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Anything Less Than Absolute Moral Clarity from Democrats Will Enshrine Bush's Abuses

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Daou

Failing to make a clean break from the Bush years will deprive America of the one thing it needs most: an affirmation of the rule of law and the consequent reclaiming of moral authority.

A Progressive Case for the Supplemental

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

This is an excruciating vote for many on the Left who want to support their new president, but decry the fact that less than 10% of the funds will go to non-military items. What to do?

The Anti-War Dilemma: How To Protest A President You Trust

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

For the first time in decades (for many, the first time in their lives), a considerable number of peace activists trust the President of the United States.

Not There Yet

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The polling is clear that the American people are ready for big progressive change. But every day there's another reminder that we are not there yet, that big change will not come without a big fight.

The Grassroots/Democratic Establishment Divide

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

How Obama can bridge the divide between activists and the Democratic establishment by delivering real change will be one of the defining stories of the Obama presidency.

Sam Stein

Obama Restates Support For Public Plan In Meeting With Progressives | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A group of progressive members of the House of Representatives met with the President on Tuesday to discuss economic and health care matters. The mess...

Learning From History On Health Care Reform

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

The most transformative health care overhauls that succeeded in the last century employed the same strategy: build on what we've got and let the changes happen organically.

Kids and Environmental History

Deanna Neil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deanna Neil

For kids, stories can highlight past struggles and successes and explain how these prior experiences influence environmentalism today.

Lawrence Korb is Wrong on Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The War on Terror is a metaphor designed to bludgeon the progressive movement to death. Write that in stone. Tattoo it somewhere on your body where it will hurt.

Historical, Hysterical Conservatives

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Conservatives have opposed progressive change -- for states rights and against "big government socialism" -- in every era. In those past eras, history was not on their side. It is not in our time, either.

Trust but Organize

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

I have no doubt whatsoever that Obama wants to do right by the American people, but if progressives believe he is wrong on something important, we should still speak out and still organize.

Don't Call Yourself Progressive If You Don't Support Sexual Justice

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Debra Haffner

You know when marriage equality comes to Iowa that lesbian and gay equality has become a mainstream American value. Yet the Iowa court decision recog...

Evan Bayh's "Name That Obstructionist!"

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

Senator Bayh announced today the formation of a "Moderate Dems Working Group", or to put it in layman's terms, a group of 15 or so Bush Dog... I'm sorry... Blue Dog conservative Democratic Senators.

Is Our Big Change Moment Coming?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Just as the abolitionists fought with Lincoln at times and the labor movement demanded more of FDR, the progressive movement of our era will have to be tough on Obama.

Anti-Abortion or Anti-Sex?

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

To right-wing ideologues, the debate begins and ends with the sinful act of sex outside of marriage, which can lead to only one outcome: punishment.

Blue Dog Democrats and Republican Triangulation

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We must not allow the Blue Dogs to slow down President Obama's momentum or water down the sweeping reforms the nation needs in these trying economic times.

Brooks Brothers

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

I hope the White House doesn't go down the path of saying we aren't trying to make ideological or transformational change. This country is ready for a broad progressive argument.

Conservatives, Liberals, and Freedom

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Reading the Huffington Post or watching Fox News, one could conclude that liberals versus conservatives is the pivotal political division of our times. One could not be more wrong.

Alan Wolfe on Terrorism and Globalization

Julian Brookes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Julian Brookes

An open world is the best remedy against terrorism. Bush talked a lot about the universal idea of human freedom. I think he was right in that language, but his policies encouraged the opposite.

A Progressive Approach to the Deficit

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

There is a progressive way to bring fiscal responsibility back to our federal budget, a path that embraces progressive values of taking care of the poor and investing in a prosperous middle class.

Obamas Ask Progressives For Help At White House Cocktail Party

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a private White House cocktail reception last night for leaders of major progressive groups, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle appealed to these l...

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.

Time to Cut Bait on the Losers

Scott Foval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Foval

Obama is carrying a silent-but-deadly majority group of leaders that are not represented in the MSM, the populist political establishment, or the right-wing crackpots that dominate the establishment Hill.

Progressive Agenda Tip #1: Pay Your Taxes

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

When our leaders, or even our potential leaders, fail to contribute to the collective good, it feeds our lack of faith in them as stewards of the incredible coercive power of government.

Don't Let Rush Limbaugh Write The Economic Recovery Package

Bertha Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

It is absurd that people like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are controlling the terms of debate for a package they will never support anyway.