Obama’s Climate Plan: Is It Good Enough?

Fault lines are emerging in response to the administration's Clean Power Plan, the EPA rule designed to cut carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. How can we make sense of it, and what should activists do next?
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Sizing Up Clinton’s New Climate Message

If you want a presidential candidate who supports a carbon tax you should vote for Bernie Sanders. If you want a presidential candidate that has thought through how to best communicate on climate, Hillary Clinton may be your best bet.
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Who Said This About Conservative Warmongers? Obama, or Reagan?

Who said this? "I think that some of the people who are objecting the most and just refusing even to accede to the idea of ever getting any understanding ... down in their deepest thoughts, have accepted that war is inevitable."
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Careful How You Attack Jeb

Jeb's not wrong to focus on the problem of underemployment, and it does Democrats no good to mock him when he does. Where Jeb is vulnerable is that he offers no serious solution to the problem.
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Republicans Ignore The Pope At Their Peril

Republicans who have complained that the Left wants to drum religious voices out of the "public square" while thundering against women's reproductive rights, suddenly want the Pope to stick to Sunday mass.
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The Political Center Is Moving Left

If the center of gravity moves from under the Republicans' feet, 2016 is going to be their 1988 – the last gasp before their ideological dead weight has to be thrown overboard.
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Can The Pope Give Republicans Religion On Climate?

Twenty years ago Pope John Paul II delivered an encyclical urging a "culture of life," which Republicans readily embraced. Today, Pope Francis delivers an encyclical on climate. Republicans may have a harder time with this one.
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Scott Walker: Stadium Socialist

Walker is beginning to lose conservatives over his support for $250 million in taxpayer funds on a new basketball stadium benefiting the billionaire owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, who don't even live in the state.
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Obama’s Climate Summer

Obama moves to protect the climate. The congressional GOP moves to block him, even urging states to break the law. But some Republicans are complicating the climate deniers' message.
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Will Lindsey Graham Put Climate On The 2016 Agenda?

Sen. Lindsey Graham told CNN: "Here’s a question you need to ask everybody running as a Republican: What is the environmental policy of the Republican Party? When I ask that question, I get a blank stare."
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Even Big Oil Wants To Tax Carbon

When conservative Republicans charge that capping carbon emissions amounts to a "war" on fossil fuel interests, our friends at BP and Shell have provided a handy retort.
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Nope. Democrats Have Not Pulled Too Far Left.

Conservative Peter Wehner argues in the New York Times that President Barack Obama has pulled the Democratic Party too far to the left. His argument disintegrates in the face of history.
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How To Solve The RNC’s Debate Problem: Money

Advice for the Republican National Committee that it will not take: Cull the number of presidential candidates you put on the debate stage by how much money they raised.
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Sorry, David Brooks. This Is No “Center-Right Moment.”

David Brooks argued that the re-election of British Prime Minister David Cameron proves that "The world has not turned left" and instead we are experiencing a "Center-Right Moment." This is demonstrably wrong.
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How The Republican Budget Cons Conservatives

Republican leaders can't keep their promise to cut spending down to a level not seen since before the New Deal. Capitulation is inevitable. They can admit it now, or pay a price later.
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The Kochs Can’t Buy The Pope

The Kochs can't buy the Pope, but presumably they have some members of Congress on retainer. Still, perhaps the Pope can turn at least one Republican away from oil and coal patrons.
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How To Win The Race For Hillary’s Platform

The real Democratic race is not about whether Hillary will win. Rather, it’s who will win Hillary. If you want populist progressives to successfully influence her platform, then you should come to Washington this weekend for Populism2015.
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Warren Explains How We Solve Inequality and CO2 Pollution

At Monday's 'Good Jobs Green Jobs' conference, Sen. Elizabeth Warren deftly melded her case for a stronger middle class with her call to avert a climate crisis. The next step will be taken at the Populism2015 conference.
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Building a Populist Movement That Can Stop Global Warming

The days when the environmentalism was constantly pitted against economic growth are ending, even if climate science deniers continue to spread fear about economic devastation if we cap our carbon pollution.
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Obama’s Climate Pledge: Is It Enough?

President Obama's pledge is based on programs already in the works that don't need approval from a Republican Congress. More effort – and a new Congress – will eventually be needed to avert a climate crisis.
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The Choice Before The Republican Party: Grow or Die

A healthy Republican primary would feature a competition of ideas to reach those presently outside the narrow Republican tent, with multiple candidates trying to better Jeb Bush's thin, if well-meaning, appeals.
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McConnell’s Literal Scorched Earth Campaign

McConnell is executing a literal scorched-earth strategy: urging governors to adopt a quasi-nullification strategy and ignore federal authority ... ensure we fail to do our part to avert the baking of the planet.
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Republicans Opt For Fiscal Suicide

Republicans will fully own this radical vision to "reduce [government] to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub." You might have thought Grover Norquist was joking, but these Republicans aren't.
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Why Does Jeb Bush Keep Touting His Failures?

Jeb Bush is developing an odd habit of breezily touting parts of his record that don't look good up close. We've already had one President Bush who liked to say that up is down. Didn't work out too well.
Why Does Jeb Bush Keep Touting His Failures?
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Are Republicans Insane Enough To Propose a Balanced Budget?

A 10-year balanced budget would require $5.5 trillion in deficit reduction by people who don't believe in tax increases or military spending cuts. By the final year, social spending would have to slashed in half.
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Tom Cotton Should Watch More ‘Schoolhouse Rock’

If Sen. Cotton fully understood the U.S. Constitution, he would know that he needs 67 Senate votes if he's going to act like he can override a presidential veto. And his letter only has 47 signatures.
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MSNBC Roundtable: What If Hillary Doesn’t Run? [VIDEO]

Yesterday on MSNBC's "Up With Steve Kornacki," I discussed my recent POLITICO Magazine analysis "What If HIllary Bows Out?" Of course, the former Secretary is highly likely to run. But exploring the matter still has value.
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