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The visionary professor who inspired the "free culture" movement takes on money in politics.

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?

Blogs

Anti-hunger activists explain why cutting food stamps is going to hurt kids.

October 3, 2010

Yesterday brought a mixed bag of news for reformers on Capitol Hill.

September 24, 2010

Can Lady Gaga get a couple of Republicans to do the right thing about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

September 21, 2010

The massive job losses between 2008 and 2009 were surely the biggest factor in the record poverty numbers the Census just reported. But those harrowing months were neither the beginning nor the end of the problem.

September 17, 2010

Senators decide next week if hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people will get a path to citizenship. Student activists are mobilizing to convince them to say yes.

September 16, 2010

Ari Melber shares his plan on how to fix Congress—let the majority win.

September 1, 2010

Missouri voters rejected federal mandates. But that mean that they are against expanding access to healthcare? Not necessarily.

August 9, 2010

The fight over Congress's jobs bill has made the GOP's midterm election strategy clear: stubbornly oppose anything and everything that might improve the economy and hope voters blame Democrats for these tough times come November.

August 4, 2010

House approves "emergency" Afghan war funding, but 114 members vote "no" in one of the strongest shows of antiwar sentiment since the Vietnam era.

July 28, 2010

It's been said that only death and taxes are certain. But the "death tax" is anything but certain right now. Costing the Treasury billions, Congress has allowed the estate tax to expire.

July 26, 2010