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Americans Can Do Anything

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The majority of Americans want the minimum wage raised, unemployment insurance extended, Social Security protected, and infrastructure like highways improved, but that's not what Congress is doing. Instead, it is slashing the budget in ways that the majority hates, including cutting food stamps and preserving tax breaks for corporations.

The Fight Goes On: FCC Votes to Consider Rules That Could End Net Neutrality

Michael Winship | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

The vote was taken at the Federal Communications Commission Thursday morning, as drums pounded and hundreds of demonstrators supporting Net neutrality chanted outside FCC headquarters.

Dare to Be 100: John Gardner, Uncommon American

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Every life can be measured by the friends that one makes along the way. My life is incredibly richer because of the friendship of one man, John Gardne...

Mindful Politics

Ira Israel | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Ira Israel

It is the electorate's fault that we have allowed corporations to hijack our government, influence politicians to deregulate their industries and then save them when they fail.

Is Verizon Wireless 'Profit Pumping,' Dumping Expenses Into the Wireline Networks? Time to Investigate

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

New Report Leads to a Call for an Investigation of Verizon New York and Verizon's affiliates including Verizon Wireless and "Verizon Services." On Se...

What Good Government Can Do For You

Carmille Lim | Posted 11.06.2013 | Hawaii
Carmille Lim

Growing up, I spent summers in the Philippines, my home country. During those summers I witnessed political corruption and abuse of power that was all too common for ordinary citizens. Moneyed influence was blatantly obvious in the legislative and local bodies, and even the Commission on Elections.

The "Filibuster" Fight Was Really About Our Core Values -- And It's Not Over

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This week's battle should be a learning moment for the American people. Who'll have the courage and honesty to tell them the truth? Who will lead the battle to restore American democracy?

The Filibuster: No More Half-steps, Please!

Dale Eisman | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Dale Eisman

Tuesday is shaping up as D-Day in the Senate's battle over the filibuster, with Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Mitch McConnell squaring off in a conflict that most Americans are ignoring but which has important implications for our government.

Leave Election Integrity to Chance

American Statistical Association | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
American Statistical Association

Even if we count votes by hand, there will be mistakes. How can we have confidence in the results?

This Independence Day, Let's Celebrate Our Dependence on One Another

Brian Levin | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact
Brian Levin

Just as American independence required Georgia and New York, Massachusetts and South Carolina to join forces to win the Revolutionary War, we are each fundamentally dependent on one another in our own lives.

Common Cause President's Video And Mission

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Bob Edgar, the president and CEO of Common Cause, ...

A Eulogy for Bob Edgar

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There are people in public life who cannot be bought, flattered, or hammered into submission. Bob Edgar was one of them.

Bob Edgar: A Christian for the Common Good (1943-2013)

Morgan Guyton | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Bob believed in democracy, and he believed that Christians should fight for the common good. It was devastating to learn of his sudden death this week in a dark time when his prophetic vision has never been more sorely needed.

Bob Edgar, Presente

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This is a letter I never imagined writing, and am deeply grief-stricken to be writing. Rev. Bob Edgar, a great public servant and my friend, has died.

California Democratic Party Disses Fracking, Still Loves Money

Wendy Block | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Wendy Block

It's heartbreakingly clear that the Democrats won't act courageously. But a number of non-partisan outside groups will.

Watergate's Lessons, Washed Away

Michael Winship | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Combined with the ongoing tragedy of Vietnam -- including the secret bombing of Cambodia and the violent squelching of antiwar protest -- Watergate shook the public's confidence in government as it hadn't been since the bleakest days of secession and the Civil War.

John Celock

ALEC Stresses Transparency, Reaveals Model Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

The American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative leaning group connecting businesses and lawmakers, has posted its model state legislation ...

Foundations Must Step Up Giving to Government Watchdogs

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

As a society of checks and balances, we need the checks that a Common Cause brings to maintain our balance.

OFA and the Fundraising Thing

Mike Lux | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

To say a president and other politicians shouldn't try to raise money to help fight for his agenda is simply wrong, especially with the huge buckets of money being raised and spent to fight him.

Kathleen Miles

CALIFORNIA VS. CITIZENS UNITED

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.21.2013 | Los Angeles

California voters are poised to become the largest electorate to decide whether to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Sup...

Tilting at Windmills

Helen Grieco | Posted 04.22.2013 | Green
Helen Grieco

This month, a U.S. District court ruled that yes, the commercial Drakes Bay Oyster Company squatting in Point Reyes National Seashore after its lease expired had to vacate as long planned.

Kathleen Miles

Get Ready To Vote On Citizens United

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 01.25.2013 | Los Angeles

Following the most expensive presidential election in history, Los Angeles voters are set to become the largest electorate to vote whether to support ...

The Missed Messages of Election Day

Bob Edgar | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The campaign post-mortems -- and recriminations on the Republican side -- already are underway and some big messages sent on Election Day already are being missed.

Dan Froomkin

Polling Place Vigilantes In Training

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Concerned that a veritable army of Tea Partyers will descend on polling places in minority neighborhoods to challenge and intimidate vot...

Please Write Cardinal Dolan Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Even if both parties seek him to invoke God's blessings on them, we are confronting one aspect of his work: the hierarchy's stern criticism of American nuns, and its campaign to deny some women insurance coverage for contraception.