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Why Any Deal to Cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid Would be a Moral, Economic and Political Disaster

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Those who wring their hands about the long-term budget deficit act as if the deficit problem is intractable, and conveniently forget that only a decade ago President Clinton left office with federal surpluses as far as the eye could see.

Elise Foley

Democrats Aim For Repeal Of Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats launched a repeal effort against the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, introducing companion bills in both chambers of Con...

Elise Foley

Dems Form Group To Cut Spending | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As tension builds over compromise between the GOP-led House and Democrat-led Senate, Democratic Sens. Tom Carper, Mark Udall and Kay Hag...

Draft Moderate Manifesto Part 1

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

In election after election, the same opportunity remains unrealized -- the possibility that either extreme could unite with the center to exclude the most extreme policies of the other.

Setting the Record Straight on "Fixing Foreclosure-Gate"

Jason Gold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Gold

I have respect for those who work hard every day in sorting out policy problems. Given these stakes, the debate should be a fair one that debates proposals on their merits, not on faulty assumptions.

Note to the Rich: Very Large Taxes = Very Large Benefits

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

There is no question that rising inequality stems from macro-level changes in our global economy. Yet, there is also a growing consensus that government decisions play a key role too.

Why Sputnik?

Bill Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

I was around for the launching of Sputnik in 1957. It created a huge wave of shock and paranoia. Obama was trying to create a mood of crisis in the country, and for a reason: That's the only way we get things done.

Fatal Triangles

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

President Obama is now Mr. Reasonable Centrist -- except that in substance there is no reasonable center to be had. Just how far right do we have to go for Republicans to cut any kind of deal?

Friday Talking Points [152] -- A Palin-Free Month?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With some regularity, this column excoriates the mainstream news media for all sorts of continued idiocy in the way it conducts its business. But eve...

Honoring The Golden Rule With The State Of The Union Seating Arrangement

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Civility begins with breaking old patterns, even the simplest ones. What if those that represent us could take one night off from confirming what we already know -- that they do not agree?

Today's Visionary, Not Yesterday's Celebrity: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words With Contemporary Images

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

A lot of people in the media are so afraid of offending anyone with controversial truths that they can't even tell the truth about the man whose holiday we're celebrating this weekend.

Bipartisan Seating at the State of the Union? Why Stop There?

Bradley W. Bloch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradley W. Bloch

It's hard to caricature someone you've broken bread with. This brings us to Third Way's proposal: intermix the parties during the State of the Union address.

Mr. President, Americans Agree On Social Security; So Talk to Us, Not Washington

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

Mr. President, this year's State of the Union will help to shape your legacy. That legacy can be one of real bipartisanship. You can bring us together as a people by expressing our shared commitment to Social Security.

Sam Stein

Dem Senator Wants Parties To Mix At State Of The Union | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Borrowing an idea from a centrist-Democratic think tank, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is urging members of Congress to commingle, in a bipa...

Bipartisanship vs. Democracy: The President and the Third Way Fallacy

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

Today the country's real center has never been farther from the narrow right-leaning viewpoint that's still being peddled as a "centrism." If the White House and other Democrats buy into that illusion, as they seem to be doing, they'll lose the country.

The Mystical Center

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The mystical center is where Obama's disaffected base resides. He doesn't have to choose. Both swing voters and the Democratic base want the President to stand up to Wall Street on behalf of main street.

Let's Take a Lesson From Calvin Coolidge

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The consensus outside Congress is that the U.S. is in a desperate race to restore its manufacturing sector. Will the new Congress have the sense not to stand in the way? Let's hope they dust off their bios of Coolidge.

Hey, We're Gonna Balance the Budget! But Seriously, Folks ...

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

So-called "deficit hawks" like Kent Conrad, Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson aren't just unserious. They're radicals. Their positions are an extreme departure from the philosophy of government that's guided American policy for a century.

The Re-Positioning Tango

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Self-identified liberals are an important part of the Democratic base, but they sure aren't the only part, or even the biggest one. Most African-Americans, who voted 90% Democratic, do not describe themselves as liberals. Neither do most Hispanics.

Sam Stein

Tensions Already Flaring Between Progressives And Centrists Over Democrats' 2010 Performance | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The spinning wars over the election results will occur not just between Democrats and Republicans but also amongst Democrats themselves....

How Democrats Can Win 2010 Elections -- Step 7: Recommit to Step 3

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

The only thing voters should care about is who has the best plan to move forward, and our greatest advantage is we have a plan and the Republicans don't.

Where Is the Middle?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Democrats need moderate swing voters to win elections: there is no doubt about that. But the remaining question is how best we get them.

For Big Clean Energy Results, Think Small

Joshua Freed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joshua Freed

What if we could build a power plant that could provide electricity to tens of thousands of homes with zero carbon emissions? We can. Or, thanks to American innovation, we will be able to soon.

Changes in Cuba Challenge Obama's Will to Respond and Change Course

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Stephens

Barack Obama, who was born more than two years after Castro seized power, might want to rethink America's Cuba policy, now that even Castro is having second thoughts about fundamentals.

Obama the Populist

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

At his moment of greatest political peril, Obama turns to a populist tone and rhetoric that is heartening for an old Midwestern populist like me to see. Welcome to the barricades, Mr. President.