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At stake is whether the twenty-first-century First Amendment will be a protector of the powerful or a resource for the weak and disfranchised.

To date, the Rehnquist Court's environmental record has been mixed. While no darling of the greens, neither has it been consistently "brown."

I still think third-party politics is mostly a crock, but then, so is two-party politics.

Less than a hour after George Bush concluded his party's
have-a-nice-election convention with a vapid but beyond-the-expectations
acceptance speech, a source deep within the Gore camp called me

Democrats gather in Los Angeles facing large questions not just about
their success in November but also about the direction of their party.
George W.

A part of me recoils at the thought of adding even a syllable to the
ocean of pontifical sludge emanating from the Republican confab in
Philadelphia, so mind-numbingly inane and diligently dece

In this gilded-age election, big money is speaking louder than ever. And
voters and large contributors to both parties agree that when money
talks, politicians listen.

Ralph Nader, America's indomitable public citizen, is the one great man
in this presidential election.


The special election for a historically Republican New York State congressional seat was supposed to be a easy win for the GOP nominee. But Paul Ryan's assault on Medicare has made this a competitive contest. And right now the Democrat is leading.

May 10, 2011

The big banks are donating a lot of money to members of the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. Why? Because those Congresspeople could close down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

May 6, 2011

The first Republican presidential debate featured clear calls from two candidates to respond to the death of Osama bin Laden by exiting Afghanistan.

May 6, 2011

Five men who would be the Republican nominee for president debated Thursday night. It was torture.

May 6, 2011

Finally, Republicans in Congress have announced a jobs plan. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to actually create any jobs.

May 5, 2011

Backed by aviation industry money, the GOP is trying to weaken common-sense flight safety rules. Famed pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and others push back.

May 4, 2011

As Republicans pursue one of the most unpopular programs in recent memory, progressives have an opportunity to reset the terms of the debate.

May 3, 2011

The sort-of libertarian congressman from Texas challenges more Republican dogma on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pentagon spending, free trade, civil liberties, bank bailouts and Fed secrecy than does Barack Obama.

April 30, 2011

Recent town halls had many key Tea Party rabblerousers playing defense for the first time. How will Congress react when it meets next week?

April 29, 2011

Progressives need to take interest group-based politics seriously if they want to counter status quo bias.

April 29, 2011