Congress

It's a Wave, It's a Flood, It's the GOP Tsunami! But What Now?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

There won't be an end to political gridlock yet, there's just a movement of the chokepoint from the Senate to Obama's veto. People were very frustrated that nothing got done in Washington the last couple of years, but they should not count on DC becoming a smooth, tough, lean and mean operator just because of one election. Some market friendly decisions now have a better chance of being taken, but politics in general in America will not begin to work better overnight.

US in for a Killer and a Chiller and a Thriller?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

f polls turn out to be right, the last two years of Obama's presidency are set to make the last four look like an age of mutual civility and respect. The GOP will try to repeal many laws that the Obama administration has enacted in the last six years.

Let's Make History in the Senate This Week

Daniel Weeks | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Weeks

The American people understand that politics should not be the preserve of men alone, of whites alone, or of a wealthy few. It is only a matter of time before we will overturn Citizens United. I urge all senators, Republicans and Democrats alike, to hasten history and vote in support of a Constitutional Amendment this week. Our democratic rights as a free people are at stake.

'Aliens Are Coming' US Congress Quietly Informed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Tech

Alien life will be discovered 'within this lifetime', the US congress has been told. At a meeting of lawmakers and top scientists, America's legis...

The Biggest Earth Science Event in Europe - EGU, Vienna 2014

Professor Dougal Jerram | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Tech
Professor Dougal Jerram

What is going on? Well the largest earth science related meeting this side of the pond is under way, and its Europe's flagship conference the European Geosciences Union in Vienna 28th April to 2nd May. Why is it important? It brings together scientists from around the world presenting, discussing and showcasing the state of the art in research about our planet.

Seth Rogen Gives Emotional Speech To Congress About Alzheimer's Disease But Politicians Walk Out

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK

NEW YORK -- Actor Seth Rogen gave a funny yet touching speech to Congress on Wednesday to highlight the lack of funding for Alzheimer’s disease in t...

Obama and the Power of the Pen

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Up till now, President Obama has used his executive power sparingly compared to his recent predecessors. However, President Obama needs to chose these battles wisely and make sure he is on the right side of history when he acts alone.

US Mid-Terms - A Congressional Brain Drain

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

The 2014 Mid-Term Elections is not just about control of Congress. No matter which party wins, we will all be losers. Due to an unprecedented amount of retirements from both parties this year the US Congress is losing a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and ability to get things done.

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Musings on Congress, Iran, and Mandela

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

On Tuesday, as world leaders and tens of thousands of South Africans gathered in a giant stadium to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry faced off against his political foes in a much smaller arena: the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"Hollywood for Ugly People" - My Time in DC

Cai Wilshaw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Cai Wilshaw

As I approached the grandiose marble Capitol building in Washington DC that very first day, I had absolutely no inkling of what to expect in my six week fellowship in Congress... Silence was the overarching theme of those auspicious first weeks. The corridors of power were confusingly empty.

Mehdi Hasan

The World Is Laughing At The United States Over The Government Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics

WASHINGTON -- "When we get this moment of political silliness behind us," US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters at at an Asia-Pacific leade...

Ned Simons

Hillary Clinton Condemns 'Distressing' US Government Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Politics

Hillary Clinton has raised concerns about the "distressing" shutdown of the United States federal government amidst several international crises and d...

From Shutdown Crisis to Debt Ceiling Panic

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

The current US federal government shutdown - which is more of a slowdown - has merely set the stage for an even more nerve-racking deadline on October 17 when the US will cross their debt ceiling. At most the government could get by for another couple of weeks with $30bn cash on hand, but without a deal the US will in effect be in default in a couple of weeks.

All Eyes on the US, as Key Economic Battles Loom

Jeremy Cook | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

Last week was dominated by news from the US Federal Reserve and their surprise decision to hold fire on a reduction on the stimulus that is currently being injected into the US economy. This unexpected decision on 'tapering' sent most of the economics world scrabbling to reassess their projections of just when the economy will be strong enough for the Fed to change its course.

Paul Vale

How Does Atheism In Parliament Compare To Congress?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics

Few outside the US would have heard of Congressman Pete Stark, a Democrat who served in the House of Representatives for 40 years before losing to a r...

How Can America Put Red Lines on Syria but No Red Lines on Gun Deaths at Home?

Gareth Edmundson | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Gareth Edmundson

Another mass shooting, more panic on the streets of America. The images we witnessed are all too familiar. There were heroic first responders, crouching and crawling with their rifles. We saw unfurling police tape and flashing blue lights and terror stricken civilians fleeing the since. And now in the aftermath, the discussions into the gunman's motives are being exhaustively debated.

Fresh Diplomatic Talks Reduce Potential for Syrian Intervention

Alex Rickets | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Rickets

An apparently inadvertent remark by Secretary of State John Kerry, who mused that Washington might change course if Syria handed over its chemical weapons stockpile, now appears to have changed everything.

The US Administration is as Guilty as the UK Government of Poor Politicking over Syria

Ashlee Godwin | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ashlee Godwin

As the G20 leaders leave St. Petersburg, all eyes are now back on Washington, where legislators have been receiving briefings on the intelligence underpinning the case set out by the US Administration last week for military intervention in Syria.

WAR GAMES

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics

Senator John McCain, one of the main advocates for a military intervention in Syria, spent time in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washingto...

Protest Outside US Embassy Sends Message To Congress

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK

More than 200 demonstrators gathered outside the US Embassy in London on Tuesday to protest against Washington's proposed military intervention in Syr...

Chief Ban Ki Moon Warns Obama Intervention In Syria Would 'Unleash More Turmoil'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK

The United Nations has warned Barack Obama that the US should not carry out "punitive" strikes against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons. ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'We Reserve The Right To Bomb'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics

The Morning Memo returns after a six-week summer break. Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 2 September 2013... 1) 'WE RESERVE THE ...

The Audacity of Hope: Tackling the Level of Student Debt

Harry Brown | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

Student debt has skyrocketed in recent years...In a society, which continually promotes investment in higher education, suggesting that without a college degree - job prospects are grim, is encumbering some of America's poorest students with an inordinate amount of debt.

American Government - You Get What You Deserve

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Despite the denials of responsibility from both parties, a variety of forces including money, the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision, the Gerrymandering of both safe Republican and Democratic Congressional Districts have resulted in the public's general distrust of Washington.

The Sequester Asteroid Plunges Toward Washington as Congress Gets Out of Town

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

The sequester was a legislative tool designed to scare the Congress into doing its job. It clearly seems to have failed to produce this result. If it goes into effect, the sequester means across the board cuts in every agency of federal government with no ability to control what is cut and what is not.