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Being Muslim in Congress: Rep. Keith Ellison on Race, Religion and Lawmaking

Keosha Varela | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Keosha Varela

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is not shy about discussing his faith, even as the first-ever Muslim elected to the US Congress. Ellison -- also the first African American elected to the House from Minnesota -- discussed both race and religion, as they relate to lawmaking, at a recent Aspen Institute event in Washington, DC.

Follow the Money: Three Energy Export Congressional Hearings, Climate Undiscussed

Steve Horn | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-posted from DeSmogBlog In light of ongoing geopolitical tensions in Russia, Ukraine and hotly contested Crimea, three (yes, three!) U.S. Congre...

Shrinking Coast, Sinking Land Discussed at Louisiana Forum

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Speakers at last week's State of the Coast or SOC 2014 conference at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans balanced grim projections for Louisiana's low-lying areas with possible solutions.

California Representative Urges Congress To Spend Night In Homeless Shelter

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact

After spending a night in a homeless shelter last month, in order to better understand the hardships of those without housing, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-C...

Funds for Tracing Gulf Seafood Slated to Run Out at Year's End

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Louisiana seafood vendors were hurt by the 2010 BP spill, fishing closures and consumers' fears that Gulf shrimp, oysters and fish were tainted. The catch isn't fully back to pre-spill levels but vendors want to prove they have quality, local seafood to sell.

McConnell: Congress Won't Make 'A Lot Of Big Important Things' Happen This Year

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that those hoping for comprehensive immigration reform and other policy changes from Congre...

It's Time for Congress to Stop the War on Inventors

Pat Choate | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Pat Choate

Whatever course it chooses to take, Congress should stop those that want to undercut American innovation, particularly in the midst of a fragile economic recovery.

18 in Congress Tell Obama to Give Pot a Chance

The 420 Times | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Eighteen members of the United States Congress this week wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to reclassify cannabis from a Schedule I outlaw to a lower level that would allow medical uses.

How 'His Highness' George Washington Became 'Mr. President'

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Harlow Giles Unger

On February 22, 1789, George Washington won a unanimous election as his nation's first president -- indeed, the first popularly elected president in world history. His election, however, presented him and the rest of the nation with an unexpected problem... no one knew what to call him.

If I Were President . . .

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

If I were President of the United States -- the current President or a newly elected one -- I would immediately convene in the White House a meeting of respected and imaginative representatives of both labor and management from a wide segment of the marketplace.

Obama Starts To Turn Tide Against Lobby's Sanctions Bill

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

If AIPAC is to successfully manipulate U.S. foreign policy on behalf of the Israeli government, it must do so surreptitiously. The night flower thrives in the shade and the media has permitted it to stay there.

Days Before Casselton Oil Train Explosion, Obama Signed Bill Hastening Fracking Permits on ND Public Lands

Steve Horn | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

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.

Congress in Ice

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


NAFTA Shows the Damage Fast Track Could Bring

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Congress will kick off 2014 by likely considering legislation that would allow bum trade deals to speed through Capitol Hill with little debate and no amendments. The Teamsters and others have been vocal on what a bad idea that would be. And it isn't hard to prove why.

Stop Corruption -- Anger to Rise in 2014

Frank Vogl | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Frank Vogl

Too often the political and business establishments in many countries gloss over the impact of corruption. They underestimate the scale of public anger. They fail to fully appreciate that corruption kills, it impoverishes, it robs people of their dignity, their freedom and their rights.

Why Football and Baseball Bring Balance to America

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 02.22.2014 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

Baseball is the mythic ideal. Football is the brutal reality. Both represent the two symbolic sides of the coin that is America.

Israel and the Interim Iran Nuclear Agreement

Richard Klass | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Richard Klass

Prime Minister Netanyahu is obligated to do what he thinks is in the best interests of Israel. President Obama is obligated to act in the best interests of the United States of America. Only history will tell us if those two sets of interests really diverge.

Are You a Citizen Lobbyist? You Can Be!

Edward Falzon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Edward Falzon

There's a common perception that the only two options for political involvement are to vote or to run for office. These avenues are certainly open to us all, but most of us seem to forget a third option: Lobbying. And the perfect how-to guide is now on the shelves.

Our Shared Responsibility in Ending AIDS

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

The theme of this year's World AIDS Day, "Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-free Generation" could not be more timely. It reminds us that we as the United States join countries around the world in this fight against HIV/AIDS and in creating an AIDS-free generation.

Doubling Down in the Middle East Casino

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Did you hear the one about Obama and Kerry in a Middle East casino? They start off with lots of chips. They're playing craps, making a couple of large bets which they lose. So they take their remaining chips and head to the blackjack table.

For a Change, Something Nice to Say About the US Congress

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics
Sir Peter Westmacott

I have had the privilege of being in the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol twice in the last two days -- for two very different events. Both served as reminders of the power and integrity of U.S. democracy at its best.

A Legacy of Congressman Bill Young: Term Limits Not Answer to Fixing Political System

Steven Kurlander | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Young was a career politician, the longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives. He was remembered as a devoted public servant, eulogized not only as an important advocate for the American military and wounded veterans, but also for his tireless work for his district.

5 Holiday Lifestyle Lessons We Can Learn From the Shutdown Debacle

Dr. Mohammed K. Ali | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Mohammed K. Ali

To avoid our own personal January 2 shutdowns, let's learn from Congress' transgressions. Let's be moderate, aim for pre-emptive physical and psychological wellness, and lead by example in both our voting and holiday season behaviors.

The Roots of Our Political Dysfunction

James Zogby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

The question, as it has been framed, is: how could a minority of hard-line extremists generate enough fear that they were able paralyze their party's leadership forcing the government to shut down and bringing the nation to the brink of default?

North Carolina: Will We Elect Someone Who Is Out, Proud and Ready for Capitol Hill?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 12.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Sitting at a fundraiser in the sleepy college town of Greensboro, N.C., State Representative Marcus Brandon did an impromptu meet-and-greet. I realized quickly that Brandon might be the kind of person we need to send to Congress.