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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...

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.

Tea Partier Makes Absurd Civil Rights Comparison

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) compared the civil liberties of minority groups to snail darters and prairie chickens at a House Judiciary Committee hear...

Shahien Nasiripour

Metal Market Mayhem: Brewers Blast Banks | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A loose coalition of beer brewers, automakers, Boeing and Coca-Cola is accusing big banks, including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, o...

Zach Carter

House Dems Press Ben Bernanke On Risks Of Bank Expansion | Zach Carter | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four House Democrats sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday, pressing him on the risks of the market manipulat...

Jennifer Bendery

Congressman Calls Clarence Thomas 'Worse' Than Edward Snowden | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that the fact that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas voted this week to gut the Voting Righ...

Michael McAuliff

John Lewis: I Gave Blood For What Supreme Court Took Away | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- People bled and died seeking to end the discrimination addressed by the Voting Rights Act, and the Supreme Court took the country a ste...

And Michigan's Biggest Congressional Spender Is..

Politically Speaking, The Macomb Daily | Posted 08.06.2013 | Detroit

Who is the biggest spender in the Michigan congressional delegation? You might as well ask, who is the biggest spender in the entire Congress, in the...

Momentum Building to Cancel the Sequester

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Congress created the sequester and it is up to Congress to find a solution to this problem. We have momentum on our side. It's time to cancel the sequester.

Which Members of Congress Are Standing Up for Economic Decency - and Which 'Progressives' Aren't

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

If you don't see the name of your Congress member on that list, you live in a House district without a representative standing up for economic decency.

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.

Rep. Conyers Needs our Support to Kill the Sequestration's Austerity

William K. Black | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business
William K. Black

President Obama can easily break with this strategy of choking our economic recovery by supporting a clean bill that would kill the sequester instead of our economy.