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It’s Time to Stop Looking to the Generals for Advice on National Security Policy

A new report by Army Gen. Joseph Votel (pictured with President Trump) is emblematic of how national security policy has become divorced from reality. 

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE


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Al Franken Slams Jeff Sessions’ ‘Insulting’ Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee

By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet

“I think he owes it to this committee to come back and to explain himself,” the Minnesota senator (pictured) said of the attorney general.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Progressives Must Challenge Extreme Gerrymandering by the GOP

Redistricting schemes have given Republicans an artificial grip on power. Here’s how we can get our country back.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE



Can Democrats Be as Stubborn as Mitch McConnell?

If Chuck Schumer of New York and his fellow Senate Democrats choose to obstruct President Trump’s agenda, they will have learned from the best.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren Slams Republicans for Trying to ‘Ram’ Betsy DeVos Down America’s Throat (Video)

By Natasha Hakimi

The Massachusetts senator took the floor ahead of a 24-hour, Democrat-led protest to enumerate the reasons the president’s pick for secretary of education is unfit for the position.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Senate Democrats Delay Sessions’ Confirmation Amid Concerns Rule of Trump Will Trump Rule of Law

Legislators worry that as attorney general, Sessions will act as a rubber stamp for the president and his policies.

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‘Foreclosure King’ Steven Mnuchin Is Put on Defensive at Senate Hearing

“Mnuchin didn’t mention the name of a single victim in his remarks,” journalist David Dayen reports. “He gave dubious statistics that fall apart upon scrutiny.”

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE



With Late Night Vote, GOP Takes Aim at Key Health Care Gains

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, called the Republican senators’ action “shocking, reckless and immoral.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE



Jeff Sessions’ Senate Confirmation Hearing, Day One: Democrats Fail to Ask Tough Questions

Sen. Sessions, Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, wrapped up his first day of Senate questioning Tuesday.

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 READ MORE



Democrats Gear Up for Fight Against Future GOP Health Care Proposals

Republican lawmakers took the first step in unraveling the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, prompting President Obama to urge fellow Democrats to fight any “Trumpcare” replacement.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE



The Disempowered Majority

For the next two—and probably four—years, Americans will be governed by Republican politicians largely elected by a minority of voters. These circumstances call for compromise, but that is unlikely to happen.

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Will Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Make America White Again?

He and his supporters may have whitewashed his record, but the Alabama senator’s past statements and actions can be described in a single word: racist.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren: Democracy Demands That We Work Together on America’s Agenda

The Massachusetts senator is ready to help President-elect Trump rebuild the U.S. economy. But if Republicans attempt to remove Wall Street regulations or gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she will fight them.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Mitch McConnell: ‘We’ve Been Given a Temporary Lease on Power’ (Video)

In a news conference Wednesday, the Senate majority leader addressed the future of the Senate’s relationship with Donald Trump and discussed high-priority items on the congressional agenda.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How Much Damage Did James Comey Do?

The FBI director’s actions likely will not be enough to elect Donald Trump as president. But it may have hurt Democrats’ chances of taking control of the Senate.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE



How We Reinvent Democracy in America

We, the people, have more power than we think. To exercise our power, we must insist that our elected representatives serve us. If they don’t, we need to vote them out as quickly as possible.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 READ MORE



Battles for Senate Lead to ‘Precipitous Rise’ in Cloaked Money Spending

Top 10 Senate races see record spending from outside groups, which are free to accept unlimited donations and sometimes are able to conceal their funders from the public.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 READ MORE



The Incalculable Damage of Doing Whatever It Takes to Win

By stretching the boundaries of what’s acceptable, Donald Trump, John McCain and others like them have undermined prevailing norms and weakened the tacit rules of the game—trapping us in a vicious cycle of public distrust.

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Democrats Have a Chance to Take Back the Senate—Here’s Why Progressives Should Care (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

There are at least 12 races in play. Win five, and Democrats are in control regardless of the outcome of the presidential election. This would be great news for progressives for a number of reasons.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Ascendance of Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan Will Mark a Win for Big Business and Wall Street

The Democratic candidate won’t be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely).

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE


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States Wring Major Settlement From Retailer That Sued Soldiers

A coalition of attorneys general representing 49 states and the District of Columbia announced a deal with USA Discounters that requires it to pay $40 million in penalties and wipe out more than $95 million in debt for past customers, many of them service members.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 READ MORE



What Will Happen to Donald Trump’s Voters if He Loses the Presidential Election?

I think Trump will lose the November election, but I doubt he’ll be “history,” as a friend told me recently.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



Trickle-Down Election Economics: How Big Money Can Affect Small Races

Most of our attention is on the incendiary presidential race, which has overshadowed the importance of so-called “down-ballot” races for seats in Congress and state legislatures. But it’s likely that massive amounts of outside money, some of it untraceable to its source, will be brought to bear on the outcomes. (Pictured, Zephyr Teachout, who is facing a well-funded rival in a House race.)

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Why Hillary Clinton Will Need Bernie Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ to Get Anything Done

It looks increasingly likely that the Democratic nominee, a self-described “progressive who likes to get things done,” will have her chance starting next January. But how much that is progressive will she actually be able to accomplish?

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE


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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



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



The Senate’s Popular Sentencing Reform Bill Would Sort Prisoners by ‘Risk Score’

Federal prisoners would be scored according to their risk of recidivating. Those who got high scores would be ineligible for sentence reduction.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Senate Fails to Pass Four New Gun Safety Bills, Even After the Mass Killing in Orlando

It was business as usual on gun legislation in Washington on Monday. But some lawmakers remain hopeful that a compromise can be reached to provide common-sense gun laws in America.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE


Samantha Bee Discovers the Magical Bipartisan Bill We’ve All Been Waiting For (Video)

Turns out Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul and even Ted Cruz can all agree on one thing.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The U.S. Senator Who Thinks We Need More Incarceration

Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, argues that the U.S. isn’t putting enough people behind bars. He ignores the fact that when ex-felons are allowed to reintegrate into society as productive, tax-paying citizens with voting rights, they are far less likely to reoffend.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



Undeterred by Veto Threat, Senate Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Survivors to Sue Saudi Arabia

“Look, if the Saudis did not participate in this terrorism, they have nothing to fear about going to court,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders Is Longtime Foe of Tax Havens in Panama—He Denounced Trade Deal in 2011 (Video)

Long before the Panama Papers made headlines, the Democratic presidential candidate opposed tax-haven abuse in Panama.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Tell Your Senators to Do Their Job

In refusing to vote or even hold a hearing on the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court, GOP senators are abdicating their constitutional responsibility.

Posted on Mar 17, 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



Elizabeth Warren Joins Groups Demanding GOP Leaders Reverse Supreme Court Blockade

“To refuse to act on a nomination of this magnitude is a failure to govern. We urge these senators to take a step back and consider what legacy of governance they want to leave for our country.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Why Should You and I Have to Keep Paying Mitch McConnell’s Salary?

In a blatantly partisan ploy to prevent President Obama from nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate majority leader has cited a historical precedent dictating that presidents in the last year of their term not name new justices to the high court.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



GOP Senators Flatly Refuse to Meet With Any of Obama’s Supreme Court Candidates

Leaving no room for ambiguity or civility, Senate Republicans on Tuesday issued a decree that they would not even entertain the idea of giving face time to any Supreme Court nominees President Obama might present during his remaining time in office.

Posted on Feb 23, 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



Citizens United Anniversary: How Anthony Kennedy Turned American Democracy Into an ‘Open Sewer’

The Supreme Court justice masterminded the 2010 decision to undo a century of public-interest regulation of campaign expenditures in the name of “free speech.” He had every reason to know how damaging that decision would prove to be.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



New York Values: What Tiny Ted Cruz Will Never Get About the Big Town

Demagogues denigrating New York come and go with boring predictability—and the nation’s greatest city will continue to thrive long after the Texas senator is merely an unpleasant memory.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



Republican-Dominated Senate Passes Assault on Obamacare and Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would cripple Barack Obama’s signature health care law and Planned Parenthood.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Cedes More Power to National Security Agency With New Spying Bill

Under the guise of “cybersecurity,” the Senate passed a spying bill that “carves a giant hole in all our privacy laws and allows tech and telecom companies to hand over all sorts of private information to intelligence agencies without any court process whatsoever,” writes Trevor Timm at The Guardian.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Ahead of Senate Vote, Edward Snowden Speaks Out to Stop CISA Surveillance Bill

Joining privacy rights groups in opposition to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), Snowden says it is “not going to make us any safer.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



American Red Cross Sunshine Act Would Open Charity to Outside Scrutiny

A House bill is being released Thursday, along with a government report citing a lack of oversight about how the charity spends the millions of dollars donated by Americans.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren’s Furious Response to Republicans Who Are Trying to Roll Back Women’s Rights

“Did you fall down, hit your head and think you woke up in the 1950s?” began the Massachusetts senator’s angry address to her Republican colleagues on the Senate floor Monday.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Democrats Block Attempt to Cut Planned Parenthood’s Funding as Group Faces One of Its Biggest Crises

Planned Parenthood and its allies are defending its practices, including the group’s fetal tissue program, after undercover videos about the tissue transfers gave conservatives a handy excuse to try and “purge” the nonprofit organization’s federal funding.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE


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