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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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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They Rob You With a Fountain Pen

“As through this world I’ve wandered, I’ve seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a gun; And some with a fountain pen. Woody Guthrie Look out folks, […]
Robert Borosage
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Phil Gramm Is Conservatism

Phil Gramm thinks that the economy is wonderful and those that feel otherwise are mistaken. This is does not make Gramm uniquely callous. It just makes him a conservative. For […]
Bill Scher
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All Hat and No Cattle

My dad, who died six years ago today, was a cowboy. A real one, complete with beat-up Stetson and muddy ropers and a Ford pickup and an ancient blanket-lined Levi’s […]
Sara Robinson
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Broken Bridge Conservatism, Redux

It’s not just Texas. Rick blogged yesterday on the collapsing roads and bridges of Denton County, Texas. Unsurprisingly, it’s happening in other places, too. From today’s Arizona Star: PHOENIX — […]
Sara Robinson
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Predictable Punditry

On Monday, I not only noted that Sen. John McCain’s health care plan represents a bigger political risk than Sen. Barack Obama’s, but also that the Beltway punditocracy would presume […]
Bill Scher
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Quote Of The Day: Oil “Just Too Hard To Find”

In a story about fluctuating oil prices, The New York Times quotes Carrizo Oil and Gas CEO Chip Johnson: I can’t see oil getting cheap again ever. It’s just too […]
Bill Scher
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A Car Mechanic’s Plea For A Health Care Fix

For David White, a small business owner in Bar Harbor, Maine, the health care crisis is doubly personal. For one thing, he was proud of being able to cover the […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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What’s Missing from the Nuclear Power Debate?

Ah, you optimistic soul. Did you really think the nuclear power debate died after Three Mile Island brought the reality of its dangers home to insurers, investors and utility companies? […]
Sara Robinson
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McCain’s Croc of Hooey

Marc Ambinder at theatlantic.com notes that Crocs (which are probably what your children are wearing right this minute) seem to be a perennial favorite when GOP presidential candidates come to […]
Sara Robinson
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Where McCain’s Change Is Bigger Than Obama’s

As Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama both plan to engage each other on the economy this week, this presents an opportunity for reporters and voters to focus on one […]
Bill Scher
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Health Care For America Now!

On Tuesday, July 8, a new campaign will be launched – for Health Care for America Now! – at press conferences in Washington and 55 other cities and towns. We […]
Roger Hickey
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All In The Same Sinking Boat

A disturbing but sadly predictable jobs report was released today by the Department of Labor: 62,000 jobs lost in June, 438,000 jobs lost during the past 6 months. This is […]
Bill Scher
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Hundreds Tell Fox: “Stop The Attacks”

“Dear FOX News, Here’s a Fourth of July gift for you, from an Obama supporter and patriotic American,” begins a note from Anthony in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “This year my son […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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McCain’s Flea-Market Economy

George W. Bush’s solution to our nation’s economic mess—that his failed policies helped create—is to applaud people who must work three jobs to make ends meet. Sen. John McCain colors […]
Tula Connell
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To Win, Presidential Candidates Move … Left

The punditocracy won’t tell you, but Barack Obama and John McCain are moving to the Left. Take Iraq. Sensing that voters did not react kindly to McCain’s December remarks expressing […]
Bill Scher
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McCain Pledges Allegiance to NAFTA

Arizona Sen. John McCain continues his rousing campaign tour of the swing states of NAFTA this week. He will celebrate July 3 in Mexico City after a jaunt through Colombia […]
Robert Borosage
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Don’t Let Anyone Question Your Patriotism

It is a shame that Sen. Barack Obama’s speech on patriotism Monday in Independence, Mo., was overshadowed by yet another false controversy, this time over the appropriateness of comments by […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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McCain’s Long Strange Trip South of the Border

The McCain campaign gets … stranger. The American economy has been battered on multiple fronts, including the loss of 3.4 million manufacturing jobs. The current trade strategy has not only […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Another 0-for-3 day for the Sunday shows, as they ignore the Watchdog’s calls for questions on the oil shale boondoggle, the Minnesota bridge collapse, and the Justice Department political hiring […]
Bill Scher
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Summer School Assignment

Summer vacation began this week for millions of kids across the country,. But in many communities, school board members, principals, and administrators are still hard at work. Among their tasks […]
Alan Jenkins
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Clinton Impeachment Manager Says, Bush Is Worse

Bob and Isaiah voiced concerns last week over the codification of President Bush’s abuses of executive power, and the erosion of our constitutional system of checks and balances. Bob called […]
Bill Scher
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