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Corporations outspend taxpayers in Congress...

You may be surprised to learn that we spend about $2 billion dollars a year on our dysfunctional Congress. However, it's even more surprising to learn that corporate lobbyists spend even more to buy off our federal lawmakers.

Hey Mr. President...Transparency Applies To the TPP too!

Transparency belongs in all parts of a democracy.

This morning, President Obama announced that back in January we accidentally killed two hostages, including one American a U.S with a drone during a counterterrorism operation targeting Al Qaeda operatives in a compound along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border .

Corporations to America: We Own You

When he was governor of Louisiana in 1930s, Huey Long had a slogan.

It was “Every man a king.”

The idea was that with Long in the governor’s mansion, every person, no matter their job, would enjoy the kind of wealth and happiness normally enjoyed only by monarchs.

Hence the phrase “Every man a king.”

You Can't Have a Functioning Democracy Without High Quality Infrastructure

We can’t have a strong country without strong infrastructure.

Earlier this month, Josh and Vanessa Ellis and their 8-month-old son Hudson were killed after debris from a highway overpass in Bonney Lake, Washington fell onto their pickup truck as they were driving through.

The War on Drugs is a War on Americans

The War on Drugs isn’t a war on drugs; it’s a war on people, and this weekend it claimed its latest victim.

On Sunday morning, exactly one week after an encounter with police left him with 80 percent of his spine severed at his neck, Baltimore resident Freddie Gray died at a local hospital. He was just 27 years old.


The biggest mass extinction in the history of the world was caused by carbon dioxide. That’s the conclusion of a shocking new study published last week in Science Magazine.

According to that study - the Permian Mass Extinction - which occurred 252 million years ago - started when a group of volcanoes erupted in Siberia - sending tons upon tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Bill O'Reilly's latest "white" dream...

As usual, Bill O’Reilly has it all wrong.

On a recent episode of The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly gave his take on Hillary Clinton running for president and the competition she faces.

Dear Police: Stop Treating Us Like We're Part Of ISIS

Another day, another shocking example of police violence.

On Friday, the Tulsa, Oklahoma police department finally released video from the April 2 shooting death of Eric Harris, an unarmed black man who police say was trying to sell a gun to an undercover cop.

2016 is the Race Against Austerity.

As Republican lawmakers and presidential hopefuls continue to fantasize about more massive budget cuts, economists are figuring out how much austerity really devastates a nation.

All the WarHawks Need to Just Shut Up!

Apparently Senator Tom Cotton has been living under a rock for the past 12 years.

The TPP is rigged to benefit the rich!

How do corporate lobbyists get around Congress when their billionaire masters want to destroy regulations that protect workers, our environment, and keep jobs here in the United States?

Beware Rand Paul’s Bait-And-Switch

Rand Paul is running on the platform that he is not a typical Republican...except that he is with the exception of drugs, drones and spying. And that’s something all Americans, especially all progressives, need to remember heading into 2016.

Here’s why.

How About Some Chemical Waste With Your Fish?

You might want to think twice about the food that you’re eating.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC), nearly 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne viruses and diseases each year. Of those 48 million Americans, 128,000 have to be hospitalized, and an astonishing 3,000 die because of foodborne illnesses.

Put Down the Cheeseburger

If you want to live longer, feel healthier, and save the world all at the same time, there’s only one thing you can do: go vegan.

Progressive policies work!

Republican governors all around our country are slashing education to cover the cost of tax breaks for the rich. But, Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota wants to invest a portion of his state's budget surplus in universal pre-K.

Latest Headlines

Obama to veto legislation on refugee screening

President Barack Obama would veto a Republican bill introduced in the wake of the Paris attacks to toughen the screening process for Syrian refugees

New York officials: No credible ISIS threat against city

There is no credible threat to New York City at this time, officials said

China denies torturing political prisoners

A Chinese delegation denied mistreatement of prisoners held in police stations and deaths in custody

Community Archive

Why the Kochs Really Embraced Criminal Justice Reform...

It looks like the Koch brothers have scammed us once again.

When news first came out that Charles and David Koch -- the Koch brothers -- were supporting criminal justice reform efforts in Congress, many of us thought, "Wow, they're actually doing something good for once."

And for good reason, too.

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