Roll Call

Adopting a Better Approach for Foster System Youth

Adopting a Better Approach for Foster System Youth

August 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

ROLL CALL 08/30/13 By Michael Shank and John Fair Something happened on the Hill recently that was pretty unusual for a congressional fair. Fifteen congressional interns presented policy recommendations to a packed room in the Capitol Visitor Center. Even Sens. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Rep. […]

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Keeping America Accountable in the War Zone

Keeping America Accountable in the War Zone

July 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

ROLL CALL 07/15/13 By Michael Shank and Matt Southworth The House Foreign Affairs Committee heard a compelling case recently for better oversight and accountability of war funding. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen delivered the agency’s final oversight report to the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North […]

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Pinching Pennies, the Lincoln Way

Pinching Pennies, the Lincoln Way

June 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

ROLL CALL 06/17/13 By Warren Rojas We’d be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that most lawmakers remain blissfully ignorant of the nightmarish haggling that goes into composing a nonbinding congressional budget blueprint. Here’s hoping local schoolchildren can stomach the same with a little help from a guy in a […]

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Doing Due Diligence on Diplomacy With Damascus

Doing Due Diligence on Diplomacy With Damascus

June 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

ROLL CALL 06/07/13 By Michael Shank and Kathy Zager The news that Russia is proceeding apace with arms shipments to the Syrian government, or that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the European Union are keen to arm the Syrian rebels, does not automatically kill the Syrian peace talks in […]

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On The Move: Foreign Policy

On The Move: Foreign Policy

May 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

CQ 05/13/13 After working for Democratic Rep. Michael M. Honda of California for four years, Michael Shank is now director of foreign policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the lobbying arm for U.S. Quakers. Honda, a Democrat, is a leader in the Congressional Progressive Caucus and opposes many […]

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Congress Must Tax Fossil Fuels

Congress Must Tax Fossil Fuels

April 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

ROLL CALL 04/19/13 BY Michael Shank and Jose Aguto The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last week to delay greenhouse gas emissions regulations for new power plants — one of President Barack Obama’s main levers to limit global warming — is a serious setback to our country’s commitment to environmental and […]

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Vegetarians Find Options Wanting at Capitol Complex

Vegetarians Find Options Wanting at Capitol Complex

March 15, 2013 at 9:17 am

ROLL CALL 03/15/13 By Emily Cahn For busy staffers on Capitol Hill, whose hectic days are often scheduled down to the minute, grabbing lunch often means a trip to the cafeterias scattered around the Capitol complex. Although there are multiple dining spots on the campus’s House and Senate sides, offering […]

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Hill Climbers: Aide Sees a Future in Congress

Hill Climbers: Aide Sees a Future in Congress

October 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

ROLL CALL 10/01/12 By Emily Cahn Michael Shank is driven by his commitment to progressive values. The returning communications director and senior policy adviser in Rep. Mike Honda’s (D-Calif.) office was raised in an Amish-Mennonite community in Kidron, Ohio, where the ideas of helping the downtrodden, sustainable development and nonviolence […]

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White House, Congress Choosing Wrong Path on Iran

White House, Congress Choosing Wrong Path on Iran

May 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

ROLL CALL 05/23/12 By Michael Shank Recent Istanbul negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 and this week’s Baghdad negotiations have tempered, albeit temporarily, the cry for war. It was close under President George W. Bush, who rallied regime-changers to invade, but it is worse now. The Pentagon publicly prepares plans, […]

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Increasing the Peace Can Reduce the Debt

Increasing the Peace Can Reduce the Debt

April 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

ROLL CALL 04/02/12 By Michael Shank and Former Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) Three months in and 2012 is setting trans-Atlantic records for harsher-than-normal austerity measures and disillusioned voters. East of the Atlantic, Greece struggles to regain footing while Portugal, Italy and Spain teeter on the brink. West of it, […]

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