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A Commitment Strategy for Afghanistan

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lorelei Kelly

The president will put forward his decision on Afghanistan soon. It will involve a troop increase. If progressives stay in full opposition mode, they will exist on the margin of the debate.

Obama's Aces Over

Matt Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Bennett

Right now, the President may appear to have a meager stack of chips in front of him, but it's because his entire bankroll is in the pot. And as it turns out, he's holding a couple of aces.

Hope, Change and The Long Road: One Year Later

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

It's been exactly one year since Barack Obama was elected, and it's becoming increasingly clear that the president hasn't fixed the whole world yet. Then again, he never promised such a thing.

A Fractured Left Might Not Be Such A Bad Thing

John Odum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Odum

A progressive break of support for the administration over the health reform bill could be a risky political strategy. But, it could also be quite effective. Just think "divide and conquer."

Obama, the Fallen Messiah

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Blumenthal

Those former Obama fanatics experiencing a crisis in faith should look in the mirror. What they have refused to acknowledge is that Obama would not have fallen so hard had they not lifted him so high.

Building Progressive Staying Power

Bill Goold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Goold

The resurgent progressive movement needs to think more long-term, come together quickly, and systematically build a Progressive Legislative Exchange to share the best ideas.

Wishing Won't Make it 60

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

If you think you really can get a more Progressive health care bill, I want to hear more than talking points. I want to know how you deal a huge defeat to reform, and then get to 60 votes on a new bill that's more progressive than this one.

Progressive Cultural Consumers Far From Socialists

Patricia Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Patricia Martin

98% of people who might otherwise be characterized as progressive (shopping green, recycling, and engaging in creative pursuits) agree with the statement, "My success depends on me."

Do Not Kill That Bill

Reno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reno

You may have heard a lotta ugly kill-the-bill crap about our man and our progressive agenda - I just need to remind us all of a few points about this ...

Greenwald: The Bill Obama Wanted All Along

Salon | Glenn Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Of all the posts I wrote this year, the one that produced the most vociferious email backlash -- easily -- was this one from August, which examined su...

Culture Wars: The Nation Hosts A Salon

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Erica Abeel

The Nation magazine recently held a "Salon" to explore the question, What Will Become of Our Culture? Too bad it didn't occur during the current New Moon juggernaut.

From California to Maine: Lessons in Reliability and Perseverance

Joseph DiNorcia, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph DiNorcia, Jr.

When push came to shove, the voters of both Maine and California have acted to restrict marriage rights. So what's going on? Why have these states abandoned us and the progressive cause?

We Need More Parties

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If both political parties split at, America would probably adopt a coalition government; the newly- formed Progressive and Conservative Parties might even ally on issues like taking on Wall Street.

Obama Cannot Afford to Lose Progressives

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

If I were Obama, my New Year's Resolution would be to regain and preserve the trust of the progressive base, not just for his sake but for the country's.

Time for a Money Bomb

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

I scare my right wing attackers. But more accurately, you scare them. Progressives standing up for what we believe and not backing down when our beliefs get challenged.

The Democrats' Authoritarian Health "Reform" Bill and the Ascendency of Corporatism in the Democratic Party

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

From the moment he was elected, Obama has governed not as a progressive liberal but as a corporatist liberal. Progressive liberals hoped Obama would be like FDR. Instead, he's been like Bill Clinton on steroids.

Are States' Rights Right?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Democrats have been increasingly willing to embrace state -- and local -- governments as partners rather than adversaries in both oversight and in substantive policymaking.

The Health Bill, The Price of Everything, and What to Do Next

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

The new bill has more breaks for business, but harsher punishment for the uninsured, it eliminates the public option, it pays doctors less -- and it costs the Federal government $23 billion more.

Friday Talking Points: Is Opt-Out The Answer?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.

Why the Left Fails

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

The Left loses key battles because most Americans don't understand the very basics of American democracy--especially that we do not have a parliament.

Ed Schultz Spars With Sen. Barbara Boxer Over Senate Health Care Bill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Ed Show's Ed Schultz let it all out Wednesday evening and expressed the frustration that many progressives feel about attempts by Democrats to wat...

Corzine on My Mind

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

Corzine has weeks to seal his legacy, and the Democratic legislature has to push through its most powerful members' agenda items as well, before it faces unknown terrain with Chris Christie.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

I'm happy for union workers who've earned "better" plans through collective bargaining. But I'm somewhat unsympathetic on the subject when most of us working stiffs can't afford any plan at all.

Make No Mistake, Tuesday's GOP Surge Was About Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The bad mistake liberals, progressives and the media made was to confuse Obama's popularity with support of his policies. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Look to the Future, Not the Past - One Lesson for 2010

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Schechter

THE DECADE IS STILL WITH US: LOOK TO THE FUTURE, NOT THE PAST; AS 2010 BIDS ADIEU, OUR CHALLENGE IS LIES AHEAD NOT BEHIND Forget The End Of A Decade...