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Why Rahm Is Right

Eric Schmeltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Schmeltzer

Though I don't know Rahm Emanuel personally, I know those who deal with him. He's a ball-buster, to put it bluntly and, as Chief of Staff, can keep Democrats thinking long-term.

Why Pennsylvania, America and Veterans Everywhere Need Patrick Murphy In Congress

Steve Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Steve Young

While not typically a column to go to for endorsement information, in light of the seriousness of this election I felt compelled to make sure we, and ...

The Power in a Genuine Obama Mandate

Fred Goldring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Goldring

A clear mandate would give President Obama and the Democrats a refreshing opportunity to demonstrate to the American people that such power can be transformative and healing, rather than divisive.

Hope. Not Faith.

Marc Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marc Cooper

Hope, says the dictionary, is about our desires. Faith, on the other hand, is about confidence. I've got tons of the former, and damn near none of the latter. So if Obama offers hope, I'll take what I can get.

One Party Government Does Not Equal "Extreme"

Julian E. Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julian E. Zelizer

Desperate to prevent a huge Democratic landslide, Republicans are warning that one-party government under Democrats would surely mean liberal extremism.

Obama Should Spill a Little Red Ink to Turn a Few More Red States Blue

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The enduring theme of Obama's campaign has been fundamental change. But, with victory in sight, the question becomes: how much change can he deliver without a filibuster-proof 60 seats in the Senate? Read More The Battle Over CA Prop 5: Special Interests Overwhelming the Public Interest Prop 5 follows a successful model, will lessen prison over-crowding, will save a cash-strapped state billions, will reform a "counterproductive and ill-conceived" parole system, and will shift criminal justice dollars from incarceration to treatment -- an effective approach favored by a majority of the public. Yet our leaders are opposing it, without offering any alternatives. Why? Read More Watch: Arianna Spars with Ben Stein and Michael Medved on Larry King Live over "Spreading The Wealth" Attacks and Khalidi Smears

A Glimmer of Hope

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I don't want to get all starry-eyed here, but I couldn't help but wonder about the dynamics of the recent congressional hearing I testified at about how to help the economy.

What's The Word: Tinklenberg

Paul Hipp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hipp

2008-10-23-paulhipp.jpg Let's do all we can for the man whose name sounds like peeing in the snow! It is time to take our country out of Romper Room and back into the position of leadership among nations. Calling for witch hunts ain't gonna do it.

The Supermajority and the S&P 500

Ron Galloway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Galloway

As it becomes more clear that Democrats will be in charge, I believe the market is reacting to what it sees as a looming anti-business environment.

A Lesson For McCain and Obama

Julian E. Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julian E. Zelizer

Presidents don't have as much power as they think they will before they are elected. "Power," Lyndon Johnson once quipped, "the only power I've got is nuclear -- and I can't use that."

Children's Defense Fund Founder: McCain Will Leave Millions Of Children Uninsured

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

"Sen. McCain has no specific plan for children. We keep a Congressional scorecard... Senator McCain received the lowest score of anyone in the Senate in 2007."

Democratic Congress Needs To Show Strength

Paul Peete | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paul Peete

If ever there was a time for the Democrats to stand as one and refuse to cave in to the Administration and Congressional Republican version of a Wall Street bail out plan, this is it.

Obama Plays Offense Asserting Pro-Education, Pro-Prevention, Pro-Choice Values

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

Politically, Obama's embrace of the education and prevention agenda long encompassed in the phrase "pro-choice" represents a shift away from abortion politics as usual.

Spotlight on the House: An Agenda for Success

Rep. Steve Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Steve Israel

Today, I announced the formation of the Democratic Middle Class Working Group. The middle class is America's economic engine. Our country needs that engine running on all cylinders.

Former Colombia Foreign Minister Argues For An Extension Of Tough U.S. Drug Plan And Free Trade, Supports McCain

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

I think Senator McCain will probably win in November because what North Americans value most is security, stability and experience, and that is McCain.

What Pelosi Doesn't Get About Persuasion

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Berating women who are still supporting for vice president a candidate who won half the Democratic presidential nominee votes is not the way to persuade them to support Obama.

Blame the USA's Energy Disaster, Including the Collapsing US Auto Industry, on Congress

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Kall

If we invest in giving consumers rebates for buying new US-made cars that have drastically improved mileage, that will help the auto manufacturers, help consumers and help our balance of trade.

Barack Obama Passes NORAD Test

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Obama's recent NORAD tour and renewed call for national service evoked further evidence that he has passed an important milestone in his campaign: passing the NORAD Test for presidential candidates.

Obama Will Break Our Hearts -- But Progressives Need to Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

We should not give Obama an easy pass on his FISA turnaround, but progressives need to maintain a nuanced view of the relationship between electoral politics and movement building.

Hey Kids, Let's Fire Steny Hoyer

Marshall Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marshall Grossman

So why, when in more and more districts, a vote to fund the war is a greater threat to incumbency than a vote to end it, do Hoyer and Pelosi still carry Bush's brackish water?

Are the Democrats Worse Than the Republicans?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

President Bush is the most unpopular president of all time -- literally. But if you keep losing to the worst, what does that make you?

Bush Gives Dems STDs

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Nancy Pelosi, Stenny Hoyer and the blue dogs they lie down with have been rewarded with the same herpetic embrace that is turning John McCain into a Republican cootie incubator.

The Bipartisanship Scam

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The public's "hunger for change" is not caused by a lack of bipartisanship. It might have something to do with the Iraq war, the sputtering economy, the price of gas, and the way the Bush administration has systematically abandoned the moral high ground.

Nancy Pelosi Hearts George Bush And His War In Iraq

James Boyce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Boyce

Not only has Pelosi not done anything about the war, Majority Leader Reid has done nothing about it. They have failed to take Iraq as concrete blocks and tie them around McCain.

Matt Taibbi: Dems Betrayed Peace Movement For Own Political Ends

Rolling Stone | MATT TAIBBI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Quietly, while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been inspiring Democrats everywhere with their rolling bitchfest, congressional superduo Harry Re...