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Another Mass Shooting

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Obama Job Approval Keeps Sinking

Maybe it’s the NSA spying, the fact that the economic recovery has mostly benefited the richest Americans or the threat to bomb Syria. Regardless, a growing majority of the country disapproves of the president’s job performance.

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Mental Health Care

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Congressional Crime Scene

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Red Line

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Second Amendment

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Mass Shootings

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High Five

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Shooting

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NRA Targets

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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.

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Obama and Putin: Time for Diplomacy on Syria

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” So said Pope Francis, addressing the crowd on Sunday in the Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square.

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Senate Committee Votes to Authorize Military Strikes on Syria

On a 10-7 vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a measure Wednesday that would grant the president up to 90 days to wage war on Syria without the use of ground troops.

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Guns and Dollars

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The Armageddon Caucus

Congress is supposed to be the venue in which we Americans work our way past divisions that are inevitable in a large and diverse democracy. Yet for some time, Republican congressional leaders have given the most right-wing members of the House and Senate a veto power that impedes compromise, and thus governing itself.

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Notches

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Back to School Supplies

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Held Up

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Cruz Missile

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Congress Goes on Summer Recess

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Restore Honor and Pardon Edward Snowden

Without the leaks, there would be no reforms. The politicians who kept us in the dark are the ones who should have to answer to the public.

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Departures

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To Repair the Damage Done in NSA Blowup, Start With Clapper

With the conviction of Bradley Manning and asylum granted to Edward Snowden in Russia, it may be time to turn attention away from the controversy over their actions and toward the government—specifically, the intelligence community.

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Shifty Congress

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The Surveillance Reforms Obama Supported Before He Was President

When the House recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama supported substantial changes to NSA surveillance programs. Here are some of the proposals he co-sponsored as a senator.

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Congressional Recess

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The Party of (Nutty) Ideas

It’s not your imagination. The Republican Party really does seem to have taken leave of its senses.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE


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Weiner’s Campaign Sinks, Limbaugh and Hannity Reportedly Dropped, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney denies his infamous “47 percent” remark and Eliot Spitzer weighs in on Anthony Weiner’s latest round of illicit messages.

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Term Limits

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California Crime Uptick

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Wingnuts Rule

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Six Ways Congress May Reform NSA Snooping

Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Warren Balks at Student Loan Deal That Would Give ‘Outrageous Profits’ to Government

“We should not go along with any plan that demands that our students continue to produce huge profits for our government,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, wrote in an email to supporters Tuesday. “Making billions and billions in profits off the backs of students is obscene.”

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Shooting With Cheney

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The Exorcist

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Filibuster Fanboy

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Thawing the Senate’s ‘Deep Freeze’

For all the railing against dysfunction in the nation’s capital, very little had actually happened to overcome it—until this week. That’s why the agreement to begin putting an end to Senate filibusters of presidential nominees is a very big deal. It is an acknowledgement that the only way to stop political bullying is to confront the bully.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



Elizabeth Warren’s Senate Win, Liz Cheney to Run for Office, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Attorney General Eric Holder condemns “Stand Your Ground” laws and Jeremy Scahill stops by “The Colbert Report” to discuss President Obama’s drone strike policy.

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The Return of Lawrence Summers, Mr. Spectacular Failure

The guy who tops the list of those responsible for sabotaging the world’s economy is lobbying to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

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Obama Not Involved in DOJ Zimmerman Probe, U.S. Propaganda Ban Repealed, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Harry Reid issues an ultimatum to Senate Republicans and Eliot Spitzer’s political comeback tour makes a stop on “The Tonight Show.”

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Party of No

Watching Republicans convince themselves that killing immigration reform actually helps the GOP is excruciating, and I wish somebody would make it stop.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Where Are the Voices of GOP Senators Who Still Care About Democratic Institutions?

Before January 2009, the filibuster was used only for measures and nominations on which the minority party in the Senate had their strongest objections. Since then, Senate Republicans have filibustered almost everything, betting that voters will blame Democrats for the dysfunction in Congress as much as they blame the GOP.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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We Can Handle the Truth

I don’t believe government officials when they say the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs do not invade our privacy. The record suggests that you shouldn’t believe them, either.

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The Most Secretive Court in America May Also Be the Most Conservative

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is a unique judicial body, not only in terms of its procedures but in terms of the political leanings of its judges, who comprise a panel so uniformly Republican that the five-justice right-wing majority on the current Supreme Court appears positively liberal in comparison.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE


Immigration

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Office of the Speaker of the House/Bryant Avondoglio

How Boehner Gets a Win-Win

House Speaker John Boehner, pictured, has already ruled out the simplest course of action, which would produce the best outcome for the nation and also boost the prospects of the Republican Party: Bring the Senate bill up for a vote.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Monumental Movement on Gay Marriage, Voting Rights and Immigration

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex couples and against minority voters, the Senate’s immigration overhaul bill, President Obama’s stated goals on climate change, and Texas Sen. Wendy David and former South African President Nelson Mandela—two politicians who stand for something.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE


Immigration Bill Would Create Radically Militarized Border

There’s a worm in the long-awaited immigration reform bill approved by the Senate on Thursday. The number of border agents will double to 40,000, drone use will expand and 700 miles of border fencing will go up. Representatives of two immigrant advocacy groups weigh in.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Outlines Climate Change Plan, Weiner Leads Comeback Race, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including PolitiFact considers possible outcomes for Wednesday’s Supreme Court same-sex marriage decisions and “The Daily Show’s” John Oliver takes aim at the media and the government over whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE


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