112th Congress

Compromise and Crisis Continue in Obama's Latest Jobs Plan

Tomorrow’s big jobs speech will feature more tax cuts than stimulus spending, and the GOP is still not into it. Sound familiar? That’s because it is.

D.C. Gets Back to Work--and to Its Lame, Half-Hearted Jobs Debate

House GOP leaders will roll out more so-called jobs ideas this week, in anticipation of the president’s expected proposals next week. None of it is expected to meet the scale of the problem.

House GOP Revives Global War on Women's Health With "Gag Rule"

Even as the debt ceiling debate dominated Washington’s agenda, House Republicans began a steady push on bills that would revive Bush and Reagan era constraints on global funding for sexual health.

Rep. Michael Honda: This Can Be a Tipping Point For Equality, If We Push

The vice-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus says New York and California have taken historic steps toward equal rights this month. Now, he argues, we must push for full equality, including immigration rights for same-sex couples.

History Repeats Itself in Peter King's Fear of Black 'Prislam'

In round two of the Republican legislator’s hearings on so-called radicalization among Muslim Americans, committee members fuss over a familiar threat: black men who convert in prison.

What's Holding Up Job Creation in Washington? Let's Find Out

Colorlines’ D.C. reporter/blogger Shani O. Hilton will spend the summer blogging out the institutional and political hurdles, and the overlooked solutions.

Rep. Chris Smith: Fetuses Are the 'Most Persecuted Minority In the World'

The latest race-baiting from the anti-abortion movement. This one’s a doozy.

A Closer Look at What Got Chopped in This Year's Budget

Among the worst examples of things that will do nothing to cut the deficit: a fund for the upkeep public housing.

The Long Racial History of the Tea Party's Deficit Trojan Horse

The American right has been railing against the size of federal government for centuries. We’d do well to remember why.

Is Michele Bachmann Shutting Down the Government (To Run It)?

Her tea party caucus is showing just how much heft it plans to throw around in the 2012 elections.

$327 Million for Women's Health Will Shut Down Government, Say Dems

None of that money goes to fund abortion, but it does fund reproductive health for poor women of color.

Obama Can Save Government by Reviving His 2008 Mastery of Values

The president once argued the budget was a values-based document. Now, he’s all about process over purpose.

Sen. Durbin Is Set To Revive DREAM Act Fight in This Congress

Negotiations are expected to focus on the narrow version that failed to clear a Republican filibuster last year.

Another Budget Deadline Approaches, Poor People Still Screwed

Congress has until Friday to decide whether to scapegoat struggling families by a lot, or just a little.

Dingell to Peter King: Don't Become the Next McCarthy

Homeland Security hearings into the “radicalization” of Muslim Americans begin with push back from Democratic lawmakers.

The Republican Attack on Women's Health Goes Global

Sixteen years after the Beijing Declaration on women’s rights, Congress seeks to reverse what progress we’ve eked out.

Rep. Moore Tells Anti-Choice GOP Where to Shove Black Genocide Lie

“I know a lot about having black babies. I’ve had three of them,” she explains during Pence Amendment debate.

GOP Moves to Strip Planned Parenthood of Federal Funding

The right wing attack on women heats up.

Anti-Abortion Bills Surging Through Capitol Hill--and States, Too

The House GOP is making good on its promises, but so are state legislators. In all cases, women of color lose the most.

Jesse Jackson, Jr.: We Should Read the WHOLE Constitution

Originalists cherry pick the original ideas they want to (publicly) revere.