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In naming Phil Angelides as chair of the new Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Congress has picked an aggressive, visionary reformer.

The rise and precipitous fall of the adulterous, anti-stimulus governor of South Carolina.

In the nation's reddest state, Salt Lake City queers are making big love.

Mark Sanford today took the apology press conference to a whole new level, removing yet another name from the ever-shortening list of 2012 GOP presidential contenders.

Navajos say "No!" as the return of uranium mining threatens to despoil their lands and health.

The TVA's efforts to clean up after its massive coal ash spill may create even more health hazards.

The Massachusetts healthcare reform model may rest on impeccable political logic, but it's economic and medical nonsense

The legalization of same-sex marriage in Vermont could be a signal of where the freedom-to-marry movement is heading.

Now that New Mexico has ditched the death penalty, not much will change--except for the worse.

New evidence shows that water contamination may have been downplayed after December's massive coal ash spill in Tennessee.

Blogs

When Bill Cronon, a University of Wisconsin professor, started raising questions about whether Governor Scott Walker’s attacks on labor unions might have been organized by powerful out-of-state interests, the state Republican party went after him in a classic assault on academic freedom.

March 25, 2011

Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette has successfully blocked the publication of Governor Scott Walker's anti-labor legislation for almost two weeks. Now, the courts are backing him up.

March 24, 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker got the legislature to do his bidding. But there is a third branch of government, and the judges aren’t buying what Walker’s selling.

March 19, 2011

“There is simply no rationale for continuing American involvement with no end in sight, rising deaths for civilians and our brave soldiers, declining public sentiment, and serious economic pain at home," Kucinich said, as 93 House members voted to bring troops home from Afghanistan.

March 18, 2011

Protests met the arrival of Wisconsin state Senators in Washington, there to collect checks from corporate lobbyists.

March 17, 2011

Corporate lobbyists will gather at Haley Barbour’s old lobbying office to “thank” Wisconsin Republicans for enacting anti-labor legislation. The price of saying “thanks” ranges from $1,000 (to get in the door) to $5,000 (to host the lavish gathering).

March 16, 2011

Looking at an unhappy future shaped by family planning cuts.

March 15, 2011

In another blow to democracy, Governor Scott Walker's consigliere, Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald, announces plan to deny Democratic state senators the right to have their votes recorded.

March 15, 2011

Farmers, workers and their supporters, undaunted by Governor Scott Walker's power grabs, converged on Madison to fight for labor rights and the future of their state. They came in record numbers, chanting: “This is what democracy looks like!”

March 12, 2011

Governor Scott Walker has unintentionally created a powerful movement. Now that Walker has got his bill, how will the pro-union forces push back? General strike? Break the banks? Recall? All of the above?

March 11, 2011