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Samuel Alito and his handlers have crafted a disingenuous campaign that reeks of ethical compromise, bending Senate rules, bending the truth and compromising the confirmation process.

Cleaning up Congress after the Abramoff scandal involves far more than
limits on gifts and perks. It requires barring the 'legalized bribery'
of major campaign contributions.

Samuel Alito's blunt testimony on international law revealed the extremity of his judicial philosophy and carried profound implications for rulings he might make.

Evidence is mounting that Connecticut Democrats are dismayed by Senator
Joseph Lieberman's support of President Bush and the Iraq War, giving
impetus to assertions that voters are ready to dump him.

A significant credibility gap opened between Samuel Alito's radical judicial record and his self-portrayal as an open-minded jurist before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his second day of testimony. Senators have reason to scrutinize a recent peer evaluation of Alito's rulings by Yale Law School, which locates him somewhere to the ideological right of Antonin Scalia.

On his first day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Samuel Alito was purely political, focusing on his blue-collar roots and the accomplishments of his immigrant family. But Democratic Senators focused on his judicial record on abortion, voting rights and conflicts of interest.

There ought to be a law about bribery in America, but there isn't--not a real one. Bribery is so central to our political culture that it's virtually impossible that any politician ensnared in the Abramoff scandal will actually be convicted of the corruption that makes Washington work.

House Republicans rammed through a budget bill in December that cuts $40 billion from domestic programs. Is there anyone of conscience in the Senate to defeat this?

Chastised by Russ Feingold for extrajudicial spying, the President who would be king invokes the divine right of kings.

Eugene McCarthy was a pure original, a great and good man, whose fundamental historical achievement was to be the standard-bearer for a moral and philosophical campaign against the Vietnam War.

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As the disparity between rich and poor has grown, so have gaps in life expectancy between counties, towns, and even neighborhoods. 

November 20, 2013

For the first time since before the Civil War, the Senate rejected a sitting member of Congress for a cabinet post. 

November 1, 2013

The Senate HELP Committee takes up the Older Americans Act--a safety net for seniors living in or near poverty.  

October 28, 2013

The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to take up legislation to reform the NSA’s spying authority next week.  

October 25, 2013

The Texas senator wants to change Senate rules so his anti-Obamacare strategy can “win” even when it loses.

September 23, 2013

The top candidate for the Federal Reserve chair withdraws his name from consideration after key Democratic senators said they would oppose him.

September 15, 2013

On Wednesday, the Foreign Relations Committee passed an imprecise resolution authorizing the use of force in Syria. 

September 5, 2013

Harry Reid forces the hand of Senate Republicans on nominations. But he should not take the “nuclear option” off the table anytime soon.

July 16, 2013

The Senate minority leader has abused the filibuster since 2007, but if continues to filibuster presidential appointments, Harry Reid is prepared to change the Senate rules.

July 15, 2013

Because of Mitch McConnell's obstructionism, Democrats recognize that it's necessary to reform rules to schedule votes on confirming NLRB members, a labor secretary and other Obama nominees.

July 10, 2013