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The case against the filibuster: Why the Democrats got it only half right

The Senate was right to change the filibuster rule for presidential judicial nominees. Yet it was too little change, too late. What really needed to be done was to abolish the entire filibuster rule for all Senate business. Senate Democrats will soon find that unless they do that nothing will get done in the Senate and there will be more Ted Cruz's reading Dr. Seuss.

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Public lands contributing to pollution

It’s no secret the energy fueling our nation comes at a heavy cost to the environment and human health. What we don't talk about is that a good portion of our domestic energy and other vital resource procurement occurs on publicly owned land.

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The local food "safety" burden

Access to safe food is something that many of us take for granted. It is assumed that the jam we pick up from the farmers market or the chicken purchased from the grocery store will have been grown and processed in a way that will nourish, not harm, our health or the health of our family. Behind these and all food purchases is a long line of farmers and processors with the responsibility to ensure that we can be afforded this assumption of safety.

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On the Affordable Care Act, the media, and crying wolf

A night or two ago CBS Evening News did what news reports always seem to do: in order to capsulize the latest crisis, they had short interviews with two women in Virginia after Tuesdays election. The unsuccessful candidate for Governor had made Obamacare the prime issue, and while he lost, the margin was less than predicted.

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Protesters march to Metrodome, denounce Washington team nickname as racist

Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Metrodome on November 7. denouncing the nickname of Washington's NFL franchise, the Redskins.

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Ten arrested as immigration reform activists protest at Representative John Kline's office

Ten protesters were arrested Monday as they blocked Burnsville Parkway in front of U.S. Representative John Kline’s office while about 100 supporters watched their act of civil disobedience. Organized by La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (Assembly of Civil Rights), a statewide, faith-based non-profit organization, the action was planned in an effort to pressure the Republican Congressman to support immigration reform, as well as to call on House Speaker John Boehner to bring HR-15, the bill that has already passed in the Senate and includes a path to citizenship, to the House Floor.

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Obamacare: Republican tragedy, Democrat farce

By now everyone knows that federal roll out of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) health care exchanges has been a disaster. But Obamacare is also a tragedy and a farce. A tragedy because it is a horrible policy, a farce because it is now forcing Democrats to defend what was essentially a Republican idea.

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OPINION | Water bill vote shows faith in government solutions

In a lurch toward sweet bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives, AKA Shutdown Central, last week approved the long-delayed Water Resources Reform and Development Act by an astounding vote of 417 to 3.

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Second round of sequester cuts could threaten the Pell Grant

With the second round of sequestration cuts approaching in January, federal financial aid for students remains at risk.

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Fix the debt

With the big fight behind them, it’s time for the leaders in Washington to sit down and get to work in order to prevent another confrontation in January. Haha! I know, it’s always best to open with a joke, so I hope you liked that one.

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