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As a gay rights bill moved through Congress, some prominent Democrats tried to exclude protections for transgenders. The LGBT community revolted.

Elizabeth Holtzman, Nan Aron, Stephen Gillers, Victor Navasky and others quiz the Attorney General nominee on torture, the Constitution and the fate of Alberto Gonzales.

As scenarios on the impact of global warming worsen, Senate Democrats are poised to abandon a realistic bill and support a deeply flawed measure that doesn't solve the problem.

In the gray dawn of the twenty-first century, only a handful of lawmakers dare to stand up and be counted on matters of war and peace.

A White House report that claims the surge is working only throws fuel on the fire among both parties in Congress to push for withdrawal.

Democrats in Congress failed to deliver on their promises, and for progressives that means there's a lot more work to do.

What is it that Congressional Democrats don't get about the Iraq debate?

The government is about to declare virtual disarmament against the lawbreakers.

The House Democratic leadership chooses merely to appear to oppose the war, while continuing to fund it.

By voting to set a timetable to withdraw from Iraq, the House and Senate are finally at the table, challenging Bush's war-making.

Blogs

Like his father before him, the retiring congressman kept proposing single-payer healthcare. It’s still the best idea.

February 24, 2014

Congress continues to debate changes to the military justice system after decades of scandals, investigatory panels and trials have failed to stem the sexual assault epidemic. 

February 24, 2014

Congress will soon reverse cuts to military pensions--but civilian workers won't be seeing any such relief. 

February 11, 2014

A new security agreement could keep US troops in Afghanistan indefinitely.

February 6, 2014

Maybe it’s time to give up the deficit reduction charade.

February 5, 2014

The Republican in charge of the House Intelligence Committee says journalists should be prosecuted for reports based on Edward Snowden’s leaks.

February 4, 2014

It might have to reform itself, first. 

January 30, 2014

President Obama can and should take smart steps without Congress. 

January 21, 2014

Obama did do something of potentially great significance today: open the door for Congress to make the big changes that he won’t. 

January 17, 2014

A bipartisan group in Congress has introduced legislation to restore the critical protections of the Voting Rights Act following the Supreme Court’s decision.

January 16, 2014