmanship in the young history of the House Democratic majority....

Pete Stark: "I Wouldn't Dignify You By Peeing On Your Leg" (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), told an anti-reform attendee at a recent town hall meeting that he wouldn't "dignify" the man by peeing on his leg. The...

Sam Stein

Pete Stark: Co-Ops The Equivalent Of A "Medical Unicorn" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the leading progressive voices in the House of Representatives declared on Thursday that a co-operative approach for health insurance coverage ...

Stark Contrast at Health Care Town Hall in California

Ruby Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ruby Bernstein

Members of the Minutemen, supporters of the LaRouche movement, and other conservatives loudly brought their agendas to the public meetings.

Maligned Texas Hospital Gives Top Dollar To Senate Dems

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the largest sources of campaign contributions to Senate Democrats during this year's health care debate is a physician-owned hospital in one of...

Pete Stark's Fundraiser With Health Care Interests Raises Eyebrows

National Journal | Bara Vaida | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A K Streeter sent me a copy of an invitation to a July 21 dinner and fundraiser for Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., chair of the House Ways & Means health ...

Jeff Muskus

Health Professionals Tell Congress They Want Single-Payer | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a long-awaited House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, health care professionals made it clear that they believe a single-payer system to be the b...

Healthcare Reform Won't Happen This Year: Top Democrat Clyburn

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A prominent House Democrat said he doesn't expect a comprehensive healthcare reform bill to pass Congress in 2009, saying an incremental approach to c...

Watch A New Health Care Documentary From Brave New Films!

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

This weekend, come watch the new documentary about health care by Robert Greenwald at Brave New Films called Diagnosis: NOW! Here's the trailer: Th...