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As Democrats clean up abuse of earmarks, they can't ignore the ones that masquerade as targeted tax breaks.

It shows how hapless and shallow Democrats are that they show so little electoral joy in a principled challenge to GOP rule. Instead we get tactical theatrics about whatever comes down the pike: gas prices or Foley.

America needs a new Congress--the question is, Will Americans hold the
GOP to account for their corruption, ineptitude and irresponsibility?

Thanks to an acquiescent Congress, we are now being governed by an Administration that is radically trying to change the nature of our
democracy.

Senator Ted Stevens has no idea how the Internet works, but he's asking Congress to remake it to suit the interests of the telecommunications industry. Can progressives apply the pressure to kill this bill?

Democrats in Congress must press for a full investigation of NSA phone call surveillance and prove that the rule of law is an asset, not an obstacle, to national security.

As oil profits soar, Americans are getting hosed at the gas pump, and Congress can't decide whether to raise taxes, lower them or throw money at the voters.

Congress and the American people must challenge the
Administration's assertion that the President can take military action
without consulting Congress.

Upcoming primary challenges are forcing Democratic
incumbents in Congress to be more critical of Bush and to press for a plan
to bring the troops home.

Blogs

Under the Sanders-DeFazio plan, Congress can save a vital service and secure a future for USPS.

February 13, 2013

Labor welcomed the proposal, but what it means for tipped workers remains unclear.

February 13, 2013

The emotional highpoint of a bold and progressive speech was a demand that Congress address gun violence.

February 13, 2013

Election officals across the country express concerns about the USPS move to cut delivery. Congress should take note and block the cut.

February 8, 2013

Obama now has allies in Congress for his new climate change push, who will also turn to the public for help. 

January 24, 2013

Some members want to end this standoff over the debt ceiling—and all others. 

January 17, 2013

Although Governor Deval Patrick said it won’t affect his choice of a replacement, the petition drive could raise pressure to involve citizens in the process.

January 14, 2013

With their votes against Sandy aid, the House Budget Committee chair and his compatriots reject a basic premise of their oath to support the Constitution.

January 5, 2013

The 113th Congress is the most diverse in history, but that doesn't necessarily translate to progress.

January 4, 2013

This deal was a mixed bag, and the next one will likely be worse.

January 2, 2013