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Conservatives (Re)acting Badly

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

What bothers these conservatives so much is the idea that progressive values are at the heart of the American ideal.

Progressives Take Back the Flag

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans are unaware that much of our patriotic culture was created by people with decidedly progressive sympathies.

Obama's Agenda: Hope, Change and Lobby-Centricity

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Obama's self-imposed rule against lobbyists in his administration, and the method whereby he is now implementing his progressive agenda, hews toward a rather perverse irony, if not hypocrisy.

The Political Stakes in the Battle for Health Care

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

A victory on health care would reinvigorate the progressive movement that elected Obama, and secure the president's place as one of America's great presidents.

Why I'm Not Freaked Out About the Waxman-Markey Bill

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

There is no reason to think that this bill is going to be Obama's only legacy on energy. Already there's been the stimulus bill, the new mileage standards and the big climate impacts report.

Are the Culture Wars Back?

Rachel Laser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Laser

An overwhelmingly popular President and a rising chorus of Americans are imploring policymakers to replace the culture wars with culture discussions. In this new moment, engaging in partisan warfare seems simply passé.

Did Barack Obama "Kill" the Progressive Movement?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

I understand that nobody wants to be on the outside like they were during the Bush years, but the price of a few cocktail parties at the White House -- and the threat of lost donors -- is buying a lot more than it should.

More Than Just Winning

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

Obama is simply biding his time on the issue, letting Cheney's "doth protest too much" vitriol wither on the vine.

Why I Am a Progressive

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

I am a progressive because progressives embrace the idea of a government of, by, and for the people instead of a government run by the wealthy and powerful.

The Anti-War Dilemma: How To Protest A President You Trust

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

For the first time in decades (for many, the first time in their lives), a considerable number of peace activists trust the President of the United States.

Not There Yet

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The polling is clear that the American people are ready for big progressive change. But every day there's another reminder that we are not there yet, that big change will not come without a big fight.

Twitter, Morning Joe, and the Health Care Conversation

Francine Hardaway | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francine Hardaway

As Joe is finding out, it's getting harder and harder, even in the world of Facebook, Twitter, and Friendfeed, with all the tools available to us, for people who disagree to have a "conversation."

HopeOver, HopeLash, HopeBreak: A Lexicon of Disappointment

Naomi Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Klein

Hope was a fine slogan when rooting for a long-shot presidential candidate. But as a posture toward the president of the most powerful nation on earth, it is dangerously deferential.

Progressive Multi-Tasking

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

What I advocate now is multi-tasking: even while we continue to push for better banking policy, we need to make sure that the progressive part of the Obama agenda does get enacted.

Geoghegan's Failed Congressional Bid Lays Progressive Groundwork: Sirota

In These Times | David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

There is a value in backing long shots, even if those long shots lose. In Geoghegan's case, many progressives supported someone who has been an import...

Obama and the Progressive Movement

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If Obama succeeds, we succeed, and if he fails, we fail for at least another generation, because no Democrat will take big risks again for a very long time if Obama loses this gamble.

Open Letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin

Jennifer Nix | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jennifer Nix

I hope you'll take a moment to consider why I think your move with the 10 p.m. program is so important, and why David Sirota is the best candidate for host.

Obamas Ask Progressives For Help At White House Cocktail Party

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a private White House cocktail reception last night for leaders of major progressive groups, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle appealed to these l...

What's in the Stimulus Package, Anyway?

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

A colleague and I took to the streets of New York City and asked folks to help us explain some of the worthwhile public spending programs in the stimulus package.

Daniel Biss: Math Professor Who Gave Up Career To Run For Office Offers Lessons On Progressive Movement

Progress Illinois | Daniel Biss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As you probably know, math professors don't usually up and run for office. And yet, starting in the spring of 2007, I - an assistant professor of math...

The "Make Him Do It" Dynamic

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Tom DeLay understood one of FDR's most important principles: that in order for a movement to be successful, it must bring pressure on presidents, and it must use Congress to administer that pressure.

Can Progressives Grow Up? (President Obama Needs the Left to Change Its Ways)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

First President Obama wasn't "black enough" for the black left. Then he was "too centrist" in his appointments for the white left. Then he wasn't gay friendly enough. Now he is President.

Will Obama's Presidency End the Progressive Movement?

Rupert Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rupert Russell

Progressive billionaires, bloggers and grassroots activists mobilized less against a conservative president than a complicit mainstream media and a Bush-enabling Democratic establishment.

Barack Obama and the Promise of Progress

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The progressive movement throughout the last century has enlisted political leaders, economists, educators, and clergy who strive to create a more equitable world, a task we believe is possible.

The One Big Thing George W. Bush Did Right

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

By actually putting into practice the neo-Conservative theories of pre-emptive war and unilateralism, Bush demonstrated their failure more persuasively than could the most articulate progressive critic.