Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog, as the obsession with the Democratic Rules and Bylaws Committee largely pushed out coverage of issues. No Clinton or Obama surrogate was […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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Open Thread: Weekend Watchdog

As the weekend approaches, it’s time for the Weekend Watchdog to resume patrol! Before we learn what politicians are scheduled to appear on the Sunday shows, what questions do you […]
Bill Scher
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When Insurance Companies Control Your Choices

“Choice” has long been a conservative buzzword (except when it comes to reproductive freedom) but the real policy question is rarely between whether or not we have choices, but whether […]
Bill Scher
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Global Warming is Happening NOW

It’s not news that we’re already feeling the impacts of global warming. As we noted in Making Sense, global warming has contributed to wildfires burning hotter and longer. the record […]
Bill Scher
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Havana Hypocrisy

Pledging to not liberalize trade with Cuba remains for most candidates one of the de facto requirements for getting elected, and even though any thinking person can easily grasp the […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Trains, Buses and Bikes, Oh My!

Last week, Isaiah reported on the 7% increase in mass transit ridership, and also how limited that increase is. Because the Bush administration did nothing to make mass transit more […]
Bill Scher
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States Hooked On Casino Snake Oil

Casino became legal in more than 30 states because they were sold as economic growth engines and poverty fighters. Wrong. Casinos on tribal land have not reduced the crushing poverty […]
Bill Scher
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Memo To Candidates: Issues Matter

Today, the Omaha World Herald published the following op-ed of mine, exploring why the attacks on Sen. Barack Obama failed to derail his path to the nomination, and failed to […]
Bill Scher
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The War Inside

Picture by jcolman If my dad were alive, I know he’d be hanging the flag in front of our house, where it would stay for the remainder of the weekend. […]
Terrance Heath
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Vacation Travelers Thrown Under the Bus

The American Public Transportation Association is projecting a 7 percent increase in the number of tourists taking public transportation this summer, thanks to stratospheric gasoline prices. According to the transit […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Pin The Blame

Seems like every time gas prices shoot up, Big Oil CEOs are summoned to Capitol Hill for a ritual hazing. It’s appropriate. We taxpayers are supporting Big Oil with billions […]
Bill Scher
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Dear Congressional Conservatives

I probably shouldn’t be giving you advice, but maybe because I’m a progressive, I can’t see someone in crisis without having a desire to help if I can. Besides, a […]
Terrance Heath
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Channel Your Road Rage

Another Memorial Day, another stressful spike in gasoline prices. With most Americans denied access to convenient mass transit options and affordable alternative fuels, we’ll be forced to pay through the […]
Bill Scher
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A Fighter, and a Friend

Living in D.C., you can’t help; crossing paths with some famous political names. In fact, you get used to it. But, as with most things, you never forget your first. […]
Terrance Heath
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Breaking The Law, Snubbing the Supreme Court

Last year, the Supreme Court ordered the Bush administration to follow the law and treat greenhouse gas emissions as pollution under the Clean Air Act. And the Bush administration quickly […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

It looks like the watchdog did a little better this weekend, almost going 1-in-3 when — thanks to Sen. Chris Dodd bringing it up on Fox News Sunday — Sen. […]
Terrance Heath
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Time to Get Real

The California Supreme Court connected human rights to reality last week when it ruled that same-sex couples have the same right to marry that heterosexual couples have. The court majority […]
Alan Jenkins
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Terrance Heath
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Take It–The 2008 Ask a Working Woman Survey

  A woman who spends years in medical school emerges to take her place alongside a panoply of male physicians—who, on average, make 38 percent more than she does. Female […]
Tula Connell
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Chasing the Rainbow: Can We Capture It?

I flashed back to the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign, which aimed to build a “rainbow coalition” of working-class people based on progressive populist economic policies, earlier this week […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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America Will Be …

I knew as soon as the California Supreme Court marriage ruling was posted, that I would read the whole thing. I started reading it at my desk, after it was […]
Terrance Heath
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Bush’s Global Failure Tour

Yesterday, President Bush was in Israel, and equated speaking with Iran with “the false comfort of appeasement.” Today in Saudi Arabia, Bush will likely fail (UPDATE:
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog: Open Thread

We’re in the process of trying out some new approaches to the Weekend Watchdog. One of them is this open thread, where we hope longtime “watchdogs” and the uninitiated will […]
Terrance Heath
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Living Standards Under Stress

It does not take much to understand why a hard-core Republican district in Mississippi would elect a Democrat to the House of Representatives by a nine-point margin. Mississippi is a […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Why Change Happens: Ten Theories

One of the grandest — and most frustrating — things about carrying on the great democratic conversation via blog is finding out how many of your fellow citizens (including many […]
Sara Robinson
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Straight Talk On Gas Prices Works

Congress will likely pass legislation to temporarily stop filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is because 1) it’s harmless legislation and 2) congresspeople can then say they “did something” on gas […]
Bill Scher
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Common Ground Gets You 5¢ a Gallon

Last week, Democrats and Republicans offered energy bills in response to rising gas prices, which clearly laid out the parties contrasting energy visions: investment in renewable energy vs. suspension of […]
Bill Scher

Rebranding Republicans

“We’re going to give you the change you deserve.” —House Minority Leader John Boehner That’s not a threat; it’s a promise—from the Republican congressional leaders. Really. Led by perpetually tanned […]
Robert Borosage
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From Independent Maverick to Incoherent Conservative

Sen. John McCain reiterated his support for a “cap-and-trade” approach to global warming today. Treating global warming as real is McCain’s best hope of convincing Americans he offers not more […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows go 1-for-3 for the Watchdog, but to be candid, the Watchdog set the bar particularly low. But first, the strikeouts. Once again, McCain campaign adviser and former […]
Bill Scher
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Reclaiming Mother’s Day

Progressives have always loved holidays, which may be why we’ve created so many of them. There are Saturdays, of course, brought to us with no small help from the early […]
Sara Robinson
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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Complacent Conservatism

I’m sure this has been covered by everyone and his brother, but I couldn’t help being amused by this study suggesting that conservatives are happier than liberals. But before any […]
Terrance Heath
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Is It Even Possible To Reduce Gas Prices This Year?

Both parties in the Senate have just introduced legislation in response to high gas prices. The Republican announcement states its bill with “Reduce Gas Prices And Decrease Dependence On Foreign […]
Bill Scher
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Conservatism Collapses in the Emergency Room

A column I’ve just posted on Firedog Lake takes Sen. John McCain and the Bush administration to task for failing to address one of the most critical failings of our […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Course From Here

Short of yodeling, I’ve been doing my best Switzerland impersonation during the primaries. When it came my turn to vote in the primaries I voted my hopes, knowing I’d support […]
Terrance Heath
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