Forward From Ferguson

In the days, weeks, and months to come, anger over the absence of justice must not overshadow the changes we must continue to fight for after the grand jury makes its decision in the Michael Brown case.
Terrance Heath
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Dean Baker on Jobs, Postal Banking, and the Gruber Controversy

We interviewed economist Dean Baker on the latest set of jobs numbers. We also discussed the postal banking concept, and had some closing thoughts about the recent controversy over remarks made by economist Jonathan Gruber.
Richard Eskow
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Yes, Mitch McConnell Is Killing Coal

Neither the natural gas boom that is crowding out coal, nor the worldwide push for lower emissions is going away. The world is moving and Kentucky is standing still, because McConnell is keeping Kentucky stagnant.
Bill Scher
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The Republican Paid-For Agenda

The Republican Party has become entirely a play-for-pay operation. If you want to get something done in Congress in the next two years, you'd better be ready to pay up.

How Republicans Co-Opted Populism

In the debate between populist progressives and self-described "centrists" over why Democrats lost the midterms and how they should recalibrate, it's worth recalling that Republicans won in part by co-opting populism.
Bill Scher
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The Opportunity To Reawaken The Progressive Majority

The 2014 election results reveal a failure of Democrats to speak to the progressive populism latent in the American electorate. But there is one sign that this mistake won't be repeated in the next election cycle.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Wingnut Week In Review: Through The Looking Glass

If this week is a preview of what we’re in for with the next Congress, get ready to step through the looking glass and into a world where executive actions are impeachable offenses, and Duck Dynasty is Broadway bound.
Terrance Heath
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“The Making Of Ferguson” And Preventing The Next Ferguson

The conditions that made Ferguson, Mo., a powder keg waiting for a spark didn’t happen overnight, and a forum today made it clear that it will take more than putting cameras on cops to prevent the “next Ferguson."
Terrance Heath
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Can We Stop Using Tests To Drive Education Reform?

Politicians and public officials are starting to hear the growing chorus against standardized testing. But we’ve yet to hear a coherent answer to, "Can we stop using tests to drive education reform?"
Jeff Bryant
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Give Up, GOP: Climate Change Is The New Gay Marriage

They got burned on gay marriage. Now Republicans risk getting burned on climate. Just as there were signs in 2004 that Republicans were on the wrong side of history, so are there today.
Bill Scher
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The Choice of the Century

Democrats have a choice. They can refill their campaign coffers for 2016, or they can come out swinging. It’s the choice of the century. Democrats have less than two years to make it.

More Than The Minimum

The Campaign for America's Future joined Good Jobs Nation and the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to urge President Obama to issue executive orders that would boost wages and strengthen worker rights.
Robert Borosage
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One House Republican Tried To Pull a “Willie Horton.” He Lost.

As Nebraska's second congressional district is 82% white and only 10% black, Rep. Lee Terry may have thought the "Nikko" ad would rally the white majority to his side. Instead, Terry sparked a backlash that contributed to his demise.
Bill Scher
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Demand Representation from the Reds

Republicans could wrongly perceive their big victory as a mandate. But exit polls show something different: Voters don’t like GOPers any better than Democrats. What they mainly think is that the economy stinks. And they want DC to fix it.
Leo Gerard
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The New Bipartisanship: The Big Sting

All the talk is about "governing" and "getting stuff done." But when the two parties begin to agree, Americans should hold onto their wallets. This is the way the rules get rigged to favor the few.
Robert Borosage
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The Peasants Still Have Their Pitchforks

Americans want what 21st century politics has so far not delivered: real options for challenging concentrated wealth. That's one conclusion from new polling that gave Americans a choice of seven tax policy options.

It’s Time To Work On America’s Agenda

For all the talk of change in Washington, families are getting squeezed by an economy that isn’t working for them. The solution requires recognizing the kind of changes needed if families are going to get a shot at building a secure future.

Our Government is Broken: Ballot Initiatives Prove It

Ballot initiatives are useful to make a point, but they're no way to govern. Ballot initiatives can't allocate school funding, negotiate trade pacts or calibrate criminal sanctions. We need our government to do that.
Eric Lotke
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The Ads That Worked For Democrats

Two Democrats in competitive Senate races bucked the Republican tide. What did they do that the other campaigns didn’t? And how should that inform progressive strategy going forward?
Bill Scher
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The Coalition For An Education Agenda Isn’t There, Yet

Results from the midterm elections revealed an education agenda has yet to become part of a populist coalition. Advocates for public schools won’t win until they join that coalition and pressure Democrats adopt more populist causes
Jeff Bryant
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The Major Moral Victory In North Carolina

The diverse coalition that makes up the Forward Together Moral Monday movement came out in record numbers on Tuesday to express one sentiment in particular : We will never go back and we'll never sound retreat.
Rev. William Barber
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Debacle: Get Ready for the Real Fight

The election debacle puts Americans at risk. With a Republican Congress rewarded for its obstruction, anything that gets done in Congress is likely to serve the few and screw the many. Get ready for the fight to come.
Robert Borosage
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