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Rape in Conflict Continues

Serra Sippel | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

Violence against women and rape in conflict is an ongoing problem. It is not isolated, it is not anecdotal, it is far from rare.

A Tyrant? Not Exactly...

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Any ambitious path of executive action must be conducted in a manner consistent with the law and the appropriate role of coordinate branches. But should we snap to attention when we hear hyperventilating about his supposed abuse of power? At least so far, hardly.

Obama's Legacy: #GoBigObama vs. #DeporterInChief

Ryan Campbell | Posted 08.27.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

In the world of social media, the current question of Obama's immigration legacy can be summed up as this: Which will be the dominant tag, #DeporterInChief, or #GoBigObama? Anything Obama does will exist next to the 2 million deportations his enforcement has already carried out, more than any previous president.

Alexander C. Kaufman

Burger King Dares Obama To Stop It From Fleeing To Canada | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business

Burger King’s plan to scurry across the Canadian border to avoid U.S. taxes could be seen as the corporate equivalent of flipping President Barack O...

Countdown: Deadliest Chemical Accidents Since 2009

Diana Ruiz | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Diana Ruiz

It's been a year since Obama signed an executive order directing federal agencies to modernize chemical plant safety and security policies. Since then federal agencies tasked with developing new requirements for all chemical facilities in the United States have moved painfully slow.

Obama Can Do A Lot On His Own To Change Immigration, Experts Say

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out. There are ...

Sam Stein

Obama Expected To Sign New Executive Order On Federal Contract Workers | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order on Thursday seeking enhanced workplace conditions and rights for federal ...

Boehner Sues Obama in Order to Implement Health Law Faster

John A. Tures | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

When I learned that House Speaker John Boehner is suing President Barack Obama, I thought about a number of good reasons for something to limit executive actions. For example, would it be to limit NSA spying on its citizens?

Another Bend of the Arc Towards Justice

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

While it doesn't carry any legal weight, only the power of symbolism, the most touching moments for me in the president's presentation were his fluency with the word "transgender."

Executive Orders: Term-Limited Victories

Jackie Gardina | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jackie Gardina

During President Obama's tenure, the LGBT community has seen an unprecedented recognition of our basic rights at the national level. Almost every victory, however, is because President Obama, not Congress, took action.

How Gay Rights And Religious Freedom Are Impacted By Obama's Executive Order

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) One of the toughest political calculations in Washington is balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religi...

Obama's Immigration Dilemma

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

But what is pretty clear is that if Obama does act, it is going to help Democrats in the 2016 presidential contest. The whole immigration reform issue is a gigantic trap for Republicans, and they will likely be unable to resist the urge to walk right into it.

Obama's Prerogative to Pump the Gas on Executive Action

Marcus Bright | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Marcus Bright

The question of how far an executive can deviate from the will of the legislative body is usually based on the political strength of and influence of the president's party in Congress or a substantial electoral mandate.

Who Will Qualify for Obama's Executive Order?

Ryan Campbell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Removing the age cap and changing the criteria to allow more DREAMers to qualify may be the easiest thing that Obama could do.

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

Obama's Immigration Announcement and What's Next

Ryan Campbell | Posted 09.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

While many on the right are already decrying our "imperial President" on his recent action, the truth of the matter is that he had to act.

Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush Totaled 672 Executive Orders. Obama has 182. Boehner's Lawsuit Is Frivolous

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

While many conservatives have labeled Obama's unilateral decisions as imperial, or the actions of a "monarch," the truth is that U.S. history is filled with Republican presidents who have been far more willing to take matters into their own hands.

Obama Dismisses Boehner Lawsuit As Nothing More Than A 'Stunt'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Friday said he wasn't going to apologize for his use of executive power, dismissing a planned lawsuit by House Speaker John ...

Neil Cavuto Has Had It With Michele Bachmann

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto and retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) engaged in a war of words on Wednesday over House Speaker John Boehner's (R-O...

Amanda Terkel

If Obama Is On A Tyrannical Quest For Power, He's Not Very Good At It | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's announcement that 2014 would be a "year of action," in which he issued more executive orders to get around an u...

Obama's Executive Order On LGBT Job Discrimination 'Expands The Universe'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

Dr. Dana Beyer, the executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, discussed on HuffPost Live Tuesday President Barack Obama's plan to draft an executi...

Executive Orders and Dictatorship

Robert Slayton | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Here's the historic reality. When a president is doing something his ideological opponents don't like and don't support, they accuse him of an excessive grab for power... or worse.

Groups Offer Obama Cover to Deport

Ryan Campbell | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

To get to immigration reform, they'll have to go through Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in an election year. The SEIU and several other groups, ...

Will Pride 2014 Be the Time for Obama's LGBT Workplace Non-Discrimination Order?

Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman

It is most disappointing that yet another year has passed since the White House advised in 2012 that it was "studying" the issue of LGBT workplace discrimination, and that another year has gone by without the President signing an Executive Order (EO) expanding workplace non-discrimination measures.

It's Time To Prepare For Climate Change

Rep. Matt Cartwright | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Rep. Matt Cartwright

Given the extreme weather events of the last two years and the massive economic losses this nation has incurred as a result, we all understand that the government needs to be better prepared and has to protect itself from future financial losses.