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Democrats introduced a gun control bill on the first day of the new Congress. But can they overcome the NRA?

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Local and state governments are gaining the ability to restore basic services and infrastructure.

When The New York Times first revealed the NSA was wiretapping Americans without a warrant in 2005, it was a scandal. But the government continues to spy with impunity—and what was once illegal has become the law.

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Why are US taxpayers still forced to pay billions of dollars for US military bases?

Sallie Krawcheck

Reports say Sallie Krawcheck is a leading condender for SEC chairman, but her résumé should raise a red flag.

Senate Dems should restore the practice to its proper function: as a tool for public dissent, rather than unchecked, covert obstruction.

How to get yourself to the edge of the fiscal abyss and not jump. 

The recovery could be an opportunity to realign our relationship with the natural world.

Buck McKeon

Plagued by ethical troubles, the “poster boy for pay to play politics” and Pentagon BFF is finally facing a competitive election.

The Wisconsin senate candidate rejects the idea of corporate personhood.

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SNAP—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—is one of the strongest threads in our increasingly tattered safety net. But Gingrich started taking whacks at the program in 1995, and now his House Republican descendants are doing the same.

May 18, 2011

New video highlights the regressive nature of Paul Ryan's plan to privatize Medicare.

May 18, 2011

Enrollment at for-profit colleges has surged dramatically in past years. But these institutions often lack accreditation and have dismal records of job placement--and the cost of attendance isn't cheap.

May 17, 2011

Newt Gingrich calls the House Budget Committee chair's  plan to gut Medicare  "right-wing social engineering." An attempt to relaunch the scheme falls flat amid loud protests. And Ryan's dream of being a senator is finished.

May 17, 2011

House Republicans have opened another front in their war against the unemployed.

May 11, 2011

They've added a provision to the defense spending bill outlining a permanent "Authorization for Use of Military Force."

May 11, 2011

The White House, House Republican majority, and Senate Democratic majority have remained silent about how to fix widespread unemployment.

May 10, 2011

Budget committee chair can say what he wants, but the noisy protests against his plan -- especially in his home district -- have shaken congressional Republicans,

May 7, 2011

The Congressional Progressive Caucus has provided a viable, courageous alternative to the Ryan Budget, and it needs your support.

May 5, 2011

Whether or not torture procured any clues leading to bin Laden’s death, Trump's birther base can obsess over it, magnifying every rumor out of all proportion.

May 5, 2011