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BUSTED! Top Dem House Member Caught Reading Playboy On Airplane

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It takes a bold person to openly read an adult nudie magazine in public, especially on an airplane where tight confines often leave neighboring passen...

Critics Blast Obama On Faith-Based Hiring Rules

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A day after ordering a host of changes to the White House's faith-based office, President O...

The House Is Duty-Bound to Bring Articles of Impeachment Against Clarence Thomas

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The evidence is compelling that Thomas perjured himself in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his court confirmation hearings in 1991.

Dems Come Alive!

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Moore

Just four weeks until the midterm elections and I'm starting to feel that maybe, just maybe, Democrats will prevent an All Souls Day Massacre. And if the Dems escape death's door, they had better not let this nonsense happen again.

Testimony From Comedian Gallagher Outrages Subcommittee on Agriculture

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Lawmakers are still incensed over yesterday's appearance by prop comedian Gallagher before a House Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture.

Fannie Mae Must Stop Bankrolling Lawsuits Against Underwater Homeowners with Our Money

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

What do the American people get for investing $86 billion and owning an 80 percent share in Fannie Mae? Have many millions of homeowners who are delinquent on their Fannie mortgages been helped?

Feinberg Let BP Go Back On Its Word to Compensate "All Legitimate Claims"

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

As we remember the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I strongly urge Ken Feinberg, the Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, to reverse his decision not to pay victims' mental health claims.

Was Alberto Gonzales Vindicated or Did Our Democracy Dodge a Bullet?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Integrity is what is needed in our top law enforcement officials, and that is what was so lacking in Alberto Gonzales. The Dannehy report as vindication? I think not.

Dan Froomkin

Critics Say Deficit Commission Is Too Secretive | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's deficit commission is supposed to be helping establish some sort of national consensus on how to keep the nation's debt manageable i...

Who Let the Blue Dogs Out?

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

This is a grim story about the care and feeding of a Blue Dog. Right now, Congresswoman Jane Harman is facing a serious primary challenge from a genuine progressive, Marcy Winograd, in Southern California's 36th congressional district.

Slashing Workers' Wages and Benefits? Why Not CEOs' Too?

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. John Conyers

It's a story told so often that we know the ending well before the last chapter: the same executives who steer a company to the brink of collapse are given preferential treatment with the remaining assets. It's time we changed the ending.

Ending the Longest War

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Former Secretary of Defense McNamara noted that one lesson he took from Vietnam was that "you can't fight a civil war with outside troops." His words should haunt us today, as the Afghanistan War becomes the longest war in U.S. history.

Israel and Harman in Tandem: From High Seas to Airwaves

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The so-called smart money is on Harman in next Tuesday's primary, but the incumbent -- like the Israeli government -- has reason to worry. Sometimes, moral revulsion can topple defenders of the indefensible.

Rethink Afghanistan: How to Get What You Pay For

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

A Trillion Dollar Turning Point?

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Americans of all political stripes should take a moment to consider what war spending on the trillion dollar scale means, not just in dollars spent, but in terms of opportunities lost to strengthen, invest in, and improve our country.

New Justice Department Push To Keep Bush Aides From Testifying

Murray Waas | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Murray Waas

The Justice Department filed papers in court late Monday asking a federal judge to temporarily set aside his own order directing White House officials...

Former Obama Advisors Call Out His Hedge Fund-Staffed Deficit Commission

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

It appears there are no new ideas circulating within Obama's deficit commission. Just the long, patient plans of hedge fund billionaires who want to dismantle the social safety net and not pay their taxes.

Zero Public Option + One Mandate = Disaster

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Not long ago, the most prominent supporters of the public option were touting it as essential for health care reform. Now, suddenly, it's incidental; its supporters are no longer principled -- they're pernicious.

War in a Box

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The event on the House floor Wednesday afternoon was monumental -- the first major congressional debate about U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since lawmakers authorized the invasion.

Round 2: The Battle for Single Payer (Improved Medicare for All) Continues

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Where does the single payer movement go from here? They will no longer be deferential to the Democratic party. They are taking the fight to their legislators in their communities and in D.C., demanding accountability.

Monica Conyers, Wife To John Conyers, Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Detroit Bribes

AP / Huffington Post | ED WHITE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit city councilwoman was sentenced to more than three years in prison Wednesday for bribery after a federal judge refus...

Pressure Mounts on DOJ to Produce Missing E-Mails

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Pressure is growing on the Justice Department to produce supposedly "deleted" e-mails that could reveal whether government lawyers in the Bush administration were instructed to devise legal justifications for torture.

Black History Is American History

Rep. Yvette D. Clarke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke

We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation's greatness.

TV Stars Align Against Horse Slaughter

Stephanie Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stephanie Green

I had the rare pleasure of dining out last week at K Street favorite Teatro Goldoni with two darlings from the world of television who were using thei...

Tequila, Jazz And Show Tunes: How Congress Is Raising Money This Week

Huffington Post | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Members of Congress are fighting the holiday blues with a vengeance, at least judging from the flamboyant fundraising events scheduled for this week. ...