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Lawmakers May Dive Off Fiscal Cliff Before Reaching Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fewer Republicans are saying "no" to raising taxes on the rich. But it still may be after the nation starts sliding into the fiscal abys...

John Celock

Lawmakers Push Conservative Tax

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's state legislators are spread out across Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon lobbying Congress for the ability to place a sales...

Michael McAuliff

Dem: Go Over Fiscal Cliff If Necessary

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats should be willing to go over the so-called fiscal cliff if that is what it takes to get a good deal on taxes and spending, lea...

15 Members of Congress Speak Out: End the War in Afghanistan

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

Today, 14 of my colleagues joined me in speaking out against the war in Afghanistan. Congress is deeply complicit in maintaining and continuing the war, but if enough members join our voices, maybe an end to this travesty can be in sight.

Nate Willis

Libor Scandal: Congressman Urges AG To Be Aggressive

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate Willis | Posted 07.13.2012 | Politics

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday, recommending he seriously look into the high profile Libor scandal th...

Lessons of MF Global: Stop Starving the Regulators, Especially the CFTC

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Anyone who thinks we've shut the barn door on misdeeds in the financial, commodities and futures markets apparently has never heard of the latest debacle, MF Global. The clarion call that arose out of the 2008 meltdown is still pealing.

Vermont Takes The Lead In Corporate Personhood Fight

AP | By WILSON RING | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- A senator with socialist leanings was among the first. Then there was Jerry of Ben & Jerry's ice cream fame. Stephen Colbert has tw...

Iran Threat Reduction Act Actually Enhances Threat of War

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.14.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

Never in the history of this country has Congress ever restricted the right of the White House or State Department to meet with representatives of a foreign state, even in wartime. If this measure passes, it will establish a dangerous precedent.

Jennifer Bendery

Lawmakers Form Bipartisan Coalition To Speed Up Disaster Aid

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – More than 30 House lawmakers banded together Thursday to form a new bipartisan coalition aimed at expediting disaster aid to areas hit ...

Michael McAuliff

Obama Rebuffs Dem Plea To Be More Forceful

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats challenged President Barack Obama to more forcefully use his bully pulpit during their White House meeting Thurs...

Amanda Terkel

Afghanistan Withdrawal Bill Falls Just 12 Votes Short Of Passage

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In its first votes on the war in Afghanistan since the killing of Osama bin Laden, Congress sent a strong message to President Obama tha...

Bipartisan Group Pushes To Get U.S. Troops Out Of Afghanistan

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, it's time to end the war in Afghanistan and bring U.S. troops home, several House Republicans and...

Elise Foley

Harry Reid: 'Clean' Debt Extension Vote Could Spook Markets

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House GOP's plan to hold a vote on a clean extension of the debt ceiling -- which is expected to fail without Republican support -- ...

Threats To Members Of Congress Hard To Calculate

Roll Call | Daniel Newhauser | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics

One came from a high school student who was goofing off on the school computer during civics lessons. Another from a man angry over an automated call....

Michael McAuliff

Quitting Time? Bipartisan Lawmakers Push Obama To Leave Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of eight lawmakers is the latest to demand the United States leave Afghanistan, raising the pressure on President Bar...

Elise Foley

White House, Dems Tell GOP Not To Play Politics With Debt Ceiling

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House and Congressional Democrats are urging House Republicans to support a "clean" bill to raise the nation's debt ceiling ra...

Vermont Governor Sets Out to Lead U.S. to True Universal Coverage

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Shumlin is hoping to implement a publicly financed system that guarantees universal access to medical care and controls costs better than private insurers.

Sam Stein

Vermont Lawmakers Lay Groundwork For Single Payer System In Place Of Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vermont officials are beginning what promises to be a provocative push for a statewide single-payer health insurance system that would t...

Friday Talking Points [150] -- A Fortean Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sometimes it is hard to come up with a metaphor to describe the week that was. This was not one of those weeks.

Sam Stein

Dean: Reforms Will Be Added To Health Care Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MIAMI -- The debate in the House over whether to repeal health care reform has set up a fairly binary discussion with respect to the law. On one side ...

Sam Stein

Gearing Up For Health-Care Repeal Effort, Republicans Push To Delegitimize CBO Analysis

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MIAMI -- The first big threat to the president's health-care reform package did not come during the fabled August 2009 recess of town-hall protests, o...

Elise Foley

Tax Cut Deal Stalls Temporarily In House

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: The House of Representatives is slated to vote near midnight Thursday on the bill to preserve extended unemployment benefits and tax cuts for ...

'Hide the Pea': The Obama-McConnell-Boehner Tax Bill

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

The Tax Bill is almost universally referred to as the "Obama-McConnell-Boehner Tax Bill". When two of the three names are the Republican leaders, and there is no Democrat from either the House or the Senate, then this bill is hardly bipartisan.

Sam Stein

Rep. Peter Welch Circulates Letter Urging Dems To Submarine 'Fiscally Irresponsible' Tax Cut Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just minutes after we reported a potential tax cut deal between Republicans and the White House, the first congressional Democrat is out...

Rep. Peter Welch to make BP Put "Its Money Where Its Mouth Is"

Rep. Peter Welch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Peter Welch

BP has finally acknowledged what the American people have been saying for weeks: It must take responsibility for its reckless conduct, clean up the Gulf and compensate the countless victims of the disaster it caused.