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What Would Art Vandelay Do?

Ed Gerwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ed Gerwin

Mobilizing our entire government in support of U.S. exports -- from cabinet officers, embassy officials, ambassadors and the President himself -- will help our companies and workers compete.

Primary Season Begins

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For many on the Left, primary season officially got going today, with the announcement that Senator Blanche Lincoln will face a very credible Democratic opponent in the Arkansas primary.

Let's Start Calling Them 'Regressives'

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

I have for several years been urging progressives to stop calling these people "conservatives," which they plainly are not, and instead to call them what they really are -- regressives.

Un-Sentimentally Progressive

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Reality is progressive. And mercilessly so. A non-stop unfolding of what is, reality waits for no political throw-back to lick its ego-wounds. Real...

A Good Week for Science (Or, What Eating Worms Reveals About Politics)

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

In one experiment, the strength of blink reflexes to unexpected noises was measured and correlated with degrees of reactions to external threats. Conservatives reacted considerably more strongly than liberals.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

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Before And After Obama's Speech, With Populist Caucus Chair Bruce Braley

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news from the White House for the past week, post-Massachusetts and pre-State-Of-The-Union, has had a decidedly Populist bent to it. So, when thi...

Obama: "I wuz Rahmed!"

Don Ringe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Don Ringe

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Why I'm Proud of James Perry and Why He Needs Your Help

Melissa Harris-Lacewell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melissa Harris-Lacewell

Last week the national media finally turned it's attention to the New Orleans mayoral election. The coverage was predictably disappointing. The city i...

Health Care Reform Struggle Will Not End This Year

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No matter what healthcare bill passes, it is not going to remain static. It is going to be revisited again and again over the next few decades. That's how lawmaking works.

Friday Talking Points: Is Opt-Out The Answer?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.

My 2009 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome once again to our year-end wrap-up and awards ceremony. Honesty dictates that I immediately genuflect to The McLaughlin Group, from whom I have stolen all these award categories.

One Year After Election Day 2008: Still A Center-Left Nation

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

The combined percentage of voters of who deem Obama's agenda "just about right" or "not liberal enough" is 58% -- roughly parallel to Obama's overall approval rating of 54%. That's the center-left governing majority.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

I'm happy for union workers who've earned "better" plans through collective bargaining. But I'm somewhat unsympathetic on the subject when most of us working stiffs can't afford any plan at all.

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We've recently seen the abortion rhetoric really heat up to ridiculous proportions. Those with opposing views are being stereotyped and demonized. And facts are taking a back seat to sound bytes.

To the Disappointed

Reno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reno

If we're going to throw Barack Obama out as a phony power-monger just like all the rest, I have one question: Who is going to replace him?

Clean Energy Business Zones: A Tool for Economic Growth

Joshua Freed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joshua Freed

America has led virtually every technological revolution of the past century. We'll do it again with clean energy. And we have the opportunity for everyone to share in the prosperity, rather than just a few.

We Need More Parties

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If both political parties split at, America would probably adopt a coalition government; the newly- formed Progressive and Conservative Parties might even ally on issues like taking on Wall Street.

One Year After Obama's Election: Still Smarter...Than The Alternative

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What puts this first year in perspective for me is that: Obama may not be smarter than all of us, but he sure is smarter by a long shot than McCain would have been. And that, for now, is enough for me.

Friday Talking Points [95] -- A Call To Action

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The progressives and Blue Dogs are going to have a showdown. It is going to culminate not in statements to the press (or the lack thereof), not in some whispered whip count, but rather in a very public vote.

Peeling Away the "Obama Phenomenon": An Interview with Paul Street

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christian Avard

Street goes beyond the Obama phenomenon and investigates who Obama is and what he's all about in Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics.

Friday Talking Points [92] -- The End Of Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sadly, Obama's speech to school children has become mired in manufactured controversy from the right, with typical sky-is-falling rhetoric about the evil, evil man who occupies the Oval Office.

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."

Friday Talking Points [90] -- Obama To Switch Parties

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ted Kennedy is putting both his legacy and his sense of entitlement to his office before the interests of his constituents.

Cautionary Observations for My Fellow Idealists

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Breggin

It is necessary to take a deep breath and ask ourselves if we are endangering America while we reform her by exercising too much government power, however idealistically.