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In a new editorial for The Nation, Michigan Congressman John Conyers lays the blame for Flint’s ongoing water crisis squarely on the state’s Emergency Manager law,
The Federal Reserve may not have raised its benchmark interest rate on Thursday, but advocates of full employment still worry it could do so before the economy is ready.
From time to time, we get fleeting glimpses into the possibility of a left-right alliance on issues where the preoccupations of civil liberties progressives and libertarian conservatives intersect: The surprising bipartisan alliance to defund NSA surveillance; the demand for more transparency into Obama’s drone program; the increasing chatter on drug war and sentencing reform.
The "dean" of the House of Representatives is only a ceremonial role -- there's no salary bump, extra staff or security detail. But it's a special honor for Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who is now the longest active serving member of Congress and the first African American to earn the distinction.
Four days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a junior member of Congress introduced a bill to establish a federal holiday to honor the slain civil rights leader.
Five decades later, the holiday is on the calendar, and that lawmaker, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), is now the longest-serving member of Congress.
As Republicans take control of Congress this week, it’s a good time for progressives to reflect on the long arc of social change. And I can think of no better way to do this than to celebrate the half century of service of Rep. John Conyers.