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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.

He's a far-right baby doctor. His own chief of staff
says he's clueless about the law. Meet Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, who'll help shape the US Supreme Court.

The Senate should abandon its comical pretensions to being a body reflecting any democratic mandate.

Blogs

Senators who raised money for the national party will be in tough spot should it back Todd Akin again.

September 27, 2012

The national party isn’t likely to come back, leaving Akin with a coalition of hard-right funders. 

September 26, 2012

Video surfaced of Brown staffers firing up supporters by making "war whoops" and "tomahawk chops."

September 25, 2012

 The incumbent Democrat used the "legitimate rape" comments to paint a broader picture of Akin's views. 

September 21, 2012

Elizabeth Warren knocked Scott Brown out with a one-two punch: “Mitt Romney“ and a “Republican-controlled Senate.”

September 20, 2012

 The Senate Banking Committee has close ties to JPMorgan Chase, the very institution it is supposed to regulate. 

June 15, 2012

Congress is debating various slash-and-burn proposals that would lead to privatization of the postal service. But it does not have to happen. The USPS is not broke. It ought to be renewed and expanded.

April 17, 2012

Tired of the Romsantorneyum. Join the crowd. The political news of the moment isn’t the unending GOP scrap. It’s the sudden viability of Democrats in the fight for Senate control.

March 1, 2012

The Nebraska lawmaker is retiring from the Senate. Good. 

December 27, 2011

Bills don't fail to overcome a filibuster by themselves.

October 12, 2011