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Joe Barton

Minimum Wage, Minimum Age: Republicans Continue to Fight

Gerry Myers | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

The media, Congress and American workers are talking about raising the minimum wage nationally. So why hasn't an increase been passed? Who opposes raising the minimum wage? Not average Americans. Not even most Republicans. The answer: Republicans in Congress.

Kasey Varner

Republicans Lose To Democrats For Sixth Straight Year In Congressional Baseball Game

HuffingtonPost.com | Kasey Varner | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the sixth year running, Democrats beat their Republican colleagues in the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. ...

'Our Energy Moment': The Blue Engine Behind Fracked Gas Exports PR Blitz

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Behind nearly every major corporate policy push there's an accompanying well-coordinated public relations and propag...

GOP Rep. Wants To Abolish Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's call to raise the minimum wage has long been met with resistance from congressional Republicans, but Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas...

Amazing Grace: A Survivor's Story

D. R. Tucker | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
D. R. Tucker

I don't know how Dr. Mann does it. I don't know how someone can survive such brutality and still be such a calm soul, filled with hope that the climate crisis can be resolved.

The House Drug Testing Rule Nobody Knows About

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

Rep. Trey Radel's (R-Fla.) October arrest on a charge of cocaine possession made headlines on Tuesday when Politico broke the story. Hours later, ...

Buffoonery on the Brink

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

The brinkmanship in Washington is getting a little heady, so let's summarize: The thug from Texas by way of Princeton and Harvard says to The Worst Pr...

Furloughed Government Employees Accept Their Due Blame for Government Shutdown

Remy M. Maisel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Remy M. Maisel

In a surprising turn of events that has drawn criticism from the Democrats and widespread Republican support, furloughed federal government employees have accepted the blame for their current hiatus from work.

We All Burn Because the GOP Wasted 30 Years

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Jeff Schweitzer

If you voted for Reagan, Bush senior, or George Bush Jr. or any senator or congressman who denies the reality of climate change, you must take responsibility for all of its terrible consequences.

A Rare Bipartisan Idea to Improve Medicaid and Save Money

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Bipartisanship is so rare on Capitol Hill these days, especially in regard to health care, that when such comity breaks out, it's worth reporting.

GOP Rep Cites Great Flood To Disprove Human Role In Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) turned to the Bible on Wednesday during a congressional hearing, using the Great Flood to support his claim that climate cha...

Erin Mershon

Democrats Cream Republicans In Annual Congressional Baseball Game

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Mershon | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The political scorecard stood tied: a Supreme Court victory for the Democrats, an attorney general contempt charge for the Republicans. ...

GOP Flexes Muscle On Light Bulbs

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are flipping the dimmer switch on a law that sets new energy-savings standards for light bulbs. They've re...

Lucia Graves

Chu To Congress: Solyndra Decision Not Influenced By Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.18.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- In what amounts to the highest-profile testimony yet in the ongoing Solyndra saga, Energy Secretary Steven Chu took full responsibility...

'Green News Report' - November 17, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.17.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Political...

Lucia Graves

Newt Gingrich Calls For Steven Chu To Be Fired Over Solyndra Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.04.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday called for Energy Secretary Steven Chu to be fired for his decision to allow Solyndra to ke...

Lawmakers: Popular Sites Must Stop 'Constant Abuse' Of User Privacy

Posted 11.27.2011 | Technology

(Reuters) - Two leading lawmakers on privacy -- a Republican and Democrat -- have asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into MSN.com and Hulu.c...

Lucia Graves

WATCH: Solyndra Executives Stay Silent At Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.23.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Solyndra executives invoked their Fifth Amendment rights more than a dozen times as House Republicans pressed them for answers regarding...

People Always Have the Right to Opt Out

Chuck Teller | Posted 10.03.2011 | Green
Chuck Teller

Americans receive nearly 90 billion pieces of advertising mail every year. With thousands of companies offering to share their mailing lists, that adds up to an information super highway where individuals are losing control.

Lucia Graves

House To Vote On Repealing Light Bulb Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

Jordan Howard contributed to this report. WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on whether to repeal light bulb efficiency s...

Online Poker Bill Looks To Change The Rules Of The Game

AP | OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

LAS VEGAS — U.S. Rep. Joe Barton introduced a bill Friday to legalize online poker, hoping to pull the estimated $6 billion industry out of the ...

Tom Zeller Jr.

House Republicans Grill Nuclear Watchdog Over Yucca Mountain Probe

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 08.15.2011 | Green

Members of a Congressional subcommittee grilled the inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Tuesday over a report in which he and...

The GOP's Big Texas Gerrymander

The Washington Post | Aaron Blake | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics

A new proposed congressional map in Texas goes to surprisingly long lengths to stretch the number of Republican districts in the state's delegation....

Don't Get Fueled Again

Donnie Fowler | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green
Donnie Fowler

It's deja vu all over again. Big Oil charges us record prices at the pump, gleefully takes welfare payments (our tax dollar subsidies) and then blames someone else for the problem.

Congressmen Release 'Do Not Track Kids' Bill

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 07.07.2011 | Technology

A draft House bill with bipartisan support would prohibit companies from tracking children on the Internet without parental consent, restrict online m...