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Are You a Pragmatic Progressive? Vote Bernie

Kirsten Stade | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Kirsten Stade

For many progressives, the choice of Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 is about electability. The stakes are unimaginably high, with a vacanc...

A Special Place in Hell

Deborah Dean-Ware | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Deborah Dean-Ware

See, Madam Secretaries Albright and Clinton and Ms. Gloria Steinem, there is a special place in hell for older activists who try to silence or disparage or scapegoat or ignore our millennial activists. For their work is God's work.

A Wellstone Staffer on Why the Attacks on Alan Grayson Are to Be Questioned

Roger Wolfson | Posted 02.13.2016 | Politics
Roger Wolfson

It saddens me that progressives now have to put pen to paper to defend Alan Grayson; a man who has not only proved himself the most effective Liberal in the House - having passed more legislation promoting progressive causes than anyone else - but the most effective Congressman, period, having passed more legislation than any member of Congress from either party.

The 'Is Hillary Clinton A Progressive?' Debate

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

Watch as TMFS discusses the whole Bernie Sanders/Hillary Clinton "who is a progressive?" controversy.

'No Soup for You!' Hillary Clinton's New Message Denies Hope and Empowerment

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Carlos F. Torres

While claiming the mantle of continuity with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton is in fact sending a message of impotence, inability to change and acceptance of the status quo. Her tone is gray, stern, highly reminiscent of Seinfeld's "The Soup Nazi".

12 Examples of How Bernie Sanders Is Far More Progressive Than Hillary Clinton

Brian Hanley | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Brian Hanley

1. Sanders has supported gay rights since the early '80s. Clinton has not. 2. Sanders wants to end the prohibition of marijuana. Clinton does not. 3. Sanders wants to end the death penalty. Clinton does not.

Don't Be Fooled--Hillary Clinton Is No Progressive

Walker Bragman | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Walker Bragman

Let's clear something up: Hillary Clinton is no progressive; she and the New Democrats were barely even Democrats to begin with. Their rise to power in the 90s came at the price of embracing the laissez-faire economics and racial politics of the Reagan Revolution.

Hillary Is More Interested In Making Progress Than Making Liberals Applaud

Zachary Leven | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Zachary Leven

The case for Hillary Clinton is mostly a matter of rebutting the case against her. Once that's done, you're simply left with the most qualified candidate, and someone who is, by all reality-based measures, progressive. And just as important, someone who is capable of achieving results.

The Kochs Are Ghostwriting America's Story

Michael Winship | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Gather round for the word of the day: metanarrative. Definitions vary but let's say it's one big narrative that connects the meaning of events to a belief thought to be an essential truth, the storytelling equivalent of the unified field theory in physics. Now use it to define what's being done to America today. The Koch brothers and the extraordinary machine they have built in cahoots with fellow billionaires and others, have spent hundreds and hundreds of millions to get their way, all part of one long story told in pursuit of a specific end: to make the needs of the very, very few our nation's top priority and to thwart or destroy any group effort among the poor and middle class to do or say otherwise.

Clinton, Sanders And the Changing Face of the Democratic Party

The Conversation US | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Last week's debate in New Hampshire between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over who is the "real progressive" said a lot about how they and the Democratic Party have changed over the past half-century.

Sorting Out Fact From Fiction About Hillary's Iraq War Vote

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The fiction is that Clinton voted for a full-blown military assault on Iraq. This makes her at best and worst a willing, naïve and misinformed accomplice to Bush's hideous deception on Iraq. This does not make her an Iraq war hawk. But that's the noisy refrain she'll have to endlessly hear through the campaign.

I Think It Is: The Return of Say Anything

Zachariah Ezer | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Zachariah Ezer

I listened to emo in 2004. This may be something that, outside of ironic Fall Out Boy singalongs at pregames, millennials try to forget, now that they...

I Support Bernie Sanders Because He Supports Me

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

So you ask us: "How dare Bernie run?" You imply: "How dare you, a Democrat, support his run?" My answer, aside from pointing out that this is a democratic election rather than a Democratic coronation, is simple: I support Bernie Sanders because he supports me.

Why We Must Try

Robert Reich | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

Progressive change has never happened without bold ideas championed by bold idealists.

Conservatives Have Earned Their Trump; Liberals Have Not Earned Our Sanders

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

We liberals yearn for instant 'revolution' while holding the ugly political nitty gritty in contempt. We can't even be bothered to show up for a non-presidential election. Instead, we look for a savior who'll turn it all around with a wave of the hand because we consider anything more political than occasional voting beneath us.

A Democratic Pledge of Allegiance

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

"Enough is enough," as Bernie Sanders likes to say. For the good of the Democratic party, progressive causes, and the nation's future, it is time to apply that statement in a different way.

A Clinton Aide Once Called Hillary 'Quite Culturally Conservative'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

In her quest to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has alternately described herself as "a progressive who likes to get th...

Sanders May Be One Justice Away From His Political Revolution

Terry Smith | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Terry Smith

The conventional wisdom on the establishment left is that Sen. Bernie Sanders is offering his enthusiastic supporters pipedreams in lieu of achievable policy proposals. Placed in proper perspective, Bernie Sanders may be just one justice away from setting in motion what he calls a political "revolution."

Hillary's Record Says It All

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

As more Americans begin tuning into this election, it is hard to believe my ears when I hear people claim that Hillary Clinton needs to somehow burnish her credentials for promoting equality and fighting for working families.

A Republican, Democrat, Green & Libertarian Walk into a Living Room: A Report from the Front-Lines in Iowa

Living Room Conversations | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

In Iowa one week before the Presidential caucuses, we were far from the only group discussing politics that blustery night. From Sioux City to Davenport and everywhere in between, we Iowans have been bombarded with political billboards flanking our daily commute and dozens of ads in our physical and virtual mailboxes on any given day.

Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Are Actually Fighting About Barack Obama

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

The debate Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are having in the Democratic presidential campaign is in many ways about the future. It's about their di...

Test Coming Soon for Political Power of Climate Issue

Keith Gaby | Posted 01.28.2016 | Green
Keith Gaby

There's a test looming that will let us know the power of climate change as a political issue. In a few months, we'll see whether campaign strategists believe support for climate action is a positive or negative for candidates across the country.

Michael Bloomberg for President?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg must know that this is his last rodeo. If he does not run for President in 2016, the year in which he turns 74, there will be no opportunity for him in four years.

There's A Progressive Argument For Supporting Hillary

Jacqui Oesterblad | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Jacqui Oesterblad

It's not that I don't think Bernie can win, it's that I don't want him to. While Hillary's plans might be less ambitious and less progressive on most points, I believe that the actual ground that she will gain is greater than the actual ground that would be gained under a Sanders presidency.

Elizabeth Warren Sinks Clinton's Hopes For Endorsement

Liam Miller | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Liam Miller

In a speech before the Senate Thursday, on the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, Elizabeth Warren made clear -- for those with ears to hear -- that she will not endorse Hillary Clinton.