Leading the GOP's 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...

Welcome to our new site

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 . . .

The Big Lobotomy: How Republicans Made Congress Stupid

Over the past quarter-century, conservatives have caused a debilitating brain drain in Congress by cutting professional staff by a third and firing government auditors, analysts and technology experts necessary for effective oversight. But what have Republicans achieved? Less in-house knowledge -- what one expert calls a "self-lobotomy" -- and the rising influence of corporate lobbyists. MORE...