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When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place?

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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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With an eye on the ruthlessly partisan strategies, tactics and proposed policies of the Republican contenders for the White House, former New York Times columnist Frank Rich assigns a poor grade to Obama's efforts to reach across the aisle. (more)

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So this is what he meant when he called himself a "Scott Brown Republican." Brown, the Senate's newest member, who upset Martha Coakley last month to win the late Ted Kennedy's seat, is making an auspicious voting debut by siding with Democrats in support of a jobs bill. That didn't go over well with some conservatives.

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On this week's "Left, Right & Center," usual suspects Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller (Arianna Huffington is in Davos for the World Economic Forum) weigh in about President Barack Obama's State of the Union address and ponder the timely and, to some, troubling question: Is bipartisanship dead?

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