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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?

Congress must act to remove from positions of trust those who sanctioned torture and dial down the imperial presidency that has evolved on its watch.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has an uncanny ability to provoke befuddlement in the faces of her adversaries.

Harry Hanbury attempts to spend an entire day attending fundraisers but instead successfully gets chased out of restaurants all over Capitol Hill.

If the new Populist Caucus is to make a difference in Congress, its members must channel popular fury at Wall Street's amen corner on Capitol Hill.

Don't listen to the fearmongers: government-run healthcare is cost-efficient, effective and far superior to the free-market mess we're in.

Blogs

The House will vote Friday on a temporary measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

February 27, 2015

There are no geographic boundaries in Obama’s proposed AUMF, and ISIL “affiliates” are popping up everywhere.

February 20, 2015

Instead of a vague authorization of the use of force, the congresswoman seeks a real debate and a comprehensive strategy.

February 17, 2015

Instead of writing endless dope stories about a presidential campaign in 2016 and what might happen a year from now, shouldn’t the news media be alerting people to the fight over Social Security Republicans are starting in early 2015?

February 16, 2015

When all else fails: deny, deny, deny.

February 3, 2015

Debunking climate change and other myths of liberal “science.”

January 27, 2015

GOP leaders replaced one abortion restriction for another in a demonstration of pure pandering. 

January 22, 2015

A new report points to states for the way forward.

January 9, 2015

Could the new civil rights movement thwart the Staten Island DA’s ambitions?

January 8, 2015

A Dickensian year when food stamps were cut and bankers got everything they wanted

December 24, 2014