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I Spy

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Senator Feinstein had harsh words for what the CIA was doing-the same kind of words used by citizens to describe the activities of the NSA when they learned of its spying on citizens and the likes of Germany's Angela Merkel and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff.

Congress Does Not Get Why They Are So Unpopular

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

I hate to think what may happen if the GOP take over the Senate in 2014. The economy may still recover but it will take much longer to come back because there will be unending nothingness happening and the working poor will suffer even further.

Boehner Plans To Run For Speaker Again

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

John Boehner said Monday he plans to seek reelection as House speaker after the 2014 midterm elections. Amid rampant speculation that he would giv...

Obama Pushes Job Training Reform: No Time 'To Wait For Congress'

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Stressing the importance of having job-training programs that work, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered a "soup to nuts...

Texas Democrat: John Boehner Called Steve King An 'A**Hole'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) claims in a recent article for Texas Monthly that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) an...

Arthur Delaney

Congress Has No Plans To Stay In D.C. To Deal With Unemployment | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite demanding House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) keep the House of Representatives in session to deal with expired unemployment ins...

Zach Carter

House Democrats Leave Pacific Trade Deal Twisting In The Wind | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats balked Thursday at a bill designed to clear congressional hurdles for President Barack Obama's controversial Trans-Pacif...

Dreamers Loyal to Our Communities, Not Political Parties

Cesar Vargas | Posted 03.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Cesar Vargas

It is quite easy to only blame Republicans for the lack of action on immigration. However, to challenge both parties to provide solutions to the country's pressing problems is the mark of an American conscious of our privileges and responsibilities.

The Power of Fasting

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

On Sunday mornings, in the midst of our safe sanctuaries, our five-song worship sets, our 15-minute sermonettes and our one-hour services that can be timed with an egg timer, how does our worship and our practice offer witness to the reality of the spiritual realm?

The Republican 'Civil War' Isn't About Policy: It's About Cash

Jason Sattler | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

But are there actual divisions in policy between Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz? They currently disagree on one thing -- tactics. John Boehner and Paul Ryan cannot afford another government shutdown. Ted Cruz can.

Mr. Speaker, Please Don't Let the 'Immigration Grinch' Steal Christmas

David Leopold | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
David Leopold

Happily, there is still time for Speaker Boehner to show real leadership. He should ask the administration to give a temporary deportation reprieve to all undocumented immigrants who would qualify for provisional immigration status under the House and Senate bills.

Fasting for Families and Immigration Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Faith leaders and young Dreamers are joining this historic fast on behalf of immigrant families who suffer because our leaders refuse to address a glaring problem with obvious, common sense solutions. It is politics, and politics only, that stands in the way of progress.

Ask Not! JFK's Legacy Denied. Ask Why Not! JFK'S Legacy Defended.

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Yes, as we come to the end of this "Kennedy Half Century," let us make the commitment to carry on his legacy, to assume our own responsibility for the future, and to ask why not. Why not keep America the land of dreamers and doers rather than deniers and defilers?

Mr. Boehner: Doing Nothing Is Not an Option

Clarissa Martinez De Castro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Clarissa Martinez De Castro

This lack of political will is pitiful. It would almost be comical if it were not so costly to the United States and so devastating to the Latino community -- and if a real solution were not possible.

Both Congress and President Obama Have the Power to Stop the Pain in Immigrant Communities

Cristina Jiménez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Cristina Jiménez

Earlier this month, President Obama gave a speech calling for immigration reform. But President Obama's actions so far have only fueled the moral crisis our nation faces on immigration.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 9 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like Walt in Breaking Bad, I have health care insurance from my employer, and like Walt's wife, Skyler, discovers about their insurance, I'm still liable for the deductible, copay and coinsurance portion of the medical fees.

Remedy for Government Shutdown Blues? Jazz

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

After all, music soothes the savage beast. And there's plenty of wild legislators roaming the government corridors that could use some calming down. Jazz dudes may have found the elixir: jazz is Xanadu minus the Xanax.

Inside John Boehner

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

As the Republican shutdown of the federal government moves into its second week, it's widely believed House Speaker John Boehner could end the impasse by permitting the continuing budget resolution and debt limit increase to be voted upon. Why won't he?

The Debt Default Could Really Happen

Pat Choate | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Pat Choate

The Tea Party Republicans are trying to legislatively veto a settled law -- the Affordable Care Act -- by holding hostage the funding for the entire rest of the U.S. government. This defies constitutional governance and borders on sedition.

The Art of Stalemate

Ryan Banfill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ryan Banfill

As the tea party members of the House Republican Conference appear to be a driving force behind the stalemate strategy, Sun Tzu would caution Speaker Boehner to be wary saying, "When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is insubordination."

This Shutdown Is About Extortion, Not Stalemates

Brian Normoyle | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Brian Normoyle

The evidence suggests the GOP intentionally put these workers out of a job by using a historically routine budget resolution to undo the outcome of three lost elections.

Amanda Terkel

If House Republicans Love Ted Cruz So Much, Maybe They Should Give Him The Speakership | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) could be the next speaker of the House. On Friday, the National Review reported that a group of conservative ...

Why We Should Hope for a Government Shutdown

Jason Sattler | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Jason Sattler

The GOP has spent the last five years explaining that the source of all evil is Washington, D.C. In a shutdown, Americans will see that what mostly comes out of the government is checks -- soldiers' paychecks, Social Security checks, Medicare reimbursement checks...

Cruz, Boehner and the GOP's Hostage Crisis

Ethan Rome | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Despite how it looks right now, there is a solution to this mess in sight. In approving the continuing resolution tied to defunding Obamacare, John Boehner got rolled by the unhinged extremists. But he knows better. He started in the right place -- he should go back.

Compassionless Conservatives

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The Republican Party is vigorously pursing reductions in the federal budget that will severely impact those who most need help. What is worse, many in the party are willing to shut the government down and disrupt the global economy in order to make their point.