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The President Has Spoken. Now Let's Help Him Act.

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Obama's speech walked a line between vision and reality. At times it seemed an internal dialog between the technocrat who sees the problems and how to fix them, and the pragmatist who wants to reap the rewards from whatever bill gets passed.

Michael Tomasky's Despairing Take on American History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Tomasky's notion that anything that happened before today cannot be adequately invoked to derive lessons or guidance negates the very idea of looking to history for inspiration, hope, and direction.

Assisted Suicide in November for the GOP

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

Since it's almost impossible to believe the GOP leadership doesn't know the devastating economic history of its party's conservative economic policies, we're left to conclude that they just don't care.

David Brooks May Seem Reasonable, but He's With Barton Underneath

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sandy Goodman

While Rep. Barton's outrageous apology to BP was "politically an unbelievably stupid thing," Brooks said, there was "a kernel of truth at the core" of the Texas Republican's speech. That kernel, according to Brooks, was "that we are a nation of laws."

Facebook Wants to Destroy You

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Scott Janssen

It's a good thing employers don't want to see people chugging a bottle of wine while dressed up, because I sip my bottle of wine (with pinky finger extended, of course) in only my boxers.

Financial Crisis Investigations Then And Now

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Schechter

We still don't know who did what to us, or why not much will change. The financial crisis investigation is a joke; prosecutions seem non-existent. Why?

The F Word: Learning from Roosevelt(s)

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The President has a Rooseveltian opportunity, columnist Frank Rich wrote this weekend. Teddy Roosevelt was on his mind: stand off against the Titans o...

Jonathan Alter On Colbert: FDR Had It Easier Than Obama (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Jonathan Alter got the "Colbert bump" last night when he appeared on "The Colbert Report" to talk about his new book "The Promise," a detailed account...

Whose White House? Obama's or Rahm's?

Wade Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wade Norris

As we all now know, a second alleged job 'dangle' was made by the White House to a potential Senate primary candidate -- this time it was Andrew Romanoff.

A Blunt Reform Redux?

Anya Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anya Morgan

Is Obama furthering his reputation as the new New Dealer with his tentative support of the legalization of marijuana?

Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will Obama's presidency wind up charting a similar course as Carter, or will he recover as Reagan did? Only a fool would even contemplate making such a prediction at this point, that's all that really can be said.

Are Compassion and Community Evil?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

To my conservative friends: The fact that I care about keeping you from starving, freezing to death, and dying due to lack of good medical care does not mean that I eventually want to send you to a death camp.

Obama Should Channel Roosevelt To Battle Wall Street

Washington Post | Simon Johnson and James Kwak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In the spring of 2009, Obama and his senior advisers did not seem terribly troubled by the dangerous concentration of power, wealth and hubris on Wall...

Democrats, White Men and the Tea Party Revolt

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Democrats have a chance to rebuild a progressive movement like that of FDR, but only if they listen to another disaffected group - white men.

Out of Infamy: An Important Film at a Crucial Time

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

The 17-minute film, Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn, reveals a dark and shocking chapter of American history: the detention in concentration camps of over 110,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II.

Does Obama's Stimulus = FDR's New Deal?

Gadi Ben-Yehuda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gadi Ben-Yehuda

Journalists Richard Greene and Katherine Barrett have published a Q&A on The Recovery Act blog. The post compares Obama's Recovery Act and FDR's programs that comprised the New Deal.

Middle Class Bailout: Celebrating Harry Hopkins' 120th Birthday with 4 Million Jobs by August 17th.

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

We bailed out the banks because of the risk their failure posed to the entire economic system. The systemic risk of unused and traumatized human capital is just as real and just as profound.

Deal With It: 2008 Wasn't Anything Like 1933 or 1965

William Galston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Galston

The new liberalism will have to prove that it can say no as well as yes by terminating ineffective and obsolete programs, as well as instituting promising new ones.

The Obama Moment: Come and Gone?

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Politics are paralyzed: the congressional leadership of both parties is inept and ineffective. But political history demonstrates that despite partisan differences and jockeying for favor, the system works.

Innovation ain't what it used to be

Martin Berg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Martin Berg

Innovation is the strength of America. But over the past several decades financial innovation has focused on mathematical models rather than on a vision of improving the country and people's lives.

Rep. Brad Miller: The

UnHAMPered | Rep. Brad Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As part of its initial legislative barrage on the economic crisis, the Roosevelt administration created the Home Owners' Loan Corporation ("HOLC") in ...

"A Dose of Realism"? How About This for "Realism": We Need Leadership

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Somehow Obama has been convinced that his promise of bold leadership was a mistake. Yet somehow we have got to get this president to recognize that it was the "realism" of 2009 that was his mistake.

Lessons in American Leadership, on Presidents Day 2010

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

Almost every president we have elected in the past seven decades has sought to advance the fortunes of the US empire and the free world. Their lessons in governance, for good and ill, are our lessons.

The Roadmap for Republicans Is a Roadmap to Ruin for Social Security

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

The Roadmap for Republicans allows Wall Street speculators to use benefits as poker chips with taxpayers of all ages forced to cover the losses.

John Edwards' Fall and FDR's Restoration: Separating the Message From the Messenger

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

John Edward's downfall -- not merely from a political summit, but from the ideological pedestal he'd occupied -- has left his former supporters feeling nearly as betrayed as his wife.