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Winning Victories Amid the Mess: Far Bigger Battles Ahead

Mike Lux | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

The Republicans are threatening to tank the economy so they can cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education and other things that matter. We should just tell them, and nervous Democrats who want to cave to them, absolutely not.

LBJ Presidential Library Writes Second Draft of Great Society

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

It's easy to interpret the 2012 election as a ratification of Barack Obama's first term. But down in Austin, the LBJ Presidential Library is making a strong case that the legacy voters cemented in November was Lyndon Johnson's.

Pensions and Health Insurance for the Elderly Are Not Just 'Entitlements'

Alan Singer | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Words are contested terrain in political debate. The words we use to label issues and ideas shape how people think about them.

What the 2012 Election Is Really All About

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

More than any other candidate or issue, the election of 2012 is all about the extraordinary legacy of America's most overlooked, complicated, liberal ...

Where Were You in '65?

Doug Bradley | Posted 08.06.2012 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

Being in my 60s and of the 1960s can be bewildering. I find that I'm alternately in both eras -- 2012 and 1965 -- at the same time.

Emerging GOP View: Communist China Is Model for American Capitalism

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If three is a trend in politics, then we've got a trend going of GOP politicos pointing to communist China as the modern success story of capitalism that America should emulate.

History Can Still Matter in America

Kevin Bunkley | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Kevin Bunkley

We're heading toward an environment where myth is repackaged as fact.

Let Us Remember Dr. King's Struggle for Economic Justice

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.22.2011 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

We are facing generations of underemployment, financial insecurity and enormous levels of inherited debt. Almost 50 years after the March on Washington, racial economic inequality is on the rise rather than declining.

The Perils for Obama of Not Talking About Poverty in America

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's strange that President Obama doesn't show any indignation about our long slide into economic oblivion. He's certainly not "fighting mad" about it. He draws a line in the sand, the Republicans cross it, then he steps back and draws another line in the sand.

At the Edge of Self-Destruction

Bruce Fein | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The United States has lost its philosophical soul. The nation's predominant motivations are money, sex, power, domination, fame and indulgence. These are the motivations of children and adolescents.

Educating for Democracy: The 'War on the Poor'

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Over 45 years after the "War on Poverty", we are faced with a "For the Few Deal" -- what I would call a full-fledged "War on the Poor."

Two Reaganite Presidents: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama

Andrew Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Levine

Barack Obama understands the evils of Reaganism even better than Bill Clinton. He also knows what ought to be done and what he, as President, must do to get it done. Shame on him, therefore, all the more.

Why the Great Recession is Not Another Great Depression

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

It's time for all Democrats to dust off their reluctance to mention LBJ and help our people understand that government is key in times like these, that in 2010 the Great Society is the difference between the Great Recession and another Great Depression.

It's the Poor Who Need a Break More

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Here's a question: Can America's political system resolve our country's poverty? Do the poor matter, or is everything in Washington aimed at those wealthy enough to give campaign contributions?

Weekly Pulse: FACE the Facts

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger In 1993, anti-choice extremists murdered a doctor, burned 12 buildings, set off a bomb, and blockaded ...

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.

The Founders and the Creation of the American State

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Tea Partiers are not entirely wrong to warn about the potential of the state to repress freedom, but in overlooking the role of the state in ensuring these freedoms, they foolishly misread history.

The Tea Party: Is It A Revival of American Ideals or Merely Alice in Wonderland?

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

While the movement fashioned its image to reflect the Boston Tea Party, it more resembles the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, full of paradoxes, naivety, hypocrisy and conundrums.

Supreme Court Nomination Fight: A Major Teachable Moment

Ed Kilgore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Kilgore

The fight over a Supreme Court nomination that we are likely to see with the reported impending retirement of Justice Stevens could be a major teachable moment for progressives. Bring on the Court fight.

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.

Health Care Reform Struggle Will Not End This Year

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No matter what healthcare bill passes, it is not going to remain static. It is going to be revisited again and again over the next few decades. That's how lawmaking works.

Hold the Hofstadter: Why the GOP Is Winning 2010

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

Over the last few months, a number of prominent political columnists have pointed to historian and social critic Richard Hofstadter to explain what is happening to the Republican Party. Here's why they shouldn't.

Obama's Aces Over

Matt Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Bennett

Right now, the President may appear to have a meager stack of chips in front of him, but it's because his entire bankroll is in the pot. And as it turns out, he's holding a couple of aces.

Who Will Be Hurt if the Democrats Pass Health Care Alone

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If the Democrats pass the health care bill, and are able to do it with a public option, the Republicans will have once again put themselves on the opposing side of groundbreaking legislation.

It's 1968 Revisited, And It's Not The Liberals' Year

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Sachs

To elect a far-left liberal in 2008 would be like Reagan getting elected in 1968, or FDR in 1924. The country simply isn't ready yet. The liberals' time will come again -- just not this year.