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Glenn Greenwald Slams Washington Post for Promoting Punishment of Its Source, Edward Snowden

The newspaper received a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on National Security Agency programs leaked by Edward Snowden. Now its editorial board wants him locked him away.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE


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Why Hillary Clinton Republicans Matter

The Democratic nominee is making an appeal to GOP members opposed to Donald Trump. Her unspoken message: The stakes for the party’s dissenters are too high for halfway measures and bet hedging.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE



House Democrats and Republicans Continue to Square Off Over Gun Control Legislation

Despite growing national attention on gun violence, Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives cannot seem to find common ground on gun control measures.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders Essentially Confirms That He Will Endorse Hillary Clinton

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Democratic presidential candidate Sanders explains his collaboration with the Clinton campaign and addresses the reports that he was booed by House Democrats.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Grass-Roots Group Launches Plan to Take Back the House of Representatives

San Francisco Bay Area activists want to raise funds to put Democrats in 37 contestable—and winnable—congressional districts nationwide.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



Reimagine and Rebuild Our Broken Democracy—in Time for the Nation’s 250th Anniversary

The heavy chains of “present political possibility” should be cast off. In just 10 years, it will be the 250th birthday of the United States, and it is time to create a new political system.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. John Lewis, Hero of the Capitol Sit-In for Gun Control

The civil rights leader inspired an unprecedented protest with fellow Democrats against legislative indifference to America’s long and tragic epidemic of gun violence.

Posted on Jun 25, 2016 READ MORE



A House Divided on Gun Control Cannot Vacation

“Give us a vote. Let us vote. We came here to do our jobs. We came here to work. The American people are demanding action.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE



C-SPAN Defies Paul Ryan’s Sit-In Blackout With Streaming App

The House speaker’s move to shut the public out of the Democratic gun control protest backfired when the public interest cable channel began broadcasting live footage from the House chamber. Meanwhile, social media are adding fuel to the fire.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



#NoBillNoBreak: Democrats Occupy the House to Demand Gun Reform

Their sit-in comes just days after the Senate rejected four gun control measures.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Report Finds Top NFL Officials Tried to Influence Government Funding on Football Brain Injury Study

The report, conducted by congressional investigators, reveals how the National Football League put pressure on the National Institutes of Health to take funds from an independent researcher and give it to the NFL’s committee on brain injuries. 

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



Money Couldn’t Buy Love for Maryland Congressional Candidate David Trone

Despite spending a record-breaking $12 million of his own money to win a House seat, Trone lost Tuesday’s primary race.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



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United States Recognizes Islamic State Atrocities as Genocide

Following a unanimous vote in the House, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a statement in which he officially used the term “genocide” to describe Islamic State crimes against religious minorities. But how will this affect foreign policy?

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



New York Times Shows Shameless Bias Toward Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders got a little love from The New York Times, but the praise was fleeting. A positive Times article on Monday was toned down Tuesday and may have affected primary race voting in five states.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary’s Corporate Democrats Taking Down Bernie Sanders

Anybody who challenges the positions of the corporatist, militaristic, Wall Street-funded Democrats, led by Hillary Clinton, in the House and Senate - is by their twisted definition, a “spoiler.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 READ MORE



47 Democrats Join With House GOP to Refuse Suffering Refugees

“Not much is bipartisan these days, but apparently bigotry is something both sides of the aisle can come together on.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



The Dog Ate My Vote: How Members of Congress Explain Their Absences

It’s customary for members of the House of Representatives to file an explanation when they miss a vote. These personal explanations are a glimpse into the pace and trade-offs inherent in modern government.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



As the Missions Creep in Iraq and Syria, Lawmakers Ask: Will We Ever Vote on War?

A bipartisan group of 35 House members issued an open letter calling for a congressional vote on war authorization “as quickly as possible.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



Paul Ryan Is In as House Speaker

It’s official: We’re now in the Paul Ryan era. The Wisconsin congressman was confirmed as the 54th House speaker on Thursday, succeeding the retiring John Boehner.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Challenge of Being Paul Ryan

The Wisconsin representative has always wanted to be several things at the same time, and they have not been easy to keep in balance. And as the newly GOP-nominated speaker of the House, being Paul Ryan has just gotten even harder.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



President Obama Scores With Budget Deal Draft Despite Congressional Pushback

President Obama may soon be rounding the final bend of his presidency, but he apparently hasn’t lost his ability to push contested legislation through the congressional gantlet.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



Paul Ryan Is Doomed, Too

The Wisconsin Republican, who achieved national prominence as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, seems more likely than ever to become the next speaker of the House. A devout man of faith, he will need your prayers.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



Paul Ryan Does an About-Face, Says He’d Serve as House Speaker

The saga in the House continues: On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, who for weeks had been maintaining that he didn’t want to replace outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, told Republican colleagues that he would run for the position on one important condition.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 15, 2015 ENLARGE



VIDEO: House Speaker Reality Check: Ann Coulter Gets It Wrong, Paul Ryan Still Won’t Run

It’s been nearly a week since Rep. Kevin McCarthy bowed out of the running for outgoing House Speaker John Boehner’s spot, and the field is still wide open. Also, Ann Coulter didn’t quite get the whole constitutional aspect of this story, so we consulted a bona fide legal expert about the House rules to set the record straight.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



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


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Posted on Oct 9, 2015 ENLARGE



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 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 5, 2014 ENLARGE



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


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Posted on Apr 9, 2014 ENLARGE



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 ENLARGE



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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