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The annual reauthorization of the Department of Defense contains unprecedented and dangerous language that gives the President virtually unchecked power to take the country to war and keep us there.

After Three Mile Island

The 1979 partial meltdown prompted more regulations and greater enforcement. Then in the 1990s, a Republican Congress took aim.

Rep. Peter King’s witnesses tried to paint Muslims as untrustworthy citizens, but other speakers, including LA Sherriff Lee Baca, attested to broad cooperation with law enforcement. 

Zuhdi Jasser

According to Jasser, the Muslim Brotherhood’s mission is to upend the Constitution and impose Sharia law and Islamic “political collectivism” in America.

Jeff Biggers appears on Democracy Now! to talk about the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Giffords in Arizona, what it was like to grow up in a "gun state," and how this act of violence might impact the state of Arizona.

The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the passage of a landmark food safety bill and the narrow defeat of the DREAM Act all prove that organizing and educating across issues really works.

Republicans have spent their postelection victory lap fearmongering over the deficit. But now they've insisted all Bush tax cuts be extended, at great price to the national debt.

Congress's vote to scale back mandatory sentences for federal crack cocaine offenses was a watershed in the long campaign for better drug policy.

Blogs

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

WRITING CONTEST FINALIST: When a political system is in gridlock, ordinary citizens suffer the consequences.

October 2, 2013

The government shutdown is all about electoral politics—particularly the gerrymandering of Republican districts and primaries that make compromise impossible.

October 1, 2013

As Congress lurches toward a government shutdown, the media dabbles in false equivalence.

September 30, 2013