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On paper, the influence-peddling business is drying up. But lobbying money is flooding into Washington, DC, like never before. What’s going on?

This multiracial, multi-issue progressive coalition is not only remobilizing in North Carolina—its model of activism is now spreading all over the South.

Fix the Debt leadership

A funny thing happened on the way to the fiscal cliff: real people fought back. 

Afghanistan drone

It’s still possible to remember, almost nostalgically, how the Fifth Amendment used to guarantee Americans due process.

Al From

Failing upward at the Democratic Leadership Council with Al From.

Dick Cheney

It was Dick Cheney, more than any other official, who set the terms for the post-9/11 world we all share.

IRS building

New IRS regulations for 501(c)(4) groups may damage the ability of everyday Americans to have an impact on the political process.

Conservative religious thinkers and their intellectual crusades.

The power brokers of both parties are already busy trying to shut down debate and shut out alternatives for 2016.

Obama and Singh

On human rights, nuclear energy, climate change and more, the US and India are set to clash. 

Blogs

There are plenty of real problems with Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus. But her migraines and his mannerisms are not two of them.

July 24, 2011

New polling suggests liberal disapproval of Obama has spiked since he began talking of putting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security “on the table” in negotiations with GOP. Vermont Senator says of the moment: “I think it would do this country a good deal of service if people started thinking about candidates out there to begin contrasting a progressive agenda as opposed to what Obama believes he’s doing.”

July 23, 2011

The Nation's John Nichols joined NPR's Fresh Air this morning to explain how ALEC has driven conservative policy for years.

July 22, 2011

President Obama and Republican leaders are floating another grand bargain, and like the last one, this is regressive and undemocratic.

July 22, 2011

Chris Christie is not a moderate, but some donors seem to think he is the only candidate who could unite the mainstream and Tea Party wings of the GOP.

July 21, 2011

An interview with Rock the Vote president Heather Smith on the new restrictive voter ID laws. 

July 21, 2011

Eric reviews Paul McCartney, Raul Malo and Elvis Costello, and Reed sees the ghost of the Republican party's past.

July 21, 2011

 The public loves President Obama's rhetoric of austerity and responsibility, but it signals a turn away from the liberal project.

July 21, 2011

Tax cuts for billionaires and corporations. Cuts to the elderly, students, the disabled and poor. Welcome to the Gang of Six's idea of "shared sacrifice."

July 20, 2011