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Food bank

America’s most vulnerable felt most of the pain.

US Capitol

And put an end to Republicans’ hostage-taking once and for all.

The amendment to the Defense Authorization Act urges robust negotiations toward a diplomatic settlement.

Wall Street

The Republicans, with the exception of a few die-hard libertarians, always do the bidding of the banks that finance them, but the Democrats are just as eager to pig out at the bankers’ trough.

Dollar bills

In the looming debt-ceiling fight, progressives must make the case for protecting social programs, raising revenues and cutting the Pentagon budget.

Democrats introduced a gun control bill on the first day of the new Congress. But can they overcome the NRA?

When The New York Times first revealed the NSA was wiretapping Americans without a warrant in 2005, it was a scandal. But the government continues to spy with impunity—and what was once illegal has become the law.

How to get yourself to the edge of the fiscal abyss and not jump. 

In his Senate testimony, the JPMorgan CEO ludicrously defined any new trade to protect against “bad outcomes” as a hedge.

Blogs

In a speech Tuesday the Massachusetts senator offered an indictment of the enforcers and lawmakers who have failed to rein in the financial system. 

November 13, 2013

In trying to obtain VA benefits for the mental health effects of military sexual trauma, many survivors face bureaucratic hurdles, long delays and ultimately, rejection. 

November 11, 2013

Eric Alterman's weekly round-up and Reed Richardson's take on the media's "faux-centrism." 

November 1, 2013

Despite press chatter of a civil war, there’s no evidence big business has divorced the GOP or Tea Party. 

October 30, 2013

There is nothing praiseworthy in opposing the violation of the privacy of powerful world leaders while ignoring the rights of millions of ordinary citizens.

October 30, 2013

Activists want a full public accounting of the NSA’s and the FBI’s data collection programs.

October 25, 2013

The House Budget Committee chair plots to use a powerful conference committee to assault Medicare, Social Security and more.

October 18, 2013

Farmers, civil liberties and food safety advocates had worried that a funding resolution would extend the rider, which crippled oversight over GMOs. 

October 17, 2013

Ted Cruz made defiant, historic remarks today outside the Senate chamber--but little of what he said was correct. 

October 16, 2013

The Senate’s deal to reopen the government and extend the debt limit reportedly contains a small change to the health law—but it’s not a win for the GOP. 

October 16, 2013