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Department of Agriculture Sends Misguided Fiasco of a Poultry Processing Rule to the White House

Rena Steinzor | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The millions of consumers who eat undercooked chicken at their peril and the beleaguered workers in these dank, overcrowded, and dangerous plants can only hope the president's people come to their senses over there and kill this misguided fiasco.

The End of Thinking?

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Henry Mintzberg

History did not end in 1989, but for too many of the people who bought into Francis Fukuyama's influential "End of History?" article, what ended then was thinking. A failure to understand that successful countries of the West maintain a balance of power across the public, private, and plural sectors of society has been throwing the U.S. and many other countries out of balance ever since.

Dave Jamieson

U.S. Chamber Lobbies To Kill Measure That Would Punish Wage Theft

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: 8 p.m. -- Despite the lobbying from business groups, the wage theft amendment passed the House with bipartisan support Thursday afternoon. ...

House Ethics Committee To Reinstate Key Disclosure Rule For Lobbyist Gifts

AP | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an abrupt retreat, the House Ethics Committee said Thursday that it was dropping changes it had made in how lawmakers publicly r...

Group That Wants To Save The Penny Has Big Interest In Doing So

Center for Public Integrity | Erin Quinn | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

By Erin Quinn This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, ...

U.S. Gas Exports Flow Through DC Lobbying's Revolving Door

David Halperin | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
David Halperin

Even as Obama pursues a new public effort to fight global warming, his administration is quietly advancing an energy policy that may well raise the volume of climate-increasing greenhouse gases, while at the same time polluting U.S. communities through increased use of the controversial practice of fracking.

NBA Star's Simple Explanation For What's Wrong With Washington

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 06.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Steve Nash thinks about much more than pick-and-rolls, backdoor cuts and passing lanes in his everyday life. When it comes to politics, however, he wo...

Paul Blumenthal

Washington Lobbyists Pour Money Into Mississippi To Fend Off Tea Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists in Washington are pouring money into Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) runoff campaign, helping the six-term incumbent with a long...

Which Churches Are the Most Activist of All? New Study Findings May Surprise You

David Briggs | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The nation's largest religious body is also by far the most likely to have its congregations take to the streets in public demonstrations or lobby the halls of power on moral issues, a new study finds.

Every State Counts: Support GMO Labeling in Oregon and Colorado

Michele Simon | Posted 06.13.2014 | Food
Michele Simon

As we learned in California and Washington (states that narrowly lost GMO labeling initiatives despite being massively outspent) every debate draws more attention to the issue and weakens Big Biotech's undue influence over our food supply.

Lessons of the Cantor: Arrogant Insiders, Angry Outsiders

Mike Lux | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Eric Cantor's upset shows that big money doesn't always win, and that K St-bashing populism wins elections. Let's hope that Democrats across the country take that to heart and fight back against the big money flooding their races.

The Inside Story On ALEC

Chris Taylor | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Taylor

In the ALEC otherworld, actual economics do not count. It's all about a business-friendly environment. Hello, Third World.

Advocacy Is The Key To Truly Making A Difference In The Global Environment

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

A world where more people understand how to navigate past social, political, and cultural barriers to enhance mutual exchange and understanding is a more peaceful and prosperous world.

There's A New Powerful Lobby In Town

Politico | Stephanie Simon | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

You’ve heard of Big Oil and Big Tobacco. Now get ready for Big Parent....

Why Is Pro-Consumer Nader Pairing Up With Pro-K Street Norquist?

Jane White | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Jane White

Nice to see that the left and right have met middle ground on the minimum wage issue. But Grover Norquist's true legacy isn't his anti-tax stand but his "pro-1 Percent" efforts .

Foreign Climate: Why European Right-Wingers Should Be Tree Huggers

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

Although the European right wing parties have varied programs they all have at least two points in common. They are not really concerned with global warming, but rather focus their political efforts on xenophobic concerns.

Fracking Rules in North Carolina Tied to Koch, Halliburton, and ALEC

Jesse Coleman | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Jesse Coleman

A new bill proposed in North Carolina would make it a felony offense for first responders, doctors, or public safety officials to disclose the ingredients of fracking fluid.

Bipartisan Kumbaya for the Potato Lobby, But Who Cares About Children?

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

Should we call it irony or the worst of days when Congress is too dysfunctional to accomplish anything useful, but manages to cobble together a bi-partisan kumbaya coalition for the potato lobby?

Christina Wilkie

Food Lobby Creates Stealth Campaign To Attack Anti-Obesity Film

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The world's largest food industry lobbying group is waging a stealth campaign to discredit the highly anticipated anti-obesity documenta...

ReThink Review: Fed Up -- It's the Sugar, Stupid

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Fed Up, which is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric, begins much like a horror movie, as a montage of TV news anchors breathlessly describe a lethal affliction infecting millions of Americans across the country, sowing illness and death for increasing numbers of men, women, and children.

Suze Orman Warns Against Private Student Loans, Yet Teaches at University of Phoenix

David Halperin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Federal loans and grants don't come close to covering Phoenix's high prices, and like other big for-profits, the University of Phoenix does not normally provide anything like the level of in-house scholarship funding to lower-income students that many nonprofit and state colleges offer.

Georgia Governor Vetoes Private Probation Bill

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

The bill would have allowed these private probation companies to shield details of their practices from public eyes, while still raking in millions from those they're meant to supervise.

The Importance of Raising Your Voice

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 06.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

We've come a long way since our lives and experiences were deemed illegal and we were forced to remain in the closet or else be subject to arrest, but we have a ways to go before we can claim true equality under the law.

For-Profit Colleges Spend Big on Lobbyists to Fight Obama Regulation

David Halperin | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

With the May 27 deadline approaching to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Education, big for-profit colleges are pulling out all the stops to gut the Obama administration's proposed "gainful employment" rule, which is aimed at curbing predatory career training programs.

Paul Blumenthal

Where There's Money To Be Had, Republicans Lobby For Soros, Democrats Lobby For Adelson

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Partisan lines are blurring as money pours into Washington in the fight over Internet gambling. Republican lobbyists are signing up to a...