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What are Independents Thinking?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

The issue and candidate-driven focus of independent voters allows them to be pragmatic and flexible. But lacking a firm political ideology, it can also cause them to appear fickle, gullible, and impatient.

Windows and Mirrors

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

Any house we want to inhabit should have numerous windows and mirrors. The windows are needed so we can see what is going on outside the house and mirrors so we can reflect for self-improvement.

Treehugging Bartenders

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lloyd Garver

Tree Hugging Bartenders By Lloyd Garver In these days of overwhelmingly serious issues, every once in a while we need a break from them. That's why...

Liberals are Pathetic!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

The far right is perfectly willing to bring out the heavy artillery to crush this liberal insurgency. If you want to stay in power, you have to fight for it. So get your sorry asses out of Mopesville.

New Year's Resolution: Don't Apologize for Democrats

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

When we mute ourselves as a Democratic president pursues corporatist or militarist policies, we only encourage such policies.

Thoughts on the State of Health-Care Reform

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

It's extremely important for those on the left, liberals and progressives alike, not to give in too easily. Why are we the only ones who need to compromise?

Right and Left Join to Take On Criminal Justice System

New York Times | ADAM LIPTAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the next several months, the Supreme Court will decide at least a half-dozen cases about the rights of people accused of crimes invol...

Fear, Psychology, and American Voting Behavior

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Agin

Predicting American voting behavior is a game played by pollsters, politicians, and professional gamblers, and between now and the Congressional elect...

I've Changed My Mind on the Obama-Fox Showdown

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

The Fox audience is, tops, only 2 million people, and yet, because of its flamboyance and success, it manages to convince the rest of the media that conservatism is the national mood.

New Year's Resolutions For Progressives 2010

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

A smart young woman asked my friend, Jennifer, "What would happen if you stopped accepting demands or criticisms from anyone not pulling their weight?"

Democrats Pin 2010 Hopes On Health Care Bill

Wall Street Journal | Jonathan Weisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Slumping in the polls and struggling to pass climate and financial legislation, President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders are counting on an histo...

Chris Hedges and the Left-Wing Attack on Liberals, Liberalism, and Barack Obama

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Yes, we liberals could and should be doing a lot more, and a lot better, but there's no reason we shouldn't be proud of our accomplishments, encouraged by our successes, and dedicated to our principles.

Lessons of November

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Fraad Wolff

I believe that hordes of voters went yesterday and voted for Republican candidates and discriminatory marriage platforms even though they voted for and like Obama. I also believe they are expressing an anger that liberal and conservative pundits alike do not understand.

Ryan Grim

Durbin: Progressives Forced Our Hand On Public Option | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic leaders were forced to include a national public health insurance option as part of health care reform by progressive Democratic senators w...


Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

Avowed liberals consider themselves to be loyal to the truth while die-hard conservatives seem only to be loyal. Somewhere in the middle lies the perfect American.

Michael Steele's a Stand-Up Guy, How Dare You Knock Him

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

At the end of the first five books of the Old Testament Moses describes his own death and burial. Is it really too much to suggest that Chairman Steele's narrative falls into the same category?

Obama, the Fallen Messiah

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Blumenthal

Those former Obama fanatics experiencing a crisis in faith should look in the mirror. What they have refused to acknowledge is that Obama would not have fallen so hard had they not lifted him so high.

Why the Left Fails

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

The Left loses key battles because most Americans don't understand the very basics of American democracy--especially that we do not have a parliament.

The Orphan Of The American Political Spectrum

Patrick Maines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Maines

Were one to design a political philosophy calculated to appeal to large numbers of "conservatives" and "liberals," it might look very much like contemporary libertarianism.

The Payer Mayor: Has Mike Bloomberg Bought Himself Another Term?

Nelson Montana | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nelson Montana

Even if there wasn't one thin dime spent in advertising, in a straight up comparison, Bloomberg is clearly the better man than Thompson.

The Nobel Prize Wasn't for Obama -- It Was for the American People. Do We Deserve It?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Kim

That means it's our responsibility to force Obama and other electeds to recognize our priorities and pick up the pace. So call your representative and your senator, and let them know how you feel.

Obama Cannot Afford to Lose Progressives

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

If I were Obama, my New Year's Resolution would be to regain and preserve the trust of the progressive base, not just for his sake but for the country's.

Left/Right Populist Outrage Will Defeat Senate Health Care Bill

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

An impoverished left/right dialectic dominates the media coverage of politics. But it turns out that progressive bloggers and tea party activists are saying almost the exact same thing about health care.

The Rom Houben Tragedy And The Case For Active Euthanasia

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

If one believes that the prevention of suffering may sometimes justify the withdrawal or withholding of care, then the very fact that Houben was conscious for twenty-three years might call more convincingly for such action.

Neocons' Jihad against Liberal Parties in Egypt

Wael Nawara | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wael Nawara

What does it mean to be an Egyptian Neocon? In their words, it means that they believe that the USA, has the right and the obligation to spread "democracy" and "capitalism," by force if necessary.