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This article is adapted from Sifry and Watzman's just-published Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day.

This article draws on reporting by Eyal Press, Esther Kaplan and Katha Pollitt.

When New York City was announced as the site of the Republican National Convention back in January 2003, it seemed an odd choice of location.

In May, Jan Egeland, the United Nations Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs, called a news conference in New York to declare publicly what he had been warning people about for some time: that

The Supreme Court of the United States has had two historic encounters with George W. Bush.

One of the things that drive me nuts is that people always say that one in two American marriages ends in divorce. This isn't exactly true.

This April, in the case of Vieth v. Jubelirer, the Supreme Court came close to burying any hope of curing one of the worst diseases in our ailing democracy--the partisan gerrymander.

In a cluster of beach bungalows in Ghana in December 2000, my wife and I encountered the Peace Corps dream.

Private prisons thrive on cheap labor and the hunger of job-starved towns.

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November 24, 2014

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November 21, 2014

And still, the will to protest has not died.

November 21, 2014

Despite the important policy changes outlined by the president last night, around six million undocumented immigrants will remain “deportable.”

November 21, 2014

With forty-three disappeared student teachers presumed dead, Mexican popular resistance is creating new alternatives to the militarized narco-state.

November 20, 2014

Retiring Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn says Obama taking action on immigration could end in “violence” and “anarchy.”

November 20, 2014

Knowing that many will be left out, parents and children nervously await the executive orders the president will reveal Thursday evening.

November 20, 2014

The Senate’s failure to bring even a narrow, watered-down reform to a final vote underscores that Congress is for the most part disinterested in exercising its constitutional duty to oversee the intelligence community.

November 19, 2014