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As Congress grapples with the wave of foreclosures and bankruptcies resulting from the subprime mess, why are some Dems siding with the banks?

Faced with a no-brainer fix to close a tax loophole, Senate Democrats are dithering, caught between the interests of their donors and their voters.

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.

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But does it stand a chance in the Senate?

December 8, 2010

Senator says: "Not only is this bad public policy—driving up the deficit, increasing the growing gap between the rich and everybody else—I think it is bad politics."

December 7, 2010

The co-chairs of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform have a plan to address the nation's deficit and debt challenges by weakening Social Security and Medicare. They'll unveil it tomorrow. Today, Americans should tell Congress and the White House that there is no mandate for balancing the budget on the backs of working Americans. Call Congress. Raise a ruckus. Say: "Strengthen Social Security—Don't Cut It!"

November 30, 2010

The former majority leader's conviction serves as a reminder of just how crooked Congress was during the Bush years.

November 27, 2010

Cutting taxes for millioniares doesn't create jobs or spur business growth. It just widens the gap between the rich and the rest of us. Who says? Millionaires who actually care about America.

November 22, 2010

Several senators still have uncertain positions on the DREAM Act.

November 19, 2010

Fiscal Commission member Rep. Jan Schakowsky "gets" that working families should not bear the overwhelming majority of the burden for putting the nation's fiscal house in order.

November 19, 2010

With Republicans threatening on orgy of partisan excess in the new Congress, an aggressive and determined Democrat want to take over as the ranking member of the House committee charged with oversight of the Obama administration. "We cannot simply stand by idly and hope that such a reckless approach to the use of the power of the chair will not happen, especially since it is not only being promised, but demonstrated by the person who will hold the gavel," says Kucinich.

November 18, 2010

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will now be House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, as Democratic leader wins by 3-1 margin in caucus vote.

November 17, 2010

The Speaker will remain Democratic leader. Now she is going to have to take the lead in sorting out the Congressional response to the messy case of a veteran Democrat.

November 16, 2010