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House Dems to Obama: Hurry Up On Detainee Declassification

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If the White House intends to fair, everything should be out in the open so Americans can make their own judgments.

Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Michael Winship | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

On April 9, the US Senate held its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal -- a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets.

A Woman's Place is in the House... and Senate

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.08.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

There aren't many women in the U.S. Congress. In fact we are nowhere near parity; less than 20 percent of our Representatives and Senators are women. Let's learn about some women who changed the face of politics in the U.S.

Repairing Democracy

Rep. Jared Huffman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jared Huffman

We believe there are several reforms needed to fight back against the scourge of unlimited and secretive campaign spending, bring transparency and accountability to the system, and, more importantly, support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Climate Change: Case Closed

Rep. Alan Lowenthal | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Every minute we waste on this "myth of disagreement" is one minute longer we have to wait to take concrete action, making any solution more difficult and more expensive.

Peer Review Is Time-Tested to Withstand Political Fashion Trends

American Anthropological Association | Posted 03.13.2014 | Science
American Anthropological Association

Cherry-picking grants awarded by the National Science Foundation is not an effective use of time or money. Investment in scientific research has never been more important than the present.

New Year, Same Priority: 2014 Is the Year for Immigration Reform

Rep. Marc Veasey | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. Marc Veasey

Congress must seriously address comprehensive immigration reform this year and should not hide behind piecemeal efforts that would help only a small percentage of the undocumented living in this country.

Days Before Casselton Oil Train Explosion, Obama Signed Bill Hastening Fracking Permits on ND Public Lands

Steve Horn | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

On December 20, both chambers of the U.S. Congress passed a little-noticed bill to expedite permitting for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") on public lands in the Bakken Shale basin, located predominantly in North Dakota.

Washington's Millionaire Boyz Club

Michael Winship | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

An analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics reveals that "for the first time in history" a majority of senators and representatives are millionaires.

On the 50th Anniversary of His Assassination, JFK's Message Is More Important Now Than Ever

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We were once a country that wasn't scared to do the big things, weren't we?

A Plan B on the Debt Ceiling

Brad Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brad Miller

The Obama administration now has a proven strategy to use next time Republicans threaten to breach the debt ceiling. But next time may not be like this time, and each time does real damage. Next time, someone needs a Plan B.

House Cancels Recess In Attempt To Avoid Shutdown

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

By David Lawder WASHINGTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday bought themselves more t...

Where Do Your Members of Congress Stand on Climate Change?

Gene Karpinski | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Gene Karpinski

We can't count on members of Congress to fix a problem if they don't even admit it exists. That's why constituents nationwide should use this August to see where their members of Congress stand on climate and hold anti-science politicians accountable.

Louisiana Can Make Difficult Decisions, Why Can't Washington?

Dominik Knoll | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Dominik Knoll

Broadly speaking, policymakers should acknowledge that our growing debt is a serious threat to the economic well-being and security of our country. It is urgent that we put in place a plan to stabilize the debt as a share of the economy and put it on a downward path.

Congress, Reinstate Funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act: Support Abused Children Across the Country

Teresa Huizar | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

My world stopped because Tiffany was asking for protection, and in that rural Colorado community so many years ago there was little to be had. I have never felt more helpless. Thankfully, now, abused children have access to the care and protection of Children's Advocacy Centers.

All My XXXs Live in Texas

Alexander Sanger | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Alexander Sanger

What is it with the Great Southwest and masturbation?

Join Members of Congress, Take the #SNAPChallenge

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is an essential lifeline that helps put food on the table for 47 million hungry Americans, and it is under fire. So, almost 30 of my colleagues and I are taking the SNAP Challenge to highlight how critical this lifeline is for so many families.

Jason Linkins

Hey, Watch This Seat For Me, Willya? The Long History Of The Shortest Congressional Tenures

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

With the death of longtime New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), Republican Gov. Chris Christie has named someone to temporarily fill the seat until N...

Senate Barbershop Loses $350,000 Per Year

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.20.2013 | DC

After lathering up deficits of roughly $350,000 a year over the past 15 years, Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer says it’s time to give the U....

The True Cost of War

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Rep. Bruce Braley

We owe it to the countless veterans, families, and Americans who have been touched by our wars to be honest with each other about the true costs of war before we send our best and brightest off to war again.

52 Congressional Representatives Are Right to Call for Continued Protection of Wolves in Lower 48

Noah Greenwald | Posted 05.18.2013 | Green
Noah Greenwald

An estimated two million wolves once roamed freely across North America, including most of the United States. But bounties, a federal extermination program and human settlement drove the species to near extinction in most of the lower 48.

Report Finds High Job Satisfaction In Congress Amid Low Approval Ratings

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Members of Congress say they are happy with their jobs and feel fulfilled by the work that they do -- even as congressional approval ratings continue ...

NEWT Can Close Tax Loopholes

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

By using a loophole in the tax code, some individuals have organized their businesses in such a way that their earnings, what you and I would call "wages," can technically be called "profits" and therefore are not subject to Medicare tax.

GOP Rep Becomes Oldest Person Ever To Serve In House

Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

The ASSOCIATED PRESS DALLAS -- When Ralph Hall was elected to the U.S. House in 1980 at the age of 57, he had already served in the Navy in World W...

INFOGRAPHIC: How Representative Is The House, Really?

Posted 12.19.2012 | Black Voices

This year's election signified a serious change in diversity as particular voting groups turned out in record numbers. Young people, African Americans...