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Sheldon Whitehouse

The Warm War

D. R. Tucker | Posted 04.30.2012 | Green
D. R. Tucker

By giving a rousing "State of the Climate Address," Obama would draw a line in the sand between reason and recklessness, a line between concerned mothers and the Koch brothers.

Paul Blumenthal

Dems: Investigate Rove's Secret Money Group | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Seven Democratic senators sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) calling for an investigation into social welfare nonprofit...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Democrats To Push 'Buffett Rule' Bill This Week | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) announced Monday that he will unveil "Buffett Rule" legislation this week. President Barack Obama high...

Dan Froomkin

Auction 2012: How The Bank Lobby Owns Washington | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

Auction 2012 is a weeklong series in collaboration with "The Dylan Ratigan Show" and United Republic. When Washington puts policy on the auction bl...

Video: Franken and Whitehouse School Congress on Climate Change

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 02.19.2012 | Green
Shawn Lawrence Otto

"As a society, we have to understand that science is a way of understanding the truth about the way things actually are in the physical world independent of how we wish they would be," Sen. Al Franken said.

Franken, Whitehouse Expose Climate Deniers on Senate Floor

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 02.18.2012 | Green
Shawn Lawrence Otto

The U.S. was founded by scientists, based in large part on the principles of science. So it is shocking to see mainstream politicians denying the validity of science for political reasons, practice long associated with authoritarian regimes.

America Must Not Back Down on Sustainable Energy

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

It is time to put in place stable, long-term policies to support these critical industries. Rather than fight to turn one energy company's demise into partisan points, it is time to point the way towards our energy future -- so that all Americans win.

Hayley Miller

Constitutional Amendment Targets Citizens United Ruling | Hayley Miller | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court may treat corporations like people who can spend whatever they want on elections, but the American people don't have t...

'Green News Report' - October 25, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The most an...

'Green News Report' - October 20, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.20.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: EPA, 'green...

Fighting for Pell Grants

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

As the Congressional "supercommittee" prepares to recommend significant budget cuts this fall, there may be a fight for the future of Pell Grant.

Jordan Howard

Salazar Promotes Offshore Wind | Jordan Howard | Posted 10.17.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday announced the federal government will move forward with plans to accept applications to...

Friday Talking Points -- Obama's Fourteenth Option

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The silly season has come early to Washington, it seems. The root cause is a simple fact of American politics these days -- sometimes, there just can't be transparency.

A President On the Verge of a Political Breakdown

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The president and his team have a clear choice: They can either retreat from this position and fight aggressively for Social Security and other popular programs, or they can stake his re-election on a misguided roll of the dice.

Friday Talking Points [170] -- Newt Loses Two, Huntsman Gains An "H"

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John Huntsman... whoops, took that from their own campaign materials, sorry... let's start over... Jon Huntsman announced he was running for president, to a giant collective yawn outside the Beltway.

One Year Later: Making Big Oil Pay For Its Mess

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 06.20.2011 | Green
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Today, big oil companies involved in last year's disaster are exploiting legal loopholes in an effort to get off the hook for the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. It's time to put an end to this.

Don't Retreat, Reboot -- Obama 2.0

Derrick Ashong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Ashong

After the president's announcement yesterday afternoon, I could hear the wind going out of progressive sails. We've invested too much in him to give in now.

Judiciary Committee Member to Block Leonhart for DEA

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

Citing Michelle Leonhart's controversial position on prescription pain-killers for terminal patients suffering intractable pain, the Senate Judiciary Committee blocked her nomination to head the DEA.

Lucia Graves

Liberal Leaders Meet To Launch Progressive Alternative To Debt Commission's Draft Report | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) met with labor unions, seniors organizations, and liberal members of Congress Thursday afternoon to develop ...

Why We Need a Foreclosure Moratorium

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Far from "delaying the inevitable" as some commentators have suggested, a national moratorium on foreclosures would force loan servicers to reevaluate their practices, and clean up the bureaucratic nightmare they now run.

Friday Talking Points [139] -- Three Years Of FTP

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week was a busy one, and also a pretty good one for Democrats, all around. But we'll get to all of that in a moment. First, though, we simply mu...

One Way to Fix Congress

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

The use of "anonymous holds," the arcane procedure that allows a single senator to secretly torpedo any piece of legislation, has skyrocketed in the last few years. And with its rise, our ability to pass strong legislation.

This August, Will Voters Remember that the GOP Puts Politics Before Policy?

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

After nearly two years of stonewalling, the GOP's record of actual governance is a near zero. Every piece of major legislation has seen them block-vote "no" without any regard to the public service that these bills address.

The Best Disinfectant: Putting an End to Secret Holds

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

We work for the public, and I believe that if a senator wants to block a piece of legislation or a nominee, they owe the public an explanation.

Protecting Our Government From Corporate Influence

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

We should allow our top national law officer, the Attorney General of the United States, to step in and clean house whenever an agency or element of government is no longer credibly independent of the industry it is intended to regulate.