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Neocon think tanks get millions from wealthy donors, which they use to game the system, buy influence—and push for regime change.

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. 

Blogs

Congress should not surrender its role in shaping of trade agreements—or a fair economy.

January 10, 2014

According to the Republican senator, what we really need is a fuller embrace of “the American free enterprise system.”

January 8, 2014

This key congressman would offset restoring benefit cuts for veterans by undermining the USPS, a top employer of vets.

January 4, 2014

The accord is moving forward, but the Menendez-Kirk bill could wreck everything.

January 3, 2014

The New York Times demolishes conspiracy theories with plain, old-fashioned good reporting.

January 2, 2014

Paul Ryan had his way with the budget deal. And the economic pain is just beginning.

December 28, 2013

The report from a White House review panel is a confirmation of pathology within the NSA, if not a perfect prescription for reform. 

December 19, 2013

Is the Ryan-Murray budget deal getting more applause than it deserves?

December 17, 2013

Even if the NSA's spying programs are scaled back, surveillance infrastructure will continue to exist in the private sector.

December 16, 2013