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The 114th Congress: Playing Soft Ball, Hard Ball, Or Odd Ball?
These are trying times for concerned politicians and citizens alike. They are times in which the odd has become the ordinary. These are times in which the extreme has become the usual. These are times in which the virtual has become the real.
The King's Speech
Editor, Middle East Eye
As long as there is no real democratic solution in the Middle East, the Islamic State group will continue to mutate like a pathogen that has become antibiotic-resistant in the body politic of the Middle East. Each time it changes shape, it will become more virulent.
Sex Trafficking Victims Return To Children of the Night After 36 Years
Dr. Lois Lee
Founder and President, Children of the Night
Today, these successful women work in various fields including banking, firefighting, teaching, drug counseling and domestic violence advocacy. Juli works as an advocate for a Police Department and is headed for law school. Lynne is retired Homeland Security.
If You're Dissatisfied With the Country's Direction? Vote
President, The Madyun Group (TMG)
A year ago, Americans were chomping at the bit for an opportunity to vote against those responsible for the government shutdown that cost the government and businesses an estimated 24 billion in lost economic output.
Study: I'm the Most Effective Member of GA Delegation in 112th Congress
Rep. Hank Johnson
Congressman from Georgia's Fourth District
Many people know me for my dry sense of humor, but I'm also a serious legislator who gets results. I work hard to offer meaningful and impactful legislation that helps level the playing field for consumers, working people, the middle class and civil rights for the disenfranchised.
Congress, Conflict and Consequences
The 112th Congress, which ended its term on January 3, 2013, was labeled the "worst" and "least productive" Congress ever by a variety of sources.
Congress Knows It Has A Lot Of 'Work' To Do, But Clearly, Something Is 'Not Working'
Back in July, govtrack.us compiled some numbers showing how this Congress stacks up to previous ones. At 506 days into its
Congress Took Longer on the VA Reform Than Veterans Had to Wait for Health Care
John A. Tures
Political science professor, LaGrange College in Georgia
Congress declared the Veterans Administration scandal was a disaster that veterans had to wait so long for help. Then, they proceeded to take longer than the wait time to come up with a reform.
A Poison Pill for the Federal Shield Law
Privacy, Free Speech and the Law
This isn't an attempt to improve the Free Flow of Information Act, it's an attempt to kill it. As appealing as it might seem to cover absolutely everyone in the United States as a potential "journalist," the result is clear. A privilege held by everyone can be held by no one.
The Last 'Lion'
CEO, The Education Trust
Rep. George Miller, D-Calif. -- as much the "lion" of the House on education matters that Ted Kennedy was in the Senate, and, like Kennedy, a man with an enormous body of bipartisan work -- announced his planned retirement after 40 years in the House.
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Will Congress Go Another Year Without Designating New Wilderness?
In May 2012, the House passed a bill designating Chimney Rock, in southwest Colorado, a national monument. But in September
Sports Leagues Embrace Progress on Climate Change
Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council
The single most important thing we can do to address the urgent ecological challenges we face is change cultural expectations and attitudes about how we relate to the planet. The motivation for sports to engage in greening is simple.
Interview: Charles Djou on Legacy, Serving in Congress and Afghanistan
Tim F. Lussier
Public Relations Executive/Political Campaign Manager
LUSSIER: Are there any parts of your life you would like to "do over"? DJOU: No. Although like everyone, I have far better
Congress Only Succeeds in Failing: A Simple Election Is not Enough to Fix What's Wrong With our Government
Writer, musician, food snob
Can you imagine a world in which there were no consequences for your actions? Or, better yet, one in which you were rewarded for doing nothing?
No Food Stamps for the Unemployed? NYC's Been There, Done That, and Its Not Pretty
American Anthropological Association
Advancing Knowledge, Solving Human Problems
Cutting meager food stamp benefits to Americans who are out of work or requiring them to attend dead-end job placement training and Work Experience programs will do nothing to improve the over-all economy. It certainly hasn't in New York.
If You Are Rebellious, You Are on the Right Track
Director/Producer of The Marijuana Show and CEO, Green Equity ...
Instead of foreclosing on homes, banks offer owner discounts so people can stay in their homes and pay based on current value
Recent House Debate on NSA Has Restored My Faith in Democracy... Kind Of
Comedian, journalist, filmmaker, doofus
In case you hadn't already heard, last week a Congressional coalition of civil liberty-loving lefties and libertarian-leaning righties joined together to try and curb the NSA.
Urgently Needed: Reform of the Broken American Political System
Author, 'Waging War on Corruption - Inside the Movement Fighti...
The evident concerns about our political system, from the rising roles of cash in elections through to Congressional dysfunction, cry for a response. But, politicians, seemingly trapped in the political quagmire are mostly silent.
Fixing Washington: Two New Books on What's Right and Wrong With Congress
Assistant Professor, City University of New York, John Jay Col...
A summer of gridlock is clearly not good for the business of Washington or for its popularity. Thankfully, two new books help make some sense of what's right and wrong with Congress.
John Boehner Insists It's 'Nonsense' 112th Congress Was Least Productive, Even Though It Was
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) bristled at a suggestion on Thursday that Congress has been "historically
Experiencing Outside the Beltway
There is nothing that hammers this point home more than driving though middle America, stopping at gas stations in small towns and big cities, and getting to see and interact with those who do not live "inside the Beltway."
Make Your Own Restaurant Quality Choking Poster!
Lester and Charlie
Political satirists and sociial commentators.
Whether you're choking on your Dollar-Menu McNuggets -- or your neighbor is gagging on what Michele Bachmann said on FOX News today -- a restaurant-quality choking poster can come in super-handy!
Congress Job Satisfaction Rated Highly Amid Low Approval Ratings: Report
“Most of the media at the national level doesn’t cover the membership, they cover the leadership,” Fitch said. “They see
Necessary Roughness: Why Obama's Use of Executive Power Is Justified
Author and commentator
We are a nation at risk of flying apart and falling apart, just as we were in 1787, and the prevention of that requires a firm leader who is willing to call the shots no matter how unpopular those decisions might be and no matter who disagrees with him.
Congress and a Tale of Two Sandy's
Where the conversation goes from here is any body's guess, but for the sake of the nation, it is time for Congress to start putting our country before their own political party.
Hands On, Hands Up, Hands Off: Our Necessary Social Contract Debate
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam
Bloggers on 21st-century citizenship
America used to be a land where we took care of our own. Times are changing. Today, some would have the weakest and most vulnerable among us tighten their belts, lower their expectations, and take care of themselves.
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