federal government

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Investigating the logical leaps at the heart of the Trump defense campaign Read more



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The super PAC has made independent political expenditures to support Sinema's elections, and Sinema has directed donations to it through a PAC she used to chair. Read more


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Hyper-focused on the presidency, too many people have lost sight of the key upcoming fights in the House and Senate. Read more


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So why don’t we get a vote on its leadership? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Governments fall when government officials disobey orders. The survival of democracy sometimes requires it. Read more


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Middle East State Department appointee David Schenker made time for the Israel lobbying powerhouse AIPAC, clarifying the fault lines in Washington. Read more

America and the World


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The board charged with overseeing the firms that audit corporations has become a cushy landing place for Republican politicos averse to enforcing its rules. Read more

Economic Policy

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In this Capitol Forum report, the merger of Roche and Spark Therapeutics, which could squash a cure for hemophilia while allowing Roche’s medication for it to thrive, is poised to be approved. Read more

Economic Policy

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Five possibilities for strengthening the Court and rebuilding public trust Read more

Law and Justice

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It sounds bad, but it would likely enable a Democratic president to get rid of an unqualified, anti-regulatory Consumer Financial Protection director immediately. Read more

Law and Justice

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The history of government whistleblowing in the U.S. is fraught with charges of espionage, inadequate protections, and real hardships for those who speak out. Read more

Law and Justice

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The ‘public charge’ rule won’t take effect today. But its origins show the Trump administration’s true intent. Read more

Law and Justice

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With his love of conspiracy theories and associations with criminal elements, the president’s personal attorney may well be the agent of Trump’s destruction. Read more



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Biden’s assistance to William Casey, Reagan’s CIA director, and the rehabilitation of the intelligence service in general has had tragic consequences. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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These government officials—like airport and oil rig workers, like Harvey Weinstein’s employees—need legal protections when they see something wrong. Read more



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A packet of curiosities and ‘propaganda’ raises the curtain on how Trump administration deploys the absurd against reality. Read more



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Trump will do anything to win in 2020. Read more



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How the Supreme Court might frustrate the effort to use statutory authority to advance a progressive agenda, and why the next president should follow through anyway Read more

Day One Agenda


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Congress writes the laws, but the IRS interprets them, and they can do so in ways that make the system more fair. Read more

Day One Agenda


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Presidents have two powerful sticks that could weaken the pharmaceutical industry’s power to rake in astronomical profits. Read more

Day One Agenda