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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 03.20.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.16.2015 | 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 02.12.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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.

Needed: A Bold Left to Defend Government

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We need an active, independent left willing to challenge the push for smaller government. A well-managed government can revitalize the economy even as it makes our world a better place to live. Many Americans seem to understand that instinctively. Where, then, is the movement that will make that argument?

Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks and Patriots Star in NFL's Annual Progressive Pageant

Raymond Barrett | Posted 02.12.2015 | Sports
Raymond Barrett

When you sit down to enjoy the Super Bowl, enjoy a healthy side of irony with your wings. In much of Europe, soccer embraces a rapacious form of capitalism that would make Mitt Romney blush, whereas in the U.S., the NFL eschews the blue and white heat of high finance for a philosophy that is tinged with more than a touch of red.

Obama's Indulgent Victory Lap

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I can't help but think it's too late for this Obama to show up now. 2015 isn't the second debate with Romney. Obama should have had the guts to stand up back during the midterms when it would have mattered to Democrats struggling to defend his record.

The Politics of Gesture

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Looking forward to Tuesday's State of the Union address, we are seeing a somewhat bolder Barack Obama. The White House has already pre-announced or leaked several "fourth-quarter initiatives," in the president's words. Some of these can be accomplished by executive order; most will require legislation. The measures that can be achieved by presidential order include reducing the down-payment or interest on federally insured mortgages to stimulate home ownership. Among the measures requiring legislation is a tax plan that would increase taxes on the wealthiest in order to finance the tuition help for community college students and more generous child tax credits for working families. Obama also wants an excise tax on large banks and he is calling on Congress to pass a law giving all workers seven days of annual sick leave. All this amounts to a salutary whiff of class warfare, of the sort that identifies the president with most Americans, against the one percent. And there will probably be a few more surprises in the actual address that have not yet been leaked.

The Strange Non-Death of Polish Neoliberalism

John Feffer | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

Colin Crouch and I talked about how he became involved with Krytyka Polityczna, why he doesn't like the term "civil society," and why he considers the creation of the European Union one of the greatest innovations in history.

Naomi Klein, Climate and Capitalism (Pt. 1)

John J. Berger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

Because of the dominance of free-market ideology in much of the world today, Naomi Klein admits that the full set of ideas and policies she spells out to fix the climate may seem outlandish. The role of her book, however, is to show why those ideas are necessary and to make them feasible.

Time for a New Declaration ... of Dependence?

Deane Waldman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Deane Waldman

The 1776 Declaration of Independence was much more than a Declaration of War. It was a powerful statement of what Americans wanted to be: a society of...

A Year of Great Opportunity for Progressives

Mike Lux | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

My advice to my fellow progressives: Don't feel sorry for yourselves as the Republicans bask in their victories this week, and stop focusing 100 percent of the time on playing defense. We can win some important fights in the next two years, we just need to craft a strong strategy and go execute it.

For Latinos, Mario Cuomo's 'Tale of Two Cities' Critique Remains Timely

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 03.07.2015 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

It's time for our government to respond to Mario Cuomo's incisive critiques of an American elite that leaves the poor, young, elderly and Americans of color on the darker and dingier side of the shining city on the hill.

10 Good Things About the Year 2014

Medea Benjamin | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

It's been a year of fervent activism on police accountability, living wages, climate change, personal freedoms, immigrant rights, an open internet and diplomacy over war.

In Elizabeth Warren We Trust

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The negotiations over Cromnibus show why Americans don't trust the government in Washington. While no sensible citizen wants the Federal government to shut down, most of us are sick of special-interest giveaways. Someone has to stop them.

Classic Christmas Carols Get Hilariously Updated For Modern Times

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 12.11.2014 | Comedy

"He's making a list ... of gluten-free foods." The world is changing fast, and there exists an increasing number of people out there who need to be...

Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 02.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Jennifer Bendery

Progressives Urge Senate To Reject Obama Treasury Nominee Antonio Weiss

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 100,000 progressive voters are urging the Senate to reject President Barack Obama's choice of Antonio Weiss, a former Wall Str...