Weekend Watchdog

After an exhausting week of gasps and gaffes, mostly related to the economy, it’s time for another weekend watchdog. All week long, the headlines have been blaring news of bankruptcy, […]
Terrance Heath
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Walking and Chewing Gum

The challenges facing Americans today tend to be framed in the media and on the campaign trail as a daunting and often depressing laundry list of economic and social woes: […]
Alan Jenkins
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Where’s Our Bailout?

Almost overlooked in this morning’s extraordinary headlines about government intervention to protect the nation’s financial system from collapse was the failure of the House of Representatives on Thursday to act […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Conservatives Stay Under The Covers With Big Oil

As predicted here last week, House leaders put an “All of the Above” energy bill on the floor. And conservatives in Congress — who pretended to support an “All of […]
Bill Scher
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The One-Sided Idea War

Not only did Institute for America’s Future launch our Op-Ad series this week, putting the focus on progressive principles that can solve the big crises facing America, but the Progressive […]
Bill Scher
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Working Harder for Less Mocks the American Dream

Worsening unemployment. Millions of home foreclosures. Two-income households unable to support families. America’s workers are facing economic disasters so severe, even the national media is paying attention. But the current […]
Tula Connell
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Let’s Get Serious About CEO Pay

If we want to make the economy work better for working families, we first need to acknowledge a bit of reality we often overlook. An “economy” can’t do anything. Economies, […]

Time For The G-Word

To spark a debate worthy of a great nation in trouble, The Institute for America’s Future “Op-Ad” series launches today in the New York Times. The first installment is here, […]
Bill Scher
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“Cleaning Up” Wall Street With A Dirty Broom

Sen. John McCain appropriated huge chunks of populist rhetoric Monday in a speech about the Wall Street meltdown, promising to “reform the way Wall Street does business and put an […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows go 1-for-3 for the Watchdog, as the addition of Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) to the presidential race, and the race for the women’s vote, appears to have […]
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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Debunked: Ten Conservative Myths About National Security

True confession: I was terrified on 9/11—for all the right reasons. I wasn’t afraid of the terrorists. There are plenty of countries where people have lived for decades under the […]
Sara Robinson
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Robert Samuelson: Forget Health Care For All

This year Americans want to talk about health care – and most of us want to talk about covering the uninsured and reducing the costs of health care – but […]
Roger Hickey
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Talk About Being In Bed With The Oil Companies

This pretty much says it all. Washington Post: Government officials in charge of collecting billions of dollars worth of royalties from oil and gas companies accepted gifts, steered contracts to […]
Bill Scher
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Renewing the Working Class American Dream

David’s post about the working-class vs. the professional ideal, brought to mind a few news articles, a boatload of memories, and a few thoughts about renewing the working class American […]
Terrance Heath
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Don’t Fear The Deficit

If politics play out as they normally do, Tuesday’s report that the federal deficit has hit a record $407 billion this fiscal year, and is on its way to topping […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Boycott MSNBC Today (Until 8 PM ET)

If I’m not listening to my local liberal talk radio station, I typically keep MSNBC on in my home office during the work day, in part to support its decision […]
Bill Scher
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Opportunity at Risk at the Ballot Box

With Election Day just two months away, the presidential campaigns are (finally) beginning their home stretch. At the same time, voters are starting to pay attention to a dizzying array […]
Alan Jenkins
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America: Yours, Mine, and Ours (Part 1)

Part One: Yours, Mine… One of the things I hoped for when Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic convention, was that she would introduce people to the America that she […]
Terrance Heath
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Weekend Watchdog Wrapup

The watchdog was 2-for-3 again this week, even with the two presidential candidates (and one vice presidential candidate) in the Sunday line-up. Depending on how you look at it, that […]
Terrance Heath
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Weekend Watchdog

The conventions are behind us, and as the balloons and confetti are swept up, it’s time for for the watchdog to make its weekend rounds. The Sunday show line-up particularly […]
Terrance Heath
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White Christian America versus Everybody Else

In the current issue of The Nation (which also featured a cover story co-authored by our own Bob Borosage), Chris Bowers pointed out a structural truth that lies at the […]
Sara Robinson
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Still Needed: An Elevator Pitch

At the Denver convention, Sen. Barack Obama gave a very fine acceptance speech, but not a great one. His speech after winning the Iowa caucuses lifted you up and carried […]
Greg Colvin
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A Sad Night for Conservatism

Conservatism is addicted to snidery, and Gov. Sarah Palin looks to be just another pusher. Unwilling to forcefully argue that our government shouldn’t do anything to strengthen our economy, guarantee […]
Bill Scher
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Phil Gramm Is Conservatism: The Sequel

When Phil Gramm called America a “nation of whiners” for not loving the economy, I said: “This is does not make Gramm uniquely callous. It just makes him a conservative.” […]
Bill Scher
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Twin Cities Violence: Just What The RNC Ordered

It almost seems like the Twin Cities cops are going way out of their way to create trouble, doesn’t it? We had our share of ugly police events in Denver—almost […]
Sara Robinson
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The Week in Blog: From The DNC

On Thursday before the final night of the Democatic National Convention, the Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll and I taped our regular The Week In Blog segment for bloggingheads.tv, sharing our […]
Bill Scher
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Support the Employee Free Choice Act

Sign the petition to support the Employee Free Choice Act, and make America work for working families again. Labor Day is here, yet working families in America are having more […]
Terrance Heath
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After Biden, The Economic Debate Takes Shape

The least wealthy member of the Senate took the stage of the Democratic convention hall Wednesday night to accept the vice-presidential nomination, and sharpened the contrast between the progressive and […]
Bill Scher
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The Biofuels Debate

The issue of biofuels is hotly debated even among those advocating a clean energy future. I got two opposing perspectives outside the convention hall, inside the BIg Tent yesterday. First, […]
Bill Scher
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The Big Idea In Denver: Green-Collar Jobs

In all the buzz of ideas and activism going on outside the convention hall, the rise of green-collar jobs as a signature progressive idea is inescapable. With the potential to […]
Bill Scher
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Towards a Progressive Foreign Policy

Outside the DNC, Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation and The Washington Note moderated a foreign policy discussion provocatively titled, “Will the Next President Make the Middle East Irrelevant?” […]
Bill Scher
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T. Boone Pickens And The Progressive Moment On Energy

There they were, billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens, Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope and Center for American Progress president John Podesta on the same stage at The Big Tent […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Krugman: Why The Health Care Battle Is Key

Paul Krugman, the columnist for The New York Times, told me in an interview here in Denver that getting a universal health care plan enacted will be one of he […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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