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The Limits of American Power: A Letter to the Left

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or driving nationalist reformers into the arms of communists.)

Not All Christians: How the Progressive Agenda Might Benefit From 'Judging Not'

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

Mocking Christians for living in the past doesn't just alienate Christians; it alienates moderates, independents and future millennial voters. Trying to defame and decry social liberalism backfired for conservatives, so what's to stop the same tactics from backfiring on us?

May We Talk About This Yet? Jewish Millennials And The Future of Israel-Palestine

Anna Joseph | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Anna Joseph

If the majority of Jewish Americans decided to listen to new ideas, and to stand in solidarity with progressive, peaceful, solution-seeking Palestinians and Israelis, we could change the course of history.

Senate Dems Step Up to Take On Two Outrageous Supreme Court Decisions

Pearl Korn | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

With the recent rulings of this right-wing dominated Supreme Court, it was hard to celebrate our nation's 238th birthday this past July 4th. Indeed, the Hobby Lobby decision delivered a hard blow not just to women in the workplace, but to the basic rights of all Americans.

Build a 21st Century Economy? GOP Stalls Even the Highway Bill.

Roger Hickey | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Conservatives have blocked every significant plan for investing in jobs and growth since the stimulus. They claim they have an alternative, but their program has so damaged the recovery it deserves to be called what it is: economic sabotage.

A Letter to the Wall Street Journal About What Progressives Want

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 07.11.2014 | Media
Miles Mogulescu

The editors of the Wall Street Journal are clueless about who progressives are and what they want.

How the DC Establishment Just Doesn't Get the Inequality Debate

Mike Lux | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Democratic politicians sure do fight over some important policy issues from time to time, but on message, good old fashioned progressive populism is winning the day. And it might just carry us to a surprisingly good election year in a very challenging political environment.

The State of the Progressive Movement: New York

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Dana Beyer

Two of next year's Democratic presidential contenders, Gov. Martin O'Malley of my current home state of Maryland and Gov. Andrew Cuomo the state of my youth, New York, both consider themselves progressive. Neither of them, however, can be called "progressive" in the traditional sense of the world.

Dave Jamieson

U.S. Chamber Lobbies To Kill Measure That Would Punish Wage Theft

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: 8 p.m. -- Despite the lobbying from business groups, the wage theft amendment passed the House with bipartisan support Thursday afternoon. ...

Tea Party Liberty Versus Progressive Liberty: Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Richard Brodsky | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

An enormous gap has emerged about what liberty means today. The debate drives vastly different visions of where the country is headed. What should unite us, divides us. Unnecessarily, as it turns out. There's common ground if we want to find it.

The Case for a Guaranteed Minimum Income

David Vognar | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
David Vognar

The lack of a guaranteed income floor has been a social and cultural issue that has considerably affected America. It is also a leading reason why interpersonal violence, psychological struggle and economic collapse happen.

Bernie Sanders and America's Political Revolution

Heather Gautney | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

In recent weeks, Senator Bernard Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, did something that Senate Democrats have not been able to do: He worked with a Republican to strike a bipartisan deal to reform our veterans' health care system.

Burning Witches in Denmark: A Midsummer Ritual Unintentionally Endorses Gender-Based Violence

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Nancy Graham Holm

Am I lacking a sense of humor? Too politically correct? Maybe. But the feminist in me never fails to be offended.

The Return of Sixties Values

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The level of U.S. political rancor has reached an intensity not seen since the '60s with its battles over civil rights and the Vietnam War. On the one hand, we have Republicans advocating a new Iraq war and more tax breaks for the rich. On the other hand, we have Democrats saying no to war and standing up for working families.

Marriage Equality: THE Best Reason to Celebrate on July 4th

Matthew Chapman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

If I had to say what was the best thing that's happened in the entire world in the last 10 years, it would be the arrival of gay marriage in America.

St. Louis' Spanish Lake, White Flight, and the Shrinking of the American Middle Class

Umar Lee | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Umar Lee

The decline of Spanish Lake isn't just about white flight, it's also about de-industrialization and the weakening of organized labor. What happens to neighborhoods built for factory-workers when the factories close?

Behind the Madness in Iraq

Tom Hayden | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The U.S. had no business invading Iraq. We left behind a vengeance-driven Shiite regime aligned with Iran. Now the sectarian war in Syria is enlarging into a regional one.

On Father's Day, Remember the Power of Our Daughters

Greg Speed | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Greg Speed

Frankly, like many parents who frequently travel for work, I can't help turning my focus to my kids this time of year and the occasional guilt that comes from many nights away from home.

Here's What The Media Missed In Tuesday's Elections

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

Coverage of this week's congressional primaries focused on the battle between establishment Republicans and the tea party. The fight on the other side...

Working Families Party Endorsement of Cuomo Shows Progressive Political Power

Richard Kirsch | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

It would be a mistake to think that the New York Working Families Party's endorsement of a Wall Street, austerity Democrat -- Andrew Cuomo -- is a defeat for the surging progressive wing of the Democratic Party. In fact, just the opposite is true.

Koppell Versus Klein: A State Senate Race With National Implications for Democrats and Progressives

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

One primary of note is in a State Senate race here in New York, and it has already attracted national attention, as well as mine, as it involves my State Senate district. This race is, in many ways, a microcosm of what is wrong with our political process nationally.

Zach Carter

How The Congressional Black Caucus Went To War With Itself Over Wall Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

Gwen Moore does not seem like anybody's idea of a corporate stooge. The Milwaukee Democrat, a single mom who once survived on welfare, has sponsored e...

Elizabeth Warren and America's New Progressive Moment

Michael Cecil | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Michael Cecil

Put simply, Warren represents the strongest counterweight to the influence of moneyed interests over our political process.

The Right's Millennial Dilemma in 2014 and Beyond

Jill Hanauer | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Jill Hanauer

Millennials want to see action on the issues that will define our times, while Republicans largely deny the scientific reality of climate change, actively promote the involvement of big corporations in elections, and undermine our public schools.

Jennifer Bendery

Progressives Hailed Filibuster Reform, But It Could Haunt Them On Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressives championed last year's push for filibuster reform, which culminated in Democrats changing Senate rules to require only a si...