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Wisconsin's Tunisia Moment

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Republicans' miscalculation in Wisconsin was to declare war on the one bastion of organized economic representation of regular people -- the labor movement.

The New York Times' Versailles Manifesto

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Sirota

Today's "journalists," like Matt Bai of the New York Times, see no difference between themselves and those they serve. Indeed, when they hear the term "political elites" -- they now see themselves in the mirror.

Election Day Update From the Field: Don't Suppress Us With Your Punditry: Let Our People Vote!

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We'll have the rest of our lives to discuss what our votes meant -- till the polls close, let's use the national microphone to get our votes cast.

OPEC At 50 Showing The Way To Rebuild America's Economy "As High As An Elephant's Eye"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Why don't we learn from OPEC's success? We have a commodity easily as critical to the world's economy as oil. We have corn, we have wheat, we have soybeans -- all grain crops critical to the world's food supply.

Pull, Pull, Pull to the Left: On Rove's Revisionism and Obama's "Failing" Presidency

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Daou

Unfortunately, the President, his advisers, and many Democratic leaders and strategists are captives of the same Beltway mindset that tells us Iraq is a resounding success and Obama's problem is the liberal blogosphere.

Rediscovering the Obama Narrative

Dan Carol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Carol

Obamaism at its core is largely about bottom-up change rather than top-down dictates. That's because federal silo'ed programs and one-size-fits-all solutions don't work well anymore.

Virginia is for Drivers

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

When you're a progressive Democrat living in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you have a lot of 'splainin' to do. The motto "Virginia is for Lovers" may ...

Capitol Snow Diaries III: "Safeway Is Decimated!"

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Danielle Crittenden

By the time Snowmageddon II hit, the unusual good cheer and neighborliness of our-capital-under-seige had melted away -- and its usual nasty temperament reasserted itself, with extra viciousness.

Sacred Cows and Our National Debt

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

In protecting their sacred cows Democrats and Republicans have both aggressively added to our national debt, piling up budget deficits when either party is in office. We need to take a second look at the sacred cows grazing our commons.

End the Filibuster and Pass a Lot of Stuff

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Harry Reid is getting rolled by a pugnacious Republican minority so bereft of ideas it has no choice but to filibuster every piece of legislation the Democrats put on the table.

The Forgotten Side Of Healthcare Reform: You And Me

Thomas Goetz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Thomas Goetz

I'm not here to offer a policy analysis that punditizes on how the Beltway Brethren can sort stuff out. I've got another idea that's equally important to real healthcare reform in this country. And it starts with you.

The Untouchables Are Killing Health Care Reform

Robert J. S. Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. S. Ross

While many elderly people and their doctors would like to fix aspects of Medicare, there is no uproar to get rid of it -- it largely works. So why aren't we looking to this pretty good system as a model?

Gov't Studies Say Progressives Were Right, Beltway Was Wrong

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Remember when progressives protested the 2005 bankruptcy bill? A new report says that bill is playing a decisive role in the foreclosure surge that undermined our entire economy.

Homeland Insecurity: How Washington Politicians Have Made America Less Safe

Terry Turchie and Kathleen Puckett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Turchie and Kathleen Puckett

The FBI -- which protects civil rights at the same time it ensures national security -- is being systematically taken apart by politicians whose power and position are threatened by FBI investigations.