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Friday Talking Points -- Games the Whole Family Can Play

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The head of the Secret Service abruptly resigned, after she got grilled by Congress over several disconcerting lapses which happened on her watch. She fell on her sword immediately, to her credit, rather than drawing the story out day after day.

Hilarious 'Dawson's Creek' Post Pops Up On Congressman's Facebook Page

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics

The angsty teenage drama of "Dawson's Creek" still keeps Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) up at night. At least that's what his followers deduced afte...

Prosecutors Object to War on Weed

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Of all the pro-legalization arguments, this could perhaps be the strongest one. The laws don't work.

Kate Sheppard

House Democrats Lobby Leadership To Ditch Foam Packaging

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Fifty-nine Democrats are rallying once again to get House leadership to toss the polystyrene packaging used in congressional cafeteria...

Congressman Blumenauer Addresses IRS vs. Legal Marijuana This Saturday

Russ Belville | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Blumenauer is well-known in Washington DC for his bow ties and dedication to bicycling. Yet this quintessentially liberal environmentalist from Portland teamed up last year with the conservative head of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist, to call for sweeping changes to US tax laws.

US Rep Calls For Fed Investigation Over Anti-Pot Initiative Campaign

Russ Belville | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has called on the directors of the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration to investigate allegations of illegal use of public taxpayer funds to influence Oregon's upcoming vote on marijuana legalization, known as Measure 91.

The Writing's on the Wall (and Web): Time to Act on Climate

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Today, I awoke to another story about Norfolk, Virginia, one of the areas of the US on the Eastern seaboard where we've seen the most rapid increase in the sea level. This is of vital importance, as Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the world, and rising sea levels threaten its long-term survivability.

Matt Ferner

Members Of Congress Demand Increased Access To Marijuana For Research Purposes

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

Thirty members of Congress, led by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), H. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)...

WATCH: Congressman Gets Mad After Finding Out Americans Are Less Charitable Than He Thought

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some politicians have a hard time resisting the urge to declare the U.S. is No. 1, no matter what pinnacle they're asserting the country...

Matt Ferner

4/20 May Be Legal Federally Before The End Of The Decade

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics

A version of this story was first published earlier in April. Two states with legal recreational use. Twenty-one that allow medical use. Record-hig...

Matt Ferner

Lawmaker Predicts Marijuana Will Be Legal Within 5 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

Two states with legal recreational use. Twenty more that allow medical use. Record-high support at the national level for more permissive policies. It...

Kate Sheppard

Congress Just Undid The 1 Good Thing It's Done On Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Congress approved changes to the federal flood insurance program in June 2012 that lawmakers said then would fix the program's problem...

Eugene Mulero

Rep. Beto O'Rourke Says He Will 'Be Getting More Involved' In Legalizing Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Eugene Mulero | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Beto O'Rourke ran for Congress as a pro-pot legalization candidate, but even though he has focused on other hometown issues like im...

18 Members Of Congress Call On Obama To Drop Marijuana From 'Most Dangerous' Category

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

Over a dozen members of Congress are calling on President Barack Obama to reschedule marijuana, with one congressman describing the drug's current cla...

Friday Talking Points -- Freedom From Job Lock

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The next big legislative fight (raising the debt ceiling) is just around the corner, and the Republicans can't seem to agree on what to hold as hostage.

Friday Talking Points -- Avoiding Immigration Traps

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in the House have announced they are now ready to do something on immigration. There will be traps laid by the Republicans, so Democrats have to be vigilant about defusing each one as it pops up.

Congress On The Verge Of Giving Key Approval To Legal Hemp

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

A provision in the new $1.1 trillion farm bill, finalized by Congress Monday, legalizes the production of industrial hemp for research purposes and is...

The Crumbling State of the Union

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

The bonds that keep us together as a country -- the roads, tunnels, bridges, pipes, sewers -- are degrading at an incredible pace. If we do not act now to maintain and repair our infrastructure, we will face much higher costs in the future.

Michael McAuliff

Congressman Urges Obama To Drop Pot From Very Dangerous Drug List

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With federal law enforcement officials moving to make it easier for marijuana businesses to operate in states where they are legal, one ...

Overcoming Willful Blindness to the Successes of the Affordable Care Act

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Only a few days ago they shut down the government in an attempt to prevent anyone from signing up. And yet, today, they are outraged that not enough people are signing up?

The Best Investment You Ever Sat On

John Kluge | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
John Kluge

The Water for the World Act currently before Congress puts the power of the U.S. government behind those efforts. It supports effective, localized sanitation improvement programs with transparent monitoring systems, all without adding a dime to the deficit. It deserves your attention, and your support.

The Forgotten Victims of September 30th

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Iraq is a country that is on the verge of collapse. Violence is on the upswing, and these people who bravely served America have been left twisting in the wind. Many have been forced into hiding. Others and their families have not just been threatened; they've been killed.

This Isn't Sarah Palin's Death Panel

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Rev. Chuck Currie

Those that use this legislation to scare people about Obamacare actually end up hurting those facing the end of their lives. That is a sick form of politics certainly in need of a cure.

5 Reasons Why the Water for the World Act Is Worth Its Weight in Gold

David Winder | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
David Winder

Imagine a world where giving birth on the side of the road with two cans of dirty water is not an uncommon occurrence: a world where the water you d...

End of Life Is Just the Beginning

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

The cringe-inducing headlines of scandal and hyper partisan behavior greets us almost daily. Yet amid the conflict I'm encouraged about our work, designed to bring people together to solve problems, and the awareness and appreciation that surrounds it.