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Scott Rigell Defeats Suzanne Patrick In 2014 Midterm Elections

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) beat Democrat Suzanne Patrick in Tuesday's midterm election. Rigell, who represents Virginia's 2nd congressional district...

Dana Liebelson

Republican Congressman Claims Voting Machines Are Rigged | Dana Liebelson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Virginia Republican congressman and the state’s GOP are claiming they’ve received reports of faulty polling machines in almost two...

'Humanitarian Emergency' Does Not Suspend the Constitution on War Powers

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Every time the president -- this president or any president -- is allowed to "cut corners" on the Constitutional question of Congressional war powers, it sets a bad precedent for the future, eroding a key Constitutional, democratic speed bump against unnecessary wars of choice.

Before Unleashing Gaza-Like Airstrikes on Iraq, Congress Must Vote

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

In the early hours of Friday morning, Gaza's Ark - the boat preparing to sail from Gaza in defiance of the Israeli blockade on Palestinian exports - was hit by an Israeli missile and caught fire. When dawn broke Friday morning, little was left of the boat.

U.S. Anti-Tank Rockets in Syria: What Did Congress Say?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Don't the American people have a right to know what is going on with such a significant decision, particularly in light of the fact that the American people and Congress decisively rejected direct U.S. military intervention in the Syrian civil war?

This Crisis Is Not About Obamacare

Matthew Tolliver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Matthew Tolliver

Obamacare may limit individual liberty, or it could catalyze a dynamic labor market unencumbered by employee dependence on employer-based insurance. We'll see reality play out in the years to come. That debate is not, however, germane to today's stalemate.

Meet The House Republican Who Actually Voted Against Defunding Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

For the 42nd time, House Republicans have voted to say no to Obamacare. Friday's decision came with near-unanimous GOP support, minus the vote of one ...

You Can Beat City Hall: How We Stopped the U.S. Bombing of Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

What should you do if you're the first person on the scene in an emergency? Try to stabilize the situation and call for help. Try to keep everyone alive until help arrives. The War Powers Resolution helps us keep everyone alive until help arrives.

162 Representatives, Including 64 Democrats, Call for Debate and Vote Before War With Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Why does this matter? It matters because if President Obama were to strike Syria without Congressional authorization, he would violate the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. But it also matters because debate surfaces key information.

Intelligence Committees Want More Say On Syria

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) - U.S. congressional intelligence committee leaders believe the O...

GOP Civil War: House Republicans Have Already Started to Break

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We are seeing Republicans in the House as well as the Senate speak out against extremist proposals on government spending levels. What exactly do the extremists propose?

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Slinks Out Of Town

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It was a busy week in Washington, since all the congresscritters were eager to get out of town for their not-so-well-earned five weeks of vacation. It'll take awhile for the dust to settle, so let's take a look at some of what's been happening while it does.

GOP Rep Wants To Cancel Congress' Big Break

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.27.2013 | Politics

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) thinks it's "not wise" for Congress to go on August recess while "we are in a serious, serious financial condition." "The...

GOP Candidate: Gov't Programs Have Done More Harm To Blacks Than Slavery

Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

E.W. Jackson, the Chesapeake minister running on the GOP ticket for lieutenant governor of Virginia, has some extreme views, and he's not afraid to sh...

GOP Congressman Refuses To Endorse Controversial Nominee E.W. Jackson

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

E.W. Jackson, the controversial bishop running on the GOP ticket to be Virginia's lieutenant governor, is causing turmoil and second-guessing even amo...

"Grover Norquist Did Not Elect You": Republicans in Disarray Over Online Sales Taxes

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Don't get me wrong, this bill is right on the merits. Internet giants like do not deserve protection against mom-and-pop stores. But stories of Republicans in disarray, well, that's the kind of icing on top that makes any cake all the more delicious.

Lawmakers Receive Suspicious Letters

AP | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Officials say the offices of two Virginia congressmen received letters with a suspicious powder inside, though the material doe...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Congressman Warns Against Government Shutdown: 'It's Not A Good Scenario' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican congressman is cautioning against embracing the possibility of a government shutdown in order to achieve spending cuts and ...

Sen. Tom Coburn Takes Grover Norquist To Task For Anti-Tax Oath

The Huffington Post | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics

Anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist provided a fresh rebuttal to an old critic Monday, accusing Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) of standing "alone" in his claim...

Patrick Svitek

More Republican Candidates Buck Grover Norqust No-Tax Pledge | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Scott Rigell's (R-Va.) message for up-and-coming Republicans would have been considered political heresy just two years ago: You do...

Jennifer Bendery

Rep. Scott Rigell Deletes Tweet To Self-Described 'Pathogen' With 'Lots Of Porn' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) on Wednesday deleted a tweet he sent to a self-described "pathogen" who has "lots of porn." "Campylobacter"...

Candidates Against Government Spending Who Profit On The Side

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Kimberly Leonard, The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, and Aaron Mehta, The Center for Public Integrity In his quest for West Virginia's Senate se...