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Here Are 7 Reproductive Rights Issues to Watch in 2015

Changes for abortion, contraception and more top the agendas of Republicans in the majority in Congress and many state legislatures.

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The Community College Cause

Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

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Senator Demands Answers on Red Cross’ Finances

Prompted by an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, Sen. Charles Grassley asks the charity to explain how it has used donations from the public.

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What ‘Je Suis Charlie’ Should Mean to Us

To understand what is at stake in this struggle, it is important to look closely at what we are defending.

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The Right’s Idea of ‘Governance’

This will be no ordinary Congress, so there are no ordinary ways for judging how effective it will be at governing.

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Boehner Faces Congressional Challengers From Within GOP Ranks (Updated)

Given how Republicans soundly clinched a majority win in both the House and Senate in November, it seems a bit counterintuitive that House Speaker John Boehner has to worry about detractors from within his own party now that Congress is back in session.

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New Hope for the Climate Crusade

A promising new legal framework that recognizes Earth’s ecologies as a public trust could compel local and state legislators to take action to protect the planet by convincing courts that environmental protection is the responsibility of the government.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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GOP, Stop Making Excuses for Scalise

The leaders of the Republican Party need to ask why their message attracts some of the most despicable elements in American society—and why they can’t effectively reject those extremists.

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Climate Deniers, Like Big Tobacco, Thrive Behind a Smoke Screen of Doubt

It has been just over 50 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report, “Smoking and Health.”

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The Failure of Republican Economics

Dynamic scoring is the magical-mystery math Republicans have been pushing since they came up with supply-side “trickle-down” economics.

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The Duck That Roared

In the short run, President Obama has demonstrated that the term “lame duck” has its limits.

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Dennis Kucinich: There Isn’t Much Difference Between the Clintons and the Bushes

The former congressman explains how three members spirited a Russia sanctions bill through the House, and why the 2016 presidential race could present a false choice.

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Dennis Kucinich: There Isn’t Much Difference Between the Clintons and the Bushes

The former congressman explains how three members spirited a Russia sanctions bill through the House, and why the 2016 presidential race could present a false choice.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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What Is Chuck Schumer Up To?

The senior senator from New York says he was surprised that nine paragraphs in a 6,600-word speech got all the attention. He shouldn’t have been.

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Jon Stewart: Expectations of Congress May Be Low, but Budget Bill Is Not a Monumental Achievement

The “Daily Show” host is struggling to understand how so much “random stuff” ended up in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress recently passed.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking

Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill. According to the congressional record, it took only three congressmen and one second.

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Can the Keystone XL Pipeline Really Make Any Money?

Supporters of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline may have to face the reality that the project cannot generate the revenue it needs to be profitable.

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Obama’s Boehner Bailout

How often will President Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner’s rescue even when Republican leaders aren’t willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?

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The Top 5 Planks of a 2016 GOP Platform: Torture, War, Bank Corruption and Paid-For Elections

This week, the release by the Senate of a report on torture as practiced in the zeroes by the CIA, along with Thursday night’s dramatic vote on an omnibus spending bill, laid bare the shape of the GOP platform in 2016.

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Contested Spending Bill Hangs in the Balance in Congress (Updated)

We’re teetering on the brink of a major holiday season, which can mean only one thing on Capitol Hill: looming legislative deadlock.

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Don’t Blame Republicans for Wall Street’s Scams; Democrats Are Also at Fault

America can’t tackle widening inequality without confronting the power and privilege lying behind it.

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President Obama Tells Other Black Americans What They Already Know

President Obama’s observation that racism is “deeply rooted” in U.S. society is an understatement. Racism is as American as the Fourth of July, and ignoring this fact doesn’t make it go away.

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In Politics, Does Evidence Matter?

Whatever your views, you should want government programs to achieve what they set out to do.

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Stephen Colbert Thanks Nazis for Getting Congress to Agree on Something

Congress recently looked past its partisan grudges to pass a bill about Nazis. Yes, that’s right: Nazis.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all?

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Why Some of the Most Conservative Republicans Are Pro-Immigration

Take, for example, studies arguing for a liberalized immigration policy by the Cato Institute, a conservative libertarian think tank started by the vast wealth of right-wingers Charles and David Koch.

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No to War, Hot or Cold, With Russia

U.S.-Russia relations have deteriorated severely in the past decade and they are about to get worse, if the House passes H. Res. 758.

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The Imperial Congress

Now that we have a Republican Congress versus a Democratic president, voters will have a much easier time seeing who stands for what.

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Thank a Politician Today

It’s a rotten moment to be an elected official. This Thanksgiving, I want to thank a few good people we’re losing to retirement or electoral defeat.

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A Soldier Among Chickenhawks

Chuck Hagel’s departure from his post as defense secretary has been attributed to his failure to fit in with the Obama cabinet’s crowd. Among his other reported deficiencies was that he was only a sergeant in Vietnam, twice wounded.

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Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction

The president’s immigration action has forced the contradictions of the Republican establishmentarians into the sunlight.

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