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Rumors of a Coup Against DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Circulate on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday evening, Politico reported that a coup attempt was in the works against Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz. By Wednesday, her prospects weren’t looking a great deal brighter, and some high-ranking peers in her party weren’t exactly rushing to her rescue.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE


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Private Groups, Not Government, Lead the Charge on Prison Issues

As architects consider a ban on designing death chambers and a major pharmaceutical company stops selling drugs for use in executions, Washington sits on its hands when it comes to reform.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver: We Have to Start Treating Puerto Rico Like an Island of American Citizens (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host outlines the Puerto Rico debt crisis and calls on actor Lin-Manuel Miranda to explain just how dire the situation in the U.S. territory is.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Amy Schumer’s Pap-Smear Skit Shows Clueless ‘Congressmen’ Meddling in Women’s Health Issues (Video)

As a group of older “congressmen” gather around the comedian’s “vagina-y parts,” Amy Schumer brilliantly illustrates just how absurd, sexist and outdated lawmakers’ rulings on women’s reproductive health are.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



New York Congressional Candidate Zephyr Teachout Is Trying to Stop the ‘Chickenization’ of America

Whether he wins or loses the Democratic nomination, the fate of Bernie Sanders’ progressive revolution rests in the hands of congressional candidates like Teachout, who also want to restore to people and localities power that has been consolidated by corporations.

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE



Democracy in Action: Arrests at Capitol Building Protests Top 1,400

Over the past week, Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening activists lobbied members of Congress for campaign finance and voter-law reforms.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Democracy Spring Activists Take Capitol Rotunda to Demand an End to Voter Suppression

Many Americans are fed up with a congressional majority bought and paid for by wealthy special interests. Fifteen protesters were arrested Friday in Washington, D.C., after voicing their disapproval.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE



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How Clinton Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is particularly relevant this election season, as it explains the connection between Clinton “progressives” and the 2008 housing meltdown that impoverished millions.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Giving Diplomacy a Chance in Syria and Iran Should Override Power of America’s War Machine

Peaceful compromise is often the last resort for the United States. An excerpt from David Swanson’s book, “War Is a Lie: Second Edition,” looks at how the U.S. foreign policy approach applies to two countries in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver: Lawmakers Are Spending Most of Their Time Begging the Rich for Money (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host delves into the complicated web of congressional fundraising to outline why the American people have lost most of their say in this democracy.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Punish Women Over Abortions, Mr. Trump? They Already Are Being Punished.

The candidate’s comment—which his campaign was quick to disavow—aligns with the right-wing offensive to put the procedure out of reach and expose women to prosecution.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE



A Look Into the Future: How the People’s Party Prevailed in 2020

Third parties have rarely posed much of a threat to the dominant two parties system in the United States. So how did the People’s Party win the U.S. presidency and a majority of both houses of Congress only four years after President Obama left office?

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE



Live Blog: Is America Prepared for Another Recession?

Talk of a financial downturn is in the air, and financial markets are anxious. Are the fears credible? The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution leads a panel discussion on the possibility and how to respond.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Is Becoming a Terrifying Nation for Women

Self-induced abortions are on the rise as ever more restrictive laws threaten to return the nation to the dark days that existed before Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Tell Your Senators to Do Their Job

In refusing to vote or even hold a hearing on the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court, GOP senators are abdicating their constitutional responsibility.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



New York Times Shows Shameless Bias Toward Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders got a little love from The New York Times, but the praise was fleeting. A positive Times article on Monday was toned down Tuesday and may have affected primary race voting in five states.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



You Don’t Matter to Drugmakers

Big Pharma executives are going all out to paint themselves as the good guys—just not to you.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Samantha Bee on How Progressives Slept Through the Most Important Election in Recent History

Pundits and politicians like to make each presidential election seem like the end-all of American politics, and yet one of the elections that has had the biggest impact on our everyday lives was the midterm election of 2010, according to the “Full Frontal” host.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Why Should You and I Have to Keep Paying Mitch McConnell’s Salary?

In a blatantly partisan ploy to prevent President Obama from nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate majority leader has cited a historical precedent dictating that presidents in the last year of their term not name new justices to the high court.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE


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Unlikely Critic Neel Kashkari Says Banks Still Pose ‘Nuclear’ Risk to U.S. Economy

Federal Reserve official Neel Kashkari warns that “we won’t see the next crisis coming, and it won’t look like what we might be expecting.”

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE



Could a President Hillary Clinton Be Impeached Over Her Emails?

In a word: yes. The pundit who claimed she would be shielded from the consequences of pre-inaugural actions was wrong. The big question is whether her email operations amounted to “high crimes and misdemeanors” ... whatever those words might mean at a given political moment.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Shkreli Does Little to Help His Cause in Smirky Encounter With Capitol Hill ‘Imbeciles’

Embattled Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli apparently did not show up for his hearing Thursday before the House Oversight Committee with a mind to shift public opinion in his favor or convince attendant legislators that he held anything resembling respect for the proceedings.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



Campaign Donations Reflect the Sharp Split in Congress Among Republicans

A ProPublica analysis of political fundraising shows that conservative House Republicans have less and less in common with their party’s leaders, whose donors sometimes more closely resemble those of Democrats.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE



Citizens United Anniversary: How Anthony Kennedy Turned American Democracy Into an ‘Open Sewer’

The Supreme Court justice masterminded the 2010 decision to undo a century of public-interest regulation of campaign expenditures in the name of “free speech.” He had every reason to know how damaging that decision would prove to be.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Finding a Cure for Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Plans

Physicians and Green Party activist/politicians Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers say the two leading Democratic presidential candidates have something in common: covering up the failures of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



The Choice for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s Evolution or Bernie Sanders’ Revolution

On issue after issue, Clinton proposes incremental solutions that take into account our political system as it is. Sanders proposes dramatic solutions that will only be possible when power is wrested from “big money” interests.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Ending the Gun Lobby’s Con Game

The apologists for the weapons industry demonstrate their intellectual bankruptcy by regularly contradicting themselves with a straight face.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE



What Could Go Wrong in 2016?

You probably noticed that 2015 was pretty weird. But hey, it’s a brand new year—a fresh start, a blank slate, an unwritten script. In 2016, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



The Trans-Pacific Trade Scam

Despite what President Obama says, the TPP does indeed create a corporate end run around our laws.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don’t Let Them!

The vast inequality that the plutocrats and the oligarchs are creating is a death sentence for government by consent of the people. This is the fight of our lives, and how it ends is up to us.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



Congress Now Has Less Oversight of Drone Strikes

The U.S. military has taken greater charge of drone strikes in Iraq and Syria, effectively reducing congressional scrutiny and leaving officials, lawmakers and activists fearful of increased civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Congress to Corporations: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The “good things” in the budget bill and tax cut package “come at far too high a price.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



Now This Is Really Criminal

Congress has created an average of 50 new crimes per year for the past decade.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Signs New Education Law Granting States Greater Power

The Every Student Succeeds Act scraps the federally mandated high-stakes testing regime of No Child Left Behind, the despised Bush-era federal education law.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Jon Stewart Visits ‘The Daily Show’ to Explain Absurd Congressional Inaction

Congress has failed to renew funding for the medical treatment of 9/11 first responders who got cancer by breathing in contaminated air—after the government had told them it was safe. Appalled by the inaction, a bearded Jon Stewart tells Trevor Noah how he stopped by senators’ offices to try to shame the officials into doing something.

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Dec 7, 2015 ENLARGE



Buy Today, Kill Tomorrow

Suspected terrorists can buy guns legally in the United States—and that’s how the NRA wants it.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



The United States of Contradictions

With election year a month away, American politics is caught up in tensions, ironies, and a certain amount of sheer madness.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



The Dog Ate My Vote: How Members of Congress Explain Their Absences

It’s customary for members of the House of Representatives to file an explanation when they miss a vote. These personal explanations are a glimpse into the pace and trade-offs inherent in modern government.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



As the Missions Creep in Iraq and Syria, Lawmakers Ask: Will We Ever Vote on War?

A bipartisan group of 35 House members issued an open letter calling for a congressional vote on war authorization “as quickly as possible.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



A Republican Explains How His Party Descended Into Insanity and Chaos

The other night I phoned a former GOP congressmen with whom I’d worked on legislation in the ’90s. I wanted his take on something: Are the presidential hopefuls really as weird as they seem?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

The release of the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that the agreement would be another step in the global capitalists’ march to enslave us. Open, sustained revolt is our only option.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan: Hiding Cruel Policies Behind the Smiley Faces

These two congressmen will be portrayed in the press as the attractive, reasonable new leaders of the Republican Party. But take a close look and you will see the “old” GOP oozing through. One wants to lay waste to the poor while the other wants to lend a helping hand to the rich.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Paul Ryan Shrugs









Posted on Oct 29, 2015 ENLARGE



President Obama Scores With Budget Deal Draft Despite Congressional Pushback

President Obama may soon be rounding the final bend of his presidency, but he apparently hasn’t lost his ability to push contested legislation through the congressional gantlet.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE


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