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Shutdown Surprise: GOP Lawmakers Want Food Safety Regulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

All was confusion in the House of Representatives on Monday night. Lawmakers were discussing a bill to restore full funding for the Food and Drug A...

World Oceans Day: Time to Stop the War on Our Oceans

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Protecting the oceans isn't about political power; it's about empowering the people. Forget about Citizens United. We have our voices and we have our votes, and if we have the will to win, that's all we need. We will prevail in protecting the oceans.

PHOTOS: The Newest National Park Is Right In Our Backyard

Aaron Sankin | Posted 03.13.2013 | San Francisco

Meet Pinnacles, America's newest national park. And if you're lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's right in your back yard. Dot...

You Have Cancer; Go to Congress -- The Battle for Safe Access to Medical Marijuana

Steph Sherer | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Most Americans see the battle of medical cannabis from a distance as a ping-pong game of excuses from the federal government to deny patients access to cannabis for therapeutic use. But for millions of Americans, issues surrounding medical cannabis affect their daily lives.

Lucia Graves

Father Of String Theory Talks Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics

A medical marijuana conference planned for next week will feature not just activists and politicians, but John Schwarz, a theoretical physics professo...

Friday Talking Points -- Another Sad Day

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're not going to have our normal partisan talking points today. We're going to follow the lead set by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and we're just not going to go there today.

When a Marijuana Loss Is Actually a Victory

Rob Kampia | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Rob Kampia

The vote on a major medical marijuana amendment on the floor of the U.S. House on Wednesday night was an exciting development, even though the amendme...

Dem Lawmaker Vows To Fight Medical Marijuana Raids

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) vowed to continue to fight federal raids on medical marijuana after a bipartisan measure he introduced along with Reps. ...

Lucia Graves

House Defeats Bipartisan Bill To Cut Funds For Federal Medical Marijuana Raids

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan measure that would have eliminated funding for federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in states where they're lega...

Lucia Graves

Bipartisan Legislation Targets Federal Funding For Medical Marijuana Busts

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reps. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) have joined forces in an effort to cut off funding f...

Calif. Woman Starts Nonprofit To Serve World's Poorest Women

Santa Cruz Patch | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact

For most of her life, Carmel Jud had it all. She launched a successful career as a producer of advertising jingles at the age of 19. Before long, s...

Iran Threat Reduction Act Actually Enhances Threat of War

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.14.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

Never in the history of this country has Congress ever restricted the right of the White House or State Department to meet with representatives of a foreign state, even in wartime. If this measure passes, it will establish a dangerous precedent.

Exhaust the Limits: New Book Speaks to One Man's Successful Mission to Help Humanity

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Although our lives have turned out different, I learned in my friend Charles "Chic" Dambach's exciting new book, Exhaust the Limits, that we have much...

Ice Cream Tells the Story of How the Stimulus Worked (VIDEO)

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis, the owners of a Santa Cruz ice cream shop, describe how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) made it possible for them to get the loan they used to open their business.

Sympathy for the Far Right: Their Real Opponent Is Reality

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

When people on the far right say things that are obviously and outrageously false, liberals tend to conclude it's because they're either ignorant or dishonest. I think this is too easy -- and not very helpful.

Federal Audit, Lawmakers Spotlight Puppy Mill Problems

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

There's long overdue action on the issue of puppy mills, and the issue got some much-needed attention yesterday from the federal government. Sens. Ric...

Ryan Grim

Vets Group Apologizes To Dems For Saying They 'Betrayed' Troops

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats extracted a rare apology from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) on Thursday, after the vets organization accused the party of "betraying" v...

Quick Wit in Politics

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

If there is one thing Americans have to be very proud of is their wit. The fact that the American sense of humor knows no bounds is indisputably an ab...

Congress Oughta Protect Otters

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

As a keystone species, the otters play a vitally important role in maintaining the health of California's central coast marine ecosystem.

A Tale of Two Houses: Congress Debates the Peace Corps

Laurence Leamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

Sen. Leahy detailed how, during the Bush years, the Peace Corps had arrogantly ignored his repeated requests for information. I told him it was a new administration and a new time, but that didn't seem to matter.

The Alchemy of the Impossible

Laurence Leamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

For the past few months, I have been involved with a small band of sisters and brothers leading tens of thousands in one of the most inspiring political dramas of our time.

Will Zoe Loefgrin Vote $108 Billion For European Banks While California Goes Bankrupt?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

How will Loefgin justify giving $108 billion in loan guarantees to European banks while her own state goes bankrupt? How will anybody?

House Appropriations Committee Moves Against Iraq Mission Creep

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

The Farr amendment not only affirms Congressional support, but positions Congress to keep a close eye out for evidence of mission creep.

400 Dogs in Wire Cages

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

At puppy mills, breeding dogs are often stacked in filthy, wire cages for years on end, to produce litter after litter.

Kucinich Leads Trend for Even Handed Foreign Policy

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

According to astute observers -- there is a new trend in Congress in favor of a more even-handed approach to foreign policy. The bipartisan group, Co...