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Obama, Progressives, and Leadership

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Progressives shouldn't follow leaders -- they should exploit them. Politicians aren't heroes, they're tools to be used in a greater cause. We need to be unrelenting in challenging the right, whose ideology has demonstrably failed.

Come Shape the Next Phase of the Progressive Movement at America's Future Now

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

America's Future Now will provide opportunities for progressives to plan the next steps for our economy. What further reforms must Congress address next year? How can we press Congress to stand up for its non-corporate constituents?

Obama's Press Conference: You Can't Negotiate With Disaster

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Consensus-building is a gift that the President's used brilliantly on many occasions. But a gift in one situation can be a bad habit in another.

"No More Secrecy": Open The Wall Street Negotiations and Empower Voters

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The White House should use its voice and its influence to push for full transparency in financial reform so that we can watch the lobbying and backroom deals that usually happen behind closed doors.

Democrats Won in Murtha's District on Trade Reform

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

The lesson should be clear: Trade reform is a hugely popular issue on both the left and right. Trade is an issue that candidates can win on in 2010.

Obama Administration Uses Lobbyist Memo to Say Outsourcing Creates Jobs

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

Just before Commerce Secretary Gary Locke went on a high-profile trip to China with 24 business executives to advocate for making it easier to send ...

Purple Shame: Doing Big Banks' Bidding Knows No Party on K Street

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Just when you thought it was safe to look at your 401(k) balance again, a new report from National People's Action and the Campaign for America's Fut...

Obama Now Owns a Deficit Commission -- And Senator Simpson

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Progressives, read this presidential speech and get to work fighting for this vision of a federal budget that works.

Don't Kill the Health Reform Bill - Improve It

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

If Obama and the Democratic party play their cards right, they will present this legislation not as the only legislation we will need, but rather as the first step in a series of reforms that will eventually achieve what the American people want.

Support for the Public Option Keeps Getting Stronger

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

It is not surprising that public and Congressional support for the public option has surged again, just as the insurance industry has tried to manipulate key decision-makers in the Senate.

Pete Peterson Teams Up with Kent Conrad to Undermine Democracy, Slash Social Security and Medicare, and Weaken Fragile Recovery.

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Hedge fund mogul Peter Peterson and his Commission on Budget Reform are selling an undemocratic new budget process that would take the responsibility for budget-making away from the president and the committees of Congress.

Washington Post Lets Pete Peterson Write the News on Deficit

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Roger Hickey

The Washington Post published an article, presented as a news story, that was actually written by a new organization called the Fiscal Times, whose founder and major backer is Peter G. Peterson.

The Public Necessity

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

If America believes it needs not just a public option, but a public necessity, more Americans will have to get up off the couch and go get it.

If You Like Medical Bills, You'll Love These

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

Medical insurance paperwork is universally recognized and universally loathed. It could serve as a potent symbol of everything wrong with America's dysfunctional, for-profit health insurance system.

Health Insurer Enlisting Its Employees To Kill Reform

Free Speech Radio News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This year's debate is different from the efforts in the 1990s to reform health care. This time, the health insurance industry says they support health...

Let's Pass Ted Kennedy's Health Plan

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Some are urging that the best tribute we could construct to the great man's memory is to pass a watered-down health bill that could win the support of a large number of conservative Republicans.

The Democrats' Problem: There's No Health Care Plan to Sell

Tom D'Antoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom D'Antoni

"Public option" represents an amorphous concept that has yet to be spelled out. Perhaps Obama has been playing rope-a-dope.

New Report: Pittsburgh --The Rest of the Story

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Pittsburgh, known as "Steel City," was a center of the Rust Belt -- so-called because so much of our manufacturing, once America's economic powerhouse, has been outsourced.

Fighting the GOP Mobs: Progressives, Labor Ramp Up Grassroots Response

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Will the majority that favors genuine health care reform turn out in large enough numbers to take back the debate hijacked by extremists and corporate interests?

ACES Is Not a Victory for the Environmental Movement

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

The bill doesn't go far enough to spark the transition to a clean energy economy we need to avert catastrophic climate change. It does not meet the science. It does not meet Obama's promises.

Making Change: Progressives in the Obama Moment

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The mainstream media wants to know: are progressives still supporting Obama or are they pushing him?

Progressives: Use Populist Rage To Push Obama (VIDEO)

American News Project | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Everyone agrees: The populist fires are burning. But what's next? Bob Borosage, co-director of the Campaign for America's Future, thinks our historic ...

Where's Obama's Grass-Roots Army? Conservatives Outphoning Liberals 100-to-1

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The oft-touted grassroots army that was supposed to help push the Obama agenda seems to be Missing in Action.

Helping Put Rove in Contempt

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

Linda Sanchez (D-CA) has been a true leader in the fight to hold Rove in contempt. "I think it's ridiculous that Karl Rove thinks that he doesn't have to follow the law," Sanchez told me.

Will Netroots "Hold their Noses" in Backing Obama?

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The talk of "betrayal" is spreading on the Web, and some in the Netroots are starting to resemble those nearly half of die-hard Hillary supporters who say they won't vote for Obama.