President Obama’s Decisive Action On Cuba

We called on President Obama to take a series of actions to "move good things forward" in the face of a destructive right-wing agenda. Today he took one of the actions on that list.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Hope Is in the Cities and States

Over the next two years, Washington will be a horror show. But that doesn’t mean we can’t win progressive victories in 2015. We can dramatically change policy by focusing on cities and states.

The Bipartisan Cromnibus Saga: A Final Assessment

With the passage of the spending bill, the keepers of convention – like The Washington Post editorial page – want applause for bipartisan achievement. But if that "spirit might flourish," most Americans will pay the price.
Robert Borosage
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The “Ferguson Story” Is America’s Story

Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly assured us that the “Ferguson story” would be over in a week. That was before a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer for killing Eric Garner, and a Cleveland, OH cop killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Terrance Heath
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Wall Street’s Democrats

America can’t tackle widening inequality without confronting the power and privilege lying behind it. If the Democratic party doesn’t lead the charge, who will?

Bernie Sanders Lays Down the Gauntlet

Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders put out a 12 point Economic Agenda for America. His reforms break the bonds of the limited debate in Washington, but they already have remarkably strong support in the country.
Bernie Sanders Lays Down the Gauntlet
Robert Borosage
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Why Demographics Can’t Save the Democrats – But Populism Can

The “rising American electorate” is sinking, along with many other Americans, into an economic quagmire. If Democrats don't address their needs, they won't just fail to win new voters. They could also lose the ones they have.
Richard Eskow
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A Democratic Party in Search of its Soul

The Democrats' problem in the 2014 election wasn't lacking a common message. It was that its leaders seemed to lack commonly held values. The party doesn't need to find its message. It needs to find its soul.
Richard Eskow
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Chuck Schumer’s Populist Concession

Sen. Chuck Schumer started a brawl when he blamed the Democrats' losses on President Obama's success in passing health care reform. Missed in the hubbub is the surprising populist concession of the senator from Wall Street.
Robert Borosage
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Ferguson: A Perverted Process

After referring the case to the grand jury, and declining to recommend charges against Darren Wilson, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s perversion of the grand jury process in Ferguson yielded an unsatisfying imitation of justice.
Terrance Heath
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Ferguson: A Failure to Prosecute

Benjamin Crump, attorney for Michael Brown's family said, "The process is broken," after the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson. The process was broken, perverted, and made a farce by prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
Terrance Heath
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No Justice In Ferguson

"The system worked" quite well for those for whom it is designed to work. We should refuse, however, to call that "justice." Here is what we must demand.
Terrance Heath
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Keep On Steppin’, Mr. President

President Obama's executive action on immigration has been greeted with the expected threats by Republicans. He would best ignore the noise and keep on acting.
Robert Borosage
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Preparing For Injustice vs. Preparing for Justice in Ferguson

In Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and activists prepare for injustice, while government and law enforcement prepare for outraged reaction to injustice. But what about preparing for the justice Ferguson, and America, really needs?
Terrance Heath
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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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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 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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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.

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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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.

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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Clear Lessons from Tuesday’s Election Muddle

Key elections are going down to the wire. Activists are mobilizing; dark money is flooding in. But some lessons seem clear. We're witnessing not a conservative revival, but the beginnings of a populist upheaval.
Robert Borosage
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How Racist Policies Made Ferguson a Pocket of Concentrated Despair

An elaborate mythology blames a “culture of poverty” for pockets of concentrated despair, like Ferguson. Another view holds that whites simply fled such areas. But a new study blames a century of intentionally discriminatory policies.
Joshua Holland
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New Insight Into A Democratic Populist Path To Victory

Stan Greenberg still sees a way for Democrats to have a good outcome Tuesday – and it's through the party's base in the "rising American electorate." But to get there, Dems will have to pivot to a more populist message.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Economy: What is the Democrats’ Closing Argument?

The election is still about the economy. And polls show Republicans have the edge on that. So what is the closing argument for Democrats? How do they make their case? The freshman Senator from Massachusetts offers a clue.
Robert Borosage
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