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Three Fundamental Differences Between Progressives and Conservatives, Pt. 1

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Part I of III When caught at something, it's best to come clean. I was recently caught by the Crow, who -- in a response to my earlier post about po...

Gibbs is Wrong: It Isn't About the Professional Left

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

We didn't elect this administration to accept the Washington status quo as reality. We elected them to challenge that reality. And it seems like, on that count, they didn't even try. That's what we're so disappointed by.

Gibbs Need Not Apologize for Blasting the "Professional Left"

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There are too many on the left whose heads are stuffed with delusions about what Obama can do and when and how he should do it.

Sam Stein On Gibbs Vs. 'Professional Left': "They're Really Just Talking Past Each Other" (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Huffington Post political reporter Sam Stein went on MSNBC's Hardball this evening to discuss recent comments made by White House Press Secretary Robe...

Gibbs on the Left: Dog Bites the Man

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Robert Gibbs went off the other day on the "professional left" which is never satisfied. The president's poll numbers stink. The economy is going south. Tempers are short. But really. The left is pushing the president from the left? The horror.

Polls Apart

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Poor Obama: the people he liked instead of me still don't like him....

"You Lie": Myths the Right Tells About the Left

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

One of the most irksome aspects of the current political divide is the conservative caricature of progressive stances on economic thinking.

Let Them Eat Paste: Democrats Cut Food Stamps To Fund Education, Health Care

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

When asked to sideline the needs of, say, poor black folks or undocumented immigrants and prioritize the needs of working class white folks, unfortunately few groups in Washington bat an eye.

A Message Washington Will Hear

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

It's hard to detect any fighting spirit in a left that would rather whine that the victory was not big enough rather than prepare for the next fight.

For Energy Reform Advocates, Lessons From Health Care

Matt Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Bennett

Both Clinton's health-care reform experience and today's cap-and-trade defeat contain lessons for the next energy reform effort.

A Great Progressive Candidate For Congress - Dr. David Gill In His Own Words

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

In my last post (which you can read by clicking on this LINK) I wrote about and supported Dr. David Gill for Congress in the 15th Congressional Distri...

Obama's Fleeting Progressive Promise

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

While the direction of Obama's presidency may be difficult to explain, it has demonstrated the narrow bandwidth in which American politics occurs: a very limited policy space ranging from the center to the right.

Bold New World: Reflections on Netroots Nation 2010

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Beware the myth of the monolith -- we netroots activists come from all walks of American life to do the hard work of creating harmony from cacophony in a tradition as patriotic as our country's motto, E Pluribus Unum.

A Socialist Revival in Los Angeles

Jack Rothman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jack Rothman

The Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist body in the United States, is about to restart its LA local. Since the 1990s there has been no DSA unit in Tinseltown, despite the city's liberal stereotype.

What's Really at Stake in the Fight to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

We're going to have to bring our revenues and our spending in line in the long-term. But to drop every other consideration because we supposedly can't afford to help our own neighbors is absurd and unfair.

Why Does Fox News Have More Power Than Any Progressive in the Country?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cenk Uygur

Is there anyone Obama won't fire or throw under the bus if Fox asks him to? What if they ask Obama to fire himself? Would he do it? Or would he just fire Biden and say he met them halfway?

Polls and the Democratic Narrative

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The polling business is far more of an art than a science, and is easily manipulated. Even so, a poll recently released by Third Way -- seemingly designed to try and talk Democrats out of using populist rhetoric -- is nothing short of malpractice.

Progressives, Tea Parties and the Rise of We Generation Politics

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Candidates' ability to ally progressives with Democrats (and tea partiers with Republicans) may well determine the outcome of the 2010 and 2012 elections.

The Heat In the Kitchen, The Buck Stopping, and All That

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

To have a successful presidency, the Obama team has to forget about the media and rekindle the enthusiasm of the door knockers, online contributors and base voters who brought him victory in 2008.

Resolving the "Obama Paradox" (The Most Successful Failed Presidency in a Generation)

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Daou

There is one thing President Obama can do is stand for something worthwhile, and fight for those principles tooth and nail. The real Obama paradox is why that hasn't happened when it's good policy and good politics.

Con Games: On Facebook, It's Good to Be Liberal

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Maybe you've heard of this Facebook thing, and maybe you've seen the Facebook user profile that asks everyone to fill in the blanks when it comes to their political views.

Third Way Dems Get it Wrong: Progressives Fight for Economic Growth

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Looking towards the new economy that we must build out of the ruins of the old, the president has it right. We can't go back to the old bubble-bust economy built on debt and speculation.

Kagan in Context: Shafting Progressive Values

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The White House is in the grip of conventional centrist wisdom. Grim results stretch from Afghanistan to the Gulf of Mexico to communities across the USA.

The City in the White House

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Carrion's departure leaves the Office of Urban Affairs at a crossroads. Without a formal leader, the Office is at risk of being lost in a White House filled with powerful figures and, as will always be the case, competing priorities.

On the Left, a False Choice Fuels the Growing Civil War Over Obama

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Daou

This civil war is premised on a false choice: that an incremental legislative approach and a well-articulated grand ideological vision are mutually exclusive. They're not.