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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After the Primaries, A United Progressive America

The Democratic presidential campaign began with remarkable unity from the candidates regarding what needs to be done to revitalize the economy and restore America’s moral authority—and their populist themes even […]
Bill Scher
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Outright Barbarism vs. The Civil Society

I live in a nice place. I mean that literally. It took some getting used to. After 20 years in Silicon Valley, where people put a premium on being direct […]
Sara Robinson
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The Age of the “Insurance Card Marriage”

Forget green cards. A growing number of Americans are getting hitched to get health insurance. Some people marry for love, some for companionship, and others for status or money. Now […]
Terrance Heath
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Today In Issues To Be Ignored

Even when the media reports on a critical issue, the media ignores it. Last week, NBC Nightly News aired a series on our crumbling infrastructure called “Falling Apart.” (Check out […]
Bill Scher
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Let’s Bank On Rebuilding America

Instead of a silly argument over a “gas tax holiday,” we desperately need a serious discussion about the nation’s infrastructure. And there is a good legislative proposal that could be […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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A Glimpse of the Conservative Health Care Future

McCain’s health care plan effectively ends employer-provided health benefits and has everyone buy health insurance on an “individual market” with fewer “regulations.”
Bill Scher
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Electrocuted at Age 22

Every day, most of us go to work and then come home. Next day: Rinse, repeat. But some U.S. workers go to work and never come home. In April 2005, […]
Tula Connell
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The Week In Blog: Conservative Health Care Follies

Over at Bloggingheads.tv, Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll and I offer another installment of The Week In Blog. Conn and I discussed blogger reaction to McCain’s health care plan, which largely […]
Bill Scher
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Postcard from Buenos Aires

Dear Rick, Greetings from Buenos Aires. You are always talking about how we need to invest more in our public infrastructure. How ’bout this street sign strategy from the Paris […]
Anne Thompson
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Brave New Laws

By an overwhelming bipartisan margin, Congress has passed what sponsors are calling the first civil rights act of the 21st century: the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The Act, which President […]
Alan Jenkins
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Fox News Sunday fails in the eyes of the Watchdog, going 0-for-3 in its interview of McCain adviser and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. There were no questions about McCain’s […]
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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A Little Love for Big Oil

Oil companies report record profits. Gas is headed towards $4 a gallon. A caravan of more than 100 truckers rallied in Washington Monday to protest diesel fuel prices already over […]
Robert Borosage
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Blogs React To McCain’s Sick Health Care Plan

Since you probably didn’t find much substantive analysis of McCain’s health care plan in the traditional media, bloggers have taken up the task. And it isn’t pretty. Obsidian Wings: It’s […]
Bill Scher
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