Obama: The Cap on Carbon Is Coming…

President Barack Obama yesterday made a very specific demand for averting a climate crisis and transitioning to a clean energy economy when he said, “I ask this Congress to send […]
Bill Scher
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How Much Will Bobby Jindal Hate The Unemployed Tonight?

When Gov. Bobby Jindal formally responds to the President tonight, and introduces himself to much of America, will he make central his bizarre crusade against increased unemployment benefits? He has […]
Bill Scher
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Now for the hard part…

Two weeks ago in this column I called for equal opportunity guarantees in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Ensuring equal and expanded opportunity for all, I argued, will be […]
Alan Jenkins
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Nation of Cowards? No, But…

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Isaiah J. Poole
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Irresponsible, Thy Name Is Peterson

In advance of Monday’s “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” at the White House, summit participant Pete Peterson and his foundation launched a $1 million ad campaign, irresponsibly peddling false information
Bill Scher
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Class War Photography

Well, no. But the image above was recently named World Press Photo 2008, and the judges framed it in a war context.
Terrance Heath
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“Republicants” Deny The Sky Is Falling

The sky is falling. For the average Working Joe or Jane in America, it is anyway. Unemployment is at 7.6 percent and rising. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that there […]
Leo Gerard
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What “Only A Nation Can Do”

When Sen. Judd Gregg finally decided this week that he should stay in the fold of conservative Republican obstructionists in the Senate rather than on the side of moving the […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Pass This Deal. Then Get Back To Work.

The House and Senate have a crafted a final deal for an economic recovery bill. Like with any compromise, there are things to like and not like. And no matter […]
Bill Scher
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Hire Hilda Solis, Already

Pop quiz. Three questions, and the first two don’t count. Quick. Name the last time working Americans and their families had a friend in a presidential administration. Now, name ten […]
Terrance Heath
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Can’t Get There From Here

The Obama administration has made its first serious misstep. No, it wasn’t the wooing of ingrate Republicans, or the dining with clueless reactionary pundits. It is much more significant. Faced […]
Robert Borosage
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Recovering Opportunity

This week President Obama promoted his much-needed economic recovery package in a prime-time news conference and a trip to economically depressed Elkhart, Indiana, where the unemployment rate has topped 15%. […]
Alan Jenkins
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“Know This If Nothing Else: This Was A Hate Crime”

Progressives around the country can breathe a little easier today: James Adkisson has been sentenced to life behind bars for the deaths of Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger, the Unitarian […]
Sara Robinson
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Obama Attacks Education Cuts, Nelson Unable To Defend

Yesterday, President Barack Obama made clear he is not accepting the Senate “Gang of Moderates” compromise as is, while the Senate moderates failed to mount a logical defense of their […]
Bill Scher
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When Moderates Cause Extreme Damage

There are times when moderation is no virtue, and this economic recovery is one of those times. So let’s be blunt about it: Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., has been a […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Our Phone Calls Are Working

Last week, Campaign for America’s Future sounded the alarm that phone calls were running 100 to 1 against an economic recovery bill, giving Congress a false impression of what the […]
Bill Scher
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Gang Of Fools

Gangs are groups of hoodlums that commit crimes and terrorize neighborhoods. In the Senate, we have a Gang of Moderates, and they’re a gang alright. A gang that is trying […]
Bill Scher
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TARP is Welfare; Control It

A decade or so ago, some states gave welfare recipients food stamp debit cards. Welfare mothers could use them to buy groceries with plastic, just like virtually everybody else in […]
Leo Gerard
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“We’re Falling Without a Parachute”

Three economists have laid out in stark terms what the stakes are for the economy in the economic recovery debate now going on in the Senate—and brought home just how […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Obama Reminds Conservatives: Your Tax Cuts Lost

Something tells me President Barack Obama has had it with the free ride that fact-challenged conservative obstructionists have been getting lately. In remarks earlier today, the President reminded the conservative […]
Bill Scher
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Bank On It No More

What will the Obama administration do with the banks that are now on life support? Pump in more taxpayers’ money to keep the zombies alive? Radical surgery? Pull the plug? […]
Robert Borosage
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Five Big Ideas We Should Be Talking About

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.” — Daniel Burnham, American architect Most progressives understand by now that […]
Sara Robinson
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Are We Doing the Bidding of Conservatives?

Before the election, my colleague Rick Perlstein counseled the next president to embrace a big and bold liberal agenda immediately after entering office, in the mold of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt […]
Bill Scher
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The “FDR Failed” Myth

The current recession will soon become the longest since the Great Depression. The U.S. is losing over 500,000 jobs each month, and a new president, elected overwhelmingly, is pleading for […]
Charles McMillion
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Insurance Lobby Loses Lone Argument

With Congress expected to address comprehensive health care reform this year, and with momentum squarely behind securing coverage for all through a public plan option that competes with private plans, […]
Bill Scher
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Buy America

For a brief moment, when Congress authorized that $700 billion bailout for the Wall Street wise guys whose recklessness caused the financial crisis that we’re all suffering, federal officials actually […]
Leo Gerard
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What A Difference Ten Days Make

Consider how far we’ve come since January 20. On Thursday, the Senate followed the House in passing a reauthorization of a child health insurance bill that will mean 4 million […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Terrorist at the Bus Stop

Every morning, my neighbor and her six-year-old daughter share a bus stop with a terrorist — or a member of a terrorist organization, at least. That’s distressing enough, because my […]
Terrance Heath
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