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Senators Demand Humane Treatment for Women in Prison


The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, introduced by Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, would protect the federal prison system’s most vulnerable and fastest-growing group.

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Governing Dysfunction









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What’s the Matter With Iowa? Dark News From Red-State America


A slew of Republican legislation is flowing out of the Capitol in Des Moines during this radical right-wing moment in U.S. history.

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We Don’t Need Gun Control









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House Democrats and Republicans Continue to Square Off Over Gun Control Legislation


Despite growing national attention on gun violence, Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives cannot seem to find common ground on gun control measures.

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New Bill Would Compensate Veterans Exposed to Mustard Gas


Sponsored by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, the bill is aimed at World War II vets who were exposed to the gas in experiments designed to prepare for chemical warfare.

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Arkansas Defies Widespread Outrage by Passing Its Own ‘Religious Freedom’ Act


Arkansas, following Indiana’s lead, has adopted a hugely controversial, “anti-gay” Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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House Passes Bill Barring Federal Funds for Abortion


The House of Representatives voted last week to withhold federal financial assistance from Americans signing up for health insurance plans that cover abortion.

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Pension Reform









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‘Surveillance State’ Legislation Would Bar Some NSA Decryption


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Disclosures about the NSA’s secret campaign to undermine online privacy protections have prompted Rep. Rush D. Holt Jr., D-N.J., to propose legislation that would prohibit the agency from installing “backdoors” into encryption intended to protect email, online transactions and other communications.

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Blockhead Congress









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Senate Speed Trap









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Mass Shootings Do Little to Change State Gun Laws


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Following the mass shooting in Connecticut, the Obama administration and lawmakers around the country have promised to re-examine gun control in America. Here’s a look at what’s happened legislatively in states where some of the worst shootings in recent U.S. history have occurred to see what effect, if any, those events had on gun laws.

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The Tyranny of the Compact Fluorescent


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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are set to vote on a measure aimed at repealing part of a 2007 bill that calls for phasing out those inefficient, old-style light bulbs. If passed, it’s unlikely the proposal would clear the Senate. (more)

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Disappointment in Rhode Island


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Same-sex couples suffered a bitter legislative defeat in Rhode Island on Wednesday night when a bill allowing only civil unions—but not marriage—passed the state Senate, less than one week after New York granted gays and lesbians the right to marry. (more)

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Senate GOP Plans Bill-Blocking Spree


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After a brief moment of bipartisan-themed grandstanding the day before, things got back to normal on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, with Senate Republicans plotting to make the most of the next few weeks by doing their darndest to derail any Democratic-backed legislation in the works.

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Prison-Industrial Complex Helped Write and Pass SB 1070

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An investigation by National Public Radio has found that prison companies that were set to make significant gains from the criminalization of immigrants helped write and pass Arizona’s controversial law SB 1070.

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Obama Makes Financial Overhaul Official

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It remains to be seen whether the new financial reform legislation that President Obama signed into law on Wednesday will spare us another economic cataclysm like the recession we’re still in, but for his part, the president seems jazzed about it.

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GOP Drafting Rival Financial Reform Bill

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Senate Republicans are hoping that, when it comes to their Democratic opponents, if they can’t beat ’em, they can at least make up their own financial reform bill to thwart ’em. One pesky problem with the GOP’s approach is ... (continued)

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Obama Signs Student Loan Legislation

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President Barack Obama made the short trip to Northern Virginia Community College on Tuesday to put the final touch—his signature—on legislation that included additional action items on the health care reform list and an overhaul of the federal student loan system.

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Senate Passes Jobs Bill


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A better job market could be on the way for Americans looking for work if the job-creation bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday gets President Barack Obama’s approval, and if the legislation actually inspires employers to do some hiring.

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Senate Dems Go for Job-Creation Angle

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Just a day after their motivational session with President Barack Obama, Senate Democrats got back to the task of regaining some lost political capital, making a bid to better their situation and that of out-of-work Americans by introducing a job-creation package—on the same day, the Los Angeles Times noted, that Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown was to be sworn in.

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Pro-Union Bill in Trouble


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Sen. Arlen Specter gave the proposed Employee Free Choice Act the shaft Tuesday, severely wounding legislation that would make forming unions significantly easier. Labor leaders were depending on support from moderates such as Specter, but, facing a primary challenge, the Pennsylvania Republican chickened out.

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Bernie Sanders Wants Answers, Writes Legislation to Get Them

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Fed chief Ben Bernanke may be able to dole out trillions in the blink of an eye, but on Tuesday he ran headlong into Congress’ only independent democratic socialist. Sen. Bernie Sanders demanded to know where all the Fed’s money was going. Bernanke said “no.” Sanders fired back by introducing a bill that would require such information to be posted to the Fed’s Web site.

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Making Him Do It

Intragovernmental squabbling probably makes the conflict-averse Obama uncomfortable. But the “make him do it” dynamic could finally bring the center of Washington’s political debate closer to the progressive center of American public opinion.

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Lilly Ledbetter Has Her Day

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On Thursday, President Barack Obama signed his first bill into law—the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—with the lofty aim of ensuring equal pay for equal work and eradicating workplace discrimination. The bill’s namesake, a former Goodyear employee, was on hand, as was first lady Michelle Obama, who at a reception after the signing ceremony called Ledbetter “one of my favorite people.”

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Economic Policy That Might Actually Work? Who Knew?

After eight years of trickle-down tax cuts that pushed the prosperous up and left most everyday Americans sliding further down, the stimulus bill now moving swiftly through Congress is more than a reversal of political course. Let’s hope it’s not too late.

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Workers Laid Off, Executives Paid Off, Bernard Madoff

Bernard Madoff’s criminal pyramid scheme, in which losses are expected to be $50 billion, paints a grim picture—unless you are a corporate executive. Read the fine print. Of the TARP bailout funds, only those that were technically spent “in an auction” carry limits on executive pay.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 READ MORE

We Told You So

With the release of three new reports, there’s no debate anymore about who was correct and who wasn’t concerning the economic collapse and the Wall Street bailout. The studies prove that progressive critics were right and the Washington ideologues and the pundits were wrong.

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Obama’s E-Team

Obama’s selection of a team of highly skilled pragmatists has already been described as a move to the political center, but Obama advisers and longtime acquaintances say that this is a misreading of the incoming president and his approach.

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So Much to Do, So Little Hillary


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Sen. Ted Kennedy has asked Sen. Hillary Clinton to take up an important post shaping landmark health care legislation. The offer comes as Clinton reportedly weighs continuing her work in the Senate against joining Barack Obama’s administration as secretary of state.

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House Defies Leadership, Rejects Bailout


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When it came to a showdown in the House, the $700-billion bailout scheme was considered to be as toxic as the securities it was supposed to save us from. Democrats and Republicans broke ranks Monday to vote down the measure, 228-205, against the wishes of both parties’ leaders.

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Back in the USSR

In the late 1990s, Washington was in the throes of a deregulatory orgy. Many lampooned Rep. Bernie Sanders’ opposition to the grotesquerie, and his notoriety as the only self-described socialist in Congress. Nobody guessed that in a few years our country would become the United States’ Socialist Republic.

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They Claim the Bailout Is Necessary, but Is It Constitutional?


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Wall Street will not trouble its collective consciousness with worry over the Constitution. But this bailout bill is virtually unprecedented in its assumptions and its reach for unchecked power.

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Don’t Work


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Congress is investigating the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for the first time in the rule’s 15-year life. Critics of the famously troubled compromise would like to take advantage of a troop-starved military to scrap the policy, but the opposition argues that openly gay soldiers would frighten away new recruits.

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Senate Slogs Through Housing Bill

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Leading senators think they have made a bipartisan breakthrough on legislation aimed at the mortgage crisis. A parallel effort in the House met with Republican opposition, and it’s not entirely clear where President Bush and his veto pen stand on the matter.

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The Power of a Stupid Idea

There’s something maddening about this presidential campaign. It has become irrelevant whether anything the candidates say actually makes sense. Case in point: cutting the gas tax.

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The Plague of Potomac Fever

Congress is ravaged by a disease inside the Washington Beltway inhibiting emotions like compassion and integrity. As the housing crisis intensifies, this malady is getting worse.

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Unequal Under the Law

By now the Tale of Lilly Ledbetter is beginning to sound like the Perils of Pauline or the Pre-Feminist Follies. At 70 years old, she’s the star of a long-running drama about how hard we have to run to keep from slipping backward.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE

Gore: Change Laws and Lightbulbs

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After “An Inconvenient Truth” hit theaters, Al Gore may have won a couple of trophies for his work in fighting climate change, but the former vice president doesn’t believe enough has changed where it counts—in national and international laws

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Failing the Troops

The same kinds of mismanagement and dysfunction that are at work in Iraq continue to plague veterans when they seek medical care at home.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

The real John McCain is re-emerging: a politician who rakes in big bucks by being a hired gun for the corporations.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE

Ethical Progress at Last

Elections do matter. Some people who win office really do keep campaign promises. And legislation the public wants—but which the politicians, by and large, don’t—actually can be enacted, even if the kicking and screaming can practically be heard coming from behind those infamously closed doors.

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE

The Next Florida

Election Day began with voting machines refusing to start up. It ended with them refusing to shut down.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE

Digging in the Right Place

It is state legislators—not those celebrities of Capitol Hill—who are the innovators in seeking remedies to problems such as the health care mess.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE

Dodd to the Rescue

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Sen. Chris Dodd just put his money where his mouth has been in the presidential campaign, filibustering a nasty bit of legislation the Senate tried to push through before the Christmas break. Here he tells MSNBC why giving retroactive immunity to the telecom companies for spying on Americans is a bad thing.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

When Barbarians Take Hostages

Henry Kravis is the king of private equity, the Wall Street sector that buys and bleeds companies.  He and his ilk, to preserve their huge tax advantages, are making sure that millions of Americans won’t get a fair deal.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE

Our Offspring Fontanel

Oooh. He’s clever. And obviously knows exactly what he’s doing. This is all a setup, people. Has to be. Yes, I’m talking about George Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Who but a total stoned horned ogre would do that? Maybe an ogre with something up his sleeve, eh?

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE

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