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Nunes Quits House Committee's Russia Probe

House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes, R-CA, this morning surrendered leadership of the committee’s investigation of Russia’s involvement in last year’s election.

Devin Nunes' Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is having a tough time of it. His mishandling of the committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election has triggered calls for him to surrender leadership of that probe – and even to give up his chairmanship entirely.

Portland Poised for Big Boost to Democracy Reform Movement

Portland, OR's City Council will vote next week on a plan to amplify the voices of small-dollar political donors

Scandals Hit the South

Amid an outbreak of ethical violations in southern states, Common Cause is pushing reforms that increase transparency of political spending, limit the amount of money candidates can accept and establish reasonable enforcement mechanisms

Schock's Downfall Highlights Gaps in House Ethics Enforcement, Training

The resignation of Rep. Aaron Schock makes an open and shut case for stronger ethics enforcement and training in Congress, Common Cause said today.

Chris Christie’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s week started with a bad case of foot-in-mouth during his three-day trip to England, and went downhill from there, reaching new lows for ethics and good, open government – even for New Jersey. But his woes are about more than the Governor; they’re a reminder of the the yawning gap between the political machinations America gets and the democracy it deserves.

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