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The Parent Trigger: New Leverage for Parents

Bill Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bill Jackson

So long as 50 percent of parents at a given school in California sign a petition, the school board will now have to enact a turnaround strategy.

Immigration Rally: Immigration Reform Advocates Gather At Capitol Hill

The New York Times | Ian Urbina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Thousands of immigrants came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a day of lobbying and an afternoon rally calling for comprehensive immigration reform. Th...

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.

Glenn Beck Isn't Blocking Health Care Reform

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

It is worth remembering that Glenn Beck is not blocking the passage of a good health care bill. The old and new carny acts of the right aren't undermining the energy legislation or frustrating financial reform. To focus on who and what is standing in the way -- follow the money.

Obama Blasts Banks For Opposing Financial Reform (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama singled out financial institutions for causing much of the economic tail...

Friday Talking Points [96] -- The Impressiveness of Alan Grayson

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

First, let's get rid of the distractions this week. Chicago will not be getting the Olympics in 2016, even after President Obama went over to Copenha...

Bennet gets seat on Senate health, education committee

Denver Business Journal | Denver Business Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Colorado's U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said Tuesday he has been chosen to serve on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, a panel...

Friday Talking Points [95] -- A Call To Action

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The progressives and Blue Dogs are going to have a showdown. It is going to culminate not in statements to the press (or the lack thereof), not in some whispered whip count, but rather in a very public vote.

Obama the Impotent

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

This week saw two showdowns between Europe and the US that have revealed further slippage in American global leadership. The very structure of the American political system is at the heart of these failures.

Ryan Grim

Frank Bites Back, Demands Retraction Of Blue Dog Comments In Politico

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Backers of President Obama's cornerstone financial regulatory reform proposal pushed back Monday against the Blue Dog Coalition, which is promoting a ...

Pray for Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Beck's predictions that health care reform would lead to government bureaucrats euthanizing people like his daughter are dead wrong, but we at Sojournors agree with Glenn on this point: God is the giver of life.

Baucus' Bill Not Bipartisan, But Panmedia

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Baucus' was supposed to be the "bipartisan" bill, but the only way it can truly be referred to as such is in the growing bipartisan distaste for the bill.

Daily Pulse: It Could Happen to You

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lindsay Beyerstein

Opponents of health care reform are trying to pit the insured against everyone else.

Business Groups Step Up Campaign To Block Obama's Consumer Agency

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Christine Spolar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A new federal consumer protection agency is emerging as the centerpiece of the Obama administration's financial reforms, prompting banking companies a...

The Mugging of the Common Good

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

These next months are the reckoning. The president and the Congress will step up to the reforms the country needs -- or they will fail the nation in a time of peril. We cannot afford another lost decade.

Obama Heads To Wall Street To Urge Reform

Washington Post | Brady Dennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama will head to Wall Street on Monday to try to breathe new life into efforts to overhaul the financial regulatory system, an undertaking...

Sebelius: No Public Abortion Funding In Health Care Bill

McClatchy | David Lightman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pledged Sunday that President Barack Obama will support barring public funding for...

Friday Talking Points [93] -- Lies, Lies And Propaganda

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Political discussions in America are fast becoming solely theological in nature.. Each side has their beliefs. Each has their tenets which they fervently defend. Much of this is done on faith.

Obama's Health Care Speech: Hope Over Fear

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

In his speech last evening, Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition in the faith community had asked for -- reform as a moral issue, affordable coverage for all, and no federal funding of abortion.

Daily Pulse: Obama to Outline Vision for Health Care Reform

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

This is Obama's last chance to recapture the momentum that Democrats lost to corporate-backed town hall hooligans and misinformation during the August recess.

Did Obama's Speech Change The Game?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Stylistically, the speech was reminiscent of Obama on the campaign trail. But the bar for him is so high that this was only remarkable because it has been so absent of late from Obama.

Obama Presses Hard to Unite Dems on Healthcare and Slaps Down Republican "Demagoguery"

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

The President's speech was so powerful it probably sent many of the nation's health insurance industry robber barons into economic cardiac arrest.

Taking Things Off the Table

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama absolutely loves the phrase "everything's on the table." But the time for piling "everything" on "the table" is over. Everything being on the table means that no decisions have been made.

Friday Talking Points [92] -- The End Of Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sadly, Obama's speech to school children has become mired in manufactured controversy from the right, with typical sky-is-falling rhetoric about the evil, evil man who occupies the Oval Office.

Daily Pulse: Goldfish and the Public Option

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

Perhaps the biggest drawback of Obama's hands off approach is that administration can't make a positive case for reform. So, the president has decided to step in and dictate terms to Congress.