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Chaos Is the GOP’s New Normal

At this point, I worry we’re going to start finding members of the Republican establishment curled up in their beds, eyes clenched shut and ears covered with trembling hands, moaning “make it stop, make it stop, make it stop.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

Kevin McCarthy Takes Himself Out of the Running for House Speaker

“We probably need a fresh face,” House Majority Leader McCarthy said Thursday, breaking the surprising news that he was bowing out of the contest to replace John Boehner.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Gun Violence

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Background Check

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

The Conservative Evasion on Guns

Conservatives all over the world are aghast at our nation’s permissive attitude toward guns. Is a dangerous and harebrained absolutism about weaponry really the issue on which American conservatives want to practice exceptionalism?

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

Boehner Resigns

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

Boehner Performance

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

What Kevin McCarthy’s Benghazi Gaffe Tells Us About the GOP

Rep. McCarthy, the likely successor to House Speaker John Boehner, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity explicitly on Tuesday night that the Hillary Clinton investigation was part of a “strategy to fight and win.” But why?

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Congressional Republicans’ Planned Parenthood Summit Went as Poorly as You’d Think It Would

In a five-hour special session devoted to a problem they’d engineered, congressional GOP members put on a show of righteous indignation as they attempted to make the case for pulling federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

John Boehner’s Impossible Task

The speaker of the House was thoroughly conservative in a Republican Party that had moved the goal posts on what constituted conservatism. But he could never be conservative enough for his critics on the right.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

American Red Cross Sunshine Act Would Open Charity to Outside Scrutiny

A House bill is being released Thursday, along with a government report citing a lack of oversight about how the charity spends the millions of dollars donated by Americans.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

The Latest GOP Fight: How to Reject President Obama’s Nuclear Iran Deal

Just when you think the Republican Party can’t possibly be more chaotic and disorganized, another internal brawl breaks out.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

Trump’s War on ‘Anchor Babies’

It’s no laughing matter. A small yet influential collection of academics actually supports his position.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Places That AIPAC Would Never Show U.S. Congress Members on Their Upcoming Propaganda Trip to Israel

Instead of the one sponsored by an arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a tour of the “real Israel” would show U.S. representatives the ugly truth behind Israel’s propaganda.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver and a Group of Children Explain in Song How Congress Constantly Screws D.C.

The fact that Washington, D.C., lacks full representational voting rights in Congress is not only absurd, it’s extremely dangerous and detrimental to the well-being of our capital city’s inhabitants, as HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host pointed out in a fabulous segment Sunday night.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

The Price John Boehner Pays

Republicans are talking a good deal about the threat to their brand posed by Donald Trump’s unplugged, unrestrained appeal to the party’s untamed side. There’s a bigger danger looming.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

How the ‘Embarrassing’ Gas Tax Impasse Explains Washington

The main federal fund for roads and bridges runs at a deep deficit. If even red states can raise the gas tax, why can’t Congress?

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

Will the GOP Work With Obama, Democrats to Avoid a Fiscal Armageddon?

The notion that Democrats, including President Obama, could ever agree to what the Republicans are proposing is, well, absurd.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

Here’s What Obama Should Do Right Away to Disrupt the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

President Obama is said to be considering an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. He should sign it immediately. But he should also go further.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

The Charleston Shooting: Holding Obama and the Presidential Candidates Accountable

Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshippers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Nearly Dead

How can it be that the largest pending trade deal in history—a deal backed both by a Democratic president and Republican leaders in Congress—is nearly dead?

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Raising the Estate Tax on the Very Rich Is Step 8 to Save the Economy

At a time of historic economic inequality, it should be a no-brainer to raise a tax on inherited wealth for the very rich. Yet there’s a move among some members of Congress to abolish it altogether.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE

The High School Valedictory Address You Weren’t Supposed to Hear

Evan Young was valedictorian of this year’s graduating class at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont, Colo. He’d planned to give his valedictory address at the graduation ceremony May 16. But Principal B.J. Buchmann didn’t give him the chance.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

Who Created ISIS?

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

Patriot Act

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Senate Passes USA Freedom Act, Restricting NSA Surveillance Powers

Passage of the act will end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE

Undercutting the Patriot Act Is a Major Win for Rand Paul and Edward Snowden

The senator was a legislative force against the invasive law, but most of the credit goes to the now-exiled whistleblower who revealed the government’s massive and secret abuse of our privacy rights.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE

FIFA Corruption

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE

Why Rand Paul Was Right to Kill the So-Called Patriot Act: It Was Never About Terrorism

Sen. Rand Paul, who had vowed to force the expiration of the so-called Patriot Act, is right that it is unconstitutional. In this regard he is a better constitutional scholar than Barack Obama, whose stance on this issue is, to say the least, disappointing.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE

Senate Debates Patriot Act and NSA Reform

UPDATE: A heated Sunday Senate session has failed to produce an eleventh-hour extension of the controversial Patriot Act. The Senate will vote on a revised version of the Freedom Act, a bill aimed at ending the controversial bulk collection of telephone metadata, on Tuesday.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Mitch McConnell and Snuggly the Security Bear Beg to Spy

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE

Double Feature

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE

Stop Logging Our Phone Calls

Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Derailing Amtrak: Tracking the Latest Disaster in the Infrastructure Crisis

The fatal derailment May 12 did not deter the House Appropriations Committee from slashing Amtrak funding the very next day. Congress could fund its massive infrastructure bill without raising taxes, but the conservative-controlled Congress seems to have other plans for the nation’s profitable public assets.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Edward Snowden: When You Monitor Everyone, You Understand Nothing—and That Has to Change

In an exclusive one-hour interview with The Guardian, the NSA whistleblower weighs in on the recent (somewhat incomplete) shift in Congress toward bulk data collection, warning, “This is only the bare beginning of reform.”

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE

Senate Fails to Pass USA Freedom Act but Blocks NSA Phone Data Collection

The USA Freedom Act didn’t get the 60 Senate votes needed to pass Saturday. Yet, in what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer calls “a big victory ... for all who fear uncontrolled government surveillance,” the legislative body was unable to extend the NSA phone data collection program.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE

Amtrak’s Spectrum Gap

While Amtrak officials may have been devastated, they could not have been surprised: The accident confirmed clear vulnerabilities in the safety system, shortcomings that the rail company’s internal watchdog had been warning about for more than two years.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE

Washington Asks, ‘Who Lost Ramadi?’ But Washington Never Had Ramadi

The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Edward Snowden: ‘If I Had Taken [the NSA] Documents to Congress, I Would’ve Gone to Jail’

Addressing an audience at Stanford University via video chat on Friday, Edward Snowden discussed the moral conundrums he faced as a whistleblower. He also made some recommendations on how authorities should address whistleblowers and surveillance.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Warren Buffett Is Betting Big on Wind Energy in Nebraska, and Other Planet-Saving News

Wind power is on a roll in the U.S. despite a fickle Congress and the machinations of Big Coal and Big Gas to keep all the subsidies for themselves. And one of the world’s most successful investors, Warren Buffett, has noticed.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Brad Sherman Team Up to Break Up America’s Biggest Banks

Building off the momentum from his 2016 campaign launch Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking aim at America’s banking behemoths with an aggressively named new bill he drew up with Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., called the “Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act.”


Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE

Sen. Bernie Sanders Gears Up to Launch 2016 Presidential Campaign

It’s on, as of Thursday: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is slated to announce that he’s throwing in to join the roster of candidates for the 2016 election. He’ll be running as a Democrat.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE

Congress Intercepts Iran Deal Gyrocopter

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Bashes Congress for Over-Congratulating Itself for Fixing a Problem It Created

Inspired by our legislators’ recent celebration of their bipartisan “Doc-Fix” Medicare measure, Jon Stewart and other “Daily Show” correspondents imagine what life would be like if “normal people” reacted the way Congress does to “the dutiful executing of basic occupational tasks.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE

For Goodness’ Sakes, Confirm Loretta Lynch Now

In a sane world, the Republican-led Senate would have confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general months ago. But sanity hasn’t been seen around here in some time.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE


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Hacked Sony Emails Show Major Democrat-Turned-Lobbyist Urging Support for Republicans

As head of the lobbying group Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd—a former Democratic senator and self-styled champion for working families—advised film executives to financially support Republican campaigns for election to Congress.

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 READ MORE

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