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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.

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NSA Spies on CIA Spying on Senate Intelligence Committee

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Bestest Friends

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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

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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.

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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


Congress for Sale

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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 READ MORE



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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


Stand Your Ground

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Guns

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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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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


Bullet Brained Idiots

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A $9 Trillion War? Top 10 Reasons Americans Will Regret It If GOP Derails Iran Negotiations

40 Republican senators are making a last-minute push to bring further Iran sanctions up for a vote despite the opposition of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE



Effort to Restore Jobless Support Fails in Senate

Congress blocked the reinstatement of benefits for nearly 2 million out-of-work Americans on Thursday when an effort to maintain a federal program to help unemployed workers failed by one vote in the Senate.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Knows He Can Hurt Senators Seeking Re-Election

President Obama’s feelings won’t be hurt if Democrats running for re-election ask him to keep clear of their races, says an anonymous senator speaking to The Washington Post.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Broken Democracy: Republicans Poised to Take Senate, Americans Reject Their Platform

A lot of political analysts think it is entirely possible that the Republicans will take the Senate in November.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Is the GOP Giving Up Tea?

Republicans are so confident they can ride anti-Obamacare sentiment to electoral victory that they’re growing ever-more impatient with the tea party’s fanaticism. Immigration reform may be the result.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE


Head Burial

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NRA Maul

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What Is Elizabeth Warren Going to Do in 2014?

Had enough of Sen. Elizabeth Warren? We haven’t either. Here’s a must-watch interview in which she discusses her plans for the new year and talks about how politics are rigged against people trying to make a difference.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



Obama to Get ‘Optimistic,’ but Not Too Ambitious, in State of the Union Speech

Tuesday’s State of the Union address practically writes itself: President Obama will gesture, once again, at the fanciful notion of bipartisan cooperation (while flexing executive muscle) and restate the need to rebuild America’s middle class—all with an eye on the Senate race in 2014 and beyond.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE



Dinesh D’Souza Slapped With Campaign Fraud Charges

Onetime conservative wunderkind-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who brought “2016: Obama’s America” to the big screen in 2012, is now further entrenched in the world of dirty politics.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE


School Shootings

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Iran Breakthrough a Triumph for Pragmatists and a Defeat for the Warmongers

As with all good diplomacy, the Iran accord is a win-win for that country and the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants to Keep Your Child From Overdosing on Medicine

Sen. Charles E. Schumer is calling on federal regulators to require that all liquid children’s medications be equipped with safety devices called flow restrictors, following an investigation by ProPublica and testing by Consumer Reports showing that the devices can help prevent accidental overdoses.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Matt York

No Place to Hide: We’re All Suspects in Barack Obama’s America

His unbridled defense of the surveillance state opened the door to the new McCarthyism of Mike Rogers and Dianne Feinstein.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


Gun Deaths

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Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren to Republicans: ‘Are You Kidding Me? We Have People Out There Who Are Suffering’

The Senate failed to pass a jobless insurance extension Tuesday thanks to Republican obstruction, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren believes the time is still ripe to start fighting back.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE


Another Bridge Scandal

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Elizabeth Warren’s Bill Could Mean Billions for Taxpayers

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to introduce a bill that takes aim at the efficacy and malfeasance of government settlements on corporate wrongdoing and could bring billions of dollars back to taxpayers. If corporations have the same rights as people, then they should have to suffer the same consequences.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Has It Taken the Justice Department 10 Years to Act on Rape in Juvenile Hall?

Last week, the Justice Department convened hearings under the Prison Rape Elimination Act to examine the prevalence of rape and sexual abuse in the nation’s prisons and juvenile detention centers.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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The Tea Party: Remember George Wallace

It is refreshing for me to find myself in agreement with "mainstream" Republicans, beginning with House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan. I think.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Unemployment Extension Passes the Senate, but the House Still Isn’t Wild About Poor People

One chamber of Congress gave unemployed Americans cause for hope Tuesday, while the other, led by Speaker John Boehner, remains in opposition.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE


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