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No one who has succeeded in America actually did it on his or her own.

Mitt Romney

With the 2012 elections projected to be the priciest ever, we must rein in the billions of influence-peddling dollars flowing toward Washington.

Perpetuating the idea that the government can’t do its job is but a half-step away from excusing the government when it fails us.

Research exaggerating the costs of social safety nets has been used for decades to launch unwarranted claims against government programs.

Dozens of proposed laws might reduce the power of money and mischief in the political process. But will they help to restore confidence in government?

Finding the right “frame” will not magically change people’s attitudes about government. We must speaks to--and act on--our common goals.

By giving people a direct voice in shaping regulations, we can make agencies more responsive and accountable, and give citizens a direct stake in policy-making.

Employment office

The federal government has the unique ability, and thus responsibility, to set baselines for citizenship, economic security and market rules.

A lesson in Republican math and military spending.

The unstoppable legacy of the war on terror.

Blogs

The Department of Justice won't investigate shocking claims made earlier this year.

July 10, 2014

A new report reveals that the NSA spied on five prominent American Muslims.

July 9, 2014

While Obama has begun to act on what the country needs, Republican obstruction refuses to pass bills and solve problems.

July 9, 2014

Senate Democrats fight the ruling that allows corporate executives to make healthcare decisions for female employees.

July 9, 2014

Senate Republicans have ground the body to a near-halt on nominations.

July 8, 2014

While the Obama administration takes steps to discourage coal consumption at home, it’s tacitly promoting coal exports overseas.

July 7, 2014

Talking about opportunity alone fails to address the unfairness of the current system.

July 7, 2014

The politicians were happy, if nobody else.

July 1, 2014

“Working people have experienced—for a long time—the diminishment of their voice,” says David Weil, the new director of the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor.

July 1, 2014

The Supreme Court decided Thursday to end President Obama’s ability to make recess appointments.

June 26, 2014