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What Boehner and the Tea Party Don't Seem to Understand About the Constitution

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Since the Founding, the American people have progressively amended the Constitution to ensure that Congress has all the tools it needs to address national problems and protect the constitutional rights of all Americans.

Framing the Fiscal Battle

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Republicans are convinced they have a mandate to cut government down to size. But that'll be difficult with control of only one House of Congress -- especially considering the internal contradictions.

Do Progressives Have True Grit?

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

It's hard to avoid the impression that most progressives are more interested in complaining about the right wing, or how things are going in the country, than getting their hands dirty and slugging it out.

Progressives Should Anticipate Another Frustrating Year

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

As 2010 turns to 2011, many progressives find themselves disappointed, defeated at the ballot box and with few options for the immediate future. Fortunately, things can change quickly in American politics.

Howard Fineman

Obama vs. The 'Tear Down Congress' | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As Congress and the president prepare to leave town for Christmas, comparisons to LBJ and FDR are in the air — or at least in...

Tax Reform: A New Hope for Obama

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Just as many good progressive people were losing hope that President Obama would ever find his footing, he seems to have launched a new approach, one that -- given the political landscape -- may serve the country and him well.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of 2010

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

There are lessons to be learned from progressive failures and hopes to be drawn from progressive successes that can point to how we can have better political results in 2011 and 2012.

Barack Obama: Same as He Ever Was

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

In the wake of President Barack Obama's premature capitulation to the Republicans in the tax wars, a party who I might remind you controls neither Con...

Head, Heart, Guts and Gonads: Getting Down and Dirty in the Rhetoric War

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

The left likes to argue to the head; conservatives know that the further down you go, the more persuasive you will be.

Bernie's Rorschach Filibuster: What Was the Point?

John Odum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Odum

I suppose If I chose to, I could look at it as a crass move to get me applauding, or even as an exercise in futility and impotence, but not today. Not this time.

Transcending Progressive Discord

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"Barack Obama was NEVER a progressive or anything other than a closet Republican. This was true in '08 and continues to be true. He successfully hoodw...

Are Progressives Losing Touch With Reality?

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The volume of progressive moping lately has been staggering -- otherwise sane progressives vowing to not vote in 2012 or to somehow conjure up a viable primary challenger is a great way to elect Awful Republican President X.

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.