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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.


  Trust's a euphemism that's scuttling our politics.

March 30, 2010

 This is what must make it hard for people working inside the Obama administration. No sooner does the White House start talking up something good, than it does something bad.

March 5, 2010

 A glossary. The party of "Please, don't hurt me" tries, finally, to talk in bold, plain English to pass health care reform.


March 4, 2010

 Daniel Ellsberg was on GRITtv last week and he left me thinking about secrecy.

March 4, 2010

Live feed of Health Care Summitt.

February 25, 2010

When he was campaigning for the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by the death of Senator Edward Kennedy, Scott Brown and his backers kept making a big deal about "41." But now that he is the junior senator from Massachusetts, Brown's not always "41."

February 22, 2010

As CPAC opened its annual convention last Thursday, the same day that computer engineer Joe Stack flew his Piper Cherokee into an IRS office in Austin setting it ablaze, the consensus about his violent anti-tax attack was remarkably sanguine.

February 22, 2010

For more than a year, President Obama remained on the sidelines of the health care debate -- chiming in now and again with sometimes-inspired, sometimes-disappointing rhetoric about broad values while members of Congress did the heavy lifting.

February 22, 2010

The good news from the Conservative Political Action Conference -- and it really is very good news -- is that the assembled activists have identified as their preferred choice for the presidency a militant opponent of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who has voted against the Patriot Act, opposed free-trade deals, condemned the expansion of executive power and warned about collusion between "too-big-to-fail" bankers and the government regulators who are supposed to keep an eye on them.

February 20, 2010

Congressman Brad Ellsworth, the bluest of the Blue Dog Democrats, has announced his candidacy for the Indiana Senate seat that Senator Evan Bayh is exiting. Ellsworth calls himself a "fiscally-conservative Democrat." But that's something of a misnomer. He is a conservative Democrat who stands top the right not just of his fellow partisans but of many conservative Republicans on a wide range of social and economic issues. Ellsworth is ardently opposed to abortion rights -- so much so that he took the lead in drafting an initial anti-choice amendment to the House health-care reform. Ellsworth later backed the amendment proposed by Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak, which placed tight restrictions on funding for elective abortions.

February 20, 2010