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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.

How to get yourself to the edge of the fiscal abyss and not jump. 

Blogs

The city of Washington lacks budget autonomy, so local officials are forced to cobble together a shutdown response. Why?

September 30, 2013

A letter signed by over seventy right-wing lawmakers was authored by a medical device tax industry group, metadata shows.

September 28, 2013

In a brilliant 1996 essay, political theorist Sheldon Wolin connected austerity economics to a broader Republican philosophy of governance--or lack thereof.

September 28, 2013

The House Republican plan to hold the debt ceiling hostage in exchange for over twenty corporate giveaways violates their ethics pledge, which calls for advancing major legislation only “one issue at a time.”

September 26, 2013

In return for allowing the debt ceiling to rise, House Republicans are promoting the agenda voters rejected in 2012.

September 26, 2013

At least a dozen bills are pending in Congress, with top lawmakers calling for reform.  

September 24, 2013

The only part of healthcare reform that could be defunded at this point helps constituents in Republican districts. 

September 24, 2013

The Texas senator wants to change Senate rules so his anti-Obamacare strategy can “win” even when it loses.

September 23, 2013

Friday’s House vote to fund the government and defund the Affordable Care Act won’t derail healthcare reform, but sabotage might. 

September 20, 2013

 Intended to protect journalists who are compelled to reveal confidential information, the "Free Flow of Information Act" may not shield the reporters who need it most. 

September 13, 2013