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Working America, Labor Group, To Mobilize Unemployed Voters | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A labor-allied group is hoping to tilt the November elections toward Democrats not by playing to voters' dissatisfaction with the economy but by motiv...

Adios GOP

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

The Arizona experiment has been a fiasco for Republicans. It has cemented the idea in the minds of many Latinos across the country, that the GOP is actively antagonistic to Americans of Latino descent

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Reinforces National Backlash

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

When a court reverses the voters' decision, it reinforces the tidal wave of disgust at political elites who run roughshod over the will of the people.

I read in the paper that you don't care about Afghanistan

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Toward an Economic Message for Democrats

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

Ask a Republican to name a single economic program they support that was not part of George W. Bush's economic plan just before the economy collapsed, and wait for the answer. You will hear crickets chirping.

Colombia: and the Winner Is, Antanas Mockus

Aldo Civico | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aldo Civico

Over the past ten days, I was amazed to see window with signboards for Antanas Mockus, the presidential candidate of the Green Party. It's the Colombian version of the Obama syndrome.

Trust or Bust: Reflections on One Year in Washington

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

On my one-year anniversary of entering Congress, I believe our greatest challenge and mandate in Washington -- and Illinois -- is regaining the public's trust.

Class Warfare: John Kerry & Other Senators Hold Unemployed Hostage to a Tax Break for the Rich!

Iris Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Iris Mack

The first news I read this morning was a very depressing New York Times editorial. Here's what I learned from the sobering statistics in this ...

Obama Tries To Put Positive Spin On Government

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As a candidate, Barack Obama pledged to "make government cool again." After a year that gave birth to the anti-government tea party...

Blago Trial Tactics Won't Work

Edwin Eisendrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edwin Eisendrath

Criminal trials are supposed to be about the facts and the law. The corruption trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich will be about neither.

Tea Party Excess?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm not saying the Tea Party wackadoodles shouldn't be exposed by the Left, to show the lunacy and nastiness being openly displayed by some Tea Partiers. But it doesn't mean the movement itself is solely comprised of such gadflies.

The True Nature of Our Political Crisis: A Response to David Brooks

Marcella Mroczkowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcella Mroczkowski

The real belief of Adam Smith and the Founders was that free markets without government oversight were impossible, since powerful private players would rig the markets and cheat the less powerful.

Root Cause of Voters' Revolt: Congress, Obama, GOP Ignore 11 Million Jobless

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The revolt across the political landscape on Tuesday against incumbents wasn't just an attack against the Washington establishment, but ...

The Tea Party: Who's Invited?

Kristen Soltis Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Soltis Anderson

Over a year has passed since Rick Santelli's famed CNBC rant made waves in political circles, and the "Tea Party" movement still remains a vibrant and...

Yes We Can -- But Ya Gotta Know How: New York's Take on Obama's Lack of Leadership

Nelson Montana | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nelson Montana

As it stands, Obama is lost at sea without a compass. And it may be time to face the reality we've all dreaded. The guy just hasn't got the chops for the gig.

Could Social Media Have Predicted Texas Primary Outcome?

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lauren DeLisa

It seems that by looking at "user engagement signals" from number of re-tweets on Twitter to views and embeds on YouTube and much, one can begin to gauge societal sentiment in a surprisingly accurate manner.

Primary Season Begins

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For many on the Left, primary season officially got going today, with the announcement that Senator Blanche Lincoln will face a very credible Democratic opponent in the Arkansas primary.

New Mexico Needs a 12-Step Program

Julia Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julia Goldberg

KUNM, New Mexico's public radio station, has been soliciting "State of the State" commentaries, following Gov. Bill Richardson's last State of the Sta...

Democratic "Accomplishments" Not Nearly Enough

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

Americans understood they got creamed during the final Bush years. They did the right thing and voted in the opposing party. The paltry result of their electoral efforts has led to far more than voter "frustration." They're furious.

The Winter Of America's Discontent: Voters Fed Up With Both Parties

LA Times | Tim Rutten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It has been more than four decades since the Congress of the United States has been able to summon the will to pass a major piece of social legislatio...

Without Health Care Reform Youth Voter Turnout May Plunge

Newsweek | Jesse Singal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here's something that should make David Axelrod nervous: there are probably more Yankees fans in Massachusetts than there are young people who voted i...

Is Apathy Socially Redeeming?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

We're citizens of the nation that put participatory democracy on the map for God's sake. How did we arrive at this sad state of affairs, which I call the enduring enigma of the American public?

Calling on All Working Americans to Stand Up and Fight

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

America's union movement is leading a broad uprising of working people ready to make sure elected leaders and candidates get the message and don't forget. Don't just watch for us in the streets -- join us.

Why the Governor Should Delay His Appointment

Pedro Nava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pedro Nava

I firmly believe that the Governor should be careful and thoughtful about this appointment. This decision should not be rushed, as some have suggested.

How Adam Lambert Is Hurting Gay Marriage

Jennifer Vanasco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jennifer Vanasco

When Adam Lambert was worried about winning a contest, he didn't want to openly attest to being gay. But when he wanted to make a splash in public, suddenly he was all about gay sexuality.