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Women + Politics = Change

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Internationally, America is ranked 84th in the number of women serving in the national legislature, lagging behind Afghanistan and Cuba.

The Future of AIDS: Reasons for Hope

Dr. Seth Berkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Seth Berkley

Recent moves by the Obama Administration coupled with important scientific advances provide reason to be hopeful about the quest for an AIDS vaccine this World AIDS Vaccine Day.

War in a Box

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The event on the House floor Wednesday afternoon was monumental -- the first major congressional debate about U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since lawmakers authorized the invasion.

The New Strategy for Jobs (Slow and Steady)

Cynthia Gordy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cynthia Gordy

When I interviewed Congresswoman Barbara Lee about health care last week, we also talked about the jobs bill the House voted on that same day. The bil...

House Jobs Bill: Representatives From Chicago Area Line Up Against HIRE Act

Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When running for U.S. Senate, every political move counts. So it's no surprise that Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican candidate for Roland Burris' Senate...

Jeff Muskus

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Backs Reid | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Following the lead of President Obama, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus said Sunday night that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shouldn't ...

House Progressives Introduce Bill To Bar Funding Of Afghan Troop Surge

The Hill | Michael O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nearly two dozen House liberals have signed onto a bill introduced this past week that would prohibit an increase of troops in Afghanistan. A bill in...

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Wants an Exit Strategy out of Afghanistan

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee gained international acclaim for being the only member in Congress who courageously voted against the authorization of the use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Come As You Are: The End of America's HIV Ban

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Beginning today, the United States' decades-old HIV Travel and Immigration Ban will be a relic of the past, and the stigma and discrimination it has engendered around the world will, with any luck, begin to fade, too.

Equating Reid and Lott Is Flat-Out Wrong and Just the Latest Republican Game

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

While Trent Lott could technically support and advocate segregationist policies as majority leader, what policy would Reid be in danger of furthering, based on his statement? None. That's the difference.

How Obama Plans to Keep Funding a Senseless Afghanistan War

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

Late yesterday Obama met with a gaggle of legislators to tell them he has no intention of ending the disastrous and pointless occupation of Afghanistan. It was a bit of bipartisan bonhomie: the blind leading the lame.

Five House Chairmen to Obama: We All Promised Global AIDS Funding ...

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Kavanagh

It would seem to be in Obama's interest to make good on the US's global AIDS promises: save a lot of lives, and keep some key allies happy.

Speak Your Truth, Even If Your Voice Shakes

Susan Sarandon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Sarandon

This week, many of us took inspiration from Barbara Lee and used our own voices to speak out against our woefully misguided war in Afghanistan. As one woman, she spoke for many of us eight years ago.

Black Caucus Members: It's Public Option Or Nothing

The Hill | Eric Zimmermann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Leading members of the Black Caucus are threatening to bring down healthcare reform if it does not include a strong public option. Rep. John Conyers...

Congressional Black Caucus Pushes Obama To Back Strong Public Option

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hours before President Obama's Wednesday night speech to a joint session of Congress on health care reform, leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus ...

Jeff Muskus

NAACP Endorses Climate Change Legislation | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Climate change advocates gained the support of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Tuesday, the first time the organizat...

White Committee Chairmen Hire Fewer Black Aides: Congressional Survey

Congressional Quarterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Black aides are so scarce on some House committees that the Congressional Black Caucus surveyed the panels. Their conclusion: black staffers are most ...

A "Penultimate Step" in the Fight to End the HIV Travel Ban

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued regulations that would end the United States' decades-old HIV travel and immigration ban.

Glass Half Full: House Democratic Caucus Backs McGovern Afghanistan Exit Amendment

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

For those concerned the U.S. is becoming mired in a military quagmire in Afghanistan there was good news and bad news on the House floor this afternoon.

House to Vote on Afghanistan "Exit Strategy"

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Military commanders have made statements indicating plans to remain in Afghanistan until 2020. If this is the Pentagon's "exit strategy," we have a right to know that and debate it.

AfPak: Congress Clears Its Throat

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Recent U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan may have killed civilians on a scale unprecedented in Afghanistan since 2001. It's long past time for Congress to speak up.

Cost of War in Afghanistan: Over $172 Billion and Counting

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

When you factor in the projected costs of long-term military occupation, interest, and veterans' benefits, we're talking about a war that will cost close to $1 trillion.

From the California State Democratic Convention in Sacramento

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

From the atmosphere over the weekend at the convention, one could get the impression that the Democratic Party's base is strong and the leadership of the State Legislature has made all the right moves.

Policy Toward Cuba That Was Once Radical Is Now Logical -- My Interview With Rep. Barbara Lee

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Byron Williams

Economic trade can do more to alter Cuban politics internally than anything achieved by staying the present course.

Fidel Castro Meets With US Lawmakers

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAVANA — Signaling its willingness to discuss improved relations with the U.S., Cuba on Tuesday granted three visiting members of the Congressio...