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Congress Should Protect and Not Gamble with Health of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

In 1997, facing a crisis where 1 in 7 children had no health insurance coverage in the United States, a Republican-led Congress worked with President ...

Senate Set To Send Farm Bill To Obama

Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to send a massive, five-year farm bill that provides food for t...

The Vote That Will Change America

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Our federal government was designed as a republic. Within this system, and over time, elections were to have consequences and enlightened public opinion was to govern. Extra-constitutional appendages like the filibuster, abused by minority parties, have moved us away from that vision. Instead, our government is in perpetual gridlock, and the American people have lost faith in their government to even function properly. Even after this rules change, one of our parties must still win the House, the Senate, and the presidency before radically changing our country. That's no small feat. It will often require victories over the course of several elections. That's probably as it should be. Change ought to be possible, but only when one of our parties really earns it. The filibuster gave a small minority in the Senate outsized power to stifle the will of the people.

Immigration Reform: Building Fences With Shadows or Bridges of Hope and Dreams?

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

The Southwest is a place of great opportunity, enchantment, and grandeur, and yet, also a place of poverty and inequality in the United States. Through its children, it is also a place that will play an expanding and critically important role in either the successes or failures of our nation.

A 'Pack' of Nonsense

Doug Kendall | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The claim from the right is that President Obama is attempting to use these appointments to advance his policy agenda. This gets it exactly backwards. It is conservatives who have, successfully, used appointments to the D.C. Circuit to advance their policy agenda in recent years.

Filibuster Reform Reminds Us That the Real Scandal Hurting the Country Right Now Isn't in the Executive Branch

Mitchell Bard | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Republicans in the Senate are abusing the filibuster to keep jobs -- in both the executive and judicial branches -- unfilled while sitting idly by and letting economic growth take a hit in the name of ideology.

What Shameful Postville, Iowa Immigration Raid Teaches Five Years Later

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

Five years later, the national push for commonsense immigration reform threatens to come undone at the hands of one of Postville's own senators.

Our Friends and Neighbors in Congress

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Dr. Joe Wenke

Charles E. Grassley, the Republican senator from Iowa, actually said, "Criminals do not submit to background checks now. ... They will not submit to expanded background checks." If you won't pass a law because you think criminals won't abide by it, then you have no right to govern.

Senate Votes to Preserve Fundamental Liberties

Steven Clifford | Posted 06.19.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

In an historic vote yesterday, the Senate voted to safeguard a fundamental American liberty, the right to be killed.

Crucial Gun Measure Approved

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In Congress' first gun votes since the Newtown, Conn., nightmare, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to toughen federal ...

UBS Unit Reportedly Close To Guilty Plea In Libor Scandal

Dealbook | BEN PROTESS AND MARK SCOTT | Posted 12.13.2012 | Business

Federal prosecutors are close to securing a guilty plea from a UBS subsidiary at the center of a global investigation into interest rate manipulation,...

Matt Sledge

Senate Judiciary Votes To Require Warrant For Email Snooping

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to force cops to get a warrant to spy on your email. It was a first step toward beating...

Lucia Graves

Senators: Expiration Of Critical Subsidy Kills Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.29.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of legislators said Wednesday that the failure to expand a critical subsidy for renewable energy could cost Americans...

Senators To Tim Geithner: You've Done Nothing To 'Diminish' Libor Rigging

Reuters | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business

By Douwe Miedema LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Two Republican senators said on Wednesday they would block the confirmation of the head of...

Winning Gold in the "Anti-Immigration Olympics"

Amy Novick | Posted 10.20.2012 | Latino Voices
Amy Novick

These champions return to our country and see games of a different sort going on - elected officials stooping to the worst kind of politics, spreading fear and misinformation about immigrants, and enacting harmful anti-immigration policies.

Farmers Call For Help Amid Drought: 'We Want The Real Bill'

Reuters | Sam Nelson and Charles Abbott | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The severe drought in the U.S. Midwest wreaked more havoc across the country on Thursday, forcing barges on the Mississ...

Ryan Grim

GOP Offers Crazy Conspiracy Theory On Fast And Furious

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday's vote on holding the attorney general of the United States in contempt of Congress is being watched closely by the National Ri...

Corporate dental chains see big profits in adults who can't afford care

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 08.26.2012 | Health News
The Center for Public Integrity

By David Heath and Jill RosenbaumiWatch News and FRONTLINESurviving on a meager $1,300 a month, 87-year-old Theresa Ferritto fretted about the cost ...

It's Time to Ensure That Nonprofit Hospitals Serve the Poor

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

The Illinois and North Carolina examples should serve as a lesson to the rest of the country about what happens when hospitals financial interests are allowed to dictate decisions about health-care for the poor.

Painkiller Association Closes As Senate Launches Probe

ProPublica | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber | Posted 05.09.2012 | Business

A version of this story was published in The Washington Post.As the U.S. Senate Finance Committee launched an investigation Tuesday into makers of nar...

Internal Review Shows Gross Mishandling of Military Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

We owe military whistleblowers every possible opportunity to safely expose wrongdoing, and this report shows that the system has let them down. It's imperative that we fix it.

Chuck Grassley Digs Into Secret Service Scandal

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics

As the Secret Service prostitution scandal deepens, a top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee has engineered an inquiry into whether more ind...

Amanda Terkel

Senate Debate On Violence Against Women Act Coming Soon

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are pushing to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act this week, with an event by Vice President Biden on Wednesday and Se...

The "I'm Rubber, You're Glue" Gambit

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Last week, Sen. Charles Grassley called President Obama stupid. If you're going to go out on a limb and call the President of the United States "stupid" -- especially one educated at Harvard -- you should be really careful about writing something like, "Bcause Am ppl r not stupid."

FCC Sends Wireless Broadband Firm LightSquared Back to Square One

Corbin Hiar | Posted 04.18.2012 | Technology
Corbin Hiar

Wireless broadband company LightSquared's fast-tracked approval process came to a screeching halt late Tuesday when the FCC decided to "indefinitely suspend" its conditional waiver to operate.