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The President Has No Mandate to Bomb Iraq or Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Regardless of whether we can agree that President Obama does not have the authority to bomb Iraq or Syria in a legal sense, as a political matter he should come to Congress for authorization anyway.

Amb. Ford: Give Syrian Insurgents Manpads to Shoot Down Iranian Planes

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If the weapons were under U.S. supervision, and they were used to shoot down Iranian aircraft, then there would be no question who the ultimate author of the action was: the United States government.

Democrats Express Opposition To Venezuela Sanctions

AP | By BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen Democratic members of Congress are voicing opposition to authorizing unilateral U.S. sanctions against Venezuela ahead of...

NYT: Everybody Who's Anybody Wants to Bomb Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents in the country don't want the U.S. government to be running around the world, bombing other people's countries all the time, so the New York Times and its favored "critics" can go pound sand.

Friday Talking Points -- From Bears to Zombies

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Gay marriage is becoming legal in so many states, it's hard to keep up these days. As federal court after federal court strikes down laws against marriage equality, some politicians have realized it's a losing battle.

Judge Puts Rep. John Conyers On Primary Ballot

AP | JEFF KAROUB & ED WHITE | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered U.S. Rep. John Conyers to be placed on the August primary ballot, overturning a decision by Michigan electi...

Friday Talking Points -- Brain Damage

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Karl Rove successfully manipulated the entire news media this week. Rove's specialty is to take what could be considered a reasonable idea, and then twist it beyond recognition while dragging it through the swampiest mud he can dream up.

John Conyers Joins Suit To Get Back On Primary Ballot

AP | JEFF KAROUB | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

DETROIT (AP) — Longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers joined a federal lawsuit Thursday taking aim at the requirement that petition collectors b...

Longtime Congressman Doesn't Have Enough Signatures To Appear On Ballot

AP | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

DETROIT (AP) — An election official says longtime Congressman John Conyers of Michigan doesn't have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primar...

Long-Serving Congressman's Mistake Could Keep Him Off The Ballot

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics

Michigan officials say veteran Rep. John Conyers likely did not collect enough valid signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 Democratic primary ballot, acc...

Long-Serving Congressman May Not Make It On The Primary Ballot

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who would become Congress' longest-serving member if he is reelected this year, may not even qualify for the Democratic p...

Friday Talking Points -- In Other News...

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we begin this week's political wrapup, please be advised that President Obama's speech on reforming the National Security Agency won't be cover...

Michael McAuliff

The NSA's Biggest Fans Are Happy With Obama's Speech

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama managed to buy himself some breathing room among surveillance critics in his own party Friday, even as he propose...

Ryan J. Reilly

Lawmakers Unveil Proposal Broadening Voting Rights Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House and Senate lawmakers unveiled bipartisan legislation on Thursday that would repair -- and broaden -- a key provision of the 1965 V...

Winning The War On Poverty In 2014: Means Defeating the Wolves on Wall Street and Cowards on Capitol Hill

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 03.15.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

We can hear the 'wolves on Wall Street' howling at rising profits and executive salaries -- while the sucking sound you hear are jobs and families flung into poverty. 2014 will require a vigilant vote and voice to make a real difference for a very real problem.

While Obamacare Enrollment Continues to Lag, Labor Builds Support for Expanded and Improved Medicare for All

Pearl Korn | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

We might recall that it was labor that gave us the middle class during the post World War II years as they worked to indeed lift all boats in that time of unprecedented prosperity. Can they lead our nation once again in this time of unprecedented need?

The Full Employment Generation

Rep. Frederica Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. Frederica Wilson

Every American has a stake in stopping unemployment. So it's time to kindle a new movement built on a simple vision: Every American who wants to work should have the right to either employment or training.

Zach Carter

Progressives Rally To Representatives' Call For Tougher Bank Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three members of Congress this week sent a letter to top federal regulators urging them to adopt tougher capital requirements for big ba...

Arthur Delaney

Democrats Protest $5 Billion Food Stamp Cut They Voted For

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of nine Democratic members of the House of Representatives held a press conference outside the Capitol on Tuesday to demand Cong...

Rights Groups Call For Justice Department Probe Of '85 Bombing

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights groups and members of Congress are pressing the Justice Department to renew its investigation of a 1985...

A New Bipartisanship

Rich Rubino | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

It has become conventional thinking that bipartisanship is moribund in American politics. Recent elections of Tea Party Republicans have cemented this mindset. Ironically, the increasing partisan polarity may actually have the unintended result of effectuating a new bipartisanship.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Racial Profiling Bill Looks For Boost From Trayvon Martin Outrage

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to seize on the renewed national debate over race and discrimination following the trial of George Zimmerman, two Democratic lawm...

Misfiring on Whether Zimmerman Racially Profiled Martin

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The obvious point is that to call Zimmerman a serial racial profiler and that Martin was another victim of his penchant for profiling is crass race baiting. That's the wrong debate.

Fulfilling the Promise of Medicare

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

The richest country in the history of humanity has a moral obligation to cover all of its inhabitants with health care coverage. We believe health care is a right, and should not be treated as a benefit reserved for the privileged.

Michael McAuliff

Boehner, Pelosi Defend Votes For NSA Phone Surveiilance

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) found themselves on the same side again Thursday...