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Barbara Lee

99ers and the Long-term Unemployed Are the Elephants in the Economic Recovery Room

Michael Thornton | Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics
Michael Thornton

Job growth is important, but it's also important to realize the hole that needs to be filled. Since February 2010, 1.8 million jobs have been created, but 8.8 million jobs were lost prior to that period. That's a shortage of 7 million.

Arthur Delaney

Bill To Help Long-Term Jobless Overshadowed By Bill That Could Cut Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After some encouraging signs that Republicans might cooperate with them, the two House Democrats trying to give the long-term jobless ex...

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...

Arthur Delaney

WATCH: GOP Leaders Spare A Moment To Chat Unemployment

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the morning of an important and uncertain vote to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, Republican leaders in the U.S....

Act Now to End the War in Afghanistan

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

While Congress proposes slashing health care benefits, vital children's programs, and veterans' services -- all because we're "broke" -- it continues to fund a war that has cost us more than $455 billion.

Lauren Hutton -- Still a Trailblazer

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Marcia G. Yerman

Here Lauren Hutton was again, in 2011, surrounded by pages of commercially flawless babes. Boldly and knowingly looking into the camera, she demands to be experienced on her own ground.

Amanda Terkel

Democratic National Committee Pressures Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) gave President Obama a rare push on Saturday, adopting a resolution attempting to enc...

Amanda Terkel

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Introduce Afghanistan Withdrawal Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Feb. 17, 2009, President Barack Obama announced that he would be sending 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan. The move, he argued, was ...

Fed Up Americans Run First-Ever Anti-Afghanistan-War TV Ad

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Our communities here in the U.S. are suffering in a terrible economic vise. When do we stop wasting money on this futile war and start getting serious about getting American back on its feet?

A Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. Barbara Lee

We cannot continue to funnel billions of dollars a week toward a counterproductive military-first strategy in Afghanistan while sacrificing vital domestic priorities such as quality education, affordable health care, and job creation.

Madame President: What Will It Take?

Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Lee

As someone who works to advance women's equality in American politics, Presidents Day begs the same question every year: What will it take for the U.S. to elect a woman president?

Young Filmmakers Decry the Trillion-Dollar Cost of Two Dumb Wars

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

What would you do with $1 trillion? Unfortunately, one of Washington, D.C.'s answers over the last decade has been, "waste it on two wars that make us less safe and cause deep suffering at home and abroad."

Haitian Priorities Must Drive International Reconstruction Efforts

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. Barbara Lee

Today, we have an opportunity to assess the progress that we have made in rebuilding Haiti, the extraordinary challenges that remain, and the areas in which improvement is greatly needed.

Arthur Delaney

Legislation Aimed At Helping '99ers' Introduced In House

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Bobby Scott (Va.) introduced legislation Friday that would provide additional assistance ...

Afghanistan War Review Conclusions Misguided

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

It is deeply disappointing that after nine years of war, thousands of American casualties, and the inability of the Afghan government to rise above its corruption and incompetence, we are no closer to ending our role in this conflict.

No Delaying Reality in Afghanistan

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

The President's announcement of a 2014 timeline for U.S. military presence in Afghanistan pushes back the goal posts for concluding a decade of open-ended war.

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Barbara Lee Says Democrats Will Fight On

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

"The public did not reject the Democrats. This was a referendum in part for change and in part out of anger and frustration over the economy and the job situation."

In "Manly" Midterms, Vote Like a Girl

Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Lee

I understand the frustrations of women voters, but there is simply too much at stake to sit these elections out. The message for progressive women is clear: Elections are tough. Get out there and vote like a girl.

Friday Talking Points [141] -- Rahm's Exit Contest Winner Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I will begin today's column by drying a tear as we all wish Rahm Emanuel a fond farewell. Actually, I am lying. I am drying no tears for Rahm becaus...

Fannie Mae Must Stop Bankrolling Lawsuits Against Underwater Homeowners with Our Money

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

What do the American people get for investing $86 billion and owning an 80 percent share in Fannie Mae? Have many millions of homeowners who are delinquent on their Fannie mortgages been helped?

Making Our Grandmothers Proud: Women's Equality in the Voting Booth and in Office

Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Lee

Women have certainly claimed our place in the voting booth. But true equality in our democracy means equal representation in the voting booth and in elected office.

Ten Years too Long in Afghanistan

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

I wish I could believe that if we stay in Afghanistan, a year or even five years from now, the country will have a stable, functioning government. But I see no evidence that this will be the case.

Ryan Grim

California Dems Endorse Pot Legalization, Proposition 19

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic lawmakers from California are hoping that a proposition to legalize marijuana on the November ballot will help drive progressive voter turn...

Lucia Graves

House Supplemental Vote Signals Unrest Over War In Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As House Democratic leadership pushed through an $80 billion package on Thursday night to finance President Barack Obama's troop surge, one vote stood...

Picking Up Steam in the House

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Yesterday Congress moved one step closer to representing the majority of Americans who believe the war in Afghanistan has not been worth the sacrifice...