Congress Blog

Congress considers taking a bite out of the patent trolls

Patent trolls — those nefarious entities who clog the courts with frivolous patent lawsuits — are sweating. Patent litigation bills are advancing in both the House and the Senate, and President Obama has vowed to sign reform legislation before leaving office. If the reformers win, the patent trolls will have to scavenge elsewhere, and a broken system that has encouraged litigation rather innovation will finally get fixed.


A bad Iran deal and a worse US legacy

The intrinsic flaw in the impending accord is that it will solely address known sites. Since 2002, there has not been a single instance where Tehran has come clean with its activities. Why should it be trusted now?


Liberia’s president does not get it

The current problems in Liberia are the making of the current Liberian government and the so-called power-hungry opposition that criticizes the administration while being in bed with the government as consultants and corruption bedfellows at the same time.


It’s time for the ERA to be ratified

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage as officially the law of the land, legal in all 50 states, deserves every celebration and tear of joy that we are seeing on TV and the Internet. But there is one imperative step toward perfection that our nation as a whole has not yet taken: that women are equal to men. 


ICD-TEN Act reasonable and responsible

In healthcare, far-reaching policy decisions require great caution and thoughtful administration. Indeed, not only are budget lines at stake in the midst of sweeping change, but also the health and wellbeing of our nation’s most vulnerable patients.


Facing transparency head-on

We recognize that privacy concerns about misuses of facial recognition exist. But privacy and innovation need not be mutually exclusive, as some seem to believe. 


A watershed time for music

Congress is considering unprecedented and vital reforms that will make the music economy stronger and more fair. Music lovers and creators are speaking out like never before — from superstars like Taylor Swift to unsung session players and fans.

It’s an incredibly hopeful moment, full of possibility and promise.

Unfortunately, at pivotal moments like this, the forces of distortion and backwards thinking inevitably turn up the volume on their own disinformation and spin.