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When Liberals Attack - Social Security: Drum v. Lieberman

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.02.2012 | Media
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Social Security benefit cuts would hurt millions of disabled and elderly people. And clear-eyed historians of the future won't just point their fingers at radical right-wingers. They'll also cite collaborators in the Democratic Party.

Tax the Rich! In Fact, Let's Double Their Taxes

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.22.2012 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Double the top tax rate! It's time for those who have benefited from our system to pull their own weight again. Or as politicians used to say but don't seem to anymore, "From whom much is given, much is expected."

Truth in an Age of Guerrilla Political Activism

Sahil Kapur | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

Guerrilla-style political activism is regularly carried out on both sides of the ideological spectrum. But that doesn't answer the question of whether either side will ultimately benefit from these shenanigans.

Anthony Weiner: Metaphor for How Sexual Selfishness Destroyed the Left's Agenda

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The Left won the culture wars. Porn is everywhere, and sex is deregulated. But so is Wall Street. Maybe it's time to re-regulate Wall Street and the banks, and reintroduce something shocking to progressive sensibilities -- a few taboos.

Weekly Audit: The Real Legacy of Reaganomics

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of B-movie actor-turned-conservative president, Ronal...

Weekly Pulse: On Health Care Repeal, House GOP Full of Sound and Fury

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger House Republicans will hold a symbolic vote to overturn health care reform on January 12. The bill, ...

Jason Linkins

Obama Needs To Coddle Wall Street Even More Or He's Doomed, Argues Politico

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Politico has a cover story today filled with lament over that time the Obama administration was mean to the business community. Doesn't Obama want to extend his political career? Isn't that the whole point of being president?

Weekly Audit: Can Elizabeth Warren Save the Economy?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger President Barack Obama's decision to appoint Elizabeth Warren to set up the new Consumer Financial Protection...

Weekly Mulch: Green Daydreams? A Clean Gulf, Energy Efficiency, and More

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger Yesterday, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) took Obama administration officials to task for encouraging Americans to be...

Weekly Audit: Why Elizabeth Warren Should Head New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger With the Wall Street reform bill finally cleared through Congress, activists and intellectuals are pushin...

The Tea Party Movement: A Force to Be Reckoned With

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Adele Stan

As a journalist who has covered the right for more than 15 years, I see a profound threat in the rise of the Tea Party movement. There are thoughtful progressives who see things differently.

Weekly Mulch: Oil rig sinks, as does Senate climate bill

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Two disasters flared up this week, one environmental, the other political. Off the coast of Louisiana, oil f...

Weekly Audit: Congress Must Get Tough On Wall Street

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger Congress returns from its April recess this week with financial reform at the top of its to-do list. With mil...

NRO and Mother Jones Get Hurricane Katrina Wrong

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John McQuaid

The Deepwater Horizon disaster has put a renewed media and political focus on the significant government failures of Hurricane Katrina. But for some reason, a selective amnesia still dominates on this topic.

Weekly Mulch: Obama's Responsibility for the BP Oil Spill

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger President Barack Obama is in Louisiana today, and BP is saying it will know in 48 hours if its attempt to "t...

Pelosi Makes Her Move; GOP Rep. Calls for Coup

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has laid out a strategy to pass health care reform in the next couple of d...

Health Care Reform: A Postmortem Requiem

Philip Lee Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Lee Miller

What went wrong with health care reform? Everything. Almost immediately, this debate was a diversion from the most pressing issue facing Americans -- an anemic economy with unemployment numbers never seen in our lifetime.

Getting Real: Ten Myths Behind Progressive Support for the Senate Health Bill

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

Some of the current bill's provisions are going to hurt the Democrats and will probably cost them seats unless they're removed. How can a smaller group of Democrats do what a bigger group could not?

Kevin Drum: Obama Needs To Be Willing To Earn The Hate Of Bankers (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Barack Obama needs to be wiling to earn the hate of some bankers in order to pass financial reform. That was the sentiment of Mother Jones journalist ...

Obama's A Wimp, Even to a Yellow Dog Dem Like Me

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

As you can tell, after a year of Obama, I'm for him, but not with any real enthusiasm. Nice fella. Good talker. But I'm afraid he's deserving of a descriptive word once applied to the first George Bush. Obama is a wimp.

Cap-and-Trade vs. Carbon Tax: A Bird in Hand Is Worth Two on Alpha Centauri

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Roberts

grist.orgI find it really hard to believe, but the perennial "carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade" debate is still going on. It goes on and on and on and it ...

Pickens Plan Sounds Like A Poor Pick For We The People

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sandy Goodman

If you think you can trust Pickens, remember he contributed $3 million to the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth that buried John Kerry's 2004 presidential candidacy in a cesspool of lies.