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Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

Six years into the Obama administration, the president’s promise of “a new era of open government” seems just another grand promise, cynically broken.

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What Do the U.S. and Europe Now Want?

Washington says, “punishment” of Vladimir Putin and his Russian government. I presume that it is not by way of war, although that risk exists as both sides demonstrate their determination and self-righteousness.

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Congress Locked in Ukraine Aid Standoff

The Senate and House appear headed for a standoff over competing bills to authorize sanctions on Russia and provide aid to Ukraine, potentially prolonging Congress’ inaction over the two weeks since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in the Crimean peninsula.

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Congressman Mike Rogers Says Snowden’s to Blame for Russia’s Aggressive Actions Against Ukraine

Mike Rogers is still willing to spread his stupidity to any new outlet that will have him.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Health Care’s Real Stakes

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression—finally.

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NSA Spies on CIA Spying on Senate Intelligence Committee

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Minority Outreach

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Immigration Reform and GOP

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Will Putin Bring Us Together?

Vladimir Putin’s grab of Crimea has exposed the paradoxes in American attitudes toward foreign policy.

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How Cold War-Hungry Neocons Stage Managed RT Anchor Liz Wahl’s Resignation

For her public act of protest against Russia Today’s coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory and supposedly advancing the agenda of Vladimir Putin in Washington D.C., previously unknown news anchor Liz Wahl has suddenly become one of the most famous unemployed people in America.

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Nancy Pelosi Admits That Congress Is Scared of the CIA

Over the past few months, one thing we keep hearing over and over again from defenders of the intelligence community is that everything is under control and “legal” because Congress has powerful oversight.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



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A Midterm Imperative

Here is what Democrats should learn from their party’s loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won’t work.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



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No Hope Politics

Listlessness is bad politics. Defensiveness is poor strategy. And resignation is never inspiring.

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The CIA Is Out of Line

We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control.

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U.S. Army/Spc. Steven Hitchcock

War as a Spectator Sport

The dirtiest trick Richard Nixon pulled on the nation was ending the draft and a civilian army to tamp down protests by young people during the Vietnam War. He disengaged politicians and the rest of us from our young countrymen in uniform, leaving other presidents and super patriots to charge or creep into unwinnable wars.

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Spying on Feinstein

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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.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



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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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CIA Torture Utensils

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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.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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What Happens Now in Ukraine?

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

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

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.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ 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.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE


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