‘No Labels’ Gets A Label – And It’s Not Pretty

Ahhh, the ongoing dream of a "radical centrist" revolution. For some reason it always ends up doing absolutely nothing except make money for the people who sell it as a way to keep the rabble in line.
Digby
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Julian Castro Must Now Uphold Fair Housing

One of Juliàn Castro’s first official acts as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development should be to make concrete the Department’s duty to promote fair housing throughout its programs and activities.
Alan Jenkins
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Why the Sterlings Matter

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling doubled down on bigotry this week, disparaging NBA icon Magic Johnson for his HIV-positive status. But his racist remarks were no anomaly.
Alan Jenkins
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Can Democracy Tame Plutocracy?

We are headed into a reckoning. We know that the rules are rigged in Washington, as the powerful protect their interests from the many. The question is can the people take back their democracy?
Robert Borosage
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Supreme Court Right-Wingers Poison Majority-Rule Democracy

The Supreme Court asserted that billionaires have a First Amendment right to spend as much as they want on politics. The court said that supersedes the right of the majority to a democracy in which their lawmakers can’t be purchased.
Leo Gerard
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McCutcheon, the Majority and the Challenge of Our Time

This latest Supreme Court ruling is a decisive battle in a determined and wealthy minority’s war against the popular will. And the people will continue to lose  – until the rules of engagement are changed.
Richard Eskow
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A March In North Carolina For The Soul Of America

There is a growing populist resistance to the conservative extremist agenda, and Saturday's Moral March on Raleigh was designed to launch the next phase of a nationwide push-back against tea-party Republicans.
Isaiah J. Poole
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A Bill To Return Power To The People

You know names like Koch and Adelson. The Government by the People Act would work to reduce the power of special interests and big money in our elections. And you can be a citizen co-sponsor.
Richard Long
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Democracy and the Christie Phenomenon

Why do people like the bullying tough guy types such as Chris Christie? Are they looking for someone to "take charge" in a world in which they feel a loss of control. Maybe. But can he get a majority to vote for him?
Digby
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Corporations Control Our Lives…

Business should be here to serve American needs, not control us and commercialize everything that we do. We must shift the power back to actual people. Only then can we stop the cycle of putting profit before people.

Urgent Fast Track Trade Deal Alert

Fast Track should be as much of an electoral test for progressives as Social Security is. Progressives have to make this a line that cannot be crossed. This is about democracy vs big-corporate dominance of our economy and society.

Alec Is Planning For A Busy Year…

As long as politicians are bought and paid for, organizations like ALEC will have dangerous influence over the legislation that effects us all. It's time to put an end to the corporate control of Congress once and for all.

Huge, Huge Victory For Political Sanity Today

Kids, don't say Harry Reid never did anything for you. He and the Senate Democrats just ended the use of the filibuster for executive branch appointments and lower court judges. Right-wing dominance of our judicial system will be diluted.
Digby
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Right Wing Moneybags Organizations Are Multiplying Like Rabbits

I guess it's to be expected. When you have as much money as the upper 1% have, this stuff is just pocket change. They might as well follow their bliss. And corporations can fund their pro-corporate agenda and get a nice tax write-off.
Digby
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Why Do We The People Have To Read TPP On Wikileaks?

If this agreement becomes law it will fundamentally alter the relationship between our government, other governments and giant multinational corporations. But the only reason we get to even read it at all is because it was leaked to Wikileaks.

Imagine Democracy

"We the People." How many of us have really thought through the implications of these three words? Can people today even imagine a government that is on the side of We the People?

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 […]
Bill Scher
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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.
Bill Scher
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Beyond The Pale: “Off Color” Talk Further Dooms The GOP

Unable to change their tone or their policies in order to widen their voter base, Republicans seem bent on undoing the results of two presidential elections. It would all be quite funny, if it wasn't all so crazy. Not to mention dangerous.
Terrance Heath
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Ted Cruz’s Fake Filibuster

On Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz took the floor of the Senate to launch a pre-arranged, all-night fake filibuster. There was no way it would stop the Senate from voting on a continuing resolution to fund the government.

Tea Party vs The Kochs?

Of course the Tea Partiers are a blight on American politics. But the Big Money influence of people like the Kochs and the Adelsons is truly antithetical to American democracy and it's at the root of our biggest problems.
Digby
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The One Unalloyed, Positive In This Awful Situation

Going back to Truman, presidents have been incrementally seizing the power to wage war completely on their own terms. It's getting to the point of absurdity. Obama stepping back is a very good move.
Digby
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