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Simon Rosenberg is President and Founder of NDN, a leading progressive think tank and advocacy organization. Simon has worked in national politics and the media world for more than 20 years. He started his career in network television, as a writer and producer at ABC News for five years, before working on the Dukakis and Clinton Presidential campaigns. On the Clinton campaign, he was a member of the famous 1992 Clinton War Room. After the campaign, Simon worked at the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Leadership Council and then started what is now NDN in 1996.

During his time at the helm of NDN and its predecessor organization the New Democrat Network, Simon has helped elect more than 50 new members to the Senate and House of Representatives, has been an influential champion of a new and more modern agenda for the nation, has been an innovator in helping progressives reach out to and communicate with Hispanic voters, and has been a leader in creating a 21st century progressive movement.

Simon is a member of the Aspen Institute’s 2001 Class of Henry Crown Fellows, served on the 2004 Democratic National Convention Platform Committee, and sits on the board of the Tisch College for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. A 1985 graduate of Tufts University, Simon and his family live in Washington, DC.

Entries by Simon Rosenberg

Under Dem Presidents Growth, Lower Deficits, Soaring Stock Markets

(16) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 10:12 AM

As the country gets ready to pick a new president in 2016, we felt it would be interesting to look at the recent economic performance of the Democratic and Republican parties when they controlled the White House. While there were many ways to cut this data, we chose the last...

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An Enduring Legacy -- The Democratic Party and Free and Open Trade

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 9:04 AM

Looking back at the history of the Democratic Party since Franklin Roosevelt, modern Democrats have much to be proud of: the successful stewardship of our nation through WWII; the creation of the United Nations; a strong partnership with the GOP in fighting and winning the Cold War; rescuing the nation...

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GOP to Hispanics: Drop Dead Again, ACA Edition

(162) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 11:05 AM

For those Republicans worried about getting their party right with the new American electorate, I would be more than a bit concerned about the current attack on the Affordable Care Act. No group will benefit more from the ACA than Hispanic Americans. Estimates are that as many as 10 million...

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Immigration Reform Is Very Much Alive

(18) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Contrary to recent news accounts, we are closer to passing a meaningful immigration reform bill than at any point since John McCain and Ted Kennedy introduced their bill in 2005. Consider:

• The Senate passed a bill with 68 votes, the most any immigrant reform bill has received since...

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The Administration's Border Strategy Is Working

(23) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 11:34 AM

As immigration reform moves to the Senate floor, Senator Marco Rubio has raised new questions about whether the border security strategy in the current Senate bill can be effectively executed by the Obama and future administrations. The experience of the past several years indicates that DHS can, in...

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The Immigration System Is Better, the Border Is Safer, But More to Do

(12) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 9:05 AM

With the president and the Senate "Gang of Eight" offering their reform outlines last week and the House holding its first hearing Tuesday, the debate on how to best improve our immigration system has begun in earnest. Since the House last debated immigration reform in 2005,...

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Why Romney and Ryan's Lies Matter

(79) Comments | Posted September 3, 2012 | 2:44 PM

For weeks I've been a bit amazed at how brazenly the Romney campaign has lied about simple things: the welfare waivers, the raiding of Medicare, that he would balance the budget in ten years, that they released two years of tax returns, the now infamous GM Janesville plant, the assertion...

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A Stronger Obama Emerges From a Few Consequential Weeks

(19) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 11:28 AM

These last few weeks have been consequential ones for the Obama presidency and the 2012 campaigns. Both the SCOTUS SB1070 decision and yesterday's Affordable Care Act decision went the president's way. The president broke the logjam on immigration reform with his courageous decision to grant temporary legal status to DREAM...

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A Year Out, the National Landscape Is Changing

(39) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 12:31 PM

There is a growing body of evidence that the national political environment which led to big GOP gains in 2010 has ended, and is giving way to a new environment much more favorable to the Democrats. While there is a long way to go until the 2012 elections, Republicans have...

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Has the GOP's Economic Strategy Already Failed?

(84) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 10:36 AM

Congressional Republicans came to power earlier this year with a simple economic argument -- the government was spending too much money and a new era of austerity was required. In January of this year, the economy had been in a slow and inadequate recovery for some time. Jobs were being...

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Unrest in Egypt and the Birth of a New Political Age

(49) Comments | Posted January 29, 2011 | 1:08 PM

As I wrote in a Huffington Post essay, "Obama, No Realist He," it is impossible to understand what is happening in North Africa and the Middle East right now without taking a step back and recognizing how fundamentally things are changing throughout the world today. We are seeing so...

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Obama Tax Deal Should Be Supported

(235) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 11:05 AM

At this point I don't know what is going to happen in Congress over the next few days with the new "deal" announced by the president Tuesday, but my initial take is that he got more than he is being credited for, and the GOP was exposed as having a...

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Finding a Better Way to Talk About the US Electorate in 2010

(27) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 11:55 AM

The Whole Idea of Base/Swing Needs to Be Tossed Out

Here is a mental image of the electorate that is often used, which goes something like Dem Base/Left -- Middle/Moderate/Independent -- Right/GOP Base. One hears commentary as if the size of the two party's bases are static, and the only...

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The Closing Argument

(62) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 10:42 AM

Though it is late in the election cycle, Democrats still have one major strategic card to play. They can seize control of the economic conversation and turn it into a debate about what more needs to be done to help struggling Americans and the American economy.

That the Republicans have...

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The Big Lie at the Core of the GOP's Economic Argument

(225) Comments | Posted September 2, 2010 | 11:17 AM

The foundation of the Republicans' "return to power" argument is a promise to reduce the federal budget deficit and rein in government spending. But in a major speech last week, the Republican House leader John Boehner made clear that this promise is at best a false one, and perhaps even...

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Fighting Conventional Wisdom on Deficits, The Economy and the Strength of the GOP

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 10:16 AM

In prepping for my last two segments on Fox News (here and here) I had to review new polls which had some not so good news for Democrats. The first was from Public Policy Polling. The second one from NBC/Wall Street Journal.  In digging down on...

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Broken No More?

(15) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 10:01 AM

There is a new breeze blowing through Washington this week. Yes it has hit 70 degrees outside. Spring is in the air, and it has lightened everyone's step a bit. But the real change is what is happening in the governing party and in the Capitol. The people's business is...

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Keeping the Focus on the Struggle of Everyday People: 2010 Edition

(7) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 3:39 PM

This memo is the third in a series of memos NDN has released around the theme of "keeping the focus on the struggle of every day people." The first was released August 17, 2008, and the second was released September 3, 2009. This memo, updated to...

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How You Can Help the People of Haiti

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 10:46 AM

If you want to do something to help the people of Haiti -- or do more -- then text the word Haiti to 90999 today. Your action will immediately donate $10 to the Red Cross. Using this method will ensure that all $10 go directly to the Red Cross, and...

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Sifting Through the Economic Messages From the Elections Last Night

(9) Comments | Posted November 4, 2009 | 9:59 AM

As the Huffington Post has been reporting all morning, ABC sums up the New Jersey and Virginia exit polls this way:

Vast economic discontent marked the mood of Tuesday's off-year voters, portending potential trouble for incumbents generally and Democrats in particular in 2010. Still the gubernatorial elections in Virginia...
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