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Ideas in the Inter-Tubes: "Think Tanks and Netroots" NN10 Panel Summary

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 5:04 PM

At this year’s Netroots Nation convention in Las Vegas, I moderated a panel called “Think Tanks and Netroots: Best Practices for Working Together.” The panelists included:

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Headline 2020: Feingold, Sanders, Kucinich Start New Progressive Party

(10) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 3:27 PM

At Headline 2020, activists and citizens from all walks of life are submitting their ideas for the headlines they'd most like to read in the news in 2020. We've received an impressive range of entries so far, from the lofty:

Cold War Finally Ends: Total Global Nuclear Disarmament...
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What Headline Do YOU Want to See in 2020?

(6) Comments | Posted January 4, 2010 | 1:33 PM

What Headline Do YOU Want to See in 2020?
By Barry Kendall, Co-Chair, Progressive Ideas Network

It's the question on everyone's lips this time of year:

"So, do you have any New Year's Resolutions?"

You probably do -- I know I have a few. (My #1: Use the car...

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Ideology is Missing Element of Progressive Strategy

(5) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 5:20 PM

Ideology is Missing Element of Progressive Strategy
By Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Center for Community Change

In spite of the possibility that November's election created for transformational policy and social change, progressives face some stiff challenges from entrenched conservatism. When measuring the sobering reality of the last few...

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Pathway from Prison

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 8:12 PM

Pathway from Prison
by Stephanie Robinson, The Jamestown Project

Prison reentry is a seemingly intractable issue in need of a comprehensive response. And given the substantial number of lesser offenders scheduled for release over the next five years, our collective approach to their transition back into society will determine...

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Have We Rejoined the World?

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2009 | 6:25 PM

Alexandra Spieldoch, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

In some ways, it is difficult to critique the new administration without feeling like one is blowing the wind out of the sails at a time when the "global" boat needs support to stay afloat. The Bush administration's unilateral approach to foreign...

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You Want Reform? Will You Take Revolution?

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2009 | 3:29 PM

Greg Colvin, author, "The Progressive Trinity"
Cross-posted at

We have been told this is our moment
And so we come to the table
With our pent-up agenda,
Eager to load our cafeteria trays,
While the raging, wounded bull
Standing in the...

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It must SUCK to graduate right now

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 12:12 PM

Nate Loewentheil, Roosevelt Institution
Karlo Barrios Marcelo, Future Majority

The heat of the youth joblessness crisis is set to spark a country-wide economic wildfire as students graduate and youth of all backgrounds go in search of their first jobs, internships and other summer opportunities.

As high...

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Beyond crisis management: Obama's next 1361 days

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2009 | 12:17 PM

by Christian Dorsey, Economic Policy Institute

President Obama passed the first 100 day mark this week with generally positive, or at least patient reviews from the media, which has focused largely on his decisive handling the country's economic crisis. By signing the $787 billion stimulus bill and adopting other initiatives...

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The State of Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2009 | 6:15 PM

As the Dow Jones Industrial Average inches upward, there will be a strong temptation--especially from financial news outlets--to equate recovery by shareholders with the recovery of economic security in our country. When the Dow returns to, say, 10,000, we're likely to see "Mission Accomplished" signs going up in a number...

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A Trillion Dollars for the Banks: How About a Second Opinion?

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2009 | 5:28 PM

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wants to have the government lend up to a trillion dollars to hedge funds, private equity, funds and the banks themselves to clear their books of toxic assets. The plan implies a substantial subsidy to the banks. It is likely to result in the disposal...

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Education by Inches?

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2009 | 10:03 AM

With all of President Obama's lofty rhetoric on education, surprisingly few innovative policies have materialized. While he recognizes that "a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity -- it is a prerequisite," his policies haven't yet matched his words. We know--Obama knows--that the rest of the...

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Why Conservatives Can't Think Big About the Middle Class

(7) Comments | Posted March 25, 2009 | 1:31 PM

Recently, in Minnesota, members of Vice President Biden's Middle-Class Task Force explained how the stimulus bill will create jobs, strengthen the safety net for the unemployed, and raise wages for middle-class families. So what did Michelle Bachmann, a conservative Congresswoman and blogger who's seldom silent about anything, have...

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