Libertarians might reasonably wonder why we need to pass legislation to give property owners the right to protect their property against theft. After all, if someone steals your bike and brazenly stores it on their front lawn, you are allowed to trespass on that lawn to take your bike back. Why wouldn't a copyright owner be able to do the equivalent onlineThink tanks wrap-up Sep 25, 2002
Theft is theft, whether it is shoplifting a CD in a record store, or illegally downloading a song from MorpheusOn the Net Jul 30, 2002
As Congress moves toward sending a sanctions bill to the White House, we will be very focused on the international community's response to Iran's rejection of any diplomatic resolution of this issueIran's enrichment sparks sanction talks Feb 08, 2010
Progress in these talks will depend on the ability of the respective leaders to make courageous decisions in the face of domestic political challenges and efforts by terrorists and extremists to derail the process, such as yesterday's tragic shooting in the West BankHillary Clinton directs peace talks Sep 02, 2010
I am postponing consideration of H.R. 4645 until a time when the committee will be able to hold the robust and uninterrupted debate this important issue deservesCuba travel bill put on hold Sep 29, 2010
Howard Lawrence Berman (born April 15, 1941) is the U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He earlier served in the California State Assembly from 1973 to 1982, and as the U.S. Representative for California's 26th congressional district from 1983 to 2003.
He is the son of the former Eleanor Schapiro and Joseph Berman, and grew up in modest circumstances. He graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School (Los Angeles) (1959), and earned his B.A. (1962, International Relations) and LL.B. (1965) at University of California, Los Angeles. Blanche Bettington, his brilliant high school civics teacher, inspired him to enter politics and government. He was a VISTA volunteer (1966–1967) in Baltimore and San Francisco, and was an associate at a Los Angeles law firm (1967–72) specializing in labor relations.
Berman was active in the Young Democrats at UCLA. He began his friendship with Henry Waxman there in 1960, when both were still undergraduates. Waxman was head of the YD liberal caucus, and through it ran the YDs. Both of them supported Adlai E. Stevenson's pursuit of the presidential nomination up to the eve of the 1960 convention. Berman was President of the California Young Democrats 1967-1969. He and Waxman co-founded the Los Angeles County Young Democrats, which grew to become one of the largest young professional clubs in Southern California.