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What Happened to Kansas?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Kansas has been something of a laboratory for conservative trickle-down economic policies and ideology since Governor Brownback took office in 2010 and to say the climate is reactionary would be being polite!

Absentee Senator Pat Roberts Survives Bruising Kansas Primary

Erik Ose | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

Roberts appeared vulnerable earlier this year after questions were raised about his residency in Kansas, similar to what helped defeat veteran Sen. Richard Lugar two years ago.

The State of the Progressive Movement: New York

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Dana Beyer

Two of next year's Democratic presidential contenders, Gov. Martin O'Malley of my current home state of Maryland and Gov. Andrew Cuomo the state of my youth, New York, both consider themselves progressive. Neither of them, however, can be called "progressive" in the traditional sense of the world.

7 Exciting, Inspiring -- and Overlooked -- Lessons From the "99 Percent" Election

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This election was a clear and unequivocal victory for the populist positions the president took on the campaign trail. Don't believe the hype: This was a great night for progressives, populists and agents of change.

Why So Close, Election?

Floyd Elliot | Posted 12.24.2012 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

If Mitt Romney wins this election, we the People in our wisdom will have validated that strategy, and demonstrated that we are nothing but our worst instincts, our fears and our rage, and that we deserve every horror a plutocracy will visit upon us.

Dr. Stein's "Political Medicine"

Colleen Becker | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Colleen Becker

Practicing what she calls "political medicine," Stein encourages her natural allies to heal themselves from a "sadomasochistic relationship to corporate politics" by acknowledging their agency.

Jamie Dimon's 'Family Reunion' With the Senate Banking Committee

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business
Bill Moyers


Pity the Billionaire? But He's Winning

Francine Hardaway | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Francine Hardaway

Unlike in other countries, our protestors don't continue; they don't even register at the ballot box. They make some noise, get the pundits excited, and retreat.

The Top Ten Good Men Politicians

Tom Matlack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Matlack

At the Good Men Project Magazine, we want to believe that there are a few good men in politics. We need to believe it. So we spent the last few months looking for them.

Jason Linkins

Thomas Frank's Parting Shot At Pundit Class: 'Nobody Has Changed The Water In The Fish Tank' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Thomas Frank, of What's The Matter With Kansas? fame, likens himself to Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater and puts just about every political institution on blast over his loudspeaker in his last column.

Thomas Frank Leaves WSJ For Harper's

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Columnist Thomas Frank is leaving the Wall Street Journal for Harper's Magazine. Frank, who has written for the Wall Street Journal since 2008, will ...

What's the Matter With Democrats?

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Fear-mongering has prompted left-leaning pundits to bless the health care bill, giving Democratic activists mindless reasons that everyone should shut up and fall in line ("Krugman supports it!").

Forget Kansas. What's the Matter With Arizona?

Marjorie Valbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marjorie Valbrun

As events have unfolded in Arizona, transforming its image from boring border state to ground zero in the increasingly volatile debate over illegal im...

Jason Linkins

Thomas Frank: Tea Party Movement Reflects Previous Observations On The 'Gravity Of Discontent' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Wall Street Journal columnist and author Thomas Frank ('What's the Matter With Kansas', 'The Wrecking Crew') sends along an observation today about th...

Gay Marriage and the Governor's Race

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Brady, no stranger to the semantics of Springfield, obviously eyes an amendment banning gay marriage as a means of galvanizing conservative support for his candidacy.

Thomas Frank: Newsrooms Don't Need More Conservatives

Wall Street Journal | THOMAS FRANK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Would the solution currently on the table--hiring more Republicans and fewer Democrats--have helped the press behave differently in either situation? ...

Why is Obama Championing Bush's Financial Wrecking Crew?

William K. Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
William K. Black

Obama promoted the architects of the financial disaster and demands that we hail them as heroes because they, and Wall Street, only wrecked the economy -- they haven't (yet) utterly destroyed it.

Thomas Frank: GOP Treating Health Insurers Like 'Panda Bears' That 'Need Our Nurturing' | THOMAS FRANK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In June 2008, I used this space to call on then-Sen. Barack Obama to add economist James K. Galbraith's book, "The Predator State," to his reading lis...

Jason Linkins

WSJ's Thomas Frank Assails WaPo's Coverage Of Lobbyists | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In today's Wall Street Journal, columnist Thomas Frank calls out the Washington Post at length for its fawning, frolicsome coverage of the way lobbyists infect every single corner of Capitol Hill like a lycanthropic plague.

Heckuva Job, Brownie

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Mike Brown is still a self-described conservative. But at least he was able to be honest and have an intellectually forthright discussion with me -- something refreshing in today's political era.

Jason Linkins

Thomas Frank On WaPo Salons: 'A Moment Of Rare, Piquant Hypocrisy' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at the Wall Street Journal, Thomas Frank has weighed in on the way the Washington Post attempted to launch a massive "Hey, Lobbyists, Let's All G...

Which Side Are You on Specter?

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

Labor is re-energized by Specter's decision. Grassroots union activity -- already at a fever pitch -- is escalating even more.

Sam Stein

EFCA Backers Step Up Efforts, Begin Calling Out Democrats, Obama | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Whether out of despair, frustration, or the political calculus that more sheer aggression is needed, labor officials and progressives are taking a far...

It's Time to Give Voters the Liberalism They Want

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

It is possible, I suppose, that the pundits are right and the public didn't really mean it when it elected a liberal Democrat president and gave Democrats even larger majorities in both houses of Congress.

The Morning After

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jan Herman

It is the Journal, in a column this morning by Thomas Frank, an addition to the Journal's opinion pages to balance all the resident right-wingers, that puts Obama's victory in proper perspective.