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GOP Senator: D.C. Statehood Is A 'Distraction'

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy, Christine Conetta & Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than 20 minutes after it began, the first hearing in more than 20 years on D.C. statehood became contentious. The Senate Homelan...

GOP Senator Calls Out Fox News

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 08.15.2014 | Media

Republican Senator Tom Coburn called out Fox News during a talk on Wednesday, saying that some of the network's shows are exactly the opposite of what...

GOP Senator Says Recreational Weed Will End In 'Tragedy'

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), one of three medical doctors in the Senate, offered an ominous prediction for states with legalized recreational marijuana ...

Here's How James Lankford Could Bring Some Much-Needed Diversity To The Senate

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

He may be a white male, but the new Republican U.S. Senate hopeful from Oklahoma could bring some much-needed color to the upper chamber -- at least a...

James Lankford Beats T.W. Shannon In Oklahoma GOP Senate Primary

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

Rep. James Lankford defeated former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon in the state GOP primary on Tuesday to replace retiring Sen. Tom Coburn...

Sam Stein

Senators Urge Congress Not To Bring Back Earmarks

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At least two senators are joining forces to squash a growing movement to bring earmarks back to the lawmaking process. In a letter to...

For The First Time In 30 Years, We Could See A State Hold A Constitutional Convention

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

With a little help from its state legislators, Rhode Island has taken another step toward reconsidering its state constitution. The Providence Jou...

Taxpayers Help Fund Political Conventions. Congress Actually Wants That To End.

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

The days of taxpayers footing the bill for lavish political conventions are one step closer to being over. On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously appro...

Republicans Want to Replace Obamacare With...Obamacare-Lite?

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Astonishingly, the Republicans have simply taken the provisions of Obamacare and made them temporary -- and called it "reform"! We'll give you fair prices, but only for a little while. We'll require you to sign up for insurance, but only until you back out.

GOP Senator: Border Incident 'Deserves A Close Look'

BuzzFeed | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Just before 8:30 a.m. January 26, two figures dressed in camouflage and carrying military assault rifles crossed an international borde...

Jason Linkins

A Brief History Of The Republican Alternative To Obamacare: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

How to explain the history of the 'Republican alternative to Obamacare?' It seems to reside in a realm where time elongates and reality warps. I cannot remember a time in which Republicans weren't fervently offering an 'Obamacare alternative.'

Senator Coburn's Obamacare Moment: What It Tells Us

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

The decision made by Senator Coburn was a difficult one. He took the last option and decided to pay cash to continue his care with his former oncologist. And even more courageously, he made his story and decision public.

Our Taxpayer Dollars: Going to Waste and Wealthy Corporations

Jaimie Woo | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

Let's help our budget crises by continuing billion-dollar handouts to huge, profitable agribusinesses. Apparently, that's what Congress thinks.

Jon Ward

Tom Coburn Decides Only A Constitutional Convention Can Fix Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When I entered Sen. Tom Coburn's office on Capitol Hill, he declined my offer to shake hands, telling me he had a cold. That reminded me...

Arthur Delaney

Senate To Vote On New Unemployment Bill That Targets Millionaires

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will vote Thursday on new legislation to restore unemployment insurance for more than a million workers whose benefits stoppe...

Howard's Daily: A Better Conservative Critique

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Today's mainstream conservatives are predictably anti-big government -- a theme that ignores how government oversight is often essential to freedom in an interdependent society. Just as freedom requires cops on the street, so too it requires inspectors to safeguard against unsanitary restaurants and dingy nursing homes.

What Determines a Healthy Economy?

David Bergstein | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
David Bergstein

There are countless ways to explain and decipher the inner-workings of the US and world economies. But little is actually discussed about the underpinnings of what truly defines a healthy economy. It's not complicated.

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds Keep Drone Info From Congress That They've Already Released Publicly

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security appears to have redacted entire sections of information from documents about U.S. Customs and Border...

State's House Speaker Enters Race For Senate Seat

AP | JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon formally announced his candidacy Wednesday for the GOP race for the state's open U.S. Senate...

Amanda Terkel

Senate GOP Obamacare Replacement Would Again Allow Insurers To Discriminate Against Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three Senate Republicans unveiled an alternative to Obamacare Tuesday, offering their party a path forward if the GOP is ever successful...

Three Republicans Back Health Care Alternative

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Senate Republicans on Monday proposed repealing the nation's controversial health care law in favor of a replacement that el...

GOP Congressman Announces Bid For Coburn's Senate Seat

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) announced Monday that he will run in the special election to fulfill the remainder of Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) term. ...

GOP Consultant: Senator's Departure Is A 'Political Earthquake'

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's 2014 election cycle was thrown for a huge loop when U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn announced his early retirement last week. T...

Tom Coburn Leaves Mark As Tireless Budget Hawk

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A political maverick nicknamed "Dr. No" for his favorite vote, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn was more than a bomb-thrower during his dec...

Arthur Delaney

The Eight Types Of A**holes In Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

We first ran this story as "The Seven Types Of Assholes In Washington" back in Oct. 2013. A new type of Washington asshole has been discovered since t...