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The Conservatives Are Coming!

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The ink on the reports of the election results has barely dried and conservatives have already rolled out the first big post-election victory -- by enacting a so called "right to work" law in, of all places, Michigan.

My Private Obama

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

History has seldom delivered a more graphic, teachable crisis than the one that Obama inherited. Although we voted our hopes that events could compel Obama to govern as a progressive, we are still waiting, and we are a cheap date.

Liberals Struggle To Challenge Conservative Democrats Who Opposed Health Reform

AP | By BEN EVANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics


Fate Of Health Care Rests With Blue Dog Democrats

The New Republic | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The fate of health care reform now rests largely with a group of Blue Dog Democrats in the House. Can Nancy Pelosi convince a small fraction of her ca...

Sam Stein

MoveOn Targets Dems Who Voted Against Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the wake of Saturday night's historic health care vote, the main lines of attack have been extremely partisan -- Republicans insist that politicall...

Top Blue Dog Boasts: "We Held Bill Hostage," Killed Single Payer (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Mike Ross on Thursday boasted about how his Blue Dog coalition "held the [health care] bill hostage in committee for 10 days" and prevented a sin...

For Democrats, the Future Hinges on Health Care

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

During the August recess, Democrats need to hash out a real solution and push it with conviction. Their party will not recover from another failure of this magnitude.

Sahil Kapur

Conservative Democrats Most Vulnerable If Health Reform Fails | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The influential conservative Democrats who are combating their own party's efforts to overhaul health care could ironically wind up being among the bi...

Physiological Link Between Affinity for Guns and Affinity for Health Insurance Bureaucrats?

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

There's a deal between reporters and Blue Dog Democrats to explain Blue Dog opposition to health insurance regulation as an outgrowth of representing culturally conservative districts.

A Village Fairy Tale: Coming From a Pro-Gun State Explains Health Care Opposition

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

When the media depict Sen. Baucus, who represents one of the poorest states in the country, as opposing real health care reform because he's from a "conservative state," that's a lotta horses**t.

Pro-Life Dems Warn Pelosi: No Support Unless Reform "Explicitly Excludes" Abortion Funding

U.S. News & World Reports | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Family Research Council isn't usually in the business of praising Democrats. But it's giving props to 19 House Dems for writing to Speaker Nancy P...

Ryan Grim

Blue Dogs Backsliding On Health Care | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Conservative House Democrats agreed to a set of health care principles late last week that angered advocates of a overhaul of the health care system. ...

On the Conservadems: Hurray for Party Dissent

Jacob Dickerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Dickerman

Being a Democrat is more complicated than just a single political ideology. It means our political discussion retains the complexity that is the triumph of democracy.

Ryan Grim

Obama To Nelson: We're Going Around You | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It might not be the most glamorous hill, but it's the one that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has vowed to die on. President Obama, however, isn't going to ...

Glenn Greenwald: Time To Kick The Blue Dog Dems Out

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In American politics, exceedingly few positions generate overwhelming agreement across the ideological spectrum. Even propositions that ought to be un...