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Washington Hilton Hotel, June 18, 2007
Highlights From The Conference
John Edwards said that Democrats need a muscular and uncompromising response to today's policy challenges. "No more vacillation, no more triangulation ... no more taking half a loaf."
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton sparked lively debate with her speech, in which she said, "We are going to end the war in Iraq and finally bring our troops home." Her speech also included a pledge to enact government policies that will help people treated as "invisible" by the current administration.
Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich points to a common moral theme that would run through how he would end the war in Iraq, restore America's global credibility, change trade and environmental policy, and even lower instances of domestic violence if he were president.
Presidential hopeful Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., addressed Take Back America and -- as far as we know -- this was the first time he criticized Sen. Clinton, Sen. Obama and former Sen. Edwards by name for not supporting his position on Iraq: "I would leave zero troops behind, not a single one."
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Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel shares with progressives a passion to end the Iraq war and disdain for both Bush and Cheney. But read the answer Rick Perlstein got when he asked Gravel about a clause in the Constitution.
Thousands of Take Back America participants will rally at the Capitol today to support passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, which is currently being debated in the Senate. Dmitri Iglitzin in TomPaine.com today argues why joining a union should be easier. Tula Connell of the AFL-CIO refutes the lies of opponents.
They're not ready to make nice. The Senate's newest populist members say they're prepared to stand firm against the war in Iraq and for progressive economic policies.
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The Take Back America 2007 conference kicks off with Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert L. Borosage proclaiming conservatives "are done. This is our time."
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Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert L. Borosage takes on a House Republican who offers a mix of cheerleading and fear-mongering in support of the war in Iraq.
It is progressives, not conservatives, who have the mandate for pursuing bold policies for change, according to an in-depth study of polling data by Media Matters for America and the Campaign for America's Future. Read the report and TomPaine.com's commentary.
Gala Dinner Awards
Roger Wilkins accepts the America's Future Lifetime Leadership Award at the Take Back America 2007 Gala Awards Dinner.
Maria Leavey Award
Boston community organizer Ari Lipman won the most votes in the Campaign for America's Future's first Maria Leavey Award, given to the person whose behind-the-scenes work has contributed the most to the progressive cause. Read profiles of Lipman and the other candidates.
Check out Straight Talk for more on the bold solutions that we progressives stand for, and why our time has come. GO »
See video highlights from Take Back America 2006 which laid the groundwork for last November's electoral shocker.
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