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Nine legislators, their staff and 200 activists packed the hearing room of the US House Judiciary Committee to standing room only recently to demand an end to mass voter suppression and the manipulation of U elections.

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The U.S. Congress -- one of the branches intended by America’s founders to balance the president’s power -- is showing just as much and in some cases more interest in preserving a growing culture of secrecy as its executive counterpart, says Steven Aftergood, secrecy researcher at the Federation of American Scientists.

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Good news for democracy: Lawmakers at all levels of government met with activists on Capitol Hill this week to sign a "Declaration for Democracy" in support of the effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

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