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Russ Feingold is leading the charge to close the constitutional loophole that allows governors to appoint senators.

Will Democrats have the courage to disable the filibuster rule?

Obama's appeal helped the Democrats secure wide gains in the House and Senate.

A wave of progressive women candidates could help steer the next Congress in new directions on war and peace, fair trade and civil liberties.

Nothing brings left and right together like a Big Government intervention on behalf of Big Money.

Fear-mongering pundits and pols question the patriotism of lawmakers and taxpayers who oppose the bailout. They've got it all wrong.

We suffer not only from the loss of innocent life on 9/11, but because the attacks became the rationale for an unjust war. It's time to face the truth.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks about politics, sexism, impeachment, Obama, and her own personal VP pick.

The debate over the Climate Security Act reveals a lot about how the next Congress--and the next President--will address the most urgent issue facing humanity.

The visionary professor who inspired the "free culture" movement takes on money in politics.

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Unless there’s a blueprint to break the Republican strategy of hostage taking, the Dems will be left trumpeting their own weakness to avoid blame.

December 22, 2011

Change takes movements on the outside and champions on the inside. This is the time to be recruiting candidates who share the convictions of the 99 percent.

December 14, 2011

The Supercommittee is dead. Here’s what should come next.

December 1, 2011

The liberal firebrand, who will retire from the House next year, championed LGBT rights, worked for a fairer economy and pushed for cutting defense spending.

November 28, 2011

The church has proposed a financial transaction tax in order to steer the economy “towards achieving the common good.” Is that class warfare?

October 29, 2011

Even as Occupy Wall Street heats up, Washington plans to spend the winter arguing about how to further mutilate the economy.

October 18, 2011

America is not broke. But it has broken priorities. The Congressional Progressive Caucus has the right fix: save trillions, put Americans back to work and protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. How? End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tax millionaires, negotiate Medicare drug prices.
 

October 15, 2011

Do we invest in affordable housing, or a mortgage interest deduction on vacation homes? Congress’s “Terrible Ten” force the poor to sacrifice for breaks for the rich.

September 27, 2011

Alterman on classic rock and jazz, Reed on cliché's gravitational pull over media.

September 23, 2011

Headlining Wisconsin's Fighting Bob Fest, the largest annual gathering of progressives in the country, the Vermont senator drew the loudest cheers for a stern warning to the president and his colleagues on the congressional “super-committee” that has been charged with deficit reduction: don’t balance budgets on the backs of working Americans. Make the rich pay their fair share.

September 18, 2011