It looks like Congress may be stepping up to do its job after many years of giving a free pass to the Bush administration. A key role of Congress is to have oversight of the executive branch so that it doesn't try to overreach its constitutionally granted powers. This is known as "checks and balances", and it's one of the first things schoolchildren learn about how our country works. In my belief it's one of the most important things about our country's political structure, but it has largely dwindled since the Bush administration cynically manipulated the public after 9/11 to increase its power. As usual, Glenn Greenwald does a fantastic job of dissecting recent activity in the legislative and judicial branches that indicate a chance of our country surviving this maniacal power grab.