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Reform the Border Patrol Too

Immigration reform now seems certain to pass the Senate within days, in an amended bill that could win as many as 70 votes from both parties. The results will improve life for millions of undocumented workers and their families—but the costs will not be negligible.

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Howard Dean, Andrew Cuomo Join Speculative List of 2016 Candidates

Although at least one super PAC has already formed to oppose Hillary Clinton’s unannounced 2016 presidential campaign, the Democratic Party is not without other talented politicians, some of whom are also considering a run.

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Senate Progresses on Immigration Deal, GOP Official Makes Racist Remarks, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the tea party turns against one of its own and the House’s farm bill goes up in flames.

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Immigration: Time to Choose Sides

The future of immigration reform is, for now at least, not up to House Speaker John Boehner. It is in the hands of a group of moderately conservative Republican senators who have to decide whether their desire to solve a decades-old problem outweighs their fears of retaliation from the party’s right wing.

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A New Balance Toward Liberty

The hardest thing in an argument is to acknowledge competing truths.

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ACLU Sues Obama Administration Over NSA Snooping, John Oliver’s ‘Daily Show’ Debut, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a lawmaker makes history on the U.S. Senate floor and outgoing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann continues to fundraise on her campaign site.

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We Still Need This Debate

The important thing right now isn’t whether Edward Snowden should be labeled hero or villain. First, let’s have the debate he sparked over surveillance and privacy.

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Obama Should Have Given Americans a Choice

President Obama defended the government’s massive surveillance programs Friday, saying they “help us prevent terrorist attacks.”

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Obama Administration Has ‘Lost All Credibility,’ New York Times Admonishes

In a scathing editorial, the Gray Lady says Barack Obama’s presidency, which once promised unprecedented transparency, is instead “proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.”

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The Business of Standing in Line

Paying someone else to secure you a seat at committee hearings is a for-profit concern on Capitol Hill, but some people are worried it has weakened the influence of the public.

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dies

The New Jersey Democrat, who was the last World War II veteran to serve in the Senate, died early Monday morning after complications stemming from a bout with viral pneumonia. He was 89.

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The Gang of Hate

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Immigration Walled In

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A Time for Harry Reid’s Backbone

Don’t be sidetracked Wednesday with the news of Michele Bachmann’s decision not to run again. That’s small potatoes relative to the biggest political and economic issue—and showdown—emerging in Congress.

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Congress Needs to Read a Book

Journalist Robert Kaiser has written a case study of the passage of Dodd-Frank, the legislation that kind of sort of took a shot at maybe re-regulating Wall Street (but not really). He tells Judy Woodruff, “It was upsetting to me as a citizen to realize how few members understood the issues they were dealing with.”

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Sacrifice to the Gun God

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A Step Closer to Immigration Reform

A landmark bipartisan plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration system cleared its first major hurdle Tuesday when the legislation was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Do Nothing Congress

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Every Gun

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Real American Boy: How Our Byzantine Immigration System and Failed Economy May Have Made a Terrorist

It’s likely Tamerlan Tsarnaev was just another angry young man in our brave new America, a burgeoning dystopia where mass murder suddenly seems like a weekly occurrence.

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An Interview With Ron Wyden, the Senate’s Powerful Policy Wonk

Having served in Congress for more than three decades—and in the upper chamber since 1996—Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden has established a reputation as one of the Senate’s more serious and diligent members.

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Elizabeth Warren, a Great Investment

How astonishing to have a public servant who actually cares to inform the public about the inner workings of the system of crony capitalism that has wedded big government with big business.

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My First Rifle

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Shot Down

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Campus Carry

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Fighting Tyranny

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NRA Takes a Turn to the Right

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Blockhead Congress

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Crickett Rifles

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Obama 2nd Term Agenda

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Mr. Gun Nut Head

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Senate Speed Trap

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The Pen Is Mightier

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Sequester Squeeze

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Biden Weighs In on Torture Report, Senators Face Backlash Over Vote, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s hilarious White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech and top U.S. political figures give their take on NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to come out.

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Sequestered Air

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NRA Parrot

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Hostage Situation

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A Policy in Search of a Proponent

Now that the foundations of austerity are crumbling because of an Excel coding error, few may be willing to champion the economic theory; sci-fi may become part of the mandatory reading list for West Virginia students; meanwhile, flamenco has become more than a dance—it’s a new way to protest the banks. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Gun Bill

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Congressional Air

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The Xenophobe Party

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul urged him to reconsider immigration legislation because of the bombings in Boston.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE


Congress’ Best Side

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Resolute, but With an Asterisk

The nation demonstrated again last week how resolute it can be when threatened by murderous terrorists—and how helpless when ordered to heel by smug lobbyists for the gun industry.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE


GOP and Guns

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Senate Votes Against Background Checks

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Senate Gun Fail

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Sandy Hook Legacy

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