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More than a Date to the Prom

Joe Sestak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Sestak

Too many politicians get to Washington and turn their backs on those who got them there. I'm looking for a progressive partner in the blogosphere both during and after the campaign.

Netroots Nation Frustration and the Impediments to Progressive Change

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Roberts

It's become clear that structural features of American politics make it so change averse that virtually no progressive electoral sweep is enough to do the job.

Why Blogging Local Government Matters

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

Local government has a bigger impact on our lives than most of us realize, and bloggers play a crucial role, not only mobilizing activists around a common issue, but spreading information about local government.

Are Liberal Netroots Groups Helping Obama Fail?

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

As things stand now, a weak public option would institutionalize a two-tiered system. Newt Gingrich couldn't dream up a better scenario to discredit a government role in health care.

Sam Stein

Obama Calls On Bloggers To Keep Health Care Pressure On Congress (AUDIO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a reflection of a legislative strategy that has left no stone unturned, President Barack Obama on Monday called on like-minded bloggers to help his...

Behind the NRDC's Social Media Strategy

Eric Kuhn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Eric Kuhn

hen the Natural Resources Defense Council needs to generate attention for environmental issues, one of the people they turn to is Apollo Gonzales, the Netroots campaign manager.

E-Democracy Also Threatens Conservative Rule in Washington D.C.

Bob Fertik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bob Fertik

The Iranian rebellion is visible to the world through digital photos and videos uploaded and forwarded through Facebook, Twitter, and other global networks.

Accidental Empire: The Rise of the Liberal Blogosphere

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The liberal blogosphere, at least at its inception, represented perhaps the most unplanned, un-thought-through media and political movement in modern America. It really was an accidental empire.

PA-Sen: Netroots Overwhelmingly Support a Draft Sestak Effort

Senate Guru | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Senate Guru

85% of Pennsylvanian respondents and 86% of respondents nationally want Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak to challenge Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic Senate primary.

Specter Faces Price of Betrayal: Angry Dems, Workers, Primary Challenge

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Specter now stands alone. Stripped of his rank by Democrats. Scorned by Republicans. Specter's flash of strength has turned to weakness.

The Banking Crisis, S&Ls, Virginia and McAuliffe

Mike Stark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Stark

Everything that was bad about democratic politics at the national level in the '80s and '90s was exemplified by Terry McAuliffe's leadership.

Power to the People: Rebooting Conventional Diplomacy

Cheryl Benard and Edward O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cheryl Benard and Edward O'Connell

Identifying, promoting, and networking a transnational network of countervailing voices will require some of America's best diplomats: citizen diplomats from the ranks of the US public.

Another Point of View: The Internet is Neither Friend nor Foe of Participatory Democracy

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric K. Clemons

The internet simply moves the war of the parties and their funding machines, not just the battle of ideas, to a new domain.

The 2008 Google Docs Campaign

Eric Kuhn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Kuhn

Google Docs is the single platform that enabled Obama's effective organization an historic fundraising success.

Real 100 Days: Preserve Bipartisanship With Issue-Oriented, New Media Focus

Maegan Carberry and Elizabeth Blackney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Maegan Carberry and Elizabeth Blackney

The Obama campaign and the newly emerging rightroots movement are grounded in the egalitarian principles of new media. This new media can reverse the course of business as usual.

Media Change We Can Believe In

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

The Bush Administration's default approach toward journalists has been to use them when necessary and bypass them when not.

From This Democrat, Thank You

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Daou

I couldn't possibly know the stamina and dedication of his strategists, staff, volunteers, donors and supporters, who are poised to finally slay the dragons that defeated Gore and Kerry.

Debbie Cook and Larry Kissell: Two Progressive Democrats for Congress

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

These contests will help determine whether the party can hold off Republicans' attempts to seize back control of Congress, or add seats to the Democratic majority they gained in 2006.

Memo to Netroots: Stop Tearing Down Obama's VP Shortlist

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

If the left is ever going to get serious about winning elections, we need to stop insisting on 100% ideological purity from our candidates. News flash: politics is about assembling winning coalitions.

Women Tapping Technology

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

My focus at "Rebooting the System" was to learn how technology was impacting women's issues, the dissemination of information, and the role that women were playing in this arena.

McCain's Internet Muscle Revealed In New Study

Attributor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Despite John McCain's self-described computer "illiteracy" and dearth of popularity among young voters, web tracking company Attributor recently revea...

Media Darlings: The Maverick or The Chosen One?

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

Do reporters like John McCain better? Can Captain Straight Talk Express even complain? And should Obama sidestep his rep as the Anointed One?

HuffPost And GQ Throw Party At Netroots Nation (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post, GQ | Katharine Zaleski/Dan Duray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last Friday night HuffPost and GQ got together to provide some social lubrication outside the Austin convention center for all the bloggers, journalis...

Nancy Pelosi: "I'm Not Taking Up Any Climate Change Until We Have A Democratic President"

Grist | Kate Sheppard and David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green For House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), any action on climate change hinges on Barack Obama winning the White House this fall. Only the ...

Al Gore "Crashes" Netroots

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jack Hidary

Pelosi's decision to share the stage with Gore is an interesting one. She clearly knew he was coming. But can Gore manage to stay out of the political arena as he skirts so close to it?