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Asleep at the Wheel

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Sen. Ed Markey

In 2004, GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had a secret meeting in which the attendees inexplicably agreed that cars that stalled on the road all by themselves was not necessarily a safety problem.

Will the Tea Party Impeach Governor Pat McCrory?

Carl Pope | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Carl Pope

The Tea Party and legislative Republicans don't seem in the slightest fazed by the governor's assertion of executive muscle -- there's not a single searchable peep expressing concern over McCrory's announcement that he would act even if his legislature did not. So what is real basis for Republican outrage over Obama's "abuse of power"?

Ed Markey's Hate-Speech Bill Earns Him Top Spot in 2014 New England Muzzle Awards

Dan Kennedy | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Dan Kennedy

US Senator Ed Markey doesn't seem like your typical enemy of free speech. Progressive and amiable, the Massachusetts Democrat is known mainly for speaking up on behalf of liberal causes such as fighting climate change and preserving funding for public broadcasting.

Senator Markey's Bill: A Chance For America To Lead On LGBT Rights

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

In the first months of 2014 alone, the trend of governments wresting away rights of LGBT people is nothing short of alarming.

Senators Urge Ban On E-Cigarettes On Airplanes

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - E-cigarette use should be banned on domestic flights and those to or from the United States, seven U.S. senators sai...

An Epidemic of Gun Silence

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Guns will kill almost twice as many children as cancer. Gun violence costs our country an estimated $174 billion every year. Next year, for the first time, gun deaths will exceed traffic fatalities. It doesn't have to be this way.

Progressive Activist Dies At 55

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

Tim Carpenter, a political activist and founder of the Progressive Democrats of America, died Monday after a battle with melanoma. Carpenter, 55, s...

Your Doctors Are Worried

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

In a nuclear war involving as few as 100 weapons anywhere in the world, the global climate and agricultural production would be affected so severely that the lives of more than 2 billion people would be in jeopardy.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Dems Introduce Longshot Bills To Tackle Keystone Pipeline Problems

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced two bills on Thursday related to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The first would require any oil...

Kate Sheppard

They're Up All Night To Get Wonky: 30 Senators Hold Overnight Climate Session

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Senators planning to stay up all night Monday talking about climate change say the marathon session is the "opening salvo" in a renewe...

Kate Sheppard

Lots Of Countries Have Passed Climate Bills, But The U.S. Is Still Behind The Times

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There now exist nearly 500 climate-related laws in 66 different countries, according to a report released Thursday. The report comes ...

New White House Cybersecurity Framework and DATA Act: Good Intentions, But Still Fall Short

Christina Gagnier | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Christina Gagnier

While cybersecurity and privacy are certainly "shared challenges" as the government itself has not taken the appropriate steps to rectify its own privacy violations, the government must take leadership in creating enforceable measures for the private sector and other organizations that will prevent the casual manner in which many companies still treat data.

Dem Senator Set To Take Over Senate Energy Panel Chair

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Poised to take the reins of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen...

Senator Warns Coal Sales Might Have Cost Taxpayers

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Congressional investigators have found problems with federal coal sales that might have cost taxpayers $200 million or more i...

Senator Calls For Probe Into Marketing Company

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey is asking for information about ...

Kate Sheppard

Senators 'Deeply Concerned' Over Farm Bill Provision

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The way government agencies deal with science is under attack thanks to a provision tucked into the sweeping federal farm bill, 13 Dem...

Kate Sheppard

Science Provision Buried In House Farm Bill Could Gum Up Regulatory Work, Critics Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some senators and environmental and public health groups are concerned that a little-noticed provision in the House's version of the far...

Kate Sheppard

Senators Call For Extension Of Key Energy Tax Credits

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Twenty-four senators are asking the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee to renew a slate of tax credits for renewable energy and eff...

Dem Bests GOP Rival In Massachusetts Special Election

AP | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

BY STEVE LEBLANC, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Katherine Clark easily defeated three opponents Tuesday to win a vacant congression...

Candidates Make Final Appeal In Race To Replace Markey

AP | STEVE LeBLANC | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — The candidates seeking to fill Edward Markey's old seat in the U.S. House are making their final appeals to voters in the Massachusett...

Matt Sledge

Cops Asked For Cell Phone Data More Than 1 Million Times Last Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Where you've been, whom you've talked to and even what you've been saying -- police can get it all from your cell phone company, and frequently withou...

Paul Blumenthal

Have Liberals Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Citizens United?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite liberal opposition to the election spending unleashed by the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, progressive independ...

Why Do 'Congressional Truants' Still Get Paid While Openly Seeking Other Jobs?

Rich Rubino | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

American politics is perhaps the only field where office holders can spend the preponderance of their time campaigning for another office while being truant from the office they currently hold.

Beyond Left and Right on Syria

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee just voted to approve a resolution to attack Syria on a vote of 10-7. But the breakdown of the voting reveals that this was in no way a party-line vote.

House Hopefuls Split On Syria

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

Only one of the five contenders for the Democratic nomination to succeed Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in the U.S. House of Representatives has publicly co...