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CIA Spies and Tortured Lies

This week’s public spat between CIA-loyalist Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the CIA might briefly upset the status quo, but they will make up.

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When It Is Feinstein Being Spied On, Suddenly She Squawks

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s speech Tuesday was a chess move in a contest with the CIA, which has played hardball with the California Democrat’s staff.

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Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth

It was a truly historic moment Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA’s continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our constitutional division of power.

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Why Are 13 People Dead If GM Knew About Ignition Problem 10 Years Ago?

That’s the question that Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., is asking after GM issued a massive recall of 1.6 million vehicles.

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Ukraine’s Test From Within

When the new Ukrainian prime minister visits the White House this week, President Obama should offer continued support—but also ask pointedly why several far-right ultra-nationalists have such prominent roles in Ukraine’s new government.

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Why Are There So Few Women in American Politics?

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi believes minimizing the “role of money in politics” and increasing “the level of civility in debate” will go a long way toward getting more women to run for office. But what’s money really got to do with it?

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Issa Pulls the Plug

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King Issa

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GOP Outreach

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Issa Alarm

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44 Years a Prisoner: The Case of Eddie Conway

Marshall “Eddie” Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence.

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What Happens Now in Ukraine?

What did Washington expect to gain from a successful coup d’état in Ukraine?

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Closing the D.C. Reality Gap

To understand the country’s frustration with politics, we shouldn’t focus primarily on “gridlock” and “polarization.” The larger problem is a disconnect between what the nation’s capital is talking about and what most citizens are worried about.

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A Helping Hand for Young Men of Color

“My Brother’s Keeper” has a much nicer ring than “Stop and Frisk.” It also promises to be a more effective, less self-defeating way to address the interlocking social and economic crises afflicting young men of color.

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Obamacare Victims

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GOP Crocodile Tears Over Jobs

Republicans who claim to be worried about lost jobs can dry their crocodile tears, because a few simple measures would get all those jobs back—and lots more.

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The Deep State Is Vulnerable to People Power

Mike Lofgren’s long experience on the Hill has given him a small window, he might say only an aperture, into a vast network of unaccountable governmental and private institutions he calls the “Deep State.”

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Stand Your Ground

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Guns

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Executive Orders

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Did Arizona Just Do a Kansas?

Kansas and Arizona seem to be in a competition for which state can pass the most anti-gay legislation; the government wants to create a national database to track license plate locations; and a photo captures how the Civil Rights Act lost Democrats the white working-class vote. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Threatens Democracy

Given the financial and political power of Comcast, and the Obama administration’s miserable record of protecting the public interest, the time to speak out and organize is now.

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If You’re Going to Force People to Buy Insurance, You Have to Make It Affordable

In November, Californians will vote whether to give the state insurance commissioner power to approve health insurance premium increases and veto or scale back those he finds excessive.

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American Departure Will Leave Behind Carnage and Ruin

This is probably, but not certainly, the year that sees the end to the United States’ three-decades-long effort to establish permanent American strategic bases in the Muslim Middle East and in Muslim Asia.

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Democrats ‘Can’t Keep Up’ With GOP Campaign Spending

In the battle for control of Congress, top Democrats are conceding that they may not have the cash to compete with Republicans.

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Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053

In 2012, the Pentagon kicked off a 13-year program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, complete with a sprawling website that includes a “history and education” component.

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The Victims of Ted Cruz’s Naked Ambition

With a few obvious votes, Congress could improve the lives of millions of people—the unemployed, the undocumented, the uninsured. But instead of being helped, those in need are punished for reasons that are nakedly political.

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The GOP’s Health Crisis

Oh dear. The Republican Party’s worst nightmare is coming true. Obamacare is working.

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PBS Becoming the Plutocrats Broadcasting Service

Our most prominent public media outlets are becoming instruments for special interests to launder their ideological agenda through a seemingly objective brand.

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Obama’s Relative Backed by National Conservative Group

Dr. Milton Wolf, a tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Kansas who has the support of the prominent right-wing organization Senate Conservatives Fund, has equated President Barack Obama’s treatment of successful Americans to Hitler’s treatment of Jews and gypsies. He is also the president’s cousin.

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GOP Valentine

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How a Couple of Austrians Messed Up Washington

One of my favorite moments during the 2012 Republican presidential contest came when Ron Paul, fresh from his strong showing in Iowa, triumphantly told his supporters: “We’re all Austrians now!”

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One Nation, Indivisible

Immigration is something like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but not many people really want to do anything about it.

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The Out-of-Step GOP

The Republican Party was supposed to be getting its act together for the midterm election. Instead, judging from the disarray on immigration reform, things may be getting even messier.

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Bullet Brained Idiots

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Join Us in the 21st Century

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What Republicans Hope You Don’t Know and Never Find Out

Listening to Republicans in Congress wailing incessantly about our spendthrift culture raises a nagging question: What would they do, besides talking, if they actually wanted to reduce federal deficits and, eventually, the national debt?

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Congress Suffers From Selective Deficit Disorder

The same farm bill that cuts food stamps by $8 billion could increase subsidies to wealthy farmers and agribusinesses by $15 billion.

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Congress Passes $8.7 Billion Food Stamp Cut

Across the country, 850,000 households are set to lose an average of $90 per month in food stamp benefits, thanks to American lawmakers.

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Must the Obamacare Debate Be Stupid?

By broadening access to health insurance, the Affordable Care Act ends the tyranny of “job lock,” which is what the much-misrepresented Congressional Budget Office study of the law released on Tuesday shows.

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