One of the tiredest clichés in all of American politics -- and a favorite of D.C. "centrists" -- is that economic populism is all about beating up on the rich and redistributing income instead of pursuing economic growth. But Elizabeth Warren and her fellow progressives are not, either in rhetoric or policy, anti-growth or anti-business or out to "soak" the rich.
We must remember that we as a Democratic party are at our best when we stand together, for the values that reward hard-working Americans. We need to express this idea, not in the cynicism of Washington politics, but in the politics of the grassroots.
There must be a national Democratic strategy comparable to that developed by Karl Rove for the GOP. This is more than a compelling populist message.
For the last six weeks, my inbox has been jammed with "urgent" messages from various congressional candidates and progressive organizations. They use a number of tricks to get you to open the email.
Fox's messaging that government is bad, that human nature is intrinsically more evil than good, that people should be afraid and paranoid, isn't journalism covering the news. It's a world view and narrative that is embedded in the identity and agenda of America's political right wing.
Howard Dean may be a doctor and a gifted former governor, but it's clear he is spending more time on K Street with his drug industry clients these days than treating patients.
What makes the column still more revealing and sad is that, far from serving up an older but wiser man's humility, it recycles what Brooks has been saying quite often since even when he was younger and, one might have hoped, less cynical.
Most men are pro-choice to varying degrees, but unlike the anti-choice activists, are relatively quiet about that. Perhaps that can change a bit.
For the next few months, San Diego is -- or at least ought to be -- the center of the universe for progressives, because its mayoral election is likely the biggest opportunity we'll get between now and the 2014 midterms to flex our muscles within the broader Democratic coalition, and to move our body politic to the left.
Reproductive health's now center-stage in political debates and legislation. Men really can, should, and do play an important role in all of this.
Health policy experts have long contended that one of the key reasons the Medicare program will eventually run out of money is because of the outsized influence lobbyists for health special interests have in Washington.
On the other end of the political spectrum from all of the foolishness in D.C. is a groundswell of terrific, on-the-ground activism and organizing work taking place across the country in just about every state, with tangible results.
Not many people know it, but I got my start in politics when I began a small grassroots group called the Citizens' Waterfront Group that was dedica...
As governor of Vermont, with help from LGBT advocates and others, Dean led his state to become the first in the nation to pass civil unions. He recently took some time to speak with me about his take on the evolution of LGBT rights in the United States and where we're headed next as a nation.
I also spend every day fighting to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, and most importantly telling them that their vote matters. Yet these same Virginia Republicans have pursued legislation that directly undermines our voting process.
How does a behind-the-scenes news reporter morph into a public speaker? By stumbling around several times, in my case. That's because Dorie Clark had not yet written Reinventing You. She could have saved me some time.