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He’s a fraud and a wacko bird, but at least the Texas senator has the courage of his convictions. 

Boehner

Think the Senate deal is a resounding defeat for Republicans? Think again.

Food bank

America’s most vulnerable felt most of the pain.

US Capitol

And put an end to Republicans’ hostage-taking once and for all.

The amendment to the Defense Authorization Act urges robust negotiations toward a diplomatic settlement.

Wall Street

The Republicans, with the exception of a few die-hard libertarians, always do the bidding of the banks that finance them, but the Democrats are just as eager to pig out at the bankers’ trough.

Dollar bills

In the looming debt-ceiling fight, progressives must make the case for protecting social programs, raising revenues and cutting the Pentagon budget.

Democrats introduced a gun control bill on the first day of the new Congress. But can they overcome the NRA?

When The New York Times first revealed the NSA was wiretapping Americans without a warrant in 2005, it was a scandal. But the government continues to spy with impunity—and what was once illegal has become the law.

Blogs

The Senate’s deal to reopen the government and extend the debt limit reportedly contains a small change to the health law—but it’s not a win for the GOP. 

October 16, 2013

Eric Alterman provides his weekly media round-up and Reed Richardson takes on the false accountability of the American press. 

October 11, 2013

Congressman Peter King has talked tough about re-opening the government, but hasn’t been able to deliver.

October 10, 2013

Politicians are outraged over the loss of military death benefits—but not the deaths themselves.

October 9, 2013

The outspoken congressman wants to use the budget crisis to advance his privatization agenda.

October 9, 2013

Cut off from federal funding, programs serving abused women may be forced to close. 

October 8, 2013

The state of things for people in poverty—made worse by the sequester and shutdown—should cause awe in every member of Congress.

October 7, 2013

The House votes 407-0 to guarantee back pay for federal employees. But it will not let them do their jobs.

October 6, 2013

Progressive members of Congress are pledging to oppose 

October 3, 2013

The future of the GOP, not the Affordable Care Act, is what's at stake now in Congress. 

October 2, 2013