Congress Checks and Balances on Afghanistan; Will It Do So With Syria?
The US House of Representatives took an important step last week toward the restoration of the separation of powers that was established so that Congress would check and balance presidential warmaking.
*** Monday's "Jansing & Co." line-up : Guests include Chuck Todd live from Ireland for today's start of the G-8 Summit, David Corn/Mother Jones Peter Beinart/TheDailyBeast and Anne Gearan/The Washington Post on the topics expected to dominate the G-8 including the Syria crisis Iran elections and the NSA spying controversy, Joy-Ann Reid/TheGrio ... (more)
Kansas City InfoZine
House Members Protest Farm Bill by Eating on Food Stamp Budget
By Jacqueline DelPilar - Eating on $4.50 per day is a reality for many Americans who receive food stamps, and proposed budget cuts may cut that that number.
US News & World Report
The War on Terror Has Not Made Us Safer
Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Sun Jun 16, 2013
Is this the end of HIV-criminalization in the military?
A bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would require the Department of Defense to conduct an internal review of policies and prosecutions related to military members living with HIV.
Sat Jun 15, 2013
Bill Would Ban Drone Strikes Against U.S. Citizens
There's one measure that quietly passed in the House along with Friday's massive defense bill that libertarians may like: a ban on drone strikes against U.S. citizens.
New York Magazine
Trent Franks's Abortion Ban Now Has a Rape Exception
Rep. Trent Franks listens during a news conference for the launch of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus on Capitol Hill on September 15, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Fri Jun 14, 2013
Hill Dems try to eat on $4.50 a day
More than two dozen members of Congress are eating on a budget of $4.50 a day this week, taking the SNAP challenge to live on the average budget of a food stamp recipient.
Thu Jun 13, 2013
More than two dozen House Democrats doing SNAP challenge to protest Republican cuts
As the Republican-led House prepares to vote for deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, more than two dozen House Democrats are doing a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of about $4.50 a day.
SNAP Challenge list of participants bring awareness to farm bill cuts
The proposed changes in the farm bill will allegedly deny access to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program to an additional two million Americans, according to an article from ThinkProgress.org on June 13. Due to the cut-backs, 26 members of Congress are participating in a SNAP Challenge this week .
One nation under surveillance
Since The Guardian and The Washington Post first reported last week on widespread government surveillance of American Internet and telephone accounts, local congressional representatives Adam Schiff and Judy Chu have remained uncharacteristically mum on the controversy.
Clarity from Edward Snowden and Murky Response from Progressive Leaders in Congress
House Speaker John Boehner calls Edward Snowden a "traitor." The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, labels his brave whistleblowing "an act of treason."
Wed Jun 12, 2013
Rep. Barbara Lee plans Audit the Pentagon amendment
House Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Barbara Lee plans to offer this week an Audit the Pentagon floor amendment to HR 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2014.
The Miami Herald
Calif. lawmakers press for immigrant benefits and more in defense bill
An immigrant’s military service could be a path to legal U.S. residency, if Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., gets his way.
House Appropriations panel approves $512 billion Pentagon spending bill
The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed a $512.5 billion Defense bill over objections from Democrats who complained the measure ignored spending caps under sequestration.
Tue Jun 11, 2013
Colleagues Gather in D.C. to Memorialize Staffer
Colleagues and friends of former congressional staffer Michael Taylor Riggs will gather Thursday for a Washington memorial to remember the longtime public health policy advocate.
Mon Jun 10, 2013
Women Must Be Heard in the Climate Change Debate
Every day, in countless places around the world, women's lives and livelihoods are being threatened by forces beyond their control.
Schiff to intro bill ending war on terror authorization
Rep. Adam Schiff Tuesday will introduce a bill to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force, which Congress passed after the Sept.
Fri Jun 07, 2013
Anchorage Daily News
Get rid of those outdated HIV laws
A bipartisan bill introduced in the House calls for a review of state laws that criminalize behavior by people with HIV, including many laws that seem anachronistic or inappropriate given what has been learned during the last three decades about the transmission and treatment of the virus that causes AIDS.
Thu Jun 06, 2013
Cybercast News Service
5 Democrats Turn Out to Support Legal Pot, And 3 Say They've Never Smoked It
At least five Democrats joined members of the National Cannabis Industry Association at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday to urge passage of legislation that would make marijuana legal -- and taxable.