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Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) represents parts of San Francisco and San Mateo County in the House of Representatives. She serves on the Oversight and Government Reform and House Armed Services Committees.

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Remembering the Purpose of Earth Day

(11) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 5:21 PM

I celebrated the 45th Earth Day with the Pacifica Beach Coalition, a group that collects trash and restores habitat.

Forty-five years ago, rivers were on fire because of industrial pollution. Today our entire planet is on fire because of carbon pollution. 2014 was the...

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Alzheimer's: A Women's Health Issue

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 9:41 PM

Two-thirds of the 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease are female. A woman at age 60 is twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's as with breast cancer. Even after factoring in that women on average live longer than men, scientists don't fully understand why this most common...

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The Blue Angels Spiraled Out of Control

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 8:06 PM

The Blue Angels are the best of the best when it comes to their high-flying aerial stunts. They are undoubtedly one of the military's top recruiting tools.

But pull the curtain back on the ground at its El Centro winter base in 2012, and you'll see an elite U.S....

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Earth Day: Treat Climate Change Like a Security Threat

(3) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 5:49 PM

What if someone told you war isn't real and it's just a conspiracy for the Armed Forces and defense contractors to get rich?

Swap out the word "war" for "climate change" in the first sentence and you have the essence of my congressional colleagues' claim that climate change is just...

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Women Who Demand Equality Are Not Whiners

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 8:34 PM

Out of touch comments from GOP lawmakers are a common occurrence, but having a woman call women who demand equal pay whiners is utterly sad and a new low. Minnesota State Rep. Andrea Kieffer made this absurd comment when she argued that the Women's Economic Agenda is "putting us backward...

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Boom and Gloom: Not Everyone's Boat Is Rising

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 11:14 AM

The San Francisco Bay Area's economy is booming, and many are living the American dream, but not everyone's boat is rising. Not even close. The reality is that a subclass of workers is emerging that are playing by the rules, and working hard, but ending up in shelters.


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General Misconduct

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 1:18 PM

"Cheater," "bribe taker," "skirt chaser" and "drunk" should not be the first words that come to mind when you think of the U.S. military.

But a series of scandals involving the military's top brass have brought to light just a bizarre and seemingly unethical culture that pervades what should...

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Make It in America

(15) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 2:20 PM

Our country has been on the short end of the trade deficit for so long, it sounds odd to call the widening trade deficit "good news." But in April import expenditures outpaced exports by $40.3 billion and the gap, although it has increased, was less of a hike than expected,...

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Code of Military Justice Needs to Be Updated for 21st Century

(98) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 6:28 PM

The scandal at Lackland Air Force Base was summed up best to us by a trainer who had reported the sexual misconduct of his peers. He simply told us, "It's so much harder to do the right thing."

The very core of military service is to do the right thing,...

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Make It In America Once Again

(161) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 3:38 PM

The Make-It-In-America (MIIA) test has one question that most of us probably can't answer accurately. How much of what we own was made in our country? Inventory your clothes, TV, kitchen appliances, cell phone, etc. -- chances are that most items were not made here. Now that I have a...

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unEqual Pay Day

(267) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 8:48 AM

Today is Equal Pay Day, a national misnomer dedicated to the sad reality that in 2012 women in modern day America have to work an extra 3.5 months -- April 17th to be exact -- for their 2011 earnings to match what men were paid on average in 2011.

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A Crisis in Our Military

(31) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 6:10 AM

Less than three percent of rape and sexual assault cases in our military result in punishment.

The vast majority of service members who sexually assault other service members end up going free, in fact, the victims, not the perpetrators often end up being punished after they report the assault...

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10 Reasons to Bring Our Troops Home From Afghanistan on 10th Anniversary of War

(39) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 12:14 PM

The ten-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan is a somber moment. We must honor the ultimate sacrifice made by nearly 2,000 brave Americans. Congress authorized this war with good intentions -- to respond to the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001. We went after Osama bin Laden -- who...

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Republicans Putting Party Above Country

(231) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 3:11 PM

Why are Congressional Republicans failing to negotiate when economists of all political stripes warn default would be catastrophic? The answer is both clear and sad. They are putting party above country. They realize President Obama's reelection is staked in the condition of the economy. The chaos of default would surely...

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"Abortion" Fuels Intolerant Thinking

(2943) Comments | Posted February 20, 2011 | 7:42 PM

In our nation's political dictionary "abortion" is a word employed by intolerant people to cast shame on women who choose it. When one of my colleagues on the House floor trivialized a woman's decision to have a second trimester abortion, I stood to correct his mischaracterization by giving my own...

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Enough Is Enough -- Put Elizabeth Warren in Charge

(196) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 6:57 PM

The last time I was this angry I was sitting in front of the TV in my bathrobe and slippers, watching the confirmation hearing for Clarence Thomas and listening to Senators interrogating Anita Hill as if she were a criminal. I vividly remember kicking a slipper off and throwing it...

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All I Want for Christmas Is Reasonable Regulation of the Financial Industry

(30) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 7:54 PM

Next time you're at the mall, supporting your hometown merchants with holiday purchases, I would like you to consider something. Every store owner must comply with a list of regulations that govern their building, signs, how they treat employees, product safety and the veracity of their advertising.


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A Reasonable Case For Regulation

(20) Comments | Posted October 26, 2009 | 8:11 PM

Before investing, you likely research the rating the financial product holds from one of the major credit rating agencies. But how would you feel if you discovered that a highly-rated bond received its grade, not because the company is strong, but because the rating agency:

  1. assumed the government would...
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