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Guest-hosting the Rachel Maddow Show, Nation DC editor Christopher Hayes talks to Rep. Diana DeGette on healthcare and Demos director Heather McGhee on consumer protection.

The latest moves on healthcare reform from Kucinich, Massa and Stupak.

Lawrence Lessig explains how Obama's surrender in the fight for Congressional reform betrayed Washington.

Let the Republicans actually filibuster something, hour after excrutiating hour, in real time. The public won't like it.

Find out Professor Lawrence Lessig's solutions and ideas for how to fix Congress in this video companion to his cover story, "How to Get Democracy Back."

How do the House and Senate bills compare on affordability and enforceability?

Dropping the public option and Medicare expansion means breaking the promise of health reform: better care at lower cost.

It takes sixty votes to pass an amendment and most of the proposed measures for the healthcare bill will never pass. Still, a great opportunity to grandstand over pet issues.

A pending amendment to the $100 billion war spending bill also authorizes suppression of hundreds of torture photos. Will MoveOn use its muscle to stand up for progressive principles?

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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