Foreign Policy

Senators to Obama: Get out of Afghanistan (Politico)

March 7, 2012

By Mike Zapler Some two dozen senators are trying to keep the heat on President Barack Obama to get out of Afghanistan. Twenty-one Democratic senators — along with Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont and two Republicans — used the debate of a transportation bill this week to point out that the American highway system could […]

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Sen. Sanders Editorial: Free Trade vs. Jobs (New York Times)

January 5, 2012

By Sen. Bernie Sanders To the Editor: “Factory Jobs Gain, but Wages Retreat” (“Working for Less” series, Business Day, Dec. 30) tells us just about everything we need to know about the collapse of the middle class and the greed of the top 1 percent. During the Congressional debates over the North American Free Trade Agreement, […]

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OpEd: There goes the Republic (AppealDemocrat.com)

December 18, 2011

By Robert Scheer Once again the gods of war have united our Congress like nothing else. Unable to agree on the minimal spending necessary to save our economy, schools, medical system or infrastructure, the cowards who mislead us have retreated to the irrationalities of what George Washington in his farewell address condemned as “pretended patriotism.” […]

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Ceding Liberty to Terror: Senate Votes Against Due-Process Rights (The Atlantic)

December 2, 2011

By Conor Friedersdorf Is it lawful for the president to order any American held indefinitely as a terrorist, without formal charges, evidence presented in open court, a trial by jury, or a standard of “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”? The U.S. Senate had a chance Wednesday to assert that no, a president does not possess […]

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War-Weary Republicans Rebuke Romney On Afghanistan (HuffPost Politics)

December 1, 2011

By Robert Naiman On Wednesday night, the Senate adopted by voice vote an amendment introduced by Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley calling on President Obama to speed up U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. This was a watershed event towards ending the war. The previous high water mark of Senators calling for expedited withdrawal was 27; the […]

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Senators Have Ideas for Cutting the Military Budget (HuffPost Politics)

November 30, 2011

By Robert Naiman You might not know it from national press reports, but there are plenty of Members of Congress of both political parties who think that cutting the military budget is a perfectly reasonable thing to do, and have concrete ideas for doing so. (The New York Times did note last week that the […]

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Shots Fired! Blackwater ‘Intimidation’ on the Hill? (Wall Street Journal – Washington Wire)

By Nathan Hodge Last month, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) received a letter from a lawyer representing Erik Prince, the controversial founder of the private security company formerly known as Blackwater. It wasn’t fan mail. The letter, signed by Victoria Toensing, demanded that Rep. Schakowsky “cease and desist” from making statements suggesting Mr. Prince, who […]

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Bernie Sanders confronts defense contractor fraud (Raw Story)

By Eric W. Dolan Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor Wednesday urged lawmakers to make the Pentagon fight against defense contractor fraud as they debated the National Defense Authorization Act. “This country has a record breaking deficit and a $15 trillion national debt,” he said. “What many people do not know is that one […]

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: Deficit caused by wars, tax breaks and Wall Street (Raw Story)

November 18, 2011

By Eric W. Dolan Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday urged the congressional debt committee not to propose any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. “This country does in fact have a serious deficit problem,” he said to about 200 people packed in the Senate Budget Committee room. “But the reality is that the […]

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U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year

October 21, 2011

By Nicolas Mendoza WASHINGTON — President Obama announced on Friday that the last American soldier would leave Iraq by the end of this year, drawing to a close a divisive eight-year war that cost the lives of more than 4,400 troops, defined the presidency of George W. Bush, and helped ignite his own political rise. […]

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