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An Interview With the Late, Great Howard Zinn

Wajahat Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wajahat Ali

In a 2008 interview, the progressive icon told me he believed that "the American people have the capacity to change the direction of our nation from being a military power to being a peaceful nation, using our enormous wealth for human needs."

Progressives vs. the President

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

As a movement, we'll never succeed in moving the nation leftward by engaging in dumb, kneejerk politics and by demonizing a president who is arguably the most sympathetic to progressivism in generations.

The Center Policy Abyss: Minority Voters Losers Again?

Melinda Gopher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melinda Gopher

The national dialog has not gone where we need it to go. Democratic leaders are obsessing over the center, they are tethered to the perpetual election cycle.

How We Can Get the Health Care Bill Across the Line

Darcy Burner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Darcy Burner

Ironically, it appears the most likely way to get health care reform is to pass GOOD health care reform. The Democrats in Washington DC are likely to...

Obama After Massachusetts

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The defeat in Massachusetts forces the White House to confront the political problems they face, some of which were obscured in 2009 by the extremist sideshow known as the Republican Party.

The Democrats and the Mythical Middle

Stefan Sirucek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stefan Sirucek

A move to the center is what's currently being advocated by Sen. Joe Lieberman. That alone should send the party hurrying in the opposite direction.

Jeff Muskus

Progressive Coalition Warns Congress, Obama Against Deficit Commission | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A coalition of 56 progressive organizations sent a letter Wednesday to Congressional leaders and the White House asking them not to agree to the creat...

The Massachusetts Debacle and the Big "Why" Lie

Teri Szucs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Teri Szucs

The so-called liberal press, including MSNBC, keeps talking about how this is all about angry, anxious independents feeling government is getting too ...

Is Progress Possible? The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Celebrating MLK day without acknowledging religion is like admiring the exterior of the car without understanding the fuel and engine that makes it go.

Mad Hatters Don't Hold Monopoly on Patriotism

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

In Rhode Island, it was left-leaning patriots, in the form of labor activists, immigrants, and suffragists, who propelled Rhode Island towards the ratification of its constitution in 1842.

Reclaiming "We"

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

When it comes to health care reform, the states most likely to benefit -- because they have the highest percentages of uninsured citizens -- are the source of the loudest objections to reform.

My 2009 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome once again to our year-end wrap-up and awards ceremony. Honesty dictates that I immediately genuflect to The McLaughlin Group, from whom I have stolen all these award categories.

What Olympia Snowe's Support Could Mean

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

By supporting a moderate bill in committee, Snowe has made the GOP, or at least part of it, relevant again; succeeding where Michael Steele, John Boehner, Joe Wilson, Rush Limbaugh and others have failed.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

Popular action is the very definition of democracy. It doesn't happen without us, and it isn't a human right upheld by some magic fairness-fairy. If the public option's not in the bill, it's because we haven't shown up to demand it.

Thoughts on the State of Health-Care Reform

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

It's extremely important for those on the left, liberals and progressives alike, not to give in too easily. Why are we the only ones who need to compromise?

Keeping the Wheels on the Obama Presidency

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Because he cannot provide peace and prosperity, Obama needs to pass some meaningful legislation to demonstrate that he is doing something positive. Just getting a health care bill passed will mean nothing to many Americans.

For the Angry Center, Reality Bites

John Odum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Odum

The angry center that's so up in arms is missing the forest for the trees. The fact is that elections aren't just about individual people, they're also about group psychology.

Washington: Totally Disconnected From Main Street

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Operating a business on Main Street is a lot different than lecturing at the Harvard Economic Club. The team Obama surrounded himself with has spent way more time in a faculty lounge than in the corner barber shop.

The Senate's "Starter Home" Health Reform

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

I think of this bill as a starter home. It is not the mansion of our dreams, but it has a solid foundation, giving every American access to quality, affordable coverage.

Boulder's Progressives Retain Power, But Only Barely

Bob Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Bob Wells

The nine-member council that's to be sworn into office Nov. 17 will reflect a sharply divided city, with the real progressives holding a tenuous 5-4 majority.

President Obama After One Year

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dean Baker

A year after President Obama's election, progressives can say that we got pretty much what we had a right to expect: a centrist agenda in office.

New Year's Resolution: Don't Apologize for Democrats

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

When we mute ourselves as a Democratic president pursues corporatist or militarist policies, we only encourage such policies.

If Obama Was a Liberal We'd Have a Better Bill

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

If we had more liberals in Washington, instead of blathering about perfection being the enemy of the good, we'd have heard a rallying cry that mediocre is the enemy of effective.

"Leader" Reid Must Lead

Adam Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Green

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass a public option -- but only if Harry Reid makes sure that his Democratic super-majority does not side with Republicans on basic procedural votes.

What Should Progressives Do?

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

We should see this episode as part of a continuing saga, rather than as a process that ends with the a new law. This is a bill worth supporting.