More and more American businesses have found themselves tied up in senseless litigation or threatened with extortive threats as patent trolls exploit flaws in the patent litigation system. Because of this, businesses have been forced to spend valuable time and money on pointless lawsuits.
Many legislators are attempting to force the Obama administration's hand on additional sanctions out of a mistaken belief that increasing economic pressure now will strengthen the U.S. negotiating position. It is more likely that this move would provoke Iranian leaders to ratchet up their nuclear enrichment program, which the Iranian parliament has threatened to do in response to increased sanctions.
Who am I? I'm a Montana rancher and Democrat who wants to be the next U.S. senator from Montana. I'm the dark horse running for the open seat to repl...
Call me a cock-eyed optimist if you will, but I couldn't help wondering how different next year's State of the Union speech will be if Democrats have a much better year than expected and not only hold the Senate but win control of the House.
Even in our fragile economy, Americans still want to give back to those who need help the most. However, charitable giving will suffer should the deduction be limited.
Irritated by the extreme overshare and monopolization on my feed, I tweeted him the picture. When I didn't get an answer, I hit unfollow for the first time. I didn't last very long.
Republicans filibustered the extension of unemployment benefits on the Senate floor Tuesday. Why? Because they can get away with it. Look at how the press reported what happened.
McGovern teamed up with Dole to improve the U.S. national school meals programs, including summer feeding. They knew that the success of this nation, or any other, depends on healthy and educated children.
On December 20, both chambers of the U.S. Congress passed a little-noticed bill to expedite permitting for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") on public lands in the Bakken Shale basin, located predominantly in North Dakota.
So Buck is saying that his successful battle with cancer is like pregnancy insofar as they both require decisions affecting a human body. But for a cancer patient like Buck, they are personal medical decisions, and Buck was glad to be able to make them.
The shameful attempt to make game of the most vulnerable among us is likely to play out in the Senate arena this week, where Sen. Kelly Ayotte and conservative teammates are forcing a choice between poor, mostly Latino children and those who are jobless in a struggling economy.
An analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics reveals that "for the first time in history" a majority of senators and representatives are millionaires.
Nobody is saying it's a sure thing or suggesting lifting all sanctions today. Nobody is saying "let's just trust Iran." What serious, responsible people are saying is: This is an opportunity we cannot afford to waste.
There is no question that folks are tired and fed up with this Congress. What is not known to many, is that this past year, significant numbers of Senators and Representatives have powerfully stood up for some of our most hurt, victimized and forgotten girls.
Far too many state and local governments fail chronically and miserably at addressing the mental health concerns of their citizens. The federal government needs to consider the serious consequences of underestimating the mental health crises facing our military and prison system today, and step it up.
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