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Catholics and Religious Progressivism

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

We seem to stand at the threshold of the re-invigorating of progressivism. This is true in the secular as well as the religious world.

Dozing Through 'The Great Moving Right Show'

David Coates | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The greatest danger currently facing all of us in America, and particularly progressives, is one of drift. As an economy, the United States is drifting along a low-growth path that is acclimatizing all of us to levels of unemployment which only a decade ago would have been treated as an outrage. As a society, the United States is drifting towards levels of income and wealth inequality so large that, if left unchallenged, will soon become irreversible. And as a political system, the United States is drifting towards a Republican sweep of both the House and the Senate in November unless the democratic left acts now to reverse what is in truth a carefully orchestrated and heavily funded great moving right show. Those of us of a progressive predisposition are drifting towards a political defeat of historic proportions -- one underpinned by an economic and social settlement of a highly conservative kind -- and we are doing so with what would appear to be only the slightest sense of alarm.

Howard's Daily: Attracting Good People to Government

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Let's agree on this: Getting able people into government should be a core goal. They should be honored, and treated fairly, and paid reasonably. Public service should be a noble career. But how do we achieve that?

Friday Talking Points -- Bullygate

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The big news at the end of this week was New Jersey's Chris Christie trying to navigate a bridge over some very troubled waters. Is Christie now no longer a viable candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination?

Individualism vs. Social Science

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

NPR's social science maven reported that President Obama may have undermined the success of gun control legislation when he stated that "We are responsible for each other." Americans, Shankar Vendantam stated, care about individual rights and liberty, not the common good.

Jason Linkins

Debt Ceiling Crisis 2013: How Did The Sunday Shows Do In Presenting The Stakes?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

The Sunday morning political talk shows from this past weekend had two big pieces of obvious chat-show schtick to choose from: the first being the pag...

Getting to Maybe: The Critical Need for Compromise in Congress

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are not delusional or naive enough to expect that getting to maybe will be an easy task. We recognize that over the past few years, compromise in Congress has become an oxymoron and bipartisanship a dirty word.

It's Time for 21st-century Citizenship

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Which vision and version of citizenship is correct? The answer should be both. Early in this 21st century, however, where partisanship has been elevated to the new art of war it appears that neither may be.

What Happened To Conservatives' Care For Community?

The Washington Post | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics

To secure his standing as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney has disowned every sliver of moderation in his record. He’s m...

Does the Invisible Hand Really Know Best?

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Books
Jeffrey Abelson

Is the free market really free? Or does it come at the expense of civic values we neglect at our peril? That's one of many questions I found myself pondering after reading What Money Can't Buy by Michael J. Sandel.

Faith in Crisis and Easter Hope

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

At the root of this yearning is a search for the holy. We are asking why we are here and how we find meaning and purpose. These are faith questions.

Weekly Audit: Massive Protest In Wisconsin Shows Walker's Overreach

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger About 100,000 people gathered in Madison, Wisconsin to protest Gov. Scott Walker's new anti-collective...

On Afghanistan, Michael Steele Speaks for Me

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Brad Woodhouse and the DNC owe all of us an apology for attacking Michael Steele on his Afghanistan remarks, but I would settle for a commitment not to engage in this sort of behavior in the future.

Aspen Ideas Fest 2010: Stars Come Out For Intellectual Summit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Aspen has long been known as a playground for the rich and famous. During the Aspen Ideas Festival, that maxim may be more true than ever. The July ...

White House Holds Off-The-Record Meeting With Columnists To Defend Oil Spill Handling

Yahoo! News | Wed May 26, 4:16 Pm ET | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The White House, continuing its effort to push back against negative media coverage of the government's handling of the oil spill, held an on-the-reco...

Friday Talking Points [114] -- When Will Rahm Go? Place Your Bets!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The debate outside the Beltway (and, increasingly, inside the Beltway as well) is whether Rahm Emanuel should leave his job sooner, or later.

Orrin Hatch Schooled By E.J. Dionne On Reconciliation

The Washington Post | E.J. Dionne Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For those who feared that Barack Obama did not have any Lyndon Johnson in him, the president's determination to press ahead and get health-care reform...

Seeking A Bore

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

Obama's proposed fee on bonuses for U.S. bankers allows the administration to boast a scalp from the financial sector even in the absence of real reform.

Our Moral Audit of the Budget

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

My prediction is that many in the faith community, especially those on the front lines of serving the poor, will rally around the principles and priorities of this budget.

New Faith-Based Initiatives Report: 'Serving People in Need, Safeguarding Religious Freedom'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I have long supported effective partnerships between government and faith-based organizations. Unfortunately, during the Bush years these partnerships were often used for political ends.