Whistleblowers Necessary for a Free Press

In a well-orchestrated effort to get ahead of the story, this week the Obama administration released a trove of secret information about domestic spying and the rules of how the domestic phone records may be accessed and used by intelligence analysts. And yesterday, the president met with congressional leaders to … Continue reading

Is Edward Snowden the Only American Who Remembers the Words of the 4th Amendment?

This week an unusual bipartisan effort from 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats almost succeeded in an attempt to cut off funding for the NSA’s collection of phone data by 205 “yes” to 217 “no” votes. But the movement to curb the NSA’s secret power over American citizens has now spread … Continue reading

Democrat Harry Reid Extols Rand Paul’s Talking Filibuster

There isn’t much on which Harry Reid and Rand Paul can agree, but after tea party Republican Paul spent 12 hours on the Senate floor filibustering President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, the chamber’s top Democrat appreciates Paul’s willingness to step up to actually engage in a talking filibuster. … Continue reading

VIDEO: Dems Say ‘Put The Middle Class First’

Even as he continued to stir the pot over Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s taxes, the top Senate Democrat continued to fight for continued tax cuts for the middle class. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada joined several of his Senate Democratic colleagues to lambast GOP lawmakers for continuing … Continue reading

On Healthcare Reform, Schumer Tells GOP: Get Over It

Now that the Supreme Court largely has upheld healthcare reform, a top Senate Democrat has a message to all of the law’s conservative opponents: Get over it. Problem is: the Republicans aren’t likely to listen. After two years of fierce opposition and vitriol from the right regarding healthcare reform, the … Continue reading

From Defeat In Wisconsin To Victory In Arizona: What A Difference A Week Makes

If it feels like it’s been just a week since Democrats were crying in their soup over their painful loss in Wisconsin, that’s because it was. But this week, instead, they were able to start their Wednesday with a smile: Democrat Ron Barber held onto the House seat in Arizona which … Continue reading

Cory Booker May Not Want To, But Robert Reich Goes Right Ahead And Indicts Private Equity

Democrat Cory Booker may not want “to sit here and indict private equity” like that once run by Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, but a former Labor secretary was more than happy to take that plunge. Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J., stirred up a firestorm Sunday by appearing on … Continue reading

Exploring a Run for Barney Frank’s Seat, Joseph Kennedy III Makes Another Move

AP News reports today that  “Joseph Kennedy III has moved to a different Boston suburb ahead of an expected congressional bid to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.” Brookline’s town clerk says the 31-year-old Kennedy came to town hall Tuesday and registered to vote as a Democrat, listing a Brookline address. … Continue reading