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Syria Releases Detained Americans

AP | Posted 06.01.2011 | World

BEIRUT -- Two Americans detained at the outbreak of political unrest in Syria were released Friday after two weeks in custody, said a relative of one ...

Vietnam War-Era Bombs Cause Current Day Casualties, Demonstrating Need for Updated Weapons Technology

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

In Southeast Asia, UXOs left over from the Vietnam War injure and kill hundreds of people each year.

Ryan Grim

Leahy Presses Obama To Name Key Reformer To Swaps Panel | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is lobbying President Obama to appoint Sean Cota, a Vermont business owner and an advocate of the regulation ...

US Government Embarrassed by Afghan Woman Again

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Malalai Joya, one of Afghanistan's most famous woman, who was just denied a visa for a book tour to the U.S. Having successfully applied for a U.S. visa four times before, this time it is not about Joya, but about the war in Afghanistan.

Elise Foley

Democrats Aim For Repeal Of Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats launched a repeal effort against the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, introducing companion bills in both chambers of Con...

Patently Absurd or: How to Go From the World's Best Patent System to Worse-Than-Most in a Single Step

Gary Lauder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Lauder

Congress is responding to the companies who can afford to lobby and not bothering to seek the opinions of entrepreneurial inventors -- for whom the patent system was created over 200 years ago by a single sentence in the Constitution.

Vermont Governor Sets Out to Lead U.S. to True Universal Coverage

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Shumlin is hoping to implement a publicly financed system that guarantees universal access to medical care and controls costs better than private insurers.

Oh, the Hypocrisy: Congress Is Fine With a 'Government Takeover of the Internet'

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

Next week, people will be able to see what it means when the government goes after vital parts of the Internet with a vengeance. The sad part is the U.S. Congress is largely OK with it.

Elise Foley

House Poised To Extend Patriot Act | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to push through a vote on Tuesday evening to reauthorize the most contested provisions of ...

Key Senate Democrat: We Will Cut Off Aid If Mubarak Does Not Step Down

Alyson Krueger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, the body that ov...

Is Someone Reading Over Your Shoulder? Reader Privacy Fight Resumes In Congress

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last week, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced the reauthorization of a bill that would restore protections for reader privacy that were formerly elimina...

Patrick Leahy Defeats Len Britton In Vermont Senate Race

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Senate's second-longest serving member is headed back to Washington. Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont e...

Vermont Election Results: Patrick Leahy Defeats Len Britton In 2010 Senate Race

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Senate's second-longest serving member is headed back to Washington. Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont e...

For Latino and Immigrant Voters, It's Not Too Late

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Like a lot of Latinos and pro-immigrant voters, I am disappointed this year. But not voting in November does not keep the pressure on the Democrats; it only helps Republicans.

Senate Hearing Paves Way for Crack Down on Crush Videos

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

The Humane Society of the United States was called to testify this morning at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the repugnant phenomenon of anim...

There Is No Line for Most Unauthorized Immigrants to Legally Come to the U.S., But There Could Be

Pablo Manriquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Manriquez

The Refugee Protection Act remains stuck somewhere in the legislative pipeline and not somewhere immigrants can yet "line up and wait their turn just like everyone else" to come to the Land of the Free.

Presenting the Good Guys

Amy Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Novick

A couple of weeks ago, Immigrants' List unveiled its Hall of Shame list -- the list of the 10 biggest obstructionists to real immigration reform. Now it's time to shine a light on the good guys.

Divided by Law: An American Takes On Immigration to Reunite with the Person He Loves

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Roi Whaley probably never imagined the United States government would play a role in ripping his family apart. The Gulfport, Mississippi resident h...

Sam Stein

Senator Leahy: I Want To Help Obama With 3-4 More SCOTUS Picks | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), in perhaps the least-discussed Senate race in the country, offered a strong hint as to why he's running for a seventh term ...

Celebrating the Women's Vote Amendment in the Age of the Tea Party

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As we celebrate the 19th Amendment, the progressive story of our constitutional history -- the story of our still unfinished constitutional journey towards a more perfect union -- is under assault.

Patrick Leahy Defeats Cow-Riding Primary Challenger Daniel Freilich

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MONTPELIER, Vt. - U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy has easily won a spot on Vermont's general election ballot. The 70-year-old handily defeated political newc...

This Congress, This Year: Families Facing Separation Counting on Immigration Reform

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Unlike their straight neighbors, gay Americans do not have the ability to sponsor their spouses or partners for residency in the United States. As a result, many of them are facing imminent separation.

U.S. Capitol Police Launch Probe Of Hoax E-Mails Reporting Deaths Of Senators

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a series of hoax e-mails sent out this week that falsely reported the deaths of at least three Democratic Senato...

Kagan Confirmation Process: Confirming Your Worst Suspicions

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

"Mr. Chairman, and my fellow members of this committee: I'll keep my statement brief today, so that we'll all have an opportunity to engage in the kind of detailed questioning of the nominee that has been this committee's trademark."

Dick Cheney: Telling Patrick Leahy 'F--k Yourself' Was 'Sort Of The Best Thing I Ever Did'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While the current vice president is showing contrition over dropping an F-bomb, the last one seems proud of his own famous off-color moment. On the S...