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The House and Senate Battle over Egypt Aid

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expecting the United States to deliver the $1.3 billion in annual military assistance without any delays or restrictions, he may be in for a "rude awakening," as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez said during a hearing on Egypt earlier this month.

Laura Bassett

House Budget Markup Turns Into Heated Abortion Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

A House markup of a budget bill turned into a heated and emotional debate about abortion rights on Wednesday morning when a Republican congressman int...

Congress Must Save Healthy School Lunches

Rep. Sam Farr | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Rep. Sam Farr

We would never stop teaching our kids math or science just because it is hard. So why are we consider doing it for nutrition?

Dave Jamieson

House GOP Votes 'To Continue Wage Theft'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Early Friday morning, House Republicans voted down a measure that would have discouraged the government from giving contracts to compani...

Horse Sense, Not Slaughter

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Horses helped settle the country, and we owe them more than to turn them into chopped patties.

Kate Sheppard

Spending Bill Protects Inefficient Light Bulbs And Money For Coal Abroad

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The omnibus appropriations bill that House and Senate leadership announced Monday evening would block the Department of Energy from impl...

$1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Would Bury Budget Battles

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional negotiators Monday night released a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of ...

Lawmakers Finishing Secretive Process For Giant Bill

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators trying to put the finishing touches on a $1.1 trillion spending bill reported Tuesday that they have made major progre...

Republicans Issue Odd Threat At John Kerry

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers are threatening to withhold salary representing less than one-sixteen thousandth of multimillionaire Secretary of S...

Cutting the Solid Gold Nuke

Benjamin Loehrke | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Benjamin Loehrke

Despite the lack of military value, the Pentagon still wants to refurbish the remaining bombs -- a process that would cost a fortune. The planned upgrades would cost $28.9 million per bomb -- twice as much as the cost of the bomb's weight in gold.

Jay-Z Doesn't Run This Town: Congress Seeks More Cuba Restrictions

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

Celebrity power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who controversially visited Cuba earlier this year, might face tougher government restrictions on travel to...

Republicans Want to Slash the IRS Budget ― But You'll Pay the Price

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Nice to see that House Republicans are staying true to form. Faced with the prospect of actually governing, they've once again chosen to pander and po...

Defunding 287(g) Can Not Come Soon Enough

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

A federal judge in Arizona recently held that Sheriff Arpaio and his Deputies have engaged in racial profiling against Latinos in Maricopa County. Th...

Veterans Medical Care Bill Passes Hurdle

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With no broader budget deal in sight, a key House panel responsible for implementing sweeping cuts to agency budgets moved Wednesda...

Military Leaders: Don't Cut Defense Funds

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The billions of dollars in defense budget cuts scheduled to begin at the end of the week will have a swift and severe impact on military...

Oversight: Why Congress Needs to Back the Securities and Exchange Commission

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 11.17.2012 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

For the SEC to do its job properly, it needs adequate resources, and for that it needs the support of Congress. To understand why the budgetary issue is so important, and why the SEC deserves more funding, let's look at the trajectory of the Commission since the Madoff scandal.

Teachers-in-Training Should Not Be Designated 'Highly Qualified'

John Affeldt | Posted 10.03.2012 | Education
John Affeldt

Let's call the HQT amendment what it really is: a farce of a law that undermines equal access to fully trained teachers for our neediest students

We're Not Laughing

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.05.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

If they weren't so damaging to children, congressional leaders' explanations for their policy decisions that cater to big money interests at those children's expense would be downright funny.

Jason Linkins

How To Turn Pizza Into A Vegetable

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics

On Tuesday, Congress decided that pizza is a vegetable. I have to imagine that this news instilled confusion in many Americans, as many Americans are: familiar with pizza; familiar with vegetables; and sane. But, according to the geniuses in Washington, pizza is a vegetable for the purposes of determining what goes into public school lunches by virtue of the fact that pizza traditionally includes a schmear of tomato paste. And if you're wondering how it came to pass that Congress arrived at the conclusion that pizza could count as a serving of vegetables for this reason, wonder no more! Congress was guided along this path by lobbyists. And lobbyists can do all sorts of things, by magic!

Congress Fights To Save School Pizza And Fries

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do? In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza ...

Washington Must Walk the Talk: "Make It in America" Must Move From Slogan to Solutions

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We might not be able to match the incentives offered by our trading partners dollar-for-dollar, but we can make the choice competitive enough that we can leverage the inherent advantages that our country still offers.

Amanda Terkel

Are Republicans Engaging In 'Class Warfare'?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Democrats are hitting back at Republicans who say President Obama's plan to increase taxes on millionaires and billionaires amounts to "cl...

Principle Justifies Penury

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It ain't by princerples nor men My preudunt course is steadied- I scent wich pays the best, an'then Go into it baldheaded. ...

Lucia Graves

House Republicans Take Aim At Environmental Regulations As Debt Crisis Looms

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With eight days until the country officially defaults on its debts, likely sparking a worldwide credit crisis, the House of Representati...

New York's LGBTQ Marriages, "Don't Ask" Repeal, and California's LGBTQ History Bill Herald Tipping Point

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Now more than never, it is imperative to remind each other, and our elected officials, that until we all have equal rights -- be it the right to marry or earn equal wages -- liberty and justice has not yet been granted.