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Filibuster: Make Them Talk

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Making filibustering senators talk all night gives the public an opportunity to rally, one way or the other. It also, frankly, puts on a show, which will engage the public, restoring interest in government. This is good and we should do it.

Senate Rules Must Be Reformed in January

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Next year the Republicans will have ironclad control of the House. It would be outrageous if Democrats allowed a minority of Republican Senators to use the current rules to limit what the Democratic majority can do in the Senate.

The Halting of Stem Cell Research Is the Culmination of a Decade-Long Legal Effort

Eli Y. Adashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eli Y. Adashi

The issuance of a temporary injunction barring the NIH from funding human embryonic stem cell research should hardly have come as a surprise. Many of the same plaintiffs and much of the same legal team filed a similar lawsuit a decade earlier.

Education news: Recess round-up has drama, politics and finance all in one

Susan Sawyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Sawyers

A round-up of this week's education stories brought to you by The Hechinger Report. The word from Washington centered on the passage of an emerge...

University of Phoenix: Always Be Closing

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

The only "student learning outcomes" these for-profit corporations posing as colleges recognize are those that fill their own pockets with tax dollars that are supposed to be going to deserving students who just want an education.

Health Reform 2.0: Help With the Work We Have to Do Next!

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Those of us who believe in preventive health care, integrated health care, functional medicine, and complementary and alternative medicine have special reasons to celebrate the health care reform bill.

Senator Reid: Stop Folding Your Hand

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Senate Democrats are fighting for their electoral lives against the filibuster, and Harry Reid is folding the few cards left in his hand.

Fixing the Filibuster

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

In the 1950s, an average of one bill was filibustered in each two-year Congress. In the last Congress, 139 bills were filibustered. The GOP's abuse of it is unprecedented, routine, and increasingly reckless.

It Takes Guts to Support Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

What is in the Senate bill that is worth passing? A lot. And what passes this year or early next year is only the beginning of the reform process.

Health-Care Reform: What I Saw Today on Capitol Hill

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

We were united in our praise of Sen. Dodd and other members of the Senate for making history by passing the first health-reform bill out of a congressional committee.

Hey Mr. President, Food Can Be Your Down Payment on Health Care Reform, Remember?

Jerusha Klemperer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerusha Klemperer

Obama has been all over the place this past week putting forth his health care plan and I haven't heard one word about how food could save this country tons of money, while saving lives.

Obama Supporters Engage In 50 State Post-Election Advocacy

Ruby Reid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ruby Reid

Post-election legislative advocacy and activism by volunteers organized during an election campaign is unprecedented, especially on a national scale.