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on Dec 10, 2014 - 13:59 PM ET
Senator Mark Udall of Colorado

The debate in Washington over Bush-era torture at the Central Intelligence Agency took a large leap forward Wednesday morning when Senator Mark Udall took the Senate floor and disclosed portions of an internal CIA review, while renewing his demand for a change in the intelligence agency’s leadership and criticizing the Obama administration for not doing enough to ensure torture doesn’t happen again.

The so-called “Panetta Review” has...

on Dec 9, 2014 - 16:37 PM ET
Guantánamo protest

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence finally released its extensive report on torture methods employed by the Central Intelligence Agency following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The full report paints a damning picture of an out-of-control program that was much less effective and far more brutal than previously known.

There are many important corollary...

on Nov 24, 2014 - 12:18 PM ET
Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s surprise resignation—reportedly at the strong urging of the White House—will dominate Beltway news in the coming days. But perhaps the much more significant foreign-policy news came early Saturday morning.

The New York Times...

on Nov 13, 2014 - 13:57 PM ET
Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren will be part of the Democrats’ leadership team in the Senate, the party decided on Thursday morning. At the urging of majority leader Harry Reid, a new position was created for Warren: strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

Several outlets have reported Warren will be a...

on Nov 5, 2014 - 11:25 AM ET
Initiative 594

There weren’t many bright spots for progressives on Tuesday, but if you back stronger gun laws, things went even better than you could have reasonably expected.

The big news was in Washington State, where a ballot initiative implementing tough universal background checks on gun purchases and transfers...

on Nov 4, 2014 - 23:12 PM ET
Mitch McConnell

When Iowa and North Carolina were called almost simultaneously a little before 11:30 Tuesdaynight, the seemingly inevitable became official: Republicans will control the Senate and thus the entire legislative branch.

On a variety of fronts, this new alignment is going to be hugely problematic for progressive governance—perhaps for governance, period. These will be the major flash points. The last one is the most important because it’s how the GOP will...