Torture, Accountability, and the Future

Article 1 of the International Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment provides, in simple terms, that “torture means any act by which severe pain […]
Alan Jenkins
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How To Get 60 Votes For a Carbon Cap

In an oped published Sunday by the Omaha World-Herald (and reprinted today by Grist), I argued for a climate compromise with the coal- and oil-state Senators needed for a 60-vote […]
Bill Scher
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Greider: Be Willing To Destabilize The Party

Journalist and author William Greider is urging the labor movement and other progressives to get tough with the Democratic Party, even if that means putting the party’s majority control in […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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An Ounce of Prevention, Pt. I

Hillary Clinton surprised me when she said, on a recent trip to Mexico, "Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade." Strong words, and far more sagacious than […]
Terrance Heath
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Taxing Matters

Tax Day. Fox News is flogging Astroturf “tea parties” underwritten by corporate lobbyists, while its pundits warn that raising the top income tax rate to the level it was under […]
Robert Borosage
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Time to Deliver: No Turning Back, Part II

Last week, in Part I of this short series, I talked about the three main scenarios that dominate progressive conversations about America’s future: 1) Permanent Decline — Due to Americans’ […]
Sara Robinson
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Should We Double the Tax Rate on the Rich?

We live in a sound-bite political culture. Politicos and policy makers hardly ever engage their opposite numbers in anything close to real debate. Instead, they inflict upon us carefully rehearsed […]

April 15: The Issue Is Fairness, Not Taxes

Tax day is coming, and people are sad. But the problem isn’t taxes. The problem is fairness. Who pays taxes, and who gets the benefits. Today the Institute for America’s […]
Eric Lotke
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A Public Plan is Healthy Competition

Jacob Hacker’s 2006 book, The Great Risk Shift, helped politicians understand the economic pressures on the average family — including the rising costs and increasing loss of health insurance — […]
Roger Hickey
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Chris Dodd: Scourge or Casualty of Wall Street?

Democratic Senator Chris Dodd is in deep trouble. According to Stuart Rothenberg, Dodd is the most vulnerable senator up for re-election in 2010 — despite the fact that he’s coasted […]
Robert Borosage
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The State of Opportunity

As Obama’s first 100 days draw to a close, new research shows that addressing today’s economic crisis will require reinvesting in a bedrock American principle: Opportunity. The State of Opportunity, […]
Alan Jenkins
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Time to Deliver: No Turning Back, Part I

Terrance’s last post heroically set out and engaged the two dominant scenarios about the American future that progressives seem to be wrestling with right now. These two scenarios might be […]
Sara Robinson
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Opportunities Missed At The G-20

The debate over how well President Obama did at the G-20 summit last week—and certainly the debate over who touched who first in the encounter between First Lady Michelle Obama […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Progressive Budget, Progressive Values

“Budgets are moral documents” ~ Rev. Jim Wallis “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility… This is the price and promise of citizenship.” ~Barack Obama, […]
Terrance Heath
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Job Crisis For African-American Men

As bad as today’s unemployment news is for the nation, for the African-American community it’s much worse. African Americans as a group continue to bear a disproportionate share of the […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Getting Past Philanthropic Foolery

The good folks at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy would like us to know that we can gain “new insights” aplenty from the just-published second edition of their ongoing […]

When You Honor An Unsung Progressive Hero…

What does it mean for an unsung hero of the progressive movement to be recognized for his or her behind-the-scenes work with the annual Maria Leavey Tribute Award? The annual […]
Bill Scher

Everything is Not Slavery

Under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t occur to me to respond to the madness of Michele Bachmann. There’s a point at which merely legitimizes mindless rantings like hers, and dignifies them […]
Terrance Heath
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Time to Deliver: The Transformation to Come

Last week, I wrote: “After a transformational election and at the beginning of a transformational presidency, progressives need to remember: the real transformation hasn’t happened yet.” The truth is, there […]
Terrance Heath
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What A Progressive Budget Looks Like

Unlike the 19-page propaganda document House Republicans lamely called their alternative budget last week, the Congressional Progressive Caucus has released a real budget with real numbers. Plus, it gets to […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Time for a Grand Inquest on the Financial Crisis

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has called for “sweeping regulation” of the financial community, beginning a discussion of how we restructure the banking system—in and out of the shadows—as we emerge […]
Robert Borosage
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Toxic Flaws In The Toxic Asset Plan

There are at least three serious flaws in the financial rescue plan that the Treasury Department has put forward for the banking system that financial expert and Institute for America’s […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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“Sacrificing Left and Right”

I missed president Obama’s press conference. (Probably because it took place during the 2.5 hours of family time we have — including dinner — before the kids go to bed, […]
Terrance Heath
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A Dead-End “Road to Recovery”

I don’t know whether to praise the Republicans or pity them. On one hand, they’ve been given chance after chance to "bring it," in term of ideas to address the […]
Terrance Heath
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Avoiding Quagmire In Afghanistan

The essence of President Obama’s analysis of the right-wing “war on terror” is dead-on: The Bush administration’s reframing the phenomenon of rogue extremists as a presumptively defined group of “terrorists” […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Economic Terrorism

Corporate opponents of workers’ freedom to form unions repeatedly have shown they are not interested in the welfare of their employees or any of the pseudo-lofty ideals they cite while […]
Tula Connell
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The Obama Budget: A Stick In The Eye For Banks

With all the fuss over Wall Street bailouts and AIG bonuses, one banking breakthrough is going unnoticed. Obama’s proposed budget completely eliminates an unnecessary, obsolete bank subsidy: College student loans […]
Eric Lotke
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Learning Deficits

Will Obama’s transformative budget survive? As his press conference last night illustrated, it runs a serious risk of drowning in a swamp of cant. The budget is getting strafed by […]
Robert Borosage
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Time to Deliver: Seven Steps to Revolution, Revisited

Terrance Heath kicked off our conversation by invoking Alexis de Tocqueville’s observation that change comes about as a “revolution of expectations.” Since how people greet and adapt to transformative change […]
Sara Robinson
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The Populist Moment

I discuss with American News Project’s Harry Hanbury and Nick Penniman what’s next for the populist uprising spurred by today’s economic crisis. This video traces how progressives helped shaped the […]
Robert Borosage
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Time To Deliver

Last week, when the fury over AIG bonuses was just peaking, I read something that jolted me out of own anger and into a realization: After a transformational election and […]
Terrance Heath
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