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Speaker Race

Posted on Oct 10, 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

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Is the GOP Thinking?

There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over ... abortion and rape.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

AP/J. Scott Applewhite

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.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE

plavevski /

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.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE

Mykhaylo Palinchak /

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.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE

American Spirit /

House Democrats Re-Elect Nancy Pelosi as Their Leader Without Dissent

Clearly House Democrats do not blame Nancy Pelosi for their losses.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

A Tough Game on Tea Party Turf

California Democrat Suzanne Savary seeks to oust Orange County conservative Dana Rohrabacher from the U.S. House seat he has held since 1988—a challenge much like trying to beat the Alabama football team in Tuscaloosa.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE


The GOP Wave Has Failed to Materialize

Meanwhile, back at the ranch—as foreign events hog the spotlight—why haven’t Republicans sealed the deal on the coming election?

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE

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Guess Why Rep. Paul Ryan Couldn’t Bring Himself to Watch ‘House of Cards’

The hit Netflix political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright has won three Emmys and delighted countless viewers. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is not among them.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE


None Dare Call It Treason

The minority leader and the speaker have done their best to prevent the president from presiding, and they have done even more to prevent the Congress from legislating or fulfilling most of its other constitutional duties.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE

Ron Reiring (CC-BY)

An Overriding Need for Reform Now

There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis firsthand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE

A Year of Living Negatively

The prospect of months of attacks and more attacks reflects the depth of disillusionment with Washington.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE


Eric Cantor and the Tea Party Purge

In 1961, John F. Kennedy said: “In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE

LehaKoK /

California Gold Rush: The Race for the Hottest Job in Congress

California’s 33rd Congressional istrict is home to some of the Democrats’ wealthiest donors and one of the party’s most progressive leaders. No fewer than 17 candidates are running to pick up the keys to the treasure chest, but is any a worthy heir?

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE

113th Congress

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE


More Aggressive NSA Reform Bill Moves Forward in the House

After a half-year in stasis, the USA Freedom Act—the most aggressive of various NSA reform measures—is headed for markup by the House Judiciary Committee.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE


Republicans Say No to Workers, Women, Gays and Mine Safety All in One Day

Claiming to stand for “working families,” Republicans in Congress voted down measures that would increase the minimum wage, protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination, broaden equal pay guarantees for women, and finally do something about mine safety four years after the Upper Big Branch disaster. How was your Wednesday?

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Once Again, Republicans Make Obama Look Good

We Obama apologists had grown desperate. Then along came Paul Ryan.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE

thierry ehrmann (CC BY 2.0)

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


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

King Issa

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE

Issa Alarm

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE

Obamacare Victims

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

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.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE

An Idea Conservatives Should Love

Raising the minimum wage achieves many of the goals conservative politicians regularly extol.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

John Boehner’s Sunshine Band

From now on, it’s the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah House.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE

Center For American Progress (CC-BY-ND)

Henry Waxman: A Little Giant Retires

It is the end of an era here—and the race to grab his seat in the rich district that runs south from Malibu through Beverly Hills and other nice places, will be a free-for-all in American ambition.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe

Why Are Iraq and Afghanistan Not Looking After Themselves?

The United States has invested heavily in its conquered nations. So what’s the problem?

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE

AP Images

Elizabeth Warren’s Bill Could Mean Billions for Taxpayers

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to introduce a bill that takes aim at the efficacy and malfeasance of government settlements on corporate wrongdoing and could bring billions of dollars back to taxpayers. If corporations have the same rights as people, then they should have to suffer the same consequences.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE


Why Has It Taken the Justice Department 10 Years to Act on Rape in Juvenile Hall?

Last week, the Justice Department convened hearings under the Prison Rape Elimination Act to examine the prevalence of rape and sexual abuse in the nation’s prisons and juvenile detention centers.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE


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Republican Cones

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE


Unemployment Extension Passes the Senate, but the House Still Isn’t Wild About Poor People

One chamber of Congress gave unemployed Americans cause for hope Tuesday, while the other, led by Speaker John Boehner, remains in opposition.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE


Posted on Dec 28, 2013 READ MORE


The GOP’s Growing Divide

The Republican Party, which should have the wind at its back, enters 2014 in disarray bordering on open warfare.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE

The GOP’s Fight Has Just Begun

The Republican civil war, like all civil wars, is even messier than it looks.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Jon Elswick

Obamacare Lives

Despite its incompetent launch, the Affordable Care Act is slowly becoming part of American life, a development the Republicans have fought fiercely to prevent.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE


The Republican Mainstream Strikes Back

The unusual display of reasonable behavior by House Republicans this week should be seen as a retreat—a change in tactics—but not a surrender. Democrats had better note the distinction.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE

The Inadequate, Necessary Budget Deal

It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE


Raw Deal

About the only good thing that can be said about the budget deal just patched together by House Republican budget chair Paul Ryan and Senate Democratic budget chair Patty Murray is that the right-wing Heritage Foundation and the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity oppose it.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE


Congressional Negotiators Announce Budget Ahead of Schedule

Not only did Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., manage to reach a budget deal, but they did it ahead of schedule.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE

Obamacare Prediction

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE

Obamacare Explodes

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE


The Empire Strikes Back

A whole new get-rich-quick scheme is brewing beneath the fanfare of the nation’s hyped housing recovery.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE

GOP Distraction

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE


Sisters Asunder

Looks like the holidays are going to be, shall we say, a bit awkward for the Cheney family.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE

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