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House Passes Debt Limit Deal | Elise Foley | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a bill on Monday evening to cut spending by $2.1 trillion and raise the debt ceiling until 2013, just one day before th...

The Failure of Progressive Nonprofit Organizations

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

Progressive nonprofits have talked a lot about recreating "movement" organizations that might recapture the old spirit of social change. It has been, unfortunately, only talk.

Would a Third Party Hurt or Help Obama in 2012?

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

Conventional wisdom doomed Harry Truman's re-election bid in 1948 by not one, but two third party challenges. But a deeper look at history suggests that those challenges might actually have helped Truman win.

Debt Ceiling Deal Angers Progressives, Tea Party

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The newly struck debt-ceiling compromise between President Barack Obama and the Republican leaders of Congress represents a histori...

AT&T -- Not My Credo

Wendy Block | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

When I hear that AT&T and Verizon are key players with other multinationals and Republican legislators in a so-far obscure group that advances corporate interests and undermines ours, my thoughts turn...shall we say, vehement.

Why Democracy Is Public: The American Dream Beats the Nightmare

George Lakoff | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

The democracy of care, shared responsibility, and trust is the democracy of the American Dream. The "democracy" of no care, no shared responsibility, and no trust has produced the American Nightmare that so many of our citizens are living through.

Why Is It So Difficult to Agree on Tax Reform?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 09.26.2011 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Can't we just agree on a system that is simple, fair and sufficient? Well, it's complicated. When you design a tax system, you are trying to hit six -- sometimes contradictory -- objectives at the same time.

It'll Be an All-Cuts Budget "Deal" (Just Like California)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The debt ceiling gambit that Republicans in the House of Representatives have used to tie the U.S. government in knots in recent months is simply the California GOP's tactic writ large.

Bernie Sanders Gets Sarcastic, Rips Gang Of Six Plan

The Huffington Post | Alex Becker | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been driven to sarcasm as Congress and the White House continue to move forward with plans to cut Soc...

This Is Not Literature

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

I am tired of listening to those who describe themselves as "progressive" bellyache about President Obama and his lack of balls.

Consensus Pension Reform Plan -- Working Together For San Francisco Families

Edwin M. Lee | Posted 10.11.2011 | San Francisco
Edwin M. Lee

In order to preserve basic city services and critical safety-net programs, San Francisco has to address the large unfunded liabilities and unsustainable spending on employee benefits.

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Progressives Won't Criticize Obama For Proposed Social Security Cuts | Elise Foley | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressives in Congress are largely holding their fire at the White House over reports that President Obama is considering deep Social...

Back to Where We Started

Mike Lux | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

235 years ago, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted to declare independence from Britain. Then as now, the debate raged over equality and democracy and the nature of tyranny.

What a Liberal Does on the Fourth of July

Dan Bimrose | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

On a day where we should all celebrate our nation. there are members of society who find it difficult to imagine that it would be possible for self-styled liberals to find cause for celebration on the Fourth of July.

Netroots Panel On Black Voter Turnout Sparks Debate

Dr. Judy Lubin | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Dr. Judy Lubin

Joblessness in the black community combined with the oft-heard sentiment that the president has "dissed" his most loyal base has been the subject of h...

AARP Spins to Defend Support for Cutting Social Security

Daniel Marans | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

It's bad enough that AARP is betraying the wishes of its members and throwing its support behind Social Security benefit cuts. Doing it under the false pretense that benefit cuts are inevitable is even worse.

Memo to Media: Netroots Is Not Just Liberals Bashing Obama

Ari Melber | Posted 08.17.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

Stories recounting liberals' "frustration" and disappointment with Obama are dominating coverage of this year's Netroots Nation. But these stories miss the mark, fitting into a precooked narrative about "Progressives vs. Obama."

Battleground North Carolina: Midnight Madness & the Southern Backlash

Michael Carmichael | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

While there is a growing progressive trend supporting vetoes of radical right-wing legislation, there is a definite backlash against centrist, populist, Blue Dog-style Democrats in North Carolina and all across the South.

How Progressives Take Back the Constitution

Doug Kendall | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Constitutional interpretation must be grounded, first and foremost, in the Constitution's enacted text. Unless and until liberals accept that basic proposition, we will lose arguments with conservatives over the Constitution and the courts.

Are Progressives in Denial About Climate Change?

Brendan Smith | Posted 08.10.2011 | Green
Brendan Smith

Climate change is not just another "issue." The earth is in the midst of a radical shift that will affect our country and society more severely than the Civil War, the Great Depression or World War II.

Five Progressive Tax Increases That Washington Won't Talk About

Daniel Marans | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

Did you know that millionaires and billionaires only make payroll tax contributions on earnings of $106,800? If you didn't, it could be because you are among the 94% of American earners who make less than that amount.

David Foster a BMI Icon

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.19.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

The BMI Pop Music Awards, while star studded, may not be handing out awards to household names unless you're one of the people that hit the "Get Info" button on the track or are an aspiring singer/songwriter.

Was Rahm Right About Progressives?

Steven Hill | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

In 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel infamously said that progressives are "fucking retarded." Lately I've begun to think he was corr...

Obama's Fiscal Policy Speech: Values, Yes. Vision, no.

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0. It was good to hear President Obama speak bluntly of how the Bush administration took the country into two wars but c...

In 2012, Will We Have a People's Budget or the Ryan Roadmap to Ruin?

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

We support a plan that creates good-paying jobs rebuilding the roads and bridges that we cross going to work every day. The alternative, we're sorry to say, is a road we've been down before.