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Chastised by Russ Feingold for extrajudicial spying, the President who would be king invokes the divine right of kings.

Eugene McCarthy was a pure original, a great and good man, whose fundamental historical achievement was to be the standard-bearer for a moral and philosophical campaign against the Vietnam War.

Undoing the savage inequalities of the Bush era will require a
titanic fight, but the new-found courage of GOP moderates hints that
significant changes are in the wind.

Most Americans want immediate action to pull out of Iraq, but Senate
Republicans passed a measure today that essentially lets the White
House off the hook.

Civil libertarians were stunned last week when the Senate approved a
measure that would allow government officials to essentially bypass the
courts and lock up people suspected of terrorism without trial. Will
cooler heads prevail?

Top oil execs were asked numerous questions at a Senate hearing on
spectacular profits earned in the wake of tropical storms. But they had
no real answers about how to ease the burden on ordinary Americans.

As the Senate opens hearings this week calling energy execs to
account for their windfall profits on gasoline and natural gas, the
question must be asked: Is this price-gouging or just good
old-fashioned capitalism?

The nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the US
Supreme Court forces the debate the President and the Senate have tried
so mightily to avoid: whether the Court should shift decisively and
radically to the right.

War crimes are the darkest expression of the moral degradation that
permeates the White House. Bush's threat to veto the Senate's
anti-torture measure frames a crisis of law and legitimacy.

Three senators caved and supported the
nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. as Supreme Court Chief Justice. But
one lawmaker, banking on the public's cynicism of the oil industry,
wants to tax its windfall profits.

Blogs

What the CIA found out about its torture program is much different than what officials have said publicly.

December 10, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee is absolutely right to respect transparency and accountability with release of report on Bush-Cheney era abuses.

December 9, 2014

Despite promises of “zero tolerance” for sex crimes, new reforms and a report showing fewer incidences of assault, members of the military are still being raped, filmed while showering and discouraged from reporting.

December 5, 2014

Progressive senators are objecting to Obama’s latest Wall Street nominee.

November 24, 2014

Outgoing Colorado Senator Mark Udall promises to fight to the last day “to make sure we keep faith with our founding values.”

November 19, 2014

The liberal icon has been tapped to help the party shape policy and battle the GOP in coming years.

November 13, 2014

Midterm setbacks are common. The president—and his supporters—ought not let this one define him.

November 5, 2014

The prospect of a “grand bargain” could rear its ugly head if the 2014 midterms empower Maine’s Angus King.

October 27, 2014

Could ads like this stop the Kochs from buying the Senate?

September 25, 2014

Fox News becomes a caricature of itself, again.

September 16, 2014