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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.

Corporate whistleblowers get the silent treatment from Washington.

The government is spending real money on an imaginary war.

The proposed rule drew a blizzard of criticism from the financial industry. Here’s why commercial banks shouldn’t be able to make risky bets.

Blogs

Doug Hughes is not a dangerous fruitcake. In fact, he is a small-d democratic idealist who went out of his way to alert the authorities in advance of his so-called “Freedom Flight.”

April 17, 2015

"The rush of modern civilization itself has raised for us new difficulties, new problems which must be solved..."

April 14, 2015

The great historian of Watergate chased Nixon down, as part of a crusade against executive abuses.

April 8, 2015

Our intelligence apparatus, operating in the dark.

April 7, 2015

He’s just five simple steps away from being elected.

March 31, 2015

Of course, Elizabeth Warren should be considered, but so should Sherrod Brown and Jeff Merkley.

March 27, 2015

It's a tempting idea, but elevating Warren to the top Senate post is Mission Impossible.

March 27, 2015

Many reformers on the left are optimistic that this time, bipartisan consensus will tilt in a progressive direction.

March 27, 2015

The Congressional Progressive Caucus’s alternative budget was the best proposal. But only ninety-six Democrats backed it.

March 26, 2015

After waiting years for a decision on their visa applications with no explanation for the delay, nine Iraqis are suing the US government they once worked for.

March 20, 2015