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How Kevin McCarthy Predicted His Own Demise

Republicans have a big choice to make about what kind of party they are. But they’re most likely to keep papering over their divide with psychobabble about “healing.” This won’t work. Just ask John Boehner. Or Kevin McCarthy.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

The Headless Horseman

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VIDEO: Speaker Rock Replaces John Boehner

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House Speaker John Boehner to Resign From Congress

Amid reports of conservative infighting, the speaker of the House of Representatives and congressman from Ohio for three decades announced at a party meeting Friday morning that he will resign in October to avoid becoming “the issue.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Not Just the NSA—the IRS Is Reading Your Emails Too

Once your emails reach the tender age of 180 days, government agencies can easily gain access to them without your even knowing it. The Email Privacy Act would change that.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

House Votes to Change Patriot Act by Stopping Bulk Phone Data Collection

The House of Representatives on Wednesday gave Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a big reason to crank up his hustle if he wants to hang on to the part of the Patriot Act that allows for the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional

“In his next-to-last State of the Union address,” writes Glen Ford, Editor of the Black Agenda Report, “President Obama flashed the suckers a bag of tricks that has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress, but will allow his apologists to claim that the genuine, more progressive Obama is revealing himself in his final two years in office.”

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE

House Democrats Kill Deregulation Bill in New Congress

Just hours into the 114th Congress, House Republicans tried to pass a melange of 11 bills from the previous body that was meant to weaken regulation of banks and the financial industry.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE

Time for the GOP to Pitch In

With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: improving the nation’s sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE

Republicans Sue Over Affordable Care Act

House Republicans have sued the Obama administration over some of the president’s actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of executive authority.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE

John Oliver on the ‘Elections That Actually Matter on Tuesday’

While most of the media are focusing on the midterm elections for the U.S. Senate, the “Last Week Tonight” host argues that we should be focusing on state legislatures at the polls.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Navi Pillay

The U.N. human rights commissioner’s response to an effort by U.S. lawmakers to smear an investigation of potential Israeli war crimes affirms her role as a major “voice of the victim everywhere.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE

Gridlock on Capitol Hill Over Immigration Plan Surprises Precisely No One

So there’s this plan circulating in Congress, hatched by Senate Democrats, that would call for some $2.7 billion to attempt to deal with one pressing aspect of the immigration quandary: what to do about the growing ranks of migrant children crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Think it’ll fly?

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE

Eric Cantor to Leave House Majority Leader Post in Late July

Newly defeated Rep. Eric Cantor will hang up his hat as House majority leader July 31, a GOP source in Congress confirmed Wednesday.

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First Federal Media Shield Legislation Passes House of Representatives

Late in May, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to an appropriations bill that would bar the Justice Department from compelling reporters to reveal the identities of and other information about their confidential sources. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Alan Grayson (pictured).

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE

USA Freedom Act Passes House With Protests and Sighs

Many legislators and campaigners are unsatisfied with the “watered-down” version of the anti-surveillance bill that passed the House of Representatives on Thursday.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE

113th Congress

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U.S. Justice Department Probes High-Speed Trading

File this under “In Case You Missed It” (or “ICYMI,” for Twitter-savvy types): The U.S. Justice Department has launched a probe of high-speed trading to see whether it involves illegal insider trading, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Alan Grayson (Video)

If the Democratic Party has an honorable future in America, it lies with firebrands of populism like Alan Grayson.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE

Conservatives Move to Limit Presidential Parks Authority

The House is considering a Republican-sponsored bill that would limit the president’s authority to create new national parks without permission from Congress.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE

Congress for Sale

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE

House Passes Bill Barring Federal Funds for Abortion

The House of Representatives voted last week to withhold federal financial assistance from Americans signing up for health insurance plans that cover abortion.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE

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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

Broken Congress

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE

113th Congress

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 READ MORE

A Red and Blue Christmas

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE

Worst Congress

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE

Mistletoe Smooch

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE

Unproductive Congress

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE

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House Passes Spending Plan That Defunds Obamacare

The House approved a Republican-proposed short-term spending plan Friday that would continue funding the government through mid-December but withhold money for President Obama’s health care law.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE

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The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

John F. Kennedy once remarked that defeat is an orphan. Here was a war bereft of parents even before it had begun.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE

Shifty Congress

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE

Congressional Recess

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE

Term Limits

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE

Wingnuts Rule

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Justin Amash

For rattling the first of what hopefully becomes a whole chorus of official sabers against the National Security Agency’s indiscriminate domestic wiretapping activities, we honor a Republican lawmaker from Michigan.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 READ MORE


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Playing Chicken

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 READ MORE

Red Meat

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 READ MORE

Immigration Reform

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE

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Boehner’s House Implodes

The roof fell in on John Boehner’s House of Representatives last week. The Republican leadership’s humiliating defeat on a deeply flawed and inhumane farm bill was as clear a lesson as we’ll get about the real causes of dysfunction in the nation’s capital.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE

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Grayson Passes Corporate Accountability Amendments

In early June, Florida Congressman Alan Grayson tacked a “corporate death penalty” provision onto two House-approved federal spending bills that would withhold government funds from contractors who break the law.

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE

Darrell Issa’s Gut

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE

Michele Bachmann’s Announcement

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE

The Gang of Hate

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 READ MORE

Congressional Air

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE

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