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Growing Up Liberal

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

I thought about my path to liberalism when I read the recent interview between President Obama and Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly mouthed the classic conservative trope: liberals love the "nanny state" and think big government can solve all of America's problems.

Bill de Blasio Lifts the Left

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Bill de Blasio has lifted the left and is a man to watch in 2014. I have a hunch that the next Democratic nominee for president will be watching him closely, too.

The Populist Moment

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Of all the myths that circulate in Washington, perhaps none is more prevalent or intractable than the one that says that the United States is a "moderate" nation.

The Sniveling Apologizers at MSNBC Don't Represent Progressives

Cenk Uygur | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media
Cenk Uygur

If MSNBC cared about not presenting liberals as sniveling cowards, they would never go through these debasing apologies one after another. But they don't care about that because the guy who runs the network doesn't give a damn about how progressives look, because he isn't one of them.

Samantha Lachman

Progressives On SOTU: 'Warren's Message Of Economic Populism Was Right All Along' | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Adam Green said Wednesday that President Barack Obama's announcement during Tuesday night's State of ...

"Stop 'N Frisk Trickle-Down Economics"

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Unless we want an America that is a tale of two cities, a tale of two nations, a "Downton Abby America on steroids," then let's hope that the refreshing message of progressives such as Bill de Basio seize the moment, and the public votes a stop and frisk of Reaganomics.

Greed Is Not Good: The Social Usefulness of Progressive Public Policy

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Progressives must never abandon appeals to fairness and concern for the vulnerable when advocating on behalf of sound public policies.

Mass Affluence and the Politics of Inequality

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

Mass affluence is just as much a part of our economic structure as poverty and progressives must acknowledge and incorporate that affluence in their policymaking.

Iran: Nuclear Energy for War or Peace? A Renewable Suggestion

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

One of the many serious issues the planet faces is whether or not Iran's nuclear program is to develop weapons or to be able to turn on a switch for l...

Secretaries of State: A Key Front in the Battle to Protect Voting Rights

Steve Rosenthal | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Steve Rosenthal

Across the country we are witnessing a wholesale attack by the right wing on workers, unions, women's health, the environment, LGBT issues, civil rights, immigration and nearly every other right that Americans hold near and dear.

Bill de Blasio, the FDR of New York

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Don't get carried away analyzing the presence of Bill and Hillary Clinton at the de Blasio inauguration. Starting this week, it is de Blasio who is the big show, not the Clintons.

Millennial Progressives and Libertarians Will Change Politics in the Future

Travis Irvine | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Travis Irvine

If millennials don't have a progressive/libertarian presidential candidate to vote and volunteer for in 2016, you can be sure we'll run one of our own down the line.

The Low Expectations of the Conservatism of Denial

Carl Pope | Posted 03.04.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

Climate disruption, broadband access and crumbling bridges and roads have an odd thing in common: they have entered the never-never land of conservative denialism -- where they are simply not problems for which the right feels obliged to offer solutions.

The 25 Best Progressive Victories of 2013

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Progressives are rarely satisfied. It is part of our political DNA. There's so much injustice in the world, it's sometimes hard to feel that we're making progress. Let's look back at 2013 and examine 25 significant accomplishments.

What Liberals Can Win In 2014

Salon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

In 2013, abortion restrictions advanced, fast food workers struck and gun control stalled; the filibuster was curbed, stop-and-frisk was challenged an...

Progressives on the Take

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Democrats bear as much responsibility as Republicans for allowing our once promising democracy to degenerate into a plutocracy of the irresponsible super-rich.

Zach Carter

'I Would Not Consider Myself A Third Way Type Of Candidate' | Zach Carter | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

Daylin Leach, a Democrat running to replace outgoing Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) distanced himself from the centrist think-tank Third Way on Wednesd...

Immigration Reform Power Tweeters: Part 2

James Witte | Posted 02.08.2014 | Technology
James Witte

When it comes to the immigration reform discussion, one may be tempted to treat the cluster of influential Tea Party tweeters as a tempest in a teapot.

Obama Updates His Story About America

Richard Kirsch | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

When President Obama frames the story of the American dream as one that is harmed by economic inequality, progressives should cheer -- and they should also prepare to sharpen that story and tie it to action.

Luke Johnson

Democrat Denounces Anti-Populist Editorial After Progressive Pressure | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), an honorary co-chair of centrist think tank Third Way, became the latest Democrat to reject an op-ed by th...

What Do We Have Government For?

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

As frustrating as it is, the ongoing Washington stalemate on health care, immigration and almost any other essential issue should not be surprising. It is not politics as some claim. It is a deep ideological rift among Americans.

The Democrats Need a Tea Party

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

The Tea Party pushes the Republicans to the right. The Democrats need a party to push them to the left.

Bagels and de Blasio: Can New York's Next Mayor Advance City Food Beyond Bloomberg?

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York
Alison Rose Levy

By seeking input and obtaining buy-in from the populace, de Blasio may have better luck than his predecessor even in the latter's chosen food arena.

Announcing The Good Fight -- Picking up Where the Al Franken Show Left Off

Ben Wikler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Ben Wikler

That's when I found the progressive movement: the informal network of people and organizations working across race, class, sexuality, and origin to hold America to its best values, to the vision that all of us are created equal, and with inalienable rights

American Liberals' Chicken-ism Is Coming Home To Roost

Martin Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Having elections every two years for House members means that the only real work that the Representatives do following being elected is start working for their immediately looming re-election.