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Robert L. Borosage
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Robert L. Borosage is the founder and president of the Institute for America’s Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America’s Future. The organizations were launched by 100 prominent Americans to develop the policies, message and issue campaigns to help forge an enduring majority for progressive change in America.


Mr. Borosage writes widely on political, economic and national security issues. He is a Contributing Editor at The Nation magazine, and a regular blogger on the Huffington Post. His articles have appeared in The American Prospect, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He edits the Campaign’s Making Sense issues guides, and is co-editor of Taking Back America (with Katrina Vanden Heuvel) and The Next Agenda (with Roger Hickey).



Borosage is the founder and board chair of Progressive Majority, an organization devoted to recruiting and training progressive to run for state and local office. He is co founder and chair of ProgressiveCongress.org, an organization that provides a bridge between progressives in the Congress and the progressive community. He serves on the board of Working America, a grassroots organization of working Americans, and the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive research institute.



A graduate of Yale Law School, with a graduate degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, Borosage left the practice of law to found the Center for National Security Studies in 1974. The Center focused on the tension between civil rights and the national security powers and prerogatives of the executive branch. It played a leading role in the efforts to investigate the intelligence agencies in the 1970s, curb their abuses, and hold them accountable in the future. At the Center, he helped to write and edit two books, The CIA File and The Lawless State. Borosage later became an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington School of Law where he taught a seminar on national security law.



In 1979, Borosage became Director of the Institute for Policy Studies, a research institute that drew its inspiration and fellowship from the major democratic movements of our time – anti-war, women’s, environmental and civil rights movements. He guided the Institute through the Reagan years, and spearheaded its challenge to the renewed Cold War, the revived nuclear arms race, and the assault on Central America. Borosage helped to found and guide Countdown 88, which succeeded in winning the congressional ban on covert action against Nicaragua. Under Borosage’s direction, the Institute expanded its fellowship, launched a successful publications program, and developed a new Washington School for congressional aides and public interest advocates.



In 1988, Borosage left the Institute to serve as senior issues advisor to the presidential campaign of the Reverend Jesse Jackson. He traveled the country with Jackson, writing speeches, framing policy responses, and providing debate preparation and assistance. He went on to advise a range of progressive political campaigns, including those of Senator Paul Wellstone, Barbara Boxer and Carol Moseley-Braun.



In 1989, Borosage founded the Campaign for New Priorities, enlisting over 100 national organizations in the call to reinvest in America in the post-Cold War era. The Campaign sponsored analyses of the military budget and of America’s unmet needs, and provided member organizations with crisp materials for publications, speeches, opinion pieces, and ads. It contributed to accelerating the cuts in military spending during the Bush presidency.

Entries by Robert L. Borosage

The Importance of Zephyr Teachout

(12) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:42 PM

This Tuesday, Zephyr Teachout is slated to lose the New York Democratic primary for governor to incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Many voters will be seeing her memorable name for the first time when they cast their vote. She has run a shoestring campaign against a powerful, lavishly funded governor who...

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Labor Day Reality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Strong Unions

(48) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 4:34 PM

On Labor Day weekend, we bid the summer goodbye. Families picnic; children play hard, knowing the school year is upon them. Politicians pay tribute to workers and to the rewards of hard work.

But this Labor Day, workers are struggling to stay afloat. Incomes haven't gone up in the...

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Hillary's Hard Choice

(18) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 1:45 PM

The launch of Hillary Clinton's yet undeclared candidacy for president -- in the form of the roll-out of her memoir, Hard Choices, an astounding two and a half years prior to the election -- has been marked by big media and silly gaffes.

Tin eared and thin-skinned, Clinton, unlike...

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The Lousy Economy: Washington's Failure

(270) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 12:23 PM

The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of 2014, according to revised figures issued by the Commerce Department, declining at an annual rate of 1 percent. With the economy expected to bounce back in the second quarter -- April to June -- the downturn received little...

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The Big Fix: How Congress Rigs the Rules

(152) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 9:47 AM

"The game is rigged and the American people know that. They get it right down to their toes." -- Senator Elizabeth Warren

This week, the House Ways and Means Committee is poised to demonstrate exactly how the rules get rigged. Beginning on Tuesday, the committee will mark up...

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This Is Who They Are: The Republican Budget Vote

(104) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:23 PM

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on the Republican budget, presented by Republican Budget Chair Paul Ryan (as well as alternatives from the Democratic leadership, the Congressional Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget," the right-wing Republican Study Group budget and Congressional Black Caucus). Republicans are...

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Common Sense Takes Courage: The CPC Budget

(31) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Today, the Congressional Progressive Caucus released its annual budget proposal -- the "Better Off Budget" (link not yet available). Budgets are numbing, grist for geeks, not citizens. This budget is no exception, detailing row after row of numeric projections. Produced in conjunction with the Economic Policy Institute, it is a...

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Tax Reform: Republicans Abandon Their Own Baby

(27) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 10:28 AM

Remember the Republican promises about comprehensive tax reform? A flatter, simple tax code. Lower rates, paid for by closing loopholes. Well, never mind.

For years, Republican candidates have pledged comprehensive tax reform that would offer lower rates paid for by closing loopholes. They've rejected any effort to close obscene...

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Fast Track to Nowhere: America's Failed Trade Policy

(71) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 8:26 PM

The Obama administration continues to push a fast track to nowhere. U.S. Trade Representative Michael B. Froman now has launched charm offensive, meeting with legislators, consumer, union and environmental groups to try to defuse growing opposition to fast track trade authority.

Fat chance. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid...

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Obama's State of the Union: Give America a Raise

(71) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 8:10 AM

In a State of the Union address that lasted more than an hour, President Obama challenged the Congress to raise the minimum wage, announced he would act immediately to issue an executive order lifting the lowest wages of government contract workers, and urged companies to give Americans a...

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A Measure of Corruption

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 12:12 PM

"Sunlight is the best of disinfectants"
Louis Brandeis
Other People's Money -- And How Bankers Use it

Brandeis, the great progressive reformer and jurist, had a point. But a little section slipped into the 1,582-page 2014 appropriations bill reveals that Congress prefers its money politics remain in the...

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Obama, Inequality and the Bully Lectern

(7) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 8:42 AM

Yesterday, President Obama put before Americans the "defining challenge of our times: "redressing a "dangerous and growing inequality" and "making sure our economy works for every working American."

This was a bold step for a president presiding over a recovery marked by rising inequality, in which the...

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Elizabeth Warren: Tribune of the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party

(99) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 6:41 AM

On November 6, Elizabeth Warren will do a star turn before 400 progressive leaders, activists and legislators at the annual gala sponsored by the Campaign for America's Future. Her prominence is a tribute to her stunningly rapid ascension as a leader of what former Senator Paul Wellstone dubbed "the Democratic...

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Summers' Time?

(23) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 10:26 AM

The insiders' campaign to make Larry Summers head of the Federal Reserve Board is relentless. Now an anonymous White House aide has leaked another droplet, this time that Summers is being "vetted" for the nomination. Another has dribbled out that Summers chances are two out of three. Whatever...

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Obama: Revive the American Dream

(132) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 9:58 AM

In a speech delivered at Knox College in Illinois, Barack Obama launched his final campaign: a campaign to revive the American Dream. The speech, less eloquent and windier than the best of Obama's, told Americans a clear story and called on them to support a clear direction. The...

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Fed Chair to Congress: Stop Killing Jobs

(117) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 9:52 AM

In his congressional testimony yesterday, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke called out the Congress. He warned them to stop the reckless and mindless spending cuts that are killing jobs and growth. Their stupidity, he suggested, poses the biggest threat to Americans going back to work.

Of course, he didn't phrase it...

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Republicans Nix Food Stamps: This Is Who They Are

(3686) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 9:21 AM

Conservative Republicans have turned the farm bill -- normally a bipartisan grotesquerie of agribusiness subsidies and excess -- from legislation to identity politics. They wanted to make a statement, even though they knew it couldn't survive the Senate or the White House veto. They passed it anyway -- without one...

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Gouge the Kids

(142) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 8:17 AM

Interest rates on student loans will double to 6.8 percent on July 1 unless Congress acts. But it seems increasingly likely that the Congress will take off for the Fourth of July recess without addressing the problem. The major sticking point: Republicans in the House and Senate insist...

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The Economy Is Recovering, But the People Aren't

(885) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 10:39 AM

"Even pessimists feel optimistic about the American economy," the New York Times reports, one of a flood of articles touting economic recovery. Yesterday, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke suggested that if growth continued, the Fed might be able to ease back on its extraordinary bond purchases...

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Washington's Sinkhole. Literally.

(129) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 1:22 PM

On Tuesday, a "sinkhole" suddenly sank in Washington, D.C. three blocks from the White House. Not a metaphor, but a massive hole in the road as "long as a Ford Explorer," double the width of a train car and 17 feet deep. The asphalt eroded around a metal...

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