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Hope in Real Life

Rhoades Alderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rhoades Alderson

The president's most recent August swoon reminds us that this moment is the first real test of Obama's "hope" in the nitty-gritty of getting big things done in Washington.

Crunch Time for the Democrats

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Leaders of the liberal wing of the party -- not necessarily the elected leadership of the House -- must use their powers of persuasion and their skills in compromise to sway the debate in favor of change, most critically with progressive voters.

Is "Escalation" the Right Word?

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Seeking an alternative to the word "escalation" to describe U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, I asked deployed or recently back friends and they each offered a different answer.

Obama Swiftboats Van Jones

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

Van Jones' resignation isn't a testament to the frenetic dry-drunk tirades of a delusional Fox employee. It is due to the Obama administration's failure to rightfully and necessarily defend a valuable member of its team.

Obama Can't Thumb His Nose at the GOP, and Here's Why

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

To play the centrist political game correctly requires compromise, conciliation, and bipartisanship. Obama learned early that this was the sure-fire way to bag the big financial and corporate dollars.

A Moment's Silence for the Public Option

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

A "trigger option" means the public option doesn't exist, and won't until an undefined series of events occur whereupon the public option will pop into existence. This isn't a compromise. It's an insult.

Progressive Primary Pressure Changing Senate Votes on Health Care

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

It's a good lesson not just in Colorado, but everywhere: primaries are good because they make legislators more accountable to the constituents they are supposed to represent.

Health Care Reform & Abortion: Separating Fact From Fiction

Rachel Laser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Laser

Our careful read of the current health care reform bills reveals that the legislation successfully strikes a delicate moral balance. While the proposal is indeed in many regards "abortion neutral," it arguably does moreto expand options for pro-life Americans than for pro-choice Americans.

Progressives Should Vote No on Obama's Health Care Proposal

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

The Obama White House is doing untold damage to its credibility here by scheming against the centerpiece of healthcare reform -- the public option. This is the very heart of reform.

Glenn Beck's Book Bumped From Amazon #1 by Progressive's First Book

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rob Kall

Daybreak was written by first time author and progressive activist David Swanson.

Wasted or Wasteful? Are Bureaucrats All That Bad?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Obama and Biden promise they will not spend our money badly. Government stimulus spending is presented by the administration as a necessary evil.


Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Milk. All special interest patrons of America's Big Money bordello. What are good progressives to do? Either we get lobotomies or we fix the way the country finances politics.

Losing Progressives Is a Far More Lethal Blow to Obama than GOP

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Progressives' noisy opposition to a health care reform sell-out points to a far bigger threat to Obama than the GOP could ever pose.

Progressives Gather Forces on Twitter

Alan Rosenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alan Rosenblatt is the newest phase in our efforts to better organize progressives on Twitter.

10 Reasons We Need a Public Option

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Cohen

Real health care reform cannot happen without a public option, and we need a constant reminder of exactly what we are fighting for. Here are the top 10 reasons why there must be a public insurance option.

Obama, Progressives and Health Care Reform

Gara LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gara LaMarche

We can spend our time working to win support for a positive vision of change, creating a stronger climate for President Obama and potential allies in Congress to rise to their best, or we can complain and attack.

Friday Talking Points [90] -- Obama To Switch Parties

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ted Kennedy is putting both his legacy and his sense of entitlement to his office before the interests of his constituents.

Sam Stein

Progressive Lawmakers Plead: Don't "Get Cynical About The President" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two progressive members of Congress who have pledged not to support a health care bill without a public option came to the White House's defense on Th...

The Obama Double Standard

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

This is what you get from a White House that is run by Rahm Emanuel and former Baucus staffer (and famous corporate bum-licker) Jim Messina: A White House that plays hardball, but only with progressives.

White House Protects Blue Dogs and Bullies Progressives

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

The most obvious explanation for why President Obama shields the Blue Dogs and bullies Progressives is that conservative Democrats (like Republicans) represent the interests of Big Business.

Don Lemon & CNN: No to "Real Americans," Yes to Real Journalism!

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

Can anyone tell me of any wall to wall on-site coverage of peace movement events over the past six years where the corporate press offered extensive air-time to listen to progressive leaders? I don't recall that ever happening. Do you?

Do Progressives Have What It Takes To Win?

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

Conservatives believe -- with justification -- that if they get angry enough and loud enough, liberals will back down from fights like this one.

America's Gay Leadership Crisis

Rupert Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rupert Russell

At a time when gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are flourishing in America's public life like never before, those charged with advancing their civil equality have retreated into the closet.

Why the Right is Winning Its War Against Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Obama White House has given the right-wing counterinsurgency a generous boost with its fits and starts, including conciliation on health care and waffling on a total rollback of Bush policies.

Dems, Unions, Allies Push Back For Reform in Ads, Town Halls, Attacks on Blue Dogs (VIDEO)

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The story that isn't being told in cable media's over-reaction to the GOP mobs is that of reasonable Americans coming out to understand more about health care reform and promote change