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Neocon think tanks get millions from wealthy donors, which they use to game the system, buy influence—and push for regime change.

Robert Menendez

With Senator Foreign Relations chairman and Cuba hawk Robert Menendez mired in scandal, the embargo could finally be lifted.

Debo Adegbile

The successful smear campaign against him undermined a key principle of our justice system: that everyone is entitled to legal representation.

CIA

As Senator Feinstein has revealed, the CIA will not only stall but even spy on Congress to impede its investigation of wrongdoing.

Dianne Feinstein

The details of the CIA’s torture program may finally come to light. 

Pentagon

Despite the uproar over reductions to defense funding, less than 1 percent of the Pentagon's beefy $550 billion budget will be cut this year. 

Paul Ryan

Amy Treptow came to Washington to tell her story of climbing out of poverty. Some elected officials were more interested than others. 

Verizon court order

A bipartisan bill would end the NSA’s bulk data collection as we know it.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Will the Dems insist on a budget that addresses unemployment and inequality? Or will they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by seeking “common ground”?

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Agreement is approved by House and Senate, but Democratic opposition in the House is striking. In the Senate, Bernie Sanders votes no and says “this budget moves America in exactly the wrong direction.”

April 15, 2011

If the GOP has their way in the budget battles, they'll force a childish and unproductive government shutdown.

April 6, 2011

The rhetoric was lovely, but the president’s speech on Libya was a bumbling affair in which he kept referencing the fact that he took the country to war without properly consulting Congress.

March 28, 2011

When it comes to President Obama's war of whim in Libya, Democrats and Republicans, liberals and libertarians are saying: The Constitution must be respected.

March 23, 2011

"We have already spent trillions of dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.... Now, the President is plunging the United States into yet another war we cannot afford," argues the congressman.

March 22, 2011

Even if a war is considered "just," even if it is launched under the auspices of the UN, US military interventions should be debated and approved by Congress before they are launched.

March 20, 2011

“There is simply no rationale for continuing American involvement with no end in sight, rising deaths for civilians and our brave soldiers, declining public sentiment, and serious economic pain at home," Kucinich said, as 93 House members voted to bring troops home from Afghanistan.

March 18, 2011

Amid continued Republican and financial sector challenges, Elizabeth Warren reminds us that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's greatest strength is its independence.

February 22, 2011

President Obama wanted to extend PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities for three years. House Republican leaders tried to get him a one-year extension. But the vast majority of House Democrats and 26 Republicans blocked the move.

February 8, 2011

And Boehner (yes, Boehner) almost steals the show.

January 26, 2011