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Unemployment, the Vote, and Hope
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 8:38pm | Type: Blog

Today’s Senate vote on unemployment benefits brings hope to 1.3 million people who dare to hope every day. It is right and good that we stand with the least — ones who have fallen on hard times — in their time ...

Activists to Fast on Capitol Hill Until Congress Passes Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

As an icy wind whipped the sides of a packed tent, five activists committed themselves Tuesday to fast from food and drink and to camp in front of the U.S. Capitol until Congress passes comprehensive immigrati ...

Cutting Food Stamps is a Bad Way to Balance the Budget
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Many of us are blessed enough to not know what it is like to be hungry, to regularly miss meals, or to consume a diet void of essential nutrients for a healthy life. But now, millions of our brothers and siste ...

Religious Leaders United Against 'Immoral' Shutdown
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Press

October 1, 2013 Sojo in the News Clare Kim ...

Partisan Fighting Spells Trouble for Church Insurance Under Obamacare
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

An effort to tweak President Obama’s health care reform bill to fill a gap for church health insurance plans could fail because of Republicans’ insistence on repealing the law. ...

John Boehner Ducks Taking Personal Stand on Immigration Citizenship Debate
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio said in an interview with CBS on Sunday that “immigration reform isn’t about him.” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio said in an interview with ...

Senate Reaches Tentative Deal to Avert Filibuster Showdown
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Following Monday’s three hour closed-door caucus, members of the Senate have begun the confirmation process of President Barack Obama’s executive branch nominees, avoiding what the Washington Post calls a &quo ...

Hunger Games, U.S.A
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

The number of those who’ve benefitted from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased nearly seven percent from 8.7 in 2007 to 15.2 in its most recent study. ...

House Republicans Brace for Crazy-Making Intra-Party Immigration Fight
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

With only hours left until the Senate releases the final tally of those in favor of immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner along with other house majority leader’s prepare as controversial issues are b ...

"Only Fools Rush In ..."
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Elvis impersonators make lousy terrorists. WITH SO MANY of our sacred institutions collapsing f ...

Casting the First Stone in the Senate
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Sen. David Vitter proposed an amendment that blocks any person who had ever committed a violent crime from receiving SNAP benefits for life. The Farm Bill might not sound like the ...

Senate Committee Passes $500 Billion Farm Bill
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Tuesday the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a new five-year farm bill. The bill cuts subsidy payments and the food stamp program while expanding crop insurance. Tuesday the S ...

Gang of 8 Defends Guest Worker Plan
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

The Gang of Eight will work this week to stop amendments to the guest work portion of the immigration bill. The Gang of Eight is banding together across party lines to fend off a ...

Gun Control Advocates Target Senators
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Gun control advocates are targeting key senators with advertisements and protests to change their minds on background checks. Gun control advocates are escalating their campaign t ...

Gun Control News 2013: Senate Defeats Filibuster Attempt of New Gun Regulations
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:38pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2013 Sojo in the News I-Hsien Sherwood ...

We Are in a Battle for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

I hear it over and over again both during my conversations on the road, and as I skim the headlines each day, that we are in a battle for the common good. From Boston to Washington, we are facing many fronts. ...

Suburban growth pushes politicians toward gun control
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 1:51pm | Type: Press

April 12, 2013 Sojo in the News Philip Rucker ...

COMMENTARY: Leaders Who Can Act like Grown Ups
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Government by the immature is proving to be a disaster. ... Immature leaders put off important decisions and get lost in small concerns. They take sides like schoolchildren rather than seeing the needs of the ...

Border Security Before Citizenship is a Bad Idea
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Last week a group of senators released principles for immigration reform that would make the path to citizenship for over 11 million immigrants contingent upon more border security. ...

Angry Senators Afraid of Debate
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

It’s time to confirm Chuck Hagel. It’s time to have the debate. It was the biggest story inside the Beltway. Since last Thursday’s hearing, the whole Washington media machine has ...

New Congress More Religiously Diverse, Less Protestant
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Three Buddhists, a Hindu, and a “none” will walk into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country. ...

Red-Tape Bill Threatens Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

The lame-duck Senate may move forward on a bill that would hamstring the SEC as it works to fight fraud and implement financial regulatory reform, tying up the agency in needless red tape and lawsuits. ...

After Shooting, Sikhs Push for More Legal Protections
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

U.S. Sikhs are taking heart in a widely publicized Senate hearing on hate crimes and a pledge by the Justice Department to consider tracking hate crimes directed at their community. ...

Senate Blocks the Keystone XL Pipeline
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Last week, 56 senators voted to include the Keystone XL Pipeline in a highway bill — four short of the required 60. Last week, 56 senators voted to include the Keystone XL Pipeli ...

Raise Your Voice: Crucial Votes on Foreign Aid in Senate Begin Wednesday
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 7:49pm | Type: Blog

This week, the Senate will vote on H.R. 2354, an appropriation bill that will determine the amount of funds we allocate for poverty-related development assistance. Look: bi-partis ...