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Live Stream: SXSW fest features Kucinich on labor, Franken on net...

The Austin-based South by Southwest music, film, technology fest this week has so far featured populist political discussion on the labor showdown in Wisconsin, Washington war spending and the privatized "debt-based" monetary fund. That was all from Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich. Minnesota Senator Al Franken is set to discuss the future of the internet at 8:30 this morning Colorado time. Franken, like Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, has long fought against the drive to give communications corporations more control over what kind of content flows fastest on the web.

PolitiFact exposes budget lies–from both sides of the aisle

PolitiFact, the nonpartisan fact-checking arm of the St. Petersburg Times, this week evaluated key talking points about the federal budget made by both Republicans and Democrats.

Markey, Salazar join effort to cool U.S.-Afghanistan relations

Colorado members of Congress Betsy Markey and John Salazar visited Afghanistan last week to take a read on President Hamid Karzai, who has been under fire as a waffling ally at best and a traitor at worst. As analysts increasingly train their focus on the country's engagement with Afghanistan, the American relationship with Karzai has grown volatile. Pres. Obama has been pressuring Karzai to retain foreign election fraud commissioners and to endorse the Kandahar offensive the U.S. is planning for later in the spring, but Karzai has been erratic, feeling undermined by Obama and America and seeming increasingly like an unraveling power-hungry dictator. Karzai said at the beginning of the month that if "foreign interference" in his government continues, he might join the Taliban as a legitimate force of resistance.

The pivotal quiet Kucinich decision: ‘Claims of government takeover a joke’

Dennis Kucinich, Democratic Congressman from Ohio and champion of the public option, didn't make his decision to vote for the health care bill in...

Polis urges support for withdrawal from Afghanistan

Colorado Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has been arguing against U.S. occupation policy in Afghanistan his entire first year in office. He joined a Congressional...

Democrats demand relief for still-volatile housing market

WASHINGTON-- One year after the Obama administration launched its $75 billion anti-foreclosure program, the housing market remains volatile, loan modifications have been scant, foreclosures are still sky-high — and more and more lawmakers are wondering why the White House hasn’t been more aggressive in tackling the crisis.

True tales of private insurance bureaucracy undercut arguments against reform

For Erinn Ackley, it was her father’s insurance company denying claim after claim for a bone marrow transplant to treat the leukemia that eventually killed him. For Mark Gendernalik, it was his insurer’s agent refusing referrals for diagnostic tests for his three-month-old daughter, who was suffering seizures. And for pediatrician Mel Stern, it’s been a decades-long scuffle with insurers over claims payments — a battle that’s forced him to stock his office with folks dedicated solely to the task of paperwork-shuffling and claims-haggling.

Kucinich introduces “voter foreclosure” bill

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced legislation today to bar political parties from challenging the eligibility of voters whose homes have been foreclosed.

Live Blog: YearlyKos Presidential Panel

The major Democratic presidential candidates are attending the YearlyKos convention wooing the netroots like never before. While nationally-focused blogs, like DailyKos, will undoubtedly live...

In Iraq War Funding Nothing Is As Simple As It Seems

Think of it as the “Kucinich Strategy.” At Monday’s debate among would-be Democratic presidential candidates, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich outlined what he said was...