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Will the Dems insist on a budget that addresses unemployment and inequality? Or will they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by seeking “common ground”?

He’s a fraud and a wacko bird, but at least the Texas senator has the courage of his convictions. 

Boehner

Think the Senate deal is a resounding defeat for Republicans? Think again.

Food bank

America’s most vulnerable felt most of the pain.

U.S. Treasury Department

Some wealthy individuals are using the government shutdown to promote a very different vision for America’s future.

US Capitol

And put an end to Republicans’ hostage-taking once and for all.

Texas Map

As the Republican Party becomes whiter and more Southern, obstructionist tactics are inevitable.

AT&T

Public interest organizations say deregulating phone service providers will hurt communities of color, but major civil rights groups are still in favor.

Blogs

The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to take up legislation to reform the NSA’s spying authority next week.  

October 25, 2013

Activists want a full public accounting of the NSA’s and the FBI’s data collection programs.

October 25, 2013

The House Budget Committee chair plots to use a powerful conference committee to assault Medicare, Social Security and more.

October 18, 2013

Farmers, civil liberties and food safety advocates had worried that a funding resolution would extend the rider, which crippled oversight over GMOs. 

October 17, 2013

Ted Cruz made defiant, historic remarks today outside the Senate chamber--but little of what he said was correct. 

October 16, 2013

The Senate’s deal to reopen the government and extend the debt limit reportedly contains a small change to the health law—but it’s not a win for the GOP. 

October 16, 2013

The Tea Party may be plummeting in public esteem, but it is taking government down with it.

October 15, 2013

Eric Alterman provides his weekly media round-up and Reed Richardson takes on the false accountability of the American press. 

October 11, 2013

GOP proposals to defund Obamacare are the equivalent of a death sentence for thousands of Americans.

October 11, 2013

An investigation by the Committee to Protect Journalists concludes that the president has presided over an unprecedented campaign to control the media.

October 10, 2013