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Wall Street Journal: Racism is a Myth

Mark Winston Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Winston Griffith

Perhaps the biggest threat to the social progress of this country is to blind oneself to how much further we have to go before racism as a barrier to achievement is a thing of the past.

Environmental Groups Congratulate Obama on Victory

Maura Judkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maura Judkis

Among the many celebrating Barack Obama's victory today are environmentalists. Here's what some have to say:

Making it Work

Jake Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Goldman

A man plastered in Cynthia McKinney stickers poked me right on the Obama button fixed to my coat. "Hold him accountable. Stop the war," he said and dashed out of the car and up the stairs.

The Old Mule Did It!

R.O. Blechman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
R.O. Blechman


A Winning Night for Women

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

It is hard to overstate the landslide victory for women last night. For too long, our health and rights have been used as a political battering ram.

Obama Proves Equality of Opportunity

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

No matter what your name or race is you can make it here. America is for real. The hope is real.

Americans Are Not Racists

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jamal Dajani

As Americans celebrated Obama's victory in Chicago's Grant Park, Arabs, Israelis, and Iranians were sipping on their morning coffee, watching live coverage of Barack Obama's victory speech.

A Victory For Progressive Change

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

I look forward to working with the entire progressive community in the months to come as we turn our focus away from elections and toward governing so we can quickly get our nation back on track.

The Vision of the Hip-Hop Generation

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Russell Simmons

The election of Barack Obama, a resounding progressive voice, is a clear reflection of hip-hop politics, and a beautiful testament to the American collective consciousness that is flowering.

When Your Best Speech is Your Concession, What's Wrong?

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

If the only time you can actually speak from your heart is when you have lost, then why are you running? What good are you doing anyone, including yourself?

Obama: Globalization of Joy

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Diane Francis

Chicago's Grant Park was filled to the brim with half a million happy, cheering Americans from every socio-economic slice of America's multicultural society.

A Transformational Presidency?

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

With the country at an ideological watershed, Obama has a historic opportunity to reshape the ruling paradigm of American politics.

Pro-Choice Victories in the 2008 Election

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Last night, while standing just a few feet from the podium from which our next pro-choice president spoke, I was overcome with pride and emotion.

How About Those White People?

Susan Madrak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Madrak

Elections aren't about intellect. They're about emotion. That's why people so often vote against their own interests.

The Long Exhale

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

The tears running down my face last night and this morning were of something so much more than happiness, so much more than simple relief. They were an exhalation.

The Mortgage Crisis: A Modest Proposal

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Schweber

In dealing with the mortgage crisis it is critical to keep people in their houses. To do that we have to have ways to renegotiate their mortgages.

Big Election Winner: Indy Media

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Cohen

Of all the factors contributing to Obama's victory -- luck, economic crisis, Bush, Palin -- a major factor is now so second-nature to us that we may overlook its transformative impact since just four years ago: the Internet and the progressive online boom.

History on Cuba - Hidden in Plain View - In Florida's Election Returns

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

In the election returns, hidden in plain view, is license for President-elect Obama to fundamentally rethink U.S. policy toward Cuba and expand on his incremental approach.

So We Finally Exhaled. And it is a Glorious New Day.

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Obama has truly brought all of us hope for a new tomorrow -- free from hate and fear. He is the catalyst for our hopes, wishes and dreams.

Looking Forward: What Comes After the New Deal and the Raw Deal?

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

The task facing President-elect Obama is to articulate the role of government in the 21st century just as FDR articulated its role in the 20th.

African Americans vs Gay Americans?

Judy Wieder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Wieder

It looks like I still have a lot of work left to do, a lot of marching and protesting--even though I did that already for others and they're not doing the same for me.

The Obama Victory: America Enters the Energy Future

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

An advocate for the environment will be the next US president. We may be eight years late, but America is finally poised to enter the 21st century.

On Obama, Race and the End of the Southern Strategy

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Following the Iowa caucuses, I came away believing then, as I do now, that Obama's powerful voice that emerged that night had the potential to have a profound impact on America.

Let Bygones (Not) Be Bygones

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

What an insult it is to the idea of accountability -- this notion that responsibility for the ugly emotions unleashed by demagoguery this campaign season is wiped away by a concession speech.

A Memo to President-Elect Obama from America's New Veterans

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

President Obama is going to be held to a very high standard by the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. We'll be watching, and holding everyone in Washington accountable.