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Real-Life Frank Underwoods

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Frank Underwood is known for deceiving people into acting against their own best interests. (We'll miss you, President Walker.) Now we learn that this trait may extend to the series which features him.

The Democrats' 'Third Way' Quarrel Could Change Your Future

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Wall Street deregulation shattered the economy. You can't stand with them, support corporate-friendly tax and trade policies, push for "entitlement" cuts with cynical and misleading arguments -- and still claim to be a "progressive" who opposes wealth inequality.

Friday Talking Points -- Defending Populism

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back (after we took last week off, to digest) to our Friday roundup! We should have two weeks of news to cover, but nothing much of anything strange or startling happened Thanksgiving week, so we're going to concentrate on just this current week.

Centrist Dem Think Tank Admits Warren's Influence

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy and a co-founder of Third Way, said Friday morning that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) backing of a p...

Big Recall Vote Stifles Stalled Gun Control Efforts

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gun control advocates say the National Rifle Association-aided recall of two Colorado legislators who backed new gun restrictions will m...

Sam Stein

Fiancee Of Giffords Shooting Victim Works Hill As Gun Control Group Releases Chilling New Ad | Sam Stein | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation’s most powerful gun-control advocacy groups is out with a new ad, and a symbolic new spokeswoman, in an effort to pe...

Note to the Rich: Very Large Taxes = Very Large Benefits

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

There is no question that rising inequality stems from macro-level changes in our global economy. Yet, there is also a growing consensus that government decisions play a key role too.

Sam Stein

Gun-Control Advocates Resigned To Few Changes In Wake Of Giffords Shooting | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The horrific shooting of 20 individuals, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), at a Tucson meet-and-greet this past weekend would...

Obama the Populist

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

At his moment of greatest political peril, Obama turns to a populist tone and rhetoric that is heartening for an old Midwestern populist like me to see. Welcome to the barricades, Mr. President.

Progressives Rally Against Third Way

Adam Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Green

Yesterday, Third Way -- which claims to be the "moderate wing of the progressive movement" -- proved why they should rebrand themselves "the Think Tank arm of the insurance industry lobby."