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El Salvador Still Deserves Justice

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

I await the day when the United States will recognize its own responsibility for the suffering and sorrow of so many families throughout Latin America, including El Salvador, ask forgiveness, and as an act of reconciliation, close the WHINSEC.

After Costly Campaigns, Much Hangs in Balance as Alaskans Go to Polls

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Alaskans go to the polls today to settle the costliest election in the state's history -- one in which voters will select the next governor, a U.S. senator and its lone representative in the U.S. House.

Alaska's Don Young Pushes Back on Ethics Violations Issue in Congressional Race Debate

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Rep. Don Young criticized Democrat Forrest Dunbar on Thursday for bringing up U.S. House ethics violations in a televised debate for U.S. Congress, arguing that he was found not guilty because he received a letter of reproval, not a sanction.

Beware, Midterms Are Coming! Dems Blame You for Losses

Atiba Madyun | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Atiba Madyun

Do you wonder, as I do, when will Blacks recognize the value of their vote and push Dems to act truly in the best interests of all Americans? When will Blacks leave the Party and empower themselves by recognizing that Democrats are not their best or only option?

Renewing the Spirit Behind Gingrich's 'Contract With America'

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, I feel uninspired by the Republican candidates who appear most likely to be pursuing the nation's highest office. With Democrats having at least one candidate who will likely be able to unite their base, I fear that Republicans may once again be without a visionary leader.

Senior House Republicans' Threat to Barack Obama

Kevin Price | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

House Republicans have sworn to defend the Constitution. They believe the president is violating his oath to the point of impeachable offenses. Based on their very own logic, the House GOP members are also violating the Constitution.

Making the Internet Work for Democracy

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 10.01.2014 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

Political space -- the time and interest of elected leaders -- is not guaranteed to last. We need to make the benefits of an Internet-connected society more visible and permanent.

EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why Are Conservatives Attacking Its Market-Based Options?

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Today that "scorched-earth" approach may have come back to haunt conservatives. Have they now boxed themselves into a corner, unable to support the power of the marketplace to reduce their own states' compliance costs under the new EPA CO2 regulation? I hope not, but only time will tell.

Fighting for Their Families

Ben Jealous | Posted 07.08.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

According to a 2012 report by the Center for American Progress, one out of three U.S. citizen children of immigrants live in mixed-status families, and tens of thousands of parents are deported each year. This has a devastating impact on families.

House Dems to Obama: Hurry Up On Detainee Declassification

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.14.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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?