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The Two Party System May Fall Apart by 2012 -- So Why Not Negotiate?

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The middle would be much happier if we'd stop negotiating and start making their lives better. But in absence of a coherent plan by a unified government, their vote just seems like flailing.

The Danger of Losing the Base

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

If you want to make money in the stock market, buy low and sell high. If you want to get and hold elective office in two-party America, secure your base in the primary and win the middle in the general.

White House and Progressives Should Be Cheering Virginia Ruling Striking Down Mandatory Health Insurance

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

If anything can save Democrats now, it's populism -- the notion that standing with 80 percent of Americans is real power. That's why the White House and progressives should be cheering the decision striking down an individual mandate.

President Obama: It's Not Our Fault

Nida Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nida Khan

President Obama is angry, and rightfully so.

Kung Fu, and the Presidency of Barack Obama

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Gene Sullivan

Back when President Obama was Candidate Obama one of his most commented on talents was his style of dealing with seemingly impossible political situations.

Barack Obama: Negotiating With Vipers

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Progressives should be fearful about the economy. However we should not strive to be rid of fear, but rather to harness and master this fear. I am confident we can do this, with or without Barack Obama.

The Realpolitik Behind the Tax Deal

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Behind any big historic political bargain there are usually big, bottom-line self interests. The case of the tax deal negotiated by the Democratic White House and Republican Leadership is no exception.

Progressives and Liberal Democrats Blowing Hot Air Obama's on Tax Cut Deal

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

It's odious to give money to those who don't need it, will hoard it, and not create one job, or save one foreclosed home, or help sustain one small business.

Surprising Portrait of Pakistan's Leading Youth Blogger

Daniel Teweles | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Daniel Teweles

Whether advocating for gay rights or providing reality checks for her fellow Pakistanis on the real danger facing the country, Sana Saleem is a modern digital woman in the last place you'd expect.

Reigniting the Spirit of '08

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Is it possible a candidate could emerge within or outside the Democratic Party who could ignite not just the true believers, but the whole country? Obama himself was once such a candidate.

The People Who Need This Deal

Michael Wenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Wenger

It is difficult for me to see how progressives can justify a no vote on the deal if they really care about their middle and working-class constituents.

Proposed Tax Deal Shows Sharp Contrast in Republican and Democratic Priorities

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Let's be clear. The Republican Party has only one core value: massive economic benefits for the wealthiest Americans. And they'll sacrifice the welfare of everyone else who is gullible enough to vote for them in order to get it.

Looking For Your Ideas and Advice

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

With right-wing Republicans soon to have a majority in the House of Representatives, the Progressive Caucus will become more important. Last week, the Progressive Caucus picked new leaders. I'd like you to get to know them, and for them to get to know you.

Fighting Back With a Progressive Agenda

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Progressives positioning themselves as being against Republican proposals will not be enough. We must be able to present a convincing program detailing what we are for.

Almost an Independent

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Danziger

I remember the moment I decided to vote for then Senator Barack Obama for president. He was loosening up behind the three-point line in a gym packed ...

Dear President Obama: Please Wise Up

Raymond Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Griffith

Repeat after me. "The Republicans are not my friends." Say it again. Now with more emphasis. The Republicans are not your friends.

Taxing Carbon As Part of Responsible, Progressive Fiscal Policy

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Despite conservative hysteria about the effects of a carbon price on the economy, the fact is that the amounts of money in question aren't that big in the context of the federal budget, much less the U.S. economy.

Where are the Progressive (Political) Riot Grrrls?

Tanene Allison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tanene Allison

Elizabeth Wurtzel nails some important points in her recent article in The Atlantic, titled, Sarah Palin, Riot Grrrl. Much of the online debate aroun...

The Perfect Storm That Could Elect Sarah Palin

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

I don't believe we fully grasp the likelihood of Palin actually winning the presidency. Despite the giddy snickering at the notion, she could seriously do it. It's happened before, and we underestimate the frivolity of the American voter at our own risk.

What Leading Progressives Are Thankful for

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

I asked leading progressives, is there a silver lining to all of these storm clouds? Some found deep values, some found humor, but all found something important to think about this holiday season.

Center Folds

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

The collective Center took what President Obama characterized as a "shellacking" in the 2010 midterm elections. The carnage at the center hit both s...

The Road To a New Progressive Narrative, Part Three: White House Shameless in the Rust Belt

Mark Cassello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Cassello

President Obama will stop in Indiana on Tuesday. This visit is likely to further aggravate the un- and under-employed throughout the Rust Belt. Obama's administration appears to have learned little since its election defeat.

Winning the Next Election Starts Now

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Progressives need to build a permanent grassroots infrastructure, so that they begin treating politics as a year-round endeavor and not merely show up at the last minute to endorse a lesser-of-two-evils candidate.

Congressional Progressive Caucus May Shake Up Leadership

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Congressional Progressive Caucus, frustrated by its inability to influence the Democrats' agenda over the past two years, is considering a new str...

Tell Congress to Hold Blackwater/Xe Accountable

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

One of the most infuriating threads of the story of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is the lack of accountability for out-of-control private contractors, sending the message that they can get away with anything, including murder.