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The Price John Boehner Pays

Republicans are talking a good deal about the threat to their brand posed by Donald Trump’s unplugged, unrestrained appeal to the party’s untamed side. There’s a bigger danger looming.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Advances Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Bill

President Obama’s fast-track trade bill overcame an important hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, making it a safe bet that the bill will be signed into law.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Passes USA Freedom Act, Restricting NSA Surveillance Powers

Passage of the act will end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Undercutting the Patriot Act Is a Major Win for Rand Paul and Edward Snowden

The senator was a legislative force against the invasive law, but most of the credit goes to the now-exiled whistleblower who revealed the government’s massive and secret abuse of our privacy rights.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Debates Patriot Act and NSA Reform

UPDATE: A heated Sunday Senate session has failed to produce an eleventh-hour extension of the controversial Patriot Act. The Senate will vote on a revised version of the Freedom Act, a bill aimed at ending the controversial bulk collection of telephone metadata, on Tuesday.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Mitch McConnell and Snuggly the Security Bear Beg to Spy

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Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



Here’s How to Help Deep-Six Section 215 of the Patriot Act

It’s not just Republican Sen. Rand Paul who doesn’t want Congress to allow the Patriot Act’s Section 215—which has enabled the U.S. government to spy on residents on an unprecedented scale in recent years—to be renewed before its scheduled expiration on June 1.

Posted on May 27, 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



A Rare Moment of Grace in American Politics

There are few moments of grace in our politics these days, especially where conflicts over religion are concerned. Last week, I witnessed one.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE



Harry Reid vs. the Smooth Deal

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. But there are upsides to his approach, including his candor and his capacity as a listener who understands his colleagues and their needs.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE


March Madness

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GOP Letter

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Obama’s Back

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Iran Love Letter

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Surprise! GOP Finds a Way to Work Anti-Abortion Language Into Human Trafficking Bill

Senate Republicans have clearly decided of late to slip unrelated language into drafts of proposed bills moving through the legislative process.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE


Open Letter to Iran

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Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE


Senate Letter to Iran

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Canned Congress

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The GOP’s Freudian Moment

After he won reelection last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



Ashton Carter Succeeds Chuck Hagel as U.S. Defense Secretary

Just shy of three months since Chuck Hagel was obliged to vacate the position, the Obama administration has a new secretary of defense—and Ashton Carter has his work cut out for him.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



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Juvenile Republicans Turn on One Another

If the party’s aim is to show Americans it is ready to govern, we are witnessing an epic fail.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Golden Opportunity for GOP Deal-Making

To understand why the centerpiece initiative of President Obama’s budget makes so much sense, imagine that U.S. corporations decided to bring home—in cash—the estimated $2 trillion in profits they are stashing overseas to avoid paying taxes.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Matt Miller & Mitt Romney Say Goodbye

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists note Mitt Romney’s announcement that he will not run again for the Republican presidential ticket. Also, the Senate approves the Keystone pipeline, Syriza’s victory means a “Grexit” from the euro is possible, and Matt Miller leaves “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE



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Obama: Damn the Torpedoes

“This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE


Red Congress

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Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 7, 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


Open Mind on Guns

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The American Public Gets Distracted From Torture

News this holiday season of the hacking of Sony studios and new U.S. relations with Cuba “flushed” the bad news of the Senate’s torture report from the public mind, Robert Hennelly writes at Salon.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



The Senate Drone Report of 2019

Three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars was finally released. Committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) took to the Senate floor, and said…

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



‘Human Experimentation Was a Core Feature of the CIA Torture Program’

If journalists and officials began talking about the tests that CIA psychologists conducted on suspected terrorists at U.S. black sites, would Americans demand the prosecution of those responsible?

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE


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 READ MORE



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Is This Alito’s Court Now?

Samuel Alito has grown from a junior crony to a prime driver of the court’s increasingly ideological agenda.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: CIA Torture Report, Congressional Spending Bill

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on torture. Scheer says it calls into question whether there are “inalienable rights that human beings have by virtue of being human.” Also, Congress struggles with the year-end omnibus spending bill.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



CIA Crimes Without Punishment

With the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the use of torture by the CIA after 9/11, the final defense of the indefensible by its perpetrators, advocates and publicists is falling apart before our eyes.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction

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

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE



Keystone, Climate Change and the Cold

It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



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When a Bank Owns 100 Oil Tankers, It Can Mess With the Price of Gas

A two-year Senate investigation of the financial sector has found that banks can meddle with the economy in new and frightening ways.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Don’t Blame Obama When Boehner Won’t Do His Job

The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Governs for the Nonvoting Majority

Obama’s Republican critics say that his forceful approach on immigration, climate change and net neutrality show he isn’t paying attention to what the voters said in the midterm elections. They’re right.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Keystone Pipeline Passes House, One Vote to Go in Senate

The Obama administration has been considering whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline for six years, a delay tactic that has Congress—the current, pre-GOP-wave, lame duck Congress—very close to going over his head.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Obamacare vs. Scaliacare

It’s one thing for Congress, elected by the people, to undermine the Affordable Care Act. It’s quite another for the hyper-activist conservative justices on our Supreme Court to do it.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



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What to Do About American Plutocracy

All is not lost. Change has happened in the past, against severe resistance, three times since the Civil War.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



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No One Is Paying Attention to the Real Battle for Power

One of the most important—and generally overlooked—results of last week’s midterm election was Republican success in increasing control of state legislatures.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE



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You Can’t Govern on Fantasies

When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE


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