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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Merci, John McCain, for Killing American Jobs

The Campaign for America’s Future has released a 30-second video that mocks Sen. John McCain’s involvement in an Air Force tanker contract that, as a result of McCain’s intervention, has […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Issue No. 1: The Economy

Given the headlines of the past few weeks, it’s perhaps no surprise that the number one issue on the minds of Take Back America participants is the economy, according to […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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“… For All”

I sat on the panel on “Blog Power: 2008 and Beyond” at the Take Back America conference Tuesday, alongside Pam Spaulding, Digby, Tracy Russo, and Chris Bowers. Towards the end, […]
Terrance Heath
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An Honor For ‘A Born-Again American’

Norman Lear was the too-rare Hollywood producer who could get television audiences to laugh heartily and think deeply at the same time. Television shows like “All in the Family,” “The […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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An Historic Mobilization of Progressive Power

One of the underappreciated success stories of 2008 is the growing ability of the progressive movement to accumulate resources and use them to push toward a set of common goals. […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The New Green Deal

At the “New Green Deal” luncheon, Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx just delivered one of the most powerful presentations heard at Take Back America 2008, detailing her efforts to […]
Bill Scher
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The Power of Blogs: Beyond 2008

Earlier this morning at Take Back America 2008, some of the leading lights of the progressive blogosphere — Chris Bowers, Digby, Terrance Heath, Tracy Russo and Pam Spaulding — gathered […]
Bill Scher
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Lessons from the 1960s for 21st-Century Change

In the heat of the 1960s civil rights movement, Rev. Jesse Jackson was a young lieutenant to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Roger Wilkins was a White House […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Towards Health Care For All

Starting with Monday’s panel, “Health Care For All: The Plan to Get There,” during Take Back America we’re talking about health care. Every day. It’s obvious why. Health care is […]
Terrance Heath
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“This Is Our Time”: Progressives Poised to Win

A rattled Wall Street. Families imperiled by record foreclosures and rising unemployment. A stymied Congress. A five-year war in Iraq that continues to take lives. The Take Back America conference […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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A Well Oiled Insurgency

In a previous post last week I alluded to the news that right now Iraq has something we haven’t had in a while: a budget surplus. Apparently, oil revenues are […]
Terrance Heath
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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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The Society of the Owned, Pt. 6: Just Drop Off the Key

When free market fundamentalists like those in the Bush administration start at federal government action, after two interest rate cuts didn’t do much to stall stop the economy sliding into […]
Terrance Heath
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Greedy Troglodytes Attack Teachers

What is it about teachers that reactionaries don’t like? Maybe it’s because an educated electorate poses a threat to those who seek to control the public—”Danger: Educated Union Member” is […]
Tula Connell
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Conservatism Is Dying

Modern conservatism is dying. There’s still an election to be held, but conservatism as we’ve known it since Ronald Reagan is failing—ground down in the desert of Iraq, drowned in […]
Eric Lotke
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Take Back America? Yes We Can, If…

On the eve of this year’s “Take Back America” conference, that phrase is no longer a rallying cry to a distant goal—it is something that now, more than ever, progressives […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Hiding (From) The Truth

So, say you’re the Bush administration. If you’ve invaded a country and launched an occupation that’s cost thousands of American lives, untold Iraqi lives, and shattered others, and left some […]
Terrance Heath
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The Progressive Mandate: Handle With Care

Pollster Celinda Lake says that this year can be as pivotal for progressives as 1980 was for conservatives—but only if the progressive movement takes crucial steps to solidify its ideological […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Disturbing job losses. Contentious fight over whether telecom companies can break the law and violate consumer privacy without accountability. Critical legislation that could put us on the path to 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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Fiddling While the Economy Burns

You would think that after the latest dismal jobs report that the Bush administration would stop the spinning. But, no. For two straight months, the Bureau of of Labor Statistics […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Society of the Owned: The Rage of a Middle Class

Part Five of a series. Something’s happening out there. It’s happening quietly in some places and not-so-quietly in others. It’s happening around kitchen tables and in living rooms across the […]
Terrance Heath
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Obstruction Alert: Renewable Energy Stalled in Senate

A stubborn conservative minority in the U.S. Senate in December stood in the way of sensible energy legislation that would shift tax breaks away from Big Oil, which doesn’t need […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Society of the Owned: Caught in the Middle

Part Four of a series. Let’s return, once more, to our metaphorical intersection from parts two and three of the series. Except, where we once imagined a doomed pedestrian just […]
Terrance Heath
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Sour Notes on Social Security

Like an “American Idol” reject, John McCain keeps warbling George W. Bush’s greatest flops. The latest is Social Security privatization, a proposal so roundly rejected by the American people when […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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One in Nine: Conservatism’s Strange Fruit

One in 100 is bad enough. One in nine is a full-blown national tragedy — one aided and abetted by conservative ideology. You know, if you’ve read today’s headlines, that […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Society of the Owned: Deeper In Debt

Part Three of a series. Let’s return to our metaphorical street corner from the previous post, because to understand the current economic crisis it might help to consider how many […]
Terrance Heath
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Health Care Reforms Americans Want

It’s rare that Americans speak up and speak clearly about what we want, and that Washington has in hand a plan that delivers it. In its latest issue, Consumer Reports […]
Terrance Heath
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Progressives: Take Back America!

This song, recorded and produced by Campaign for America’s Future, is adapted from Willie Nelson’s anthem “A Peaceful Solution.” Nelson welcomed people to re-record the song in their own styles, […]
Anne Thompson
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Another weak performance for the Sunday shows, failing to ask the key Watchdog queries. Neither CBS’ Face The Nation or Fox News Sunday pressed McCain’s top campaign aides about their […]
Bill Scher
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The Society of the Owned: Under the Bus

Part Two of a series. Consider this scenario. You’re standing at a busy street corner when you see someone about to step off the curb right into the path of […]
Terrance Heath
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Pete Seeger: Changing the World With Song

Folk singer Pete Seeger’s book, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” includes a tribute to the people who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that recalls the spirit of […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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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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