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Will the FCC and Congress Stand Up for Women's Safety? | Commentary

Ray Rice is not the only reason that we, as a society, have far to go in stopping violence against women. People may argue the circumstances surrounding the Baltimore Ravens running back, and the video showing him knocking his fiancée out cold in an Atlantic City elevator, are exceptions to the common American experience. He’s a star, football is an inherently violent sport, the media is on a feeding frenzy, and money and reputations are at stake.

How the Government Is Funding Human Rights Violations | Commentary

With the new fiscal year less than a month away, Congress still hasn’t passed appropriations bills, leaving government agencies and departments reviewing orders they’ve already placed for goods and services. This trend is not new. Procurement officers are being asked to buy more with less time and less funding. This forces them to turn to countries and companies which can deliver goods in a quick turnaround time on a razor-thin margin, but have little to no respect for human rights.

Combat vs. Climate | Commentary

There’s plenty of uncertainty surrounding President Barack Obama’s plan to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State: How limited or open-ended is it? How will Congress respond? What will it cost?

Why Expanded Trade Will Support an Economic Recovery | Commentary

The U.S. economy is enjoying a slow but steady rebound, with better than 4 percent growth over the second quarter of 2014. Consumers’ spending is healthy, their expectations are at their peak for the year and the private sector has created more jobs over the last several months. But the government can further strengthen job creation and bolster the recovery by improving U.S. trade, especially by increasing exports.

The House Must Act to End Employment Discrimination | Commentary

From coast to coast, courts are taking action to extend equal rights to LGBT Americans. Unfortunately, back in Washington, the Republican-controlled House has extended its historic streak of inaction by continuing to allow employees to be fired simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Why a Global Anti-Poverty Group Is Suing the SEC | Commentary

On Thursday, we at Oxfam America filed a lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yes, it is unusual for a global anti-poverty organization to sue the SEC, but we had felt it was necessary given the SEC’s feet-dragging in finishing a landmark transparency rule for the oil, gas and mining industry.

The Low Bar | Commentary

Imagine you are in a cab, screaming at the driver to stop speeding toward the edge of a cliff. The driver ignores you. You plead with him to slow down, to steer away from calamity. He ignores you. At the last possible minute, the driver slams on the brakes and stops the car just short of a fatal plunge. To your shock, the driver turns around, smiling, and asks you to thank him with a big tip. That’s exactly how Speaker John A. Boehner is driving this congress.

Economic Growth: Is Playing With Taxes the Answer?

Heading into the midterm elections, both parties are hammering home their economic messages against a backdrop of stagnating wages and surging corporate profits.

Confronting the Kochs | Commentary

We’re fewer than 60 days away from a critical Election Day. Control of the Senate hangs in the balance. And two billionaire brothers are spending big to make sure the election goes their way.

Income Inequality Hurts States, Dampens GDP Growth

Standard & Poor’s says income inequality is becoming a problem for state governments.

A Repair Plan for the Social Security Disability Insurance Program | Commentary

If our combined 40 years in Congress has taught us anything, it is that policymakers rarely deal with problems until the last possible minute.

Congress Should Call for Seafood Traceability | Commentary

Tilapia disguised as red snapper. Escolar sold as white tuna. Farmed salmon labeled as wild, caught from Alaska. These are all real cases of seafood mislabeling that have been found in the United States, and this type of fraud may be more common than you think.

Keeping the Internet Open and Free | Commentary

From Eastern Europe to the South China Sea, to Northern Iraq and Syria, the West’s post-war world order faces challenges today that were unimaginable two decades ago.

To Improve Decision-Making, Lighten Up on Lobbyists | Commentary

As Congress prepares to leave town and disillusioned voters get ready to trudge toward the midterm elections, party leaders on both sides of the aisle are making the usual promises that if elected, they will do things better. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has promised to re-empower committees, noting that a “sense of mutual respect is necessary for constructive dialogue.” Following President Barack Obama’s election in 2008, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised a return to a bottom-up, subcommittee- and committee-driven process. But no matter who triumphs in November, our leaders will once again get a chance to establish the rules and tenor that will guide the next two years.

Congress Should Revitalize the Export-Import Bank | Commentary

I recently met with a firm in Omaha, Neb., that operates factories throughout the world and needed guidance on expanding into Latin America.

A Congress in Chaos Throws Off the Balance of Power | Commentary

The past several years have marked a significant shift in the balance of power in Washington, and Congress has no one but itself to blame.

Contrary to Rhetoric, Westerners Want to Keep Public Lands in Public Hands | Commentary

There is nothing more American than enjoying our public lands. All summer long, Americans packed picnics and campers, grabbed their fishing gear and headed to the woods, the mountains, the shores and the grasslands of America’s public lands — America’s big backyard.

Sometimes Congressional Spouses Need Staff Management, Too | Commentary

After a few days of watching the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a lot of Americans learned what a lot of congressional staff already know: Some politicians’ spouses are more than a handful to manage, and can cause angst and grief for the staff who serve the elected official.

Congress' Obligation on Structured-Settlement Fraud | Commentary

Thirty years ago, Congress changed the federal tax code to encourage the use of structured settlements by accident victims needing long-term financial security. Since then, structured settlements have seemed the ultimate success.

Is the United States In or Out on Globalization? | Commentary

When Michigan Repulican Rep. Dave Camp’s comprehensive tax reform plan died earlier this year, so too did the hope that Congress would tackle America’s economic competitiveness problem anytime soon.

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