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Report Finds High Job Satisfaction In Congress Amid Low Approval Ratings

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Members of Congress say they are happy with their jobs and feel fulfilled by the work that they do -- even as congressional approval ratings continue ...

NEWT Can Close Tax Loopholes

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

By using a loophole in the tax code, some individuals have organized their businesses in such a way that their earnings, what you and I would call "wages," can technically be called "profits" and therefore are not subject to Medicare tax.

GOP Rep Becomes Oldest Person Ever To Serve In House

Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

The ASSOCIATED PRESS DALLAS -- When Ralph Hall was elected to the U.S. House in 1980 at the age of 57, he had already served in the Navy in World W...

INFOGRAPHIC: How Representative Is The House, Really?

Posted 12.19.2012 | Black Voices

This year's election signified a serious change in diversity as particular voting groups turned out in record numbers. Young people, African Americans...

Lincoln and Obama: 'Clothed in Immense Power'

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln opens in wide release today, after a limited release last Friday -- and with luck, Barack Obama will not only see it but take it as a template for the current lame-duck session of Congress and for his impending second term.

Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Taxes, and My Neighbor's Lovely Lawn

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 1998 and for the subsequent eight years or so, I remained agnostic regarding what I viewed as the trade-offs between cap-and-trade and carbon taxes. What happened to change that? Three words: The Hamilton Project.

PHOTOS: Frederica Wilson's 20 Most Memorable Hats

The Huffington Post | Joey Francilus | Posted 10.15.2012 | Miami

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens) is a force to be reckoned with in Miami politics -- and so are her innumerable hats. In her secon...

Big Failure Gives Dems Ammunition

Reuters | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

RINGSTED, Iowa, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Democrats fighting an uphill battle to win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives are trying to use rura...

Mark Blumenthal

Could Paul Ryan Endanger The GOP's House Majority? | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Medicare proposals advocated by presumptive Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan are at the heart of the Democratic camp...

Can We Win a Gold Medal in Breast Cancer?

Fran Visco | Posted 10.13.2012 | Women
Fran Visco

In eight years, when the Summer Olympics are once again drawing the attention of the world, I want to be watching the games with the knowledge that we have figured out how to end breast cancer.

Be Careful What You Cut

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Right before the U.S. House of Representatives left for the summer to go home to campaign for your vote, they voted to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest Americans millionaires and billionaires.

Will Congress Let Monsanto Write Its Own Rules?

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

Rather than address the industry's continued failures, the chemical industry's allies in Congress are trying to change the law via the Farm Bill. The logic being: if you can't win the game, change the rules.

When a Marijuana Loss Is Actually a Victory

Rob Kampia | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Rob Kampia

The vote on a major medical marijuana amendment on the floor of the U.S. House on Wednesday night was an exciting development, even though the amendme...

House Voting to Shift U.S. Redline for War with Iran

Jamal Abdi | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Jamal Abdi

Today the House is planning to take up H.Res.568 -- a resolution that shifts the U.S. redline for war with Iran -- on a suspension vote. There has not been a single hearing on this measure and no debate about its very serious implications.

Congress Needs Bipartisan Friendships Now More Than Ever

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Ambassador Tony Hall

Bipartisan friendships don't erase our political divisions, but they do fundamentally change how political opponents view one another and engage with one another in the public arena.

Reflections on Twenty Years of Policy Innovation

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 2009, the U.S. Congress considered but ultimately failed to enact legislation aimed at limiting U.S. greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The bill unde...

NEA Budget Gets Hit While Smithsonian Budget Sees An Increase

Posted 12.21.2011 | Arts

As a result of the spending bill that passed Friday, allegedly to avoid a government shutdown, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National En...

Off the Cliff

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Rep. Bruce Braley

It's unacceptable. Letting the payroll tax cut expire would not only take money away from struggling middle class families -- it would put a damper on job creation in our weak economy.

Tax Break Update -- What Is Happening Today

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Rep. Louise Slaughter

I want to help explain what is happening on the floor of the House of Representatives. We should be voting to extend middle class tax cuts, but through some legislative acrobatics, the Republican Majority has totally prevented this.

President, Congress Must Stand Strong Against Efforts to Eliminate Birth Control Coverage

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

Let's be clear -- when we passed the health reform law, it was our goal to expand coverage to all people in need of quality, affordable care -- not limit coverage to only certain categories of people.

Remembering the $17 Million Dollar Witch Hunt of Mike Espy

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.08.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

While contemplating writing an article about Johnny Dupree, African American Gubernatorial candidate for the state of Mississippi, I was reminded of t...

House Republicans Attack Women's Health Again

Rep. Lois Capps | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Rep. Lois Capps

H.R. 358 carves a radical and uncalled for loophole that would allow providers to refuse emergency care for women even if their lives are endangered by their pregnancy.

Making the Case for the Page Program

Alex Wirth | Posted 10.09.2011 | Education
Alex Wirth

What Boehner and Pelosi failed to take into account is the impact the page program has on the pages themselves, the love for government fostered in our nation's youth and the debates that were had bridging the partisanship of Washington.

Politics Is in Everything. Period.

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 07.12.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Politics seems to be in everything now. Whether it is your home loan, your school loan; even your reproductive rights or the right to bear arms. Belie...

Celebrate Mothers Locally, Commit To Mothers Globally

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Rev. Debra Haffner

Access to maternal health care, contraception and family planning services can and should be available to all women, regardless of nationality, geography, economic status or other factors.