The Roots of Obstruction

Like Rodney Dangerfield, this Congress doesn’t get much respect. Americans rate it slightly above sludge, but below George Bush, the least admired president in the history of polling. McCain strategists […]
Robert Borosage
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127,000 Want Rove in Contempt

If Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives go forward with a floor vote to hold ex-White House chief of staff Karl Rove in contempt of Congress, a petition drive […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Why LA Rocks Steady

Los Angeles rocked and rolled its way through a 5.8 earthquake shortly before noon today. In California, that’s considered a good middling-size shake — enough to throw stuff off bookshelves, […]
Sara Robinson
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YouTube Ad Calls the Health Insurance Industry’s Bluff

Campaign for America’s Future, in conjunction with the new campaign Health Care for America Now, captures the health insurance industry failing to deliver on its promise to listen to citizens’ […]
Anne Thompson
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Of Madmen and Martyrs: A Unitarian Take On Knoxville

We are an odd group, we Unitarians. Conventional wisdom says that we’re soft in all the places our society values toughness. Our refusal to adhere to any dogma must mean […]
Sara Robinson
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Bringing New Integrity to Our Criminal Justice System

There is a saying in many African-American communities that our system of criminal “justice” means “just us.” While overstated, the expression reflects longstanding, as well as very recent, experiences of […]
Alan Jenkins
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows disappoint once again, going 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. Despite the controversy surrounding Sen. John McCain’s claim that the “surge” strategy created the “Anbar Awakening” of Iraqi Sunni […]
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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Global Warming Heating Arctic Oil Cold War

As a good liberal returning today from a vacation in Canada, I’m supposed to report back on the awesomeness of Canada for its health care. But I will not. Instead, […]
Bill Scher
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The Next Minimum Wage Fight

The second of three annual minimum-wage increases enacted by Congress goes into effect today, raising the wage floor to $6.55 an hour. Late Wednesday the Campaign for America’s Future focused […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Wall Street Welfare Reform

By the time a good idea makes it to Congress — and actually gets some serious consideration — it is no longer an idea whose time has come, but one […]
Terrance Heath
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Your Health Care May Decide The 2008 Election

Now we’re in the presidential campaign’s silly season. The primaries are over; the conventions yet to come. Americans are tuning out politics and dialing in baseball and the Olympics, vacations […]
Robert Borosage
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Crash the Insurance Lobby’s Party

The health insurance industry is launching a public relations and lobbying campaign today that is designed to convince people that they are on the side of reform even as they […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog Wrapup

It looks like another 0-for-3 weekend for the watchdog, as the Sunday shows and their guests managed to avoid the watchdog’s questions. Rarely has so much been said, in fact, […]
Terrance Heath
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Netroots Priorities: Iraq, Energy, Health Care, Poverty

Netroots Nations participants have four clear priorities for the next president: ending the war in Iraq, addressing the global warming crisis, obtaining health care for all and clsing the growing […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Van Jones: How to Win the Green Energy Fight

It’s not just the country’s energy usage that has to urgently move from fossil fuels to new, sustainable energy sources, environmental and social justice activist Van Jones told Netroots Nation […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Blogging To Health Care For All

At Netroots Nation, I talked with Melinda Gibson of the Health Care for America Now coalition, soon after she debuted a new (and hilarious) video taking on the insurance companies […]
Bill Scher
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Jim Hightower on Blogging and Populism

Long-time Texas populist Jim Hightower shared a few minutes with me at Netroots Nation to talk about how blogging is changing the face of Texas politics, giving progressive populists a […]
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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Blogging While Green

A second environmental panel at Netroots Nation focused on “Debunking The Issue Silo Myth,” the myth that environmental issues only exist in their own “silo,” when in fact they are […]
Bill Scher
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The Middle-Class Challenge

Following the Netroots Nation panel on fighting for the middle-class, I spoke with panelist David Goldstein of HA Seattle, and got his take on the challenges bloggers face in framing […]
Bill Scher
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Poisoned Peppers, Poisoned Politics

I was sitting in an Austin, Texas, restaurant, eating a concoction made with corn chips, chili and cheese, when the federal government announced that tomatoes that had been suspected as […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Can Blogs Energize America?

Energize America is a 20-point plan to achieve “Energy Security by 2020, and Energy Freedom by 2040,” developed by citizen activists who gathered at DailyKos.com. The leaders of Energize America, […]
Bill Scher
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School Children Thrown Under the (Private) Bus

It seems that whenever that old cliche applies, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the Bush administration finds new ways to respond, “We’re breaking it. The fix is in.” […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Waiting For Gasdot

In a Hill article about certain Washington Democrats skittish about the timing of Al Gore’s call to “end our reliance on carbon-based fuels,” Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio) makes a illuminating, […]
Bill Scher
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At the Netroots Nation Labor Caucus

Individualistic “netroots” bloggers are at the forefront of new media technology, and are looking for ways to improve coordination and broad the reach of their ideas. Labor unions have been […]
Bill Scher
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Winning the Oil Drilling Debate

Earlier this week, MoveOn’s Tom Matzzie raised the alarm about the success the alliance of conservatives and Big Oil has had in convincing voters that massive amounts of new drilling […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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McCain Channels Booker T. Washington

In a speech before the NAACP on Wednesday that displayed a remarkable but unsurprising detachment from the realities of the African-American community, it was nonetheless telling that Sen. John McCain, […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Off To Netroots Nation

Most of us Campaign for America’s Future bloggers are headed to Austin, Texas for the third annual Netroots Nation conference and what’s sure to be the largest gathering of progressive […]
Bill Scher
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Wall Street Socialism

This weekend, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, former head of the Goldman Sachs investment house, provided us with a perfect demonstration of Wall Street socialism. He announced that the Bush administration […]
Robert Borosage
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The Society of the Owned: Renters Owned

In a post-9/11 America that no longer “does” irony — or nuance, for that matter — it’s not surprising that one of the significant ironies of the George W. Bush […]
Terrance Heath
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Round 1 of the New Health Care Debate

Consistent with the country’s shift of the political center towards the left, veto-proof bipartisan majorities sent President Bush a bill that took a stand against the privatization of Medicare, reducing […]
Bill Scher
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You Sent A Message to Fox News

We asked you to send messages of progressive patriotism to Fox News Channel, and you did—194 pages worth, from war veterans, educators, grandmothers and grandchildren—all making the point that Fox […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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What Bush Didn’t Promise: Lower Gas Prices

President Bush just announced a lifting of the executive branch ban on most coastal drilling. It does not actually open up the coasts to drilling, because Congress would need to […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrapup

It was almost a 1-in-3 weekend for the watchdog, in which — once again — a question that wasn’t asked was very nearly answered. On ABC’s This Week, California Governor […]
Terrance Heath
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What’s the Matter with Ohio?

For decades, residents of the Coal Run neighborhood of east-central Ohio had to haul water from wells or collect rainwater to drink, cook, and bathe. Their story might be quaint, […]
Alan Jenkins
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