Doubts Grow That Assad Ordered Chemical Attack

By: Monday September 9, 2013 6:00 am

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Part of the Obama Administration’s case against the Assad government rests on information you can’t know. This information, only available in classified briefings to members of Congress, supposedly proves the case that Bashar al-Assad ordered a chemical weapons attack and thereby violated international [...]

NSA Has Been Spying On Members Of Congress For A Long Time

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 10:37 am

During the drama over the so-called Amash Amendment General Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, went to Capitol Hill to lobby against the law. During the course of his lobbying members of Congress responded to his presentations with a reasonable question – can we see our own files? Alexander said no. According to David Sirota of [...]

Medicaid Expansion Requires Challenging Skeptics With Moral Arguments

By: Friday July 13, 2012 8:55 am

My whole point about the Medicaid expansion and the inevitability of Republican governors opting out at the outset is that those who support the expansion cannot take such a lackadaisical attitude about it. This is not a situation that will just change over time without a major challenge, pressuring these right-wing officials with the consequences [...]

GOP Complains of Unfunded Mandates, then Cuts Medicaid

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 8:31 pm

I want to revisit David’s earlier post on the punitive measures the GOP House proposed to replace the automatic defense cuts required by the deficit reduction debacle of last year. That law, passed by both parties after the GOP threatened to force the government into default and signed by President Obama, is one of the [...]

Grayson: Democratic Party Must Stand for Something

By: Monday November 14, 2011 12:57 pm

Former Congressman Alan Grayson, who is running again for a House seat in 2012, criticized the Democratic leadership in a discussion in Los Angeles this weekend, saying that they don’t understand the basic concept that voters need something to vote for. Grayson, speaking at the offices of the progressive filmmaking organization Brave New Films in [...]

Colombia Trade Deal Would Have Failed as a Treaty

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 6:29 am

As Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach explained yesterday, the three trade agreements passed Congress in a whirlwind of activity last night, because a present for the President of South Korea’s visit to Washington today is more important than a considered debate about the role of neoliberal trade agreements and what they have traditionally done to US [...]

Whites Have Massive Median Wealth Advantages Over Minorities

By: Tuesday July 26, 2011 8:55 am

The median net worth of white Americans is 20 times more than the net worth of African-Americans, and 18 times that of Hispanics, according to a new Pew survey. The biggest reason for the growth of this disparity over the past few years is that, prior to the bursting of the housing bubble, Hispanics and [...]

House Dem Losses Coming In: NBC Projects GOP +57

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 6:04 pm

Some bad news for Democrats as the House losses mount. • Baron Hill has been defeated in Indiana, in what was seen as a bellweather race in IN-09. Republican Todd Young is the victor. Republicans have won the open seat in IN-08 as well. Joe Donnelly is barely holding on in IN-02. • In Virginia, Rick [...]

Grayson: Banks Caught Up in Mortgage Mess Had Better Hold Lots of Capital

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 11:50 am

It’s a testament to the measure of Alan Grayson that, on the day before he end see the untimely end of his Congressional career, he was still fighting for his constituents on the foreclosure crisis. Specifically, he penned a letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which includes Timothy Geithner, saying that the recent reports [...]

Democrats and Allies Continue to Make Social Security a Campaign Issue

By: Tuesday October 26, 2010 10:00 am

The Alliance for Retired Americans have placed ads in six key districts across the country, attacking what they describe as Republican plans to raise the retirement age for Social Security benefits. There’s a residual benefit to this as well – it’s a warning shot against Democrats who would like to do the same. The spot [...]

Democrats: Foreclosure Fraud Not “Technical Errors,” Regulatory and Criminal Action Warranted

By: Thursday October 14, 2010 1:11 pm

I wasn’t the only one to deride the FHFA’s ingenious plan to end the foreclosure fraud crisis. Indeed, the reliance on internal reviews, and encouragement to engage in more foreclosures, raised the eyebrows of many housing advocates and prominent politicians. Now, six Senate Democrats have sent a letter to FHFA Acting Director Ed DeMarco and [...]

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