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Senators Set To Slash Benefits For Disabled Civil Servants

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking to cut benefits for federal workers disabled on the job, a budget-trimming move that critics warn ...

Exactly the Type of Friend Turkey Needs

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 01.07.2012 | World
Joshua W. Walker

I was pleasantly surprised last week to listen to one of the best speeches I've ever heard delivered overlooking the Bosporus by one of the least likely and most unassuming American leaders from Washington.

Andrea Stone

Packing Heat: TSA Finds Four Or Five Guns A Day In Carry-On Luggage

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Government screeners every day confiscate four to five guns -- some of them loaded -- packed in carry-on luggage at the nation's airport...

In Anti-Government Poltiics, "Time-Out" on Regulation Versus Shortened Lives

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Seizing upon a reliable "job creation" talking point, conservatives have stoked their war against "big government" by trying to freeze federal actions to protect the public.

Anti-Government Republicans Against Jobs, the Environment and a National Park in Maine

Cynthia Dill | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

Philanthropist Roxanne Quimby wants to donate 70,000 acres of wilderness to create a new national park in Maine. So why are Republicans in the state's legislature -- and Maine's governor and U.S. senators -- opposed to it?

Sam Stein

43 GOP Senators Vow To Oppose Reid's Debt Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours before the Senate is set to vote on Majority Leader Harry Reid's latest debt ceiling legislation, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell'...

Ryan Grim

Gang Of Six Unveils Debt-Reduction Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than half the Senate was convened early Tuesday morning by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) for a briefing on a deficit-reduction plan bein...

Politicians Being Dumb and Dangerous on Israel

James Zogby | Posted 09.01.2011 | World
James Zogby

When it comes to issues involving Israel, politicians in Washington can become quite hysterical, making the dumbest remarks or doing the most illogical things.

Elise Foley

Senate Republicans Oppose Jobs Program They Used To Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans filibustered a reauthorization bill Tuesday of a federal program that many had previously praised as a job creator, saying t...

Even as American Families Struggle, Oil Companies Triumph at the Pump and in Congress

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.18.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The oil industry's influence on the political process is holding America hostage. Rather than giving handouts to wealthy companies that endanger our coastal communities, we should be investing in the clean, 21st century technologies.

Dan Froomkin

Republicans Who Opposed Oil Subsidies Are Now Hedging On Repeal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats trying to get political mileage out of their push to repeal multi-billion dollar subsidies to the thriving oil and gas industr...

Amanda Terkel

Mission Accomplished: Is It Finally Time To Leave Afghanistan?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.02.2011 | World

This story has been updated. WASHINGTON -- Okay, can we finally withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan? That's the question many people are askin...

Elise Foley

Joe Lieberman: 'Lone Wolf' Revenge Attack Possible

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 07.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans should be on the alert for possible lone-wolf action to avenge Osama bin Laden’s death, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said on...

The Heart of a Politician

Derrick Ashong | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Derrick Ashong

DC, I'm discovering, is a city with an almost irresistible momentum. On my second day in town I found myself at the Congressional Correspondents Dinner.

Amanda Terkel

Embattled Afghan Watchdog Resigns As Calls For Oversight Grow

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arnold Fields, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, stepped down Monday amid widespread congressional dissatisf...

What Will Immigration Advocates Learn From DREAM's Defeat?

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

Were advocates of comprehensive immigration reform too slow to shift to supporting piecemeal legislation? And, did these leaders advance the optimal piecemeal strategy by focusing exclusively on the DREAM Act?

Repeal, Redemption, and Ripple Effects

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Any talk of redeeming acts in public life tends to focus on individuals. Character and career are the arcs of this familiar story line, punched up by ...

Thank You, Joe Lieberman

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Without the work of Reid, Obama, Pelosi, and yes, even Joe Lieberman, DADT would not have been repealed this weekend -- and would be in place for the foreseeable future, with a new Republican House about to take control.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal's Last, Best Legislative Chance

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If the Senate does not pass the bill by the end of the 111th Congress, then kiss any chance of DADT's legislative repeal goodbye for the next two years.

Ryan Grim

Hoyer: Senate Has Votes Needed To Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Dec. 16, 10:05 a.m. - The Senate has at least 62 votes to repeal the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) sai...

Friday Talking Points [149] -- Making Holiday Sausage

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The holidays are just around the corner, and the preparatory legislative sausage-making on Capitol Hill is in full swing. What a happy, happy time of...

DADT: Behind the Scenes

Jim Neal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Neal

Any hope of repealing DADT under a prospective Lieberman bill will require very tight coordination and communication between Senators Collins, Lieberman and their caucuses.

Don't Give Up on Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

History will judge the actions taken in this lame duck session. The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell deserves a chance at a straight up-or-down vote, safely protected from the crossfire over other issues.

The GOP's Latino Suicide Watch

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Republicans, you have been warned. The future of your party is at stake. Your unrelenting attacks against American Latinos are the path to ruin.

Needed: A GOP Ground Zero Hero

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

The 9/11 health bill faces a vote in the Senate. Democratic backers are one Republican vote short of passage.