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Robert Menendez

With Senator Foreign Relations chairman and Cuba hawk Robert Menendez mired in scandal, the embargo could finally be lifted.

Debo Adegbile

The successful smear campaign against him undermined a key principle of our justice system: that everyone is entitled to legal representation.

CIA

As Senator Feinstein has revealed, the CIA will not only stall but even spy on Congress to impede its investigation of wrongdoing.

Dianne Feinstein

The details of the CIA’s torture program may finally come to light. 

Pentagon

Despite the uproar over reductions to defense funding, less than 1 percent of the Pentagon's beefy $550 billion budget will be cut this year. 

Paul Ryan

Amy Treptow came to Washington to tell her story of climbing out of poverty. Some elected officials were more interested than others. 

Verizon court order

A bipartisan bill would end the NSA’s bulk data collection as we know it.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Will the Dems insist on a budget that addresses unemployment and inequality? Or will they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by seeking “common ground”?

He’s a fraud and a wacko bird, but at least the Texas senator has the courage of his convictions. 

Boehner

Think the Senate deal is a resounding defeat for Republicans? Think again.

Blogs

Notorious lobbyist Jack Abramoff explains what separates the most successful lobbyists from the rest.

January 17, 2012

President Obama gets bold in the election year.

January 6, 2012

Unless there’s a blueprint to break the Republican strategy of hostage taking, the Dems will be left trumpeting their own weakness to avoid blame.

December 22, 2011

Change takes movements on the outside and champions on the inside. This is the time to be recruiting candidates who share the convictions of the 99 percent.

December 14, 2011

The Supercommittee is dead. Here’s what should come next.

December 1, 2011

The liberal firebrand, who will retire from the House next year, championed LGBT rights, worked for a fairer economy and pushed for cutting defense spending.

November 28, 2011

The church has proposed a financial transaction tax in order to steer the economy “towards achieving the common good.” Is that class warfare?

October 29, 2011

Even as Occupy Wall Street heats up, Washington plans to spend the winter arguing about how to further mutilate the economy.

October 18, 2011

America is not broke. But it has broken priorities. The Congressional Progressive Caucus has the right fix: save trillions, put Americans back to work and protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. How? End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tax millionaires, negotiate Medicare drug prices.
 

October 15, 2011

Do we invest in affordable housing, or a mortgage interest deduction on vacation homes? Congress’s “Terrible Ten” force the poor to sacrifice for breaks for the rich.

September 27, 2011