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Entries by Peter Dreier from 06/2012

Howard Kurtz's Newsweek Slam at Obama Distorts Political Reality

| Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics

Obama has gone out of his way -- too far for some progressives and liberals -- to find a middle ground with the Republicans, but the GOP has been consistently unwilling to compromise.

Riots, Protest, and Organizing: Lessons From the 20th Anniversary of the LA Riots

| Posted 06.03.2012 | Los Angeles

What brings about positive change -- especially for the poor and working class -- is the slow, gradual, difficult work of union organizing, community organizing, and participation in electoral politics. The 1992 LA civil unrest was a wake-up call.

Stephen Colbert Awed by Congressman John Lewis

| Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

Stephen Colbert is a master at the "put on" interview with famous people, but last night, for the first time I can recall, he was practically speechless.

Big Money Wins in Wisconsin: Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote

| Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics

The real winner in Wisconsin on Tuesday was not Gov. Scott Walker, but Big Money. And the real loser was not Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, but democracy.

The Man Behind the March: Remembering Bayard Rustin

| Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

Bayard Rustin, the trailblazing civil rights activist, was a pacifist, a radical, black and gay. Controversy surrounded him all his life. But this year -- the 100th anniversary of his birth and 25 years after his death -- his name is back in the news.

Today's Environmental Activists Stand on David Brower's Shoulders

| Posted 06.20.2012 | Green

David Brower helped transform environmentalism from a polite cause dominated by don't-rock-the-boat upper-class conservationists to an activist movement that uses political action.

Wal-Mart's Legal Bribery

| Posted 06.21.2012 | Politics

Wal-Mart's single-minded goal in the United States is the same as it is in Mexico: open more stores and generate more revenue -- especially in urban areas, the company's next frontier. But it hasn't been easy.

Billie Jean King and Remarkable Success of Title IX

| Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics

In 1970, when King and eight other female players defied the tennis establishment to form their own professional circuit, many experts doubted that they could attract big enough crowds to generate prize money. Women's tennis is now as popular as men's.

Why Did Roberts Side With Obama on Health Care?

| Posted 06.28.2012 | Politics

There will be many analyses of the Supreme Court's ruling, including why Roberts sided with the majority. My own view is that Roberts was looking at history.