The Gun Lobby's Secret Weapon

With the rise of the Tea Party in Congress, gun rights advocate Larry Pratt has gained the power to derail and delay gun legislation that enjoys broad public support, including expanded background checks. He's also been injecting falsehoods and amplifying paranoia among a growing network of right-wing gun activists.   MORE...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014: David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America and New York Times best-selling author, is relaunching the American Independent, formerly a network of state-based digital news-gathering operations founded in 2006. Under a new model, the organization will fund individual journalism projects, with an emphasis on exposing the nexus of conservative power in Washington and with the potential for informing the public debate and influencing national policy. MORE . . .

Lamar Smith: The Leader of the Republican War on Science

Since taking over as chair of the House Science Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has been waging a war, and his enemies list is long: The EPA. The National Science Foundation. Climate researchers studying the effects of a warming planet. Rules that prevent industries from polluting. Critics say this isn't surprising, given the "outsized influence" of fossil-fuel lobbyists over the GOP agenda. MORE...