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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?

Congress must act to remove from positions of trust those who sanctioned torture and dial down the imperial presidency that has evolved on its watch.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has an uncanny ability to provoke befuddlement in the faces of her adversaries.

Harry Hanbury attempts to spend an entire day attending fundraisers but instead successfully gets chased out of restaurants all over Capitol Hill.

If the new Populist Caucus is to make a difference in Congress, its members must channel popular fury at Wall Street's amen corner on Capitol Hill.

Blogs

Nobody saw this vote coming—but progressive activism delivered a shocking result Friday in Congress.

June 12, 2015

Senators John McCain and Dianne Feinstein have introduced a measure to prevent the CIA from evading the bans on torture that are already law. 

June 10, 2015

An idea that didn't formall exist six weeks ago is picking up a lot of steam.

May 27, 2015

Senate cloture vote limits debate, restricts amendments and erects another barrier to honest discourse about trade policy.

May 21, 2015

Too many derailments, too many bridge collapses. The neglect has got to stop.

May 13, 2015

Why does the White House keep telling reporters the public is lining up behind the trade push?

May 13, 2015

The White House has been going hard against Elizabeth Warren for making this claim—but she’s right.

May 12, 2015

Doug Hughes is not a dangerous fruitcake. In fact, he is a small-d democratic idealist who went out of his way to alert the authorities in advance of his so-called “Freedom Flight.”

April 17, 2015

The Congressional Progressive Caucus’s alternative budget was the best proposal. But only ninety-six Democrats backed it.

March 26, 2015