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Friday Talking Points: The Gender Gap

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As Silly Season winds to a close, there were a smattering of 'Obama's on vacation -- how dare he!?!' stories, as usual. Obama has taken less than a third of the days off that President Bush did, but that certainly doesn't stop pundits from complaining every time Obama picks up a golf club.

Mitch McConnell: 'I Am The Guy That Gets Us Out Of Shutdowns'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed any notions about allowing another federal government shutdown if Republicans r...

The Impending Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Obama does announce immigration changes, Republicans may decide the issue is bigger than any competence issue, and go right ahead and shut the government down. But this doesn't automatically make the issue a winner for Democrats everywhere in the midterms, of course.

My 2013 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column! Part one of this column ran last week, just in case you missed it. We've got a lot to cover, so let's jump right in with no further introduction.

Congress: Stop Acting Like Kids At Recess

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.25.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

I am frustrated with how things in this country are progressing. I am frustrated with policy, and I'm frustrated with my lack of voice.

Welfare and the States

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rabah Ghezali

For most Europeans, the violence of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the "Obamacare") in the United Sates seemed quite puzzling.

Winning the Shutdown Battle Wasn't Enough: Democrats Must Stand United to Win the Budget Fight

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The big question for Democrats is this: What kind of deal is worse than the sequester, which Paul Ryan has said is the Republicans' fallback position. In other words, what would make Democrats throw up their hands and say: "You want it? You got it." -- and mean it?

We Have a Dumb Religion Problem -- Not a Political Problem

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

To get what's happening to the GOP and, to America, you need to understand the theology of the extremist frankly stupid and misinformed evangelical heartland.

Are We the Land of the American Dream, or the American Decline?

Hector Barreto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Hector Barreto

That was a very important lesson my father taught me at a very young age -- how important it was to have a vision, have a dream, work hard and build something for your family and community.

Dave Jamieson

Federal Workers Still Fuming Over Shutdown -- Hundreds Sue Government

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Not even three weeks since the shutdown ended, hundreds of federal employees who worked through the impasse have now filed paperwork to ...

If You Live In One Of These States, The Impact Of Washington's Shenanigans Is Huge

Upworthy | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

The cost to our country — in jobs and dollars — is still being tallied, but some of the states that were hit hardest are on this map. ...

Dem Meets Skeptical Voters

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Outside a state-of-the-art grain elevator, Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley talks of how Republicans and...

How An Anti-Shutdown Law Could Make Congress Worse

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensur...

What Ted Cruz Doesn't Want You to Know

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

By now it seems pretty clear that Sen. Ted Cruz has a plan to occupy the White House. But he doesn't want people to know too much about it. And he definitely doesn't want you to know about the special interests that have already begun to bankroll his political ambitions.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Will Shutdown in 2014 Shutdown GOP? Erickson Says 'No Mas'

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.27.2013 | Media
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgErick Erickson and Ron Reagan debate why the GOP in January would reprise tactics that tanked its popularity. And will the Obamacare website "glitches" be only a mild ankle sprain or game-ending injury?

After Government Shutdown, Few Discussing Budget Solutions

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

ATLANTA -- ATLANTA (AP) — Something is noticeably absent from congressional candidates' rampant finger-wagging over this month's bipartisan deal to ...

Kerry Warns Budget Gridlock Could Lead To Lasting Damage

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - America's top diplomat warned on Thursday that the United States could suffer more ...

Human Rights on Hold

JoAnn Kamuf | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
JoAnn Kamuf

The ICCPR review is one of the rare opportunities where the U.S. discusses its human rights record and can be held accountable for its international commitments. Postponing the review has negative repercussions both domestically and internationally.

Shutdown Delays UN Forum On Protecting Abused Women, Children

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact

By Darina Naidu, Women's eNews NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--Four women's advocacy groups were ready to use a U.N. forum this month to press the U.S. gov...

The Myth of the Republican Civil War

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

To a large extent, the Republican Party's congressional leadership sees their problem as one of branding. They understand that being seen as the party of older white men damages them, so they seek to find faces of the party who are younger, female and non-white.

IRS Delays Tax Filing Season Due To Shutdown

Reuters | Posted 10.23.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The start of the 2014 tax filing season will be delayed by one to two weeks early next year as a result of the governme...

Shutting Down Families in Need

Sid Mohn | Posted 12.22.2013 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Congress will once again be forced to deal with these same issues. And as we anticipate these conversations, I and many of my colleagues wonder -- can we count on them to keep families in poverty from falling into hunger, homelessness, and danger in the middle of winter?

Legislators Need to Get the Message That Government Shutdowns Hurt Nonprofits

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 12.21.2013 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

We've read a lot about the pain the shutdown has inflicted on federal workers and contractors, but many nonprofits across the state of Illinois and the country have also been severely and negatively impacted by the shutdown.

BOTH SIDES NOW: After Shutdown, Nader and Alter Discuss 'Vote Against Extremism' As Slogan for 2014

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.27.2013 | Media
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgNow that Congress crashed on Cruz Control, Ralph and Jonathan concur that that Ted and the Tea Party are fringe but disagree on how Obama is taking them on. And they debate the prospects of Cruz, Booker, Brown.

Zach Carter

Top Republican Slams Ted Cruz: 'Show A Little Self-Restraint'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Sunday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other tea party members of Congress need to "show a little self-restrain...