Are Dems Running 1996 Playbook To Raise The Minimum Wage?

Nearly every president since the minimum wage was established has signed into law a minimum wage increase, even when a conservative Congress loathed a Democratic president -- such as in 1949 and 1996.
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Barack Obama: Climate Realist

"Climate change is a fact," said President Obama at the State of the Union. While that was directly lobbed at climate deniers, it was also implicitly aimed at those environmentalists who have been critical of his support for natural gas.
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Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement Taking Off

Three decades ago the divestment movement help bring down apartheid. Today a new generation of activists is using divestment to bring down fossil fuel companies wrecking the climate.
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Can Executive Action Save The Climate?

John Podesta wrote the book on advancing policy through executive action, and now he's inside the White House. Will his climate plan now go in effect, and is it enough?
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Keep The Pressure On The Senate To Save The Unemployed

The legislation can still get bogged down, lose momentum, then eventually get pushed aside as other pressing matters inevitably arise ... if the politicians think the public doesn't care.
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Obama’s Good Year

No doubt 2013 was a grind. Yet despite the headwinds from the fractious GOP House and the major distraction of the Snowden leaks, Obama secured significant policy achievements and battled naysayers to keep historic initiatives on track.
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Black Santas Are Awesome For Kids!

Megyn Kelly's declaration on Fox News that "Santa just is white," is more than wrong. Introducing kids to non-white Santas is a great way to begin breaking down racial stereotypes. See how it worked for these first-graders.
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The Kinder, Gentler Sequester

If you are a liberal, you hate the Murray-Ryan deal for effectively keeping the sequester. If you are a conservative, you hate it for making it kindler and gentler.
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The Blank-Sheet Congress

If your main goal is to repeal laws and not pass them, and then you have a draft a positive agenda for your next campaign, here's what ends up on that sheet of paper...
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Is Chris Christie Conservative or Moderate? (Check the Video)

What we see is a politician who does not believe in paying public workers what they worth, but instead wants them to work more for less compensation. He has a fundamental disgust for public investments while eagerly offering the "candy" of tax cuts.
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Another Way Obamacare Is Not Katrina

It's not only that Obamacare hasn't killed anybody. Bush made government dumber, and we got Katrina. Obama, by taking on health care, will make government smarter.
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Why Obamacare’s Troubles Will Be Good For Liberalism

Panic today will be defused and forgotten tomorrow. We will not only be pleased with the final result, but we will also be better conditioned to tolerate a degree of initial imperfection, knowing that government has the capacity to work through it.
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Why Rev. William Barber Is Receiving The Paul Wellstone Award

One week from today, progressives will gather in Washington for the Celebrating America's Future 2013 Awards Gala to honor, among other champions, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II with the Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award.
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Why Should I Care What Marco Rubio Thinks About Immigration?

We scrutinized Rubio's hemming and hawing the last time around on the presumption that he had the singular power to shape Sen legislation and attract conservative support. But the final bill blew up that notion. Why give him the time of day now?
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Why Immigration Reform May Blossom In The Spring

Politico headlined today that “House GOP plans no immigration vote in 2013″. However, the story itself is more equivocal, noting that “the dynamics could change. Some, including Majority Leader Eric […]
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The GOP Is Held Together With Duct Tape

The GOP's shutdown debacle exposed a three-way-split within the party: Tea Party amateurs, cooler-headed conservatives and Establishment players. What's odd about this split is that it doesn't involve much in the way of ideological differences.
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The Time To Push Immigration Reform Is Now

The manufactured debt limit and shutdown crises are about to be put behind us. But the deal also launches a new round of House-Senate budget negotiations that are sure to be contentious. Democrats can't let Republicans run out the clock.
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Desperate Paul Ryan Still Can’t Make a Concession

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's Wall Street Journal oped, "Here's How We Can End This Stalemate," is being treated as an "olive branch." But it only amounts to a shift in demands, not any actual concessions.
Desperate Paul Ryan Still Can’t Make a Concession
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No, Republicans Have Not Compromised

Earlier today on MSNBC, I participated in a panel discussion, following an interview with GOP Rep. Sean Duffy. The congressman was in exceptional "up is down" mode"
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The Monster They’ve Created

The Tea Party tail wagging this dog seems to really believe that the country will rally to their side and force President Obama to junk his signature legislative achievement.
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Climate Politics Will Be Brutal In 2014

Progressives may be feeling pretty good these days. De Blasio ascendant. Summers thwarted. Republicans imploding over ObamaCare. Well, here's a jerk back into harsh reality.
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