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Robert MacLean

Robert MacLean, a US Air Marshal fired for allegedly leaking sensitive government documents, is just trying to get his job back. For the rest of us, his case has much more profound implications. 

Federal Reserve

This 100-year-old antique is undemocratic, too close to elite banking interests and often blind to the economic conditions that affect most Americans.

State of the Union

Only continued pressure from grassroots activists will force Washington to do the right thing.

Paul Ryan

Amy Treptow came to Washington to tell her story of climbing out of poverty. Some elected officials were more interested than others. 

Foreclosed house

E-mails obtained through a FOIA request reveal the extraordinary access SIFMA had to Federal Housing Finance Administration officials.

War on Poverty

The deepening crisis today demands an effort as ambitious as the one launched fifty years ago this week. 

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

There’s more work to be done, but this was a big win for democracy.

Verizon court order

A bipartisan bill would end the NSA’s bulk data collection as we know it.

The failures, though painful, might force both Republicans and the Obama administration to compromise.


The arguments against poorly-structured sanctions against Iran were that they would undermine democracy movements, stir anti-U.S. sentiment and do nothing to promote disarmament. Unfortunately, most members of Congress refused to listen. Only 8 wise members voted "no."

June 27, 2010

Texas Congressman Barton speaks from the heart about his sympathy for BP then thinks better of it. Unfortunately, his fellow conservatives didn't get the cease-and-desist order.

June 18, 2010

Appropriations Committee chair David Obey says he will withhold action on supplemental spending request until action is taken to meet domestic needs.

June 16, 2010

On Joe Lieberman, Mickey Kaus in the Senate and the state of the corporate oligarchy. 

June 11, 2010

Carly Fiorina claims to have created jobs and balanced budgets. That's about as truthful as BP's self-proclaimed environmental stewardship.

June 11, 2010

Daniel Ellsberg doesn't ask much of members of Congress -- just that they obey their oath to defend the Constitution. Unfortunately, that's too much to ask of most members and most of the challengers. That's why Ellsberg's endorsement of California candidate Marcy Winograd is worth noting.

June 7, 2010

Barbara Lee, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Keith Ellison say: "We urge you to take this tragedy as a catalyst to end the blockade on Gaza and to honor the dead and wounded on both sides by working to ensure a full, fair, and transparent investigation."

June 5, 2010

Ohio congressman circulates congressional letter that says: "The United States must remind Israel as well as all of our other friends and allies: It is not acceptable to repeatedly violate international law."

June 3, 2010

Minnesota senator was not satisfied with holiday rhetoric. He led the fight to assure that veterans were never forgotten by policymakers.

May 31, 2010

Almost one fifth of the Senate backed a proposal to plan for bringing the troops home from Afghanistan. That's not enough, but it is a start.

May 30, 2010