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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.

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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.

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Ahead of Obama's anticipated announcement of new NSA regulations, the Truthdig columnist and the NSA whistle-blower discuss with The Real News Network's Paul Jay what the president should tell the American people about the unprecedented domestic spying program he presides over.

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Over a pair of steaming coffee cups, I was told that a secret faction has developed within New York City’s Occupy movement, made up of big-name celebrities and would-be leaders, some of whom look determined to steer the movement in a direction of their choosing.Over a pair of steaming coffee cups, I was told that big-name celebrities and would-be leaders look determined to steer the movement in a direction of their choosing.

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The mercenary firm formerly known as Blackwater has argued in court that the company’s private contractors who killed 17 Iraqis in Baghdad in 2007 should not be held accountable. Why? It’s Washington’s fault, they claim, as Blackwater fighters were acting as employees of the U.S. government at the time.

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President Barack Obama has demanded an investigation into the deaths of 29 miners after an explosion in a West Virginia coal mine brought new and widespread attention to hazards in the mining industry.

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After the screw-up comes the inevitable demand for a head to roll. Call it faux-countability, the phenomenon by which someone takes the fall for a mess for which he or she is at most only partly responsible.

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"I'm frustrated with myself, with our team," the president said Tuesday as he worked the cameras to try to limit the fallout from his appointee implosion.

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