Financial Reform: Up To Us To Change The Game

There’s a reason why lawbreakers don’t get to negotiate the terms of their punishment or their parole. There is no bartering to be done between the protectors of law and […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Private Muscle And The Public Option In Health Care

We’re headed into the end game for health care reform. The president has put himself in the arena. The insurance lobby is unleashing the scare campaign. A strong bill will […]
Robert Borosage
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Business Mandate Good For Business

As the health care debate heats up, it becomes clearer why most politicians flinch from tackling major reforms, and why it’s so difficult to engage grassroots citizens to influence policy […]
Bill Scher
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Missing Luke

I learned last week that my friend and law school classmate Luke Cole had died in a car accident while vacationing with his wife in Uganda. Luke was an incredible […]
Alan Jenkins
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Memo to the Right Wing: Put Up or Shut Up

Dear Conservatives: Your fellow Americans demand an answer — and we want it now. Just one simple question: Are you deliberately trying to start a civil war? Just answer the […]
Sara Robinson
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Made in America: Corporate PR, Not Practice

   Big Business wants it both ways: It wants to wrap itself in the ol’ red, white and blue while feeding the decline of the U.S. economy through its actual […]
Tula Connell
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Threat To Capitalism

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched yesterday “a sweeping national advocacy campaign … to defend and advance America’s free enterprise values in the face of rapid government growth and attacks […]
Eric Lotke
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Wall Street Journal Throws Citi Under The Bus

I stopped reading The Wall Street Journal editorial page when it soared off into wingnuttery, writing tomes on the imaginary conspiracy to off Vince Foster and other fantasies. The news […]
Robert Borosage
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Say ‘No Way’ To Third Way’s Health Care Hybrid

Third Way, an organization of so-called centrist Democrats, is promoting what it calls a “hybrid” proposal for a health insurance public plan option that it says progressives should be able […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Cap and Save (the Economy)

To rescue the global economy from reckless power suits, we just may need a ‘maximum wage.’ So say Australia’s top labor leaders and a fairly daring cohort of MPs in […]

The Federal Reserve Scrubs Its Image

Facing congressional criticism for secreting the names of the banks that have benefited from the trillions in Fed guarantees, swaps, loans, and what have you, the Federal Reserve has decided […]
Robert Borosage
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The Next Fight: Immigration Reform

Republicans have been running on immigration as a signature issue for the past several elections, so it’s ironic that progressives are the ones with the most to gain from solving […]
Sara Robinson
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Progressives Draw The Line On Health Care

Most people attending the America’s Future Now conference are clear about one thing when it comes to health care: They are not prepared to compromise away the choice of a […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Making Change: Progressives in the Obama Moment

President Obama has deep and strong support from progressives. But in Washington, the media is increasingly focused on areas where Obama’s base is disappointed or restive In recent weeks, we […]
Robert Borosage
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The Future of America and Manufacturing

In my house, we take a deep breath before calling or answering a call from Detroit. My spouse’s family live in the suburbs of Detroit, and all work in the […]
Terrance Heath
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Breaking Down the Status Quo in Six Easy Steps

One of the things I’m really liking about the new regime is the way the stark, terrified silence of the Bush years is giving way to noisy, energetic public discussion […]
Sara Robinson
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Betting on Failure: The Right’s Story

Congressional Republicans are marginally more popular and significantly less contagious than the swine flu. Even conservatives are keeping their distance. House leader John Boehner’s perpetual tan has become a presidential […]
Robert Borosage
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Center-Left America

The wind is at our backs. The media still calls America a “center-right” nation, but “center-left” is closer to the truth. On issues ranging from health care to energy, the […]
Eric Lotke
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The United States Needs a Cohesive Industrial Policy

Clyde Prestowitz is absolutely right that the United States needs a cohesive, forward-looking national industrial policy. And furthermore, he is correct in pointing out the “policies of China, Japan, Korea […]
Steven Capozzola
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The Weekly Audit: Why Accountability Matters

With workers all over the globe trudging through a catastrophic recession, it’s almost a given that governments will be battling the economic slide for a long time. Part of the […]
Zach Carter
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On Wall Street, Back in the Saddle Again

The awesomely affluent of high finance, if current trends continue, seem almost certain to survive the mess they’ve created — with their wealth and power largely intact. And Treasury and […]

2044: Big Brother Inc.

I just finished a new novel, 2044. 2044 starts where George Orwell’s 1984 left off. The problem isn’t Big Brother and the leviathan government. The problem is Big Brother Inc., […]
Eric Lotke
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Wall Street Probe Needs Your Vigilance

President Obama’s signing of a financial fraud crackdown bill this week has been largely overshadowed by the erroneous and irresponsible rantings of Vice President Dick Cheney and his right-wing fear-monger […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Take the Pledge: Buy America

So, the world isn’t flat after all. Not that some of us ever bought into Thomas Friedman-speak. But many in this country did, especially those running the political show, and […]
Tula Connell
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A Bank For Our Public Needs

A year ago, I called attention to efforts by some progressives in Congress to establish a national infrastructure bank that would finance critical investments in our transportation network, our waterways […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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You Want Reform? Will You Take Revolution?

We have been told this is our moment And so we come to the table With our pent-up agenda, Eager to load our cafeteria trays, While the raging, wounded bull […]
Greg Colvin
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Without The Grassroots, No Choice But To Deal

David Roberts laments the political squeeze the Waxman-Markey climate compromise puts on progressives, forced to choose between “what justice and prudence demand and what’s possible within the current constraints of […]
Bill Scher
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The Health Care Lobby: Watch What They Do

A crisis that demands fundamental change. A president with a mandate to drive it. A Congress, controlled by Democrats, ready to act. Now comes the hard part: actually getting something […]
Robert Borosage
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Demanding An Afghan Exit Strategy … Politely

When progressive House Democrats were blocked from a floor vote on their proposal requiring an exit strategy for our Afghanistan military mission, and several in turn voted against funding for […]
Bill Scher
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Build More Autos Overseas: Marginalize More U.S. Families

The economic structure of Jim Henson’s cartoon realm called Fraggle Rock reflects our own. In one HBO episode, the industrious, hard-hatted Doozers prepare to leave the rock, which would have […]
Leo Gerard
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