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  • How to Beat the NRA In 7 (Not-So-Easy) Steps

    How to Beat the NRA In 7 (Not-So-Easy) Steps | ARTICLE

    The NRA remains one of the most formidable forces in American political life. But it is not bulletproof. Since the massacres in Aurora and Newtown, states from New York and Maryland to Colorado and California have made...

    July 14, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Eric Cantor: Burned at the Steakhouse

    Eric Cantor: Burned at the Steakhouse | ARTICLE

    In a plot twist so bloody and twisted you'd think George R.R. Martin scripted it, the Tea Party has claimed the scalp of House Republican leader Eric Cantor. Dave Brat's primary victory over a sitting Majority Leader –...

    June 11, 2014 10:35 AM ET
  • 13 Things You Need to Know About Bowe Bergdahl

    13 Things You Need to Know About Bowe Bergdahl | ARTICLE

    The late Michael Hastings wrote the definitive magazine profile of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for Rolling Stone in June 2012. Now that America's Last Prisoner of War has been released, in a prisoner exchange for five...

    June 2, 2014 6:00 PM ET
  • Obamacare: It's Working!

    Obamacare: It's Working! | ARTICLE

    No one would claim that the Affordable Care Act rollout has all gone according to plan. The troubles started in the summer of 2012,...

    April 9, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • 11 Jaw-Dropping Lines From Dianne Feinstein's CIA Torture Statement

    11 Jaw-Dropping Lines From Dianne Feinstein's CIA Torture Statement | ARTICLE

    Today, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein released an astonishing statement on her committee's investigation into torture by the CIA – and the intelligence agency's shocking, and possibly illegal, activities to spy on the committee itself. A...

    March 11, 2014 4:05 PM ET
  • Hey, Washington! The Pay Is Too Damn Low: The Minimum-Wage War

    Hey, Washington! The Pay Is Too Damn Low: The Minimum-Wage War | ARTICLE

    Nearly five years into the recovery from the Great Recession, the American economy remains fundamentally broken. Inequality is getting worse: Ninety-five percent of income...

    February 27, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • How the U.S. Exports Global Warming

    How the U.S. Exports Global Warming | ARTICLE

    The greening of American energy is both real and profound. Since President Obama took office, the nation's solar capacity has increased more than tenfold....

    February 3, 2014 11:00 AM ET
  • 27 Shocking Numbers That Reveal the True State of the Union

    27 Shocking Numbers That Reveal the True State of the Union | ARTICLE

    In tonight's State of the Union speech, we're likely to hear a lot about the nation's continuing recovery from the Great Recession, and about President Obama's determination to run an executive end-run around obstructionist Republicans in...

    January 28, 2014 11:15 AM ET
  • Everything You Need to Know About Today's Court Ruling on NSA Spying

    Everything You Need to Know About Today's Court Ruling on NSA Spying | ARTICLE

    Score one for Edward Snowden. In the first judicial challenge of the NSA's constant, suspicionless surveillance of Americans' cell phone records, a federal judge appointed by George W. Bush ruled that the "metadata program" is likely unconstitutional:...

    December 16, 2013 4:50 PM ET
  • One Year After Newtown: 20 Reasons for Hope And Despair

    One Year After Newtown: 20 Reasons for Hope And Despair | ARTICLE

    One year ago this week, 20-year-old Adam Lanza embarked on his bloody rampage at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. In less than 11 minutes, firing 154 rounds from a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S, Lanza...

    December 13, 2013 12:00 PM ET
  • Five Republicans Who Didn't Let a Fatal Accident Spoil a Good Hashtag

    Five Republicans Who Didn't Let a Fatal Accident Spoil a Good Hashtag | ARTICLE

    On Sunday, December 1st, a terrifying train wreck in the Bronx killed four passengers and injured dozens of others. Traditionally, in times of national tragedy or natural disaster, politicians are civil enough to curb their...

    December 3, 2013 1:55 PM ET
  • John F. Kennedy's Prophetic Rebuke of Tea Party Politics

    John F. Kennedy's Prophetic Rebuke of Tea Party Politics | ARTICLE

    Fifty years ago today in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated before he could deliver a speech whose message echoes across the decades, and today stands as a prophetic admonition against Tea Party politics. In the words...

    November 22, 2013 1:50 PM ET
  • Blow by Blow: 10 Politicians Linked to Cocaine

    Blow by Blow: 10 Politicians Linked to Cocaine | ARTICLE

    Freshman Congressman Trey Radel (R-Florida) became the first sitting U.S. representative to be convicted for a cocaine offense this week. The 37-year-old Radel pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession charges, following from his attempt to...

    November 22, 2013 11:30 AM ET
  • 10 Republicans Who Cheered on Batkid, Want to Revoke His Obamacare

    10 Republicans Who Cheered on Batkid, Want to Revoke His Obamacare | ARTICLE

    On Friday, a sick child in San Francisco stole the Twittersphere's heart after the Make-a-Wish Foundation helped him don superhero garb and "fight crime" on the streets of San Francisco as "Batkid." Even Republican politicians...

    November 16, 2013 10:12 AM ET
  • By the Numbers: The Top 7 Obamacare Exchanges

    By the Numbers: The Top 7 Obamacare Exchanges | ARTICLE

    Today, the Obama administration unveiled the first-month enrollment figures for Obamacare — showing that just 106,000 Americans have managed to select an individual insurance plan. The figure is roughly one-fifth of what the government had projected would...

    November 13, 2013 5:05 PM ET
  • How Republicans Rig the Game

    How Republicans Rig the Game | ARTICLE

    As the nation recovers from the Republican shutdown of government, the question Americans should be asking is not "Why did the GOP do that...

    November 11, 2013 10:35 AM ET
  • The Top Five Political Excuses of All Time

    The Top Five Political Excuses of All Time | ARTICLE

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford joined a dubious Hall of Fame today when he tried to salvage his political career by blaming his admitted use of crack cocaine — allegedly documented on a video now reportedly in police...

    November 5, 2013 3:55 PM ET
  • Inside the Republican Suicide Machine

    Inside the Republican Suicide Machine | ARTICLE

    The day before Congress broke for its August recess, on an afternoon when most of official Washington was tying up loose ends and racing...

    October 9, 2013 11:45 AM ET
  • Even Before the Shutdown, House Republicans Couldn't Get Anything Done

    Even Before the Shutdown, House Republicans Couldn't Get Anything Done | ARTICLE

    For House Republicans, shutting down government has one distinct upside: It obscures how hapless the party has become at the basic work of governing the country. In the months before they turned out the lights in Washington, House...

    October 8, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Obama Administration Won't Fight State Marijuana Laws

    Obama Administration Won't Fight State Marijuana Laws | ARTICLE

    In a historic pivot in the War on Drugs, the Obama Justice Department announced this week that the federal government will allow Washington and Colorado to implement their state laws for the taxation and regulation...

    August 30, 2013 11:40 AM ET
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