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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?

Blogs

Eric Alterman's weekly round-up and Reed Richardson's take on the media's "faux-centrism." 

November 1, 2013

Despite press chatter of a civil war, there’s no evidence big business has divorced the GOP or Tea Party. 

October 30, 2013

There is nothing praiseworthy in opposing the violation of the privacy of powerful world leaders while ignoring the rights of millions of ordinary citizens.

October 30, 2013

Activists want a full public accounting of the NSA’s and the FBI’s data collection programs.

October 25, 2013

The House Budget Committee chair plots to use a powerful conference committee to assault Medicare, Social Security and more.

October 18, 2013

Farmers, civil liberties and food safety advocates had worried that a funding resolution would extend the rider, which crippled oversight over GMOs. 

October 17, 2013

Ted Cruz made defiant, historic remarks today outside the Senate chamber--but little of what he said was correct. 

October 16, 2013

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