Republicans vs. The Tea Party: The Power Clash Begins

The new Congress hasn't even convened, but the epic clash between the GOP and incoming Tea Party has already begun to gel–and instead of a winner, they'll most likely end up in governmental deadlock. Questions have already arisen whether the two factions will be able to work together, with the Tea Party's hardline stance against compromise abutting the Republicans' need to get something, anything done in the next two years.

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 07:22

3 Republican Climate Change Deniers Angling to Take Over House Energy Committee

The House energy committee is seeing an intense leadership fight, as four different Republicans are vying to become take over the influential post from Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), who shepherded progressive climate legislation to the House floor in 2009, before it foundered in the U.S. Senate. The four candidates — Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), and Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) — all want to reopen the floodgates for a deregulated fossil fuel industry.

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 06:49

Good News: Economy Adds 150K Jobs in October -- Far More Than Expected

John Boehner likes to ask, "Where are the jobs?" This morning, the question was a little easier to answer.

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 06:35

Congress Comprised of Fewest Women in 30 Years

In terms of sheer numbers, there are dark times ahead for women in Congress.

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 06:29

Video: LGBT Advocates Protest Ouster of Iowa Judges Who Legalized Gay Marriage

The latest video from Democracy Now! explores the unprecedented ouster of three Iowa judges who ruled in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The judicial elections followed an intense campaign by right-wing, anti-gay rights special interest groups, raising fresh concerns about whether justice is for sale in this country.

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 05:55

Cop Caught on Tape Beating, Tasing Man -- Gets Off

A Peoria, Illinois, police officer who was videotaped beating and tasing a man after a traffic stop two years ago has been acquitted of his charges.

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 05:10

Whew! Murray Victory in Washington Brings Senate Dem Count to 53

Senator Patty Murray's victory in Washington State is sealed by a slim but definite margin--46,000 votes at last count. Her opponent, Dino Rossi, conceded last night after a media analysis of the vote, carefully calibrating the counted and uncounted votes, declared her the unquestionable winner. 

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 05:06

Women Take to Twitter, Declare "I Had an Abortion" In Face of New Anti-Choice Congress

Once upon a time, women signed an ad in Ms. Magazine to make the radical declaration that yes, they'd had abortions. Later, they said the same thing in front of documentary cameras.

Now--just as a frightening wave of extreme anti-choicers prepares to enter congress in January--they're doing it on Twitter. 

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 04:25

Watch: Rand Paul's Economic Logic: “There Are No Rich People”

Rand Paul's got a plan to fix the economy: we just need to stop punishing all the sad, pathetic yacht-owners. In one short, circular statement made to CNN's Wolf Blitzer Tuesday night, the Kentucky Senator-elect has summed up the right wing's economic views as succinctly as a one-panel cartoon.

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 04:05

Sarah Palin Complains About Loss of Privacy While Being Filmed for Reality TV Show

Episode one of the much-discussed Sarah Palin reality TV show, Sarah Palin's Alaska, has debuted to the world. Palin kicks things off by lamenting the invasion of her family's privacy that she says occurred when journalist Joe McGinniss spent the summer in the house next door.

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 04:00