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The House Ethics Committee has been defunct for a year: If now is not
the time for both parties to get serious on Congressional ethics, when
will it be?

Cleaning up Congress after the Abramoff scandal involves far more than
limits on gifts and perks. It requires barring the 'legalized bribery'
of major campaign contributions.

There ought to be a law about bribery in America, but there isn't--not a real one. Bribery is so central to our political culture that it's virtually impossible that any politician ensnared in the Abramoff scandal will actually be convicted of the corruption that makes Washington work.

House Republicans rammed through a budget bill in December that cuts $40 billion from domestic programs. Is there anyone of conscience in the Senate to defeat this?

As a handful of maverick lawmakers hold unofficial
hearings on an Iraq exit strategy, how long will it take
Democrats and Republicans on the Hill to recognize the growing distaste
for this war?

His headline-grabbing investigations are enough to give the GOP heartburn.

Any election result that gives Tom DeLay cause for celebration--and, make no mistake, the 2004 election gave the dark prince of Congress plenty to celebrate--ought to send a sharp shiver through

Has Tom DeLay--a k a The Hammer--hit his last nail? Not yet, but the Republican House majority leader has sustained his own whacks recently for a series of unethical actions.

Blogs

Conservative versus “moderate” proxy wars will help determine the path of the House in coming years.

June 12, 2014

“All of the investment banks, up in New York and DC, they should have gone to jail.”

June 11, 2014

Eric Cantor made one step towards reform— and was punished for it Tuesday night.

June 11, 2014

A dispatch from the House of Representatives, June 6, 1944.

June 6, 2014

The Republican leadership is poised once again to back away from immigration reform, rather than take on the far right.

May 20, 2014

A bill considered among the strongest of several competing bids to curb government spying has passed a major legislative hurdle—but not without significant trimming. 

May 8, 2014

The neverending story of a nonexistent conspiracy.

April 3, 2014

Two House Democratic lawmakers are pushing to protect the predatory, for-profit college industry.

December 13, 2013

Off-year elections in 2009 predicted a Tea Party insurgency. This year’s results—not so much.

November 6, 2013

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

October 15, 2013