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What really happened on Capitol Hill this week, and a look ahead to the budget battles on the horizon. 

John Kerry

Here are just a few things the Foreign Relations Committee should be asking Obama’s nominee for secretary of state.

Democrats introduced a gun control bill on the first day of the new Congress. But can they overcome the NRA?

California flag

Local and state governments are gaining the ability to restore basic services and infrastructure.

When The New York Times first revealed the NSA was wiretapping Americans without a warrant in 2005, it was a scandal. But the government continues to spy with impunity—and what was once illegal has become the law.

Military personell

Why are US taxpayers still forced to pay billions of dollars for US military bases?

Sallie Krawcheck

Reports say Sallie Krawcheck is a leading condender for SEC chairman, but her résumé should raise a red flag.

Senate Dems should restore the practice to its proper function: as a tool for public dissent, rather than unchecked, covert obstruction.

How to get yourself to the edge of the fiscal abyss and not jump. 

The recovery could be an opportunity to realign our relationship with the natural world.

Blogs

Both unemployment and underemployment could be alleviated through a little-known federal subsidy program.

October 20, 2014

With a new film out about Webb, Kill the Messenger, we look back at Cockburn’s testament to the investigative reporter.

October 14, 2014

A Republican Senator criticized Obama’s plan because it “focuses on Africa.”

October 9, 2014

Human Resources Administration announces changes to a system long critiqued by advocates.

October 8, 2014

Human rights groups are alarmed by the administration’s proposal to dramatically expand family detention for undocumented women and children.

September 30, 2014

Could ads like this stop the Kochs from buying the Senate?

September 25, 2014

The Attorney General has cemented a doctrine of “too big to jail” at the Justice Department.

September 25, 2014

Tuesday the Congresswoman called for “a full congressional debate and vote on any military action, as required by the Constitution.”

September 24, 2014

Gary Palmer claims his think tank’s funding is “almost entirely” from individuals. That isn’t true.

September 18, 2014

Fox News becomes a caricature of itself, again.

September 16, 2014