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The Two GOP Establishments

The language commonly used to describe the battle going on inside the Republican Party is wrong and misleading. The fights this spring are not between “the grass roots” and “the establishment,” but between two establishment factions spending vast sums to gain the upper hand.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Impeach Clarence Thomas?

While the Constitution allows even Supreme Court justices to be impeached, it has happened only once in our nation’s history.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Kansas Debates How Much Time Its Senators Actually Have to Spend There

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Republican Sen. Pat Roberts on Monday was allowed to keep his job despite a challenge brought by tea party activists claiming he spends so much time out of Kansas, he wouldn’t even qualify for in-state tuition if he went back to school.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



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The Democrats’ Strategic Ambiguity

Bragging about what they’ve achieved is what incumbent politicians do. But as Democrats struggle to hang on to the Senate this year (and try against the odds to take over the House), they are not in the usual boasting mood.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



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The Consequential Obama

In both the domestic and foreign spheres, Obama has had transformational impact. And there is more to come.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



Solitary Confinement Is Not the Answer

There has been much attention, and rightly so, on the CIA’s extensive use of torture, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is said to have documented in its still-classified 6,000-page report. The use of torture is not limited to the CIA, however.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



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All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power

In this excerpt from her best-selling new book, Nomi Prins writes about the period during the administration of Lyndon Johnson when bankers began to move away from the president as they saw their global ambitions hemmed in by the Vietnam War.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on May 6, 2014 ENLARGE



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Time for Some Happy Talk

Despite Republican claims to the contrary, things are definitely looking up. Democrats ought to be clicking their heels and spreading the good news.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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More Aggressive NSA Reform Bill Moves Forward in the House

After a half-year in stasis, the USA Freedom Act—the most aggressive of various NSA reform measures—is headed for markup by the House Judiciary Committee.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Will the Senate Be Able to Reverse the Supreme Court’s Disastrous McCutcheon Decision?

The Senate could soon consider a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and states the ability to limit money in politics, possibly reversing the effect of recent Supreme Court rulings. But the amendment doesn’t appear to have the votes to pass.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



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It’s Going to Be Close, but Republicans Have a Good Shot at Taking the Senate

Running the same simulation 250,000 times, the New York Times’ Upshot blog gives Republicans a 53 percent chance of taking back the Senate.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Republicans Can Get Away With Killing Minimum Wage Increase

On Wednesday the Senate failed to pass an increase in the minimum wage, even though two-thirds of Americans want it. How can this be?

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE


Gun Rights Nation









Posted on Apr 30, 2014 ENLARGE


Elizabeth Warren on Being a Woman in Politics and How Government Turned Into a ‘Rigged Game’

The Massachusetts senator went on “The Daily Show” on Tuesday night to talk about “A Fighting Chance,” her new book, but ended up explaining all the things that are terribly wrong with our country these days.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Apr 24, 2014 ENLARGE



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The Key to 2014

The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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LBJ’s Way

The Johnson comeback brings with it a new appreciation of the durability of the reforms enacted on his watch.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE


Share the Torture Report

Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Once Again, Republicans Make Obama Look Good

We Obama apologists had grown desperate. Then along came Paul Ryan.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 6, 2014 ENLARGE



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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is deeply troubling. But not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom—and anyway, not a matter of grave concern.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE



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How Sheldon Adelson and the American Oligarchs Are Ruining Democracy

Ironically, at the same time as I was holding town meetings in Vermont, a handful of prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Scott Walker) trekked to Las Vegas to audition for the support of Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino tycoon who spent at least $93 million underwriting conservative candidates in the last election cycle.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Cares About the Value of Work?

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., favors a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour, but she also has other ideas that would help Americans at the bottom of the income structure to earn more.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



Congress Locked in Ukraine Aid Standoff

The Senate and House appear headed for a standoff over competing bills to authorize sanctions on Russia and provide aid to Ukraine, potentially prolonging Congress’ inaction over the two weeks since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in the Crimean peninsula.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE


NSA Spies on CIA Spying on Senate Intelligence Committee









Posted on Mar 24, 2014 ENLARGE


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Posted on Mar 20, 2014 ENLARGE



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A Midterm Imperative

Here is what Democrats should learn from their party’s loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won’t work.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



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No Hope Politics

Listlessness is bad politics. Defensiveness is poor strategy. And resignation is never inspiring.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE


CIA Spying









Posted on Mar 16, 2014 ENLARGE



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The CIA Is Out of Line

We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



CIA Spies and Tortured Lies

This week’s public spat between CIA-loyalist Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the CIA might briefly upset the status quo, but they will make up.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth

It was a truly historic moment Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA’s continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our constitutional division of power.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 2, 2014 ENLARGE


Seth Rogen Urges the Senate to Support Alzheimer’s Research

Before a congressional committee earlier this week, the American comic actor delivered a personal, impassioned account of his family’s struggle with his mother-in-law’s Alzheimer’s disease.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Swiss Bank Blames Employees for Tax Evasion Scheme

A U.S. Senate subcommittee found that Credit Suisse helped American clients conceal as much as $12 billion from the IRS, but the bank’s CEO, Brady Dougan, said the blame lies with a few employees acting on their own.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 23, 2014 ENLARGE


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Posted on Feb 20, 2014 ENLARGE



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Democrats ‘Can’t Keep Up’ With GOP Campaign Spending

In the battle for control of Congress, top Democrats are conceding that they may not have the cash to compete with Republicans.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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The Victims of Ted Cruz’s Naked Ambition

With a few obvious votes, Congress could improve the lives of millions of people—the unemployed, the undocumented, the uninsured. But instead of being helped, those in need are punished for reasons that are nakedly political.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 17, 2014 ENLARGE



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The Imminent Return of the ‘Clinton Scandals’

Hillary Clinton may well run for president in 2016. Or she may not. But while the nation awaits her decision, both jittery Republican politicians and titillated political journalists—often in concert—will seize upon any excuse to recycle those old “Clinton scandals.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Recess Is Over: What the Supreme Court Has in Store for Us Now

If you’ve been wondering what has happened to the Supreme Court and all those transformative decisions it was supposed to issue during its 2013-14 term, you’re not alone.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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John Boehner’s Sunshine Band

From now on, it’s the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah House.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE



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The Out-of-Step GOP

The Republican Party was supposed to be getting its act together for the midterm election. Instead, judging from the disarray on immigration reform, things may be getting even messier.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE


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