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Jan Schakowsky

Friday Talking Points -- Past, Present and Future

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty years ago today, President Nixon addressed the nation to announce he would be resigning the next day -- the only time in US history this has happened. Today, President Obama announced the US will be dropping bombs on Iraq once again. That's a pretty heavy-duty amount of the past to contemplate, in one week.

Out of Touch GOP Rapidly Seals Fate With Majority of Ordinary Americans

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The Republican Leadership may be doing just fine with the Wall Street crowd and extremists who oppose birth control, but for the majority of ordinary Americans its actions over the last several weeks have rapidly begun to seal its fate as a minority party.

Walgreens May Face Consumer, Political Backlash if It Elects to Become a 'Corporate Deserter'

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Within the next several weeks Illinois-based Walgreens drug store chain is set to decide if it will become what President Obama referred to last week as a "corporate deserter" by tearing up its U.S. Citizenship in order to cut its corporate taxes.

Look Out, Wall Street, The New Populism Is Coming

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The public's mood, despite years of attempts by most Republicans and many Democrats to placate them, is distinctly populist. And much of that populist sentiment is directed toward the financial institutions which have so badly damaged our economy.

Candidate Who Blames Gay Rights For Tornadoes Nabs Big GOP Win

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

A Republican candidate who believes that God dictates weather patterns and that tornadoes, autism and dementia are God's punishments for marriage equa...

120 Rabbis in Congressional Record: Toward Peace or War With Iran?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The Rabbinic Statement on Moving Step by Step toward Shalom with Iran (initiated by The Shalom Center) has been placed in the Congressional Record by ...

The U.S. Government Uses Sweatshops, Too

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business
Michelle Chen

While consumers may have been shocked to learn of The Gap or Benetton's latest designs strewn amid the wreckage of "death trap" factories, they might have missed another bit of debris: the label of the U.S. government.

Dave Jamieson

How A Plan To Help Curb Garment Factory Disasters In Bangladesh Died In The U.S. Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Concerned it may undermine their own response to recent factory disasters and cost them business, U.S. clothing makers pressured the Sen...

Ethics Committee Won't Investigate House Members Arrested During Protest

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee won't investigate eight House members arrested during an immigration protest near the Cap...

The GOP's Politics of Subtraction

Jan Schakowsky | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Jan Schakowsky

Add up all the voters that the Republicans have done their best to reject, and I refuse to believe that there are enough "safe" districts for them to maintain control of the House. I see danger for Republicans in 2014.

Obama's Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

It's now painfully clear that the president has put out a contract on the Fourth Amendment. And at the Capitol, the hierarchies of both parties are stuffing it into the trunks of their limousines, so each provision can be neatly fitted with cement shoes and delivered to the bottom of the Potomac.

Clarity From Snowden -- But Murky Response From Progressives in Congress

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The Progressive Caucus could supply a principled counterweight to the bombast coming from the likes of Boehner and Feinstein. But for that to happen, leaders of the caucus would need to set a good example by putting up a real fight.

Obama Administration Keeps Report On Secret Terms

Salon | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

Much of what you’ve been told (or seen in movies) about George W. Bush’s supposedly effective torture program is false and overhyped. At least, th...

Take Shelter From the Cuts on Tax Day

Carl Gibson | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Here's a pop quiz for Congress: If you cut food assistance for needy families by $333 million, and allow corporations to dodge $183 billion in federal taxes in the same year, how much did you end up reducing the deficit?

It's Time for Us to Raise the Volume and Take Back Our Democracy

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

With gridlock and malicious behavior paralyzing our government, it is now up to we, the people, to become more visible and vocal, to show Congress what needs to be done. Here are some thoughts and ideas on where we need to go from here, and how we can become involved.

Most of Progressive Caucus Taking a Dive on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

For the social compact of the United States, most of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has gone missing.

House Democrats Warn Obama On Social Security Reform

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama may find opposition from inside his own party if he is serious about making changes to the way Social Security benefits are dis...

Zach Carter

Progressive Senators Pressure Obama Not To Cut Social Security

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of progressive lawmakers led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday called for protecting Social Security and Medicare benef...

Laura Bassett

Dem Lawmakers Wish Women Were Still Bipartisan Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Decades before lawmakers were debating access to birth control on the House floor, Republicans and Democrats actually agreed on issues s...

Jan Schakowsky: Joe Walsh Is 'An Embarrassment'

Posted 09.04.2012 | Chicago

Congressman Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) is no stranger to incendiary remarks and name-calling: but usually, they originate with him. Walsh was previously th...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Senator Miffed Dems Are Crashing GOP Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.30.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- It's common to spot GOP politicians wandering around the Republican National Convention, talking to reporters and doing interviews in t...

Cole Stangler

Congresswoman Joins Factory Workers To Demand Bain Capital Stop Outsourcing To China

HuffingtonPost.com | Cole Stangler | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

Employees at an Illinois Sensata Technologies plant delivered a petition to Bain Capital Tuesday night, demanding that the private equity firm step in...

Mitt Romney's Desperate VP Choice

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

You have to wonder about the level of Mitt Romney's desperation to select Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate.

15 Members of Congress Speak Out: End the War in Afghanistan

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

Today, 14 of my colleagues joined me in speaking out against the war in Afghanistan. Congress is deeply complicit in maintaining and continuing the war, but if enough members join our voices, maybe an end to this travesty can be in sight.

Protesters: 'Keep Your Mitt(s) Off Birth Control'

Posted 03.16.2012 | Chicago

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made an early Friday campaign stop at a restaurant in suburban Chicago and was greeted by several protes...