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Science, Not Politics, Should Drive Trade and Regulatory Decisions

Phil Goldberg | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Phil Goldberg

Modern advances in food science, both in how we produce and deliver food, have become key battlegrounds in the science versus fear-mongering debate.

Clinton Does Not Inspire -- Should I Care?

Mathew Kenneally | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Mathew Kenneally

Generation Y and Millennials seem to have decided that the problem with modern politics is our leaders do not inspire us. It's not Hillary Clinton's job to illicit a warm inner glow in me every time she opens her mouth. It is clear liberal romantics are unmoved. What is less clear is why that matters?

Hillary's Left Flank

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

What pragmatic liberals like me are calling for is not surrender on the part of progressives, but political maturity. Hillary is far better than any GOP candidate. If she is the Democratic nominee, those who don't want to see a century of reforms decimated should give her their vote.

The Emerging Populist Groundswell

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We are the richest country humanity has ever seen, and we are at our richest moment. Yet hardworking Americans keep coming home to "a plate full of worry." This is largely because over the last few decades the wages of the bottom 80 percent of Americans have fallen or stagnated while the super-rich rake in all the profits. We can do better, and we must.

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

Paul Blumenthal

Chicago Progressives Emboldened After Rahm Emanuel's Super PAC Fails To Beat Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chicago voters re-elected Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a runoff race on April 7, the culmination of an expensive election campaign. ...

'Liberal' Writer: The Supreme Court 'Has to Go'

Evan Bernick | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Last week, Slate writer Mark Joseph Stern advanced an alarming proposal with apparent seriousness: The Supreme Court should be abolished, or, at the very least, ignored.

Populism Is Helping to Define and Build the Progressive Movement

Pearl Korn | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The outcry is increasing and the voices are getting louder. These are historic times and no one can afford to sit on the sidelines any longer. Our issues and needs are too great, and if our members of Congress don't want to represent our interests, we must mobilize and ensure they are voted out of office and replaced by those who will.

Will Hillary Show up to Netroots Nation?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

And so it begins. Hillary Clinton is now officially in the race for the White House. Her announcement, like pretty much everything else about her upcoming campaign, will be microscopically analyzed within an inch of its life.

Safe Spaces and Echo Chambers, How Progressive Movements Stagnate Themselves

Candice Russell | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Candice Russell

We must learn to embrace people from all walks of life, at whatever stage they are in their learning process, before we can expect them to fully embrace our vital causes. People who are eager for knowledge will find it wherever they can, even if the only ones that are teaching it are wrong.

The Invisibility of Class, and the Hegemony of Conservative Ideas, in Contemporary America

David Coates | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
David Coates

The underlying centrality of class to the nature of our contemporary economic and social condition continues to go largely unacknowledged. It is an acknowledgment that is now long overdue.

What Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter Don't Understand About Christianity and RFRA

Derek Penwell | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The source of my aggravation? The casual assumption that there is a "Christian" position on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity, an uncontroversial point of doctrine that all Christians share in common.

The Progressive Promise of Today's Technology

Andrei Cherny | Posted 04.04.2015 | Business
Andrei Cherny

A digital policy for the new century, tailored not just to the moment but for the future, is vital if we are to unleash economic growth, shared prosperity, and the full potential of technology for citizens and consumers. But such a policy architecture requires a new consensus -- on privacy, on security, on customer protections, on growth and mobility.

Why Traditions Matter

Katharine Rose | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Katharine Rose

I think there is a real beauty to be found in tradition - a beauty that may not propel us forward in the sense of quantifiable "progress" or change, but that does propel us forward as human beings in life wisdom, understanding and even emotional intellect.

Rahm Emanuel is the Progressive, Pro-Business Choice for Mayor

John Atkinson | Posted 03.25.2015 | Chicago
John Atkinson

Rahm Emanuel understands this all very well as his three terms in the White House under two Presidents taught him that you can have both. Examine some of his major initiatives and you see this philosophy in action.

Social Security Reversal in Maryland Senate Race: Six Key Lessons for Democrats

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Voters are likely to remain dubious about candidates who offer only vague platitudes about key issues like jobs, wages, and trade without making firm commitments or offering specific proposals. The Maryland race has just begun, of course. But so far, it seems to point to the pitfalls of corporate "centrism" -- and the promise of economic populism.

A Budget That's Best for All Americans

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

The "People's Budget," which I helped draft, strikes a strong contrast with the Republican plan. It rewards hard work and invests in our country. It ensures that everyone has an opportunity to get a good education, find a good job, live in a safe and secure home, put food on the table, have affordable health care, save for retirement and maybe have a little left over.

A Pro-TPP Campaign Built on Four Pinocchios

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.12.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

A newly launched public-relations campaign in support of trade-promotion authority, aka "fast track," and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) calls itself the Progressive Coalition for American Jobs. At its foundation is a set of misleading (at best) claims that begin with a four-Pinocchio whopper.

The D.C. Centrists' Straw Men

Mike Lux | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

One of the tiredest clichés in all of American politics -- and a favorite of D.C. "centrists" -- is that economic populism is all about beating up on the rich and redistributing income instead of pursuing economic growth. But Elizabeth Warren and her fellow progressives are not, either in rhetoric or policy, anti-growth or anti-business or out to "soak" the rich.

How Libraries Are Adapting To Help Homeless Find Jobs, Health Services

Associated Press | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library. It's not just that he loves books. For the 43-year-old who s...

Is Hillary Clinton a Liberal Reagan?

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Clinton in 2016 could have the same effect as Reagan in 1980 and 1984: recruiting Democratic candidates, inspiring Democratic supporters and winning an electoral landslide. Reagan would be embarrassed by Republicans today.

Staples, Like Other Companies, Can Afford to Treat Their Workers Right

Ben Spielberg | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Ben Spielberg

Staples' decision will undoubtedly renew arguments that the ACA's employer mandate has led to harmful effects on work. These arguments, like parallel narratives about min. wage laws and paid sick leave ordinances, are largely inaccurate, and advocates of evidence-based, power-balancing policy are absolutely right to debunk them.

The Politics of Responsibility, Not Envy

Richard Kirsch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

According to former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers -- who is emerging as a key economic advisor to Hillary Clinton -- the big political challenge in addressing economic inequality is not to embrace "a politics of envy." No, Mr. Summers, it's not the politics of envy. It's the politics of responsibility.

The Bible's for Losers (And Why That's a Good Thing)

Derek Penwell | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Taking everything into consideration, the Bible was written mostly by losers for the benefit of other losers. That's not a value judgment, just an observation. Think about it.

More Evidence That 'Centrist' Solutions Can't Save Us

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We have become a profoundly unequal society. Unless we can build momentum for a new political agenda, we'll be divided into a small minority with fabulous wealth and a permanent underclass with few hopes or prospects. Unfortunately, our mainstream political dialogue shows no sign of adapting to these realities.