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Guest-hosting the Rachel Maddow Show, Nation DC editor Christopher Hayes talks to Rep. Diana DeGette on healthcare and Demos director Heather McGhee on consumer protection.

The latest moves on healthcare reform from Kucinich, Massa and Stupak.

Lawrence Lessig explains how Obama's surrender in the fight for Congressional reform betrayed Washington.

Let the Republicans actually filibuster something, hour after excrutiating hour, in real time. The public won't like it.

Find out Professor Lawrence Lessig's solutions and ideas for how to fix Congress in this video companion to his cover story, "How to Get Democracy Back."

How do the House and Senate bills compare on affordability and enforceability?

Dropping the public option and Medicare expansion means breaking the promise of health reform: better care at lower cost.

It takes sixty votes to pass an amendment and most of the proposed measures for the healthcare bill will never pass. Still, a great opportunity to grandstand over pet issues.

A pending amendment to the $100 billion war spending bill also authorizes suppression of hundreds of torture photos. Will MoveOn use its muscle to stand up for progressive principles?

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Calls for bipartisanship ignore the simple reality that the GOP has been captured by the extreme right. 

April 18, 2012

The congressman imagines he’s surrounded by radicals. But it was his own Republican Party, founded by utopian socialists and militant abolitionists, that brought Marxist ideas to Washington and leftists to Congress.

April 13, 2012

Or will it encourage fraud?

April 2, 2012

The House Budget Committee chair sees his budget provoking a referendum on “the fundamental nature of American democracy and the social contract”—or, perhaps, the Ayn Rand ideology he so admires. But the real fight may come in his home district.

March 20, 2012

The anti-war congressman is the first electoral victim of the current round of partisan redistricting.

March 7, 2012

Her departure signals the end of moderate Republicanism—and clears the way for a progressive candidate.

February 29, 2012

After three years of griping about slow growth, the GOP’'s Budget Committee chair is suddenly fretting about too much growth.

February 3, 2012

Though DC is not the ideal ground for Occupy protesters, yesterday's Occupy Congress action did get plenty of attention.

January 18, 2012

Members of Congress need to feel the heat on the Stop Internet Piracy Act. Here’s how a bold progressive challenger and digital activists forced Paul Ryan to come out against SOPA. It’s a smart model for winning this fight.

January 18, 2012

Notorious lobbyist Jack Abramoff explains what separates the most successful lobbyists from the rest.

January 17, 2012