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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.

We Live On Borrowed Time: Talking Points for Democrats and Activists

Tom Hayden | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The Long War Doctrine -- advanced by Pentagon planners and neoconservatives almost 10 years ago -- projects up to 80 years of US military intervention to "win" the battle with radical jihadists. The implications are almost unthinkable to most Americans, or at least they have been until now.

Ben Carson Employs Fear Tactic in Swipe at Bernie Sanders's Proposal for Free College Tuition

Michael Sainato | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Sainato

The term 'free' turns many people off of the proposal, but denigrating Senator Sanders solution to increasing college costs and student debt is treating a college education as though it were merely a consumer good.

Chanukah and Christmas: A Return to Hope

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

The good news is that there are many people in both of these religions who are capable of reclaiming the hopeful and loving and justice-oriented instincts that were there at the beginning and to create beautiful rituals to embody that energy.

The Need for a New Josiac Reform

Anthony Nuccio | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Anthony Nuccio

Our readings for today give us a snapshot of the life of one of the most important, but largely unknown, figures in the entirety of the Hebrew Bible.

Democrats Have Finally Learned How to Talk About the Economy

Richard Kirsch | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Democrats regularly challenge Republican economic policies on grounds of fairness but fail to provide an explanation of how to move the economy forward and create prosperity. Finally, that is beginning to change.

Marillion: Unconventional -- An Interview With Tim Sidwell

Phil Simon | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts
Phil Simon

Over the course of three absolutely magical days, Marillion -- one of my very favorite bands -- captivated thousands of hard-core fans with over eight hours of fantastic music.