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Hillary Is More Interested In Making Progress Than Making Liberals Applaud

Zachary Leven | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Zachary Leven

The case for Hillary Clinton is mostly a matter of rebutting the case against her. Once that's done, you're simply left with the most qualified candidate, and someone who is, by all reality-based measures, progressive. And just as important, someone who is capable of achieving results.

The Kochs Are Ghostwriting America's Story

Michael Winship | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Gather round for the word of the day: metanarrative. Definitions vary but let's say it's one big narrative that connects the meaning of events to a belief thought to be an essential truth, the storytelling equivalent of the unified field theory in physics. Now use it to define what's being done to America today. The Koch brothers and the extraordinary machine they have built in cahoots with fellow billionaires and others, have spent hundreds and hundreds of millions to get their way, all part of one long story told in pursuit of a specific end: to make the needs of the very, very few our nation's top priority and to thwart or destroy any group effort among the poor and middle class to do or say otherwise.

Clinton, Sanders And the Changing Face of the Democratic Party

The Conversation US | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Last week's debate in New Hampshire between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over who is the "real progressive" said a lot about how they and the Democratic Party have changed over the past half-century.

Sorting Out Fact From Fiction About Hillary's Iraq War Vote

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The fiction is that Clinton voted for a full-blown military assault on Iraq. This makes her at best and worst a willing, naïve and misinformed accomplice to Bush's hideous deception on Iraq. This does not make her an Iraq war hawk. But that's the noisy refrain she'll have to endlessly hear through the campaign.

I Think It Is: The Return of Say Anything

Zachariah Ezer | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Zachariah Ezer

I listened to emo in 2004. This may be something that, outside of ironic Fall Out Boy singalongs at pregames, millennials try to forget, now that they...

I Support Bernie Sanders Because He Supports Me

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

So you ask us: "How dare Bernie run?" You imply: "How dare you, a Democrat, support his run?" My answer, aside from pointing out that this is a democratic election rather than a Democratic coronation, is simple: I support Bernie Sanders because he supports me.

Why We Must Try

Robert Reich | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

Progressive change has never happened without bold ideas championed by bold idealists.

Conservatives Have Earned Their Trump; Liberals Have Not Earned Our Sanders

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

We liberals yearn for instant 'revolution' while holding the ugly political nitty gritty in contempt. We can't even be bothered to show up for a non-presidential election. Instead, we look for a savior who'll turn it all around with a wave of the hand because we consider anything more political than occasional voting beneath us.

A Democratic Pledge of Allegiance

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

"Enough is enough," as Bernie Sanders likes to say. For the good of the Democratic party, progressive causes, and the nation's future, it is time to apply that statement in a different way.

A Clinton Aide Once Called Hillary 'Quite Culturally Conservative'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

In her quest to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has alternately described herself as "a progressive who likes to get t...

Sanders May Be One Justice Away From His Political Revolution

Terry Smith | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Terry Smith

The conventional wisdom on the establishment left is that Sen. Bernie Sanders is offering his enthusiastic supporters pipedreams in lieu of achievable policy proposals. Placed in proper perspective, Bernie Sanders may be just one justice away from setting in motion what he calls a political "revolution."

Hillary's Record Says It All

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

As more Americans begin tuning into this election, it is hard to believe my ears when I hear people claim that Hillary Clinton needs to somehow burnish her credentials for promoting equality and fighting for working families.

A Republican, Democrat, Green & Libertarian Walk into a Living Room: A Report from the Front-Lines in Iowa

Living Room Conversations | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

In Iowa one week before the Presidential caucuses, we were far from the only group discussing politics that blustery night. From Sioux City to Davenport and everywhere in between, we Iowans have been bombarded with political billboards flanking our daily commute and dozens of ads in our physical and virtual mailboxes on any given day.

Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Are Actually Fighting About Barack Obama

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

The debate Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are having in the Democratic presidential campaign is in many ways about the future. It's about their d...

Test Coming Soon for Political Power of Climate Issue

Keith Gaby | Posted 01.28.2016 | Green
Keith Gaby

There's a test looming that will let us know the power of climate change as a political issue. In a few months, we'll see whether campaign strategists believe support for climate action is a positive or negative for candidates across the country.

Michael Bloomberg for President?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg must know that this is his last rodeo. If he does not run for President in 2016, the year in which he turns 74, there will be no opportunity for him in four years.

There's A Progressive Argument For Supporting Hillary

Jacqui Oesterblad | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Jacqui Oesterblad

It's not that I don't think Bernie can win, it's that I don't want him to. While Hillary's plans might be less ambitious and less progressive on most points, I believe that the actual ground that she will gain is greater than the actual ground that would be gained under a Sanders presidency.

Elizabeth Warren Sinks Clinton's Hopes For Endorsement

Liam Miller | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Liam Miller

In a speech before the Senate Thursday, on the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, Elizabeth Warren made clear -- for those with ears to hear -- that she will not endorse Hillary Clinton.

Paul Krugman on the 'Happy Dreams' of Bernie Sanders

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Throwing a wet blanket on progressive activists in a primary election season saying they're "unrealistic" when they're fighting like hell to turn the Bernie Sanders campaign into a grassroots social movement -- the "political revolution" Sanders is calling for -- is not only unhelpful to moving the nation forward, but disparages those who make up the democratic wing of the Democratic Party by portraying them as naïve dreamers.

Sorry, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Clinton Is Not a Progressive

Brian Boyko | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Brian Boyko

Jan Schakowsky is excited for Hillary Clinton because Hillary Clinton is a pro-woman woman. Given. No one (sane) ever suggested otherwise. And I, too, would love to see a real pro-woman woman as President of the United States. But my first choice candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, isn't running.

Shunning Hillary Is the Prescription for a Trump-Cruz White House

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The damage from the relentless Hillary bashing has been on full display. Polls supposedly show that her stock with every segment of Democrats has eroded. With the biggest and most worrisome of the drop-offs from women, especially white women.

Religion of Despair

Andrew Schwartz, M Div. | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Andrew Schwartz, M Div.

Despair has become so woven into the speech and rhetoric of our society that we don't even recognize it anymore. It is preached to us on Sunday from pulpits and become the leading theme on cable TV.

Why Progressives Vote Against Their Interests When Choosing Hillary Over Bernie Sanders

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Only Bernie Sanders upholds the progressive values many establishment Democrats like Clinton jettisoned for political power. For this reason, it's only logical to choose Sanders over Clinton, if ideals like ending perpetual war, wealth inequality, and racism mean anything to Democrats in 2016.

The Country Is Moving Left

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

It might not seem so in the middle of a day's news cycle, especially with that news always being about Donald Trump, but 2015 marked a year of change ...

What Latin American Catholics Can Teach the American Left

Jocelyn Macurdy Keatts | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Jocelyn Macurdy Keatts

The communal morality of Latin American Catholics may explain, for instance, why they are so radically more responsive to Pope Francis's message around climate change.