The Center-Left Nation

Conservatives started spinning even before the dancing stopped on election night. Obama’s victory is impressive, but “this is still a center right nation,” went the mantra. “This was a good […]
Robert Borosage
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The Conservative “Secular Problem” Deepens

On Fox News Sunday, leading House conservative Mike Pence looked at the success of ballot initiatives that deny equal marriage rights as evidence that conservatism remains healthy in America. Discussing […]
Bill Scher
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The Next Bailout: Handouts or Hybrids?

So another irresponsible industry is in deep trouble and wants a government bailout. This time, it’s the auto industry. General Motors is literally worth nothing, according to Deutsche Bank, and […]
Bill Scher
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Why Progressives Should Celebrate Veterans’ Day

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day in Canada. In many ways, it is the most Canadian of all the statutory holidays we have here — more heartfelt than Thanksgiving, more widely observed […]
Sara Robinson
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The Week In Blog: Mandate Edition

In the latest edition of The Week In Blog over at Bloggingheads.tv features Blog P.I.’s William Beutler and myself discussing Obama’s mandate. Fascinating to me is the length conservatives will […]
Bill Scher
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Never Failing, Always Failed

Sometimes the most pointed — or preposterous — comes from unexpected sources. This time, it’s The Onion providing the former and the Wall Street Journal serving up the latter. The […]
Terrance Heath
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Progressive Mandate in a Sea-Change Election

Barack Obama’s historic victory in 2008 spearheaded not only a change election, but a sea-change election. It marks the end of the conservative era that has dominated our politics since […]
Robert Borosage
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A Change

It’s been a long, long time coming But I know, a change is gonna come. Oh, yes it will. Sam Cooke, “A Change is Gonna Come” At 11:01 p.m. last […]
Terrance Heath
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How Not to Blow It

It’s hard to overstate the transformative moment that we’re in as a nation and, particularly, as progressives. In just a few years, we’ve gone from the high point of conservative […]
Alan Jenkins
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Hallelujah! And Now, The Work Begins

Americans wake today to a new dawn, a new possibility. You don’t have to drink the Kool-Aid to appreciate how extraordinary this is. We will look at one another with […]
Robert Borosage
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The Substance Election

It’s not the style. It’s the substance that dictated the outcome of the election, which gave Sen. Barack Obama a larger share of the popular vote than either George W. […]
Bill Scher
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What Happens to the Progressive Movement Now?

All good movements turn into organizations turn into businesses turn into rackets. —Old organizers’ saying I don’t think any of us expected to get so far so soon. Back in […]
Sara Robinson
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Issues Win

After Paris Hilton, pigs and moose, there was a time when it seemed this consequential election was going to be diverted once again into the trivial. But then the financial […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrapup

It looks like another 0-for-3 weekend for the watchdog, as it looks like any questions that are going to be asked — and answered — before election day already have been. With […]
Terrance Heath
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Remembering Studs Terkel

What bitter irony. Studs Terkel, who gave voice to working people throughout his life, passed away yesterday, just days before a potentially historic presidential election. Should Sen. Barack Obama win on […]
Tula Connell
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Pre-emptive Strike for Dem Détente

As David Sirota observed earlier, there are right-leaning forces within the Democratic Party looking to throw cold water on bold progressive ideas. And I also noted the possibility of averting […]
Bill Scher

Concentrating the Wealth, Pt. 2

A funny thing happened on the way to the bailout. A number of the members of the bucket brigade — that’s us, taxpayers — realized that for all the billions […]
Terrance Heath
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Will A Dem Civil War Be Averted?

David Sirota astutely analyzed the tensions within the Democratic party yesterday, keying off of a Wall Street Journal piece. Rightly critical of counterproductive public infighting, he concludes: …what that inappropriately […]
Bill Scher
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Amity, Meet Eric

Amity Shlaes clearly doesn’t like that my recent post called out that her revisionist history of the New Deal is based on misleading numbers. She responded on the National Review […]
Bill Scher
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A Heartbeat Away: Hazardous Health-Care Policy

The health care plan advocated by presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is hazardous to your health. That is the point of this 30-second video by Health Care for America Now […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Conservatives: Not even trying to be serious

The email came from GOPUSA, whose mission is to “spread the conservative message throughout America.” The editorial, “Barack Obama’s Dream Cabinet”, caught my attention. I’m curious and thought they might […]
Eric Lotke
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Sinking Economy Shakes Denial

Today’s news that the economy is sinking further into recession—gross domestic product growth decreased at an annual rate of 0.3 percent in the third quarter—is making it clearer that there […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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There Is No Debate: Clean Energy = Strong Economy

For almost the entire history of the environment movement, its opponents framed the debate as “Environment vs. Jobs.” Now, Robert Borosage optimistically asks if we’ll soon see “a 21st-century Green […]
Bill Scher
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Concentrating the Wealth, Pt. 1

Last week I ventured into the "spreading the wealth" discussion with a post attempting to unpack one aspect of why even some people who might be helped by the kind […]
Terrance Heath
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Conservative Fiction: The New Deal Sucked!

As we are facing the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression as a result of conservative deregulation, it’s only logical that we would look to how we successfully dealt […]
Bill Scher
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Conservatives Sowing The Seeds Of Their Own Demise

The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder wrote yesterday: …it might be dangerous for the Republican Party to elevate the stakes for this election to a death match between competing ideologies. If Barack […]
Bill Scher
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Tax Cuts An Inefficient Stimulus

A federal spending program that only yielded 37 cents of benefit for every dollar spent, or even less, would generate sustained demands from the conservative chattering class that it be […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog, but the softball questioning produced some notable information. Obama economic adviser Robert Rubin was not challenged on his past support for deregulation. […]
Bill Scher
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The Middle Class’s Share Of The Pie

Protestors disrupted a convention of mortgage financers in San Francisco this week, storming the stage as former Bush advisor Karl Rove spoke, heckling bankers with bullhorns and badgering a panel […]
Leo Gerard
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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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Can Conservatives Quit The Misinformation Addiction?

On Wednesday I lamented the conservative addiction to misinformation, citing the example of the false attacks on Sen. Barack Obama’s tax plan, and specifically criticizing my regular bloggingheads.tv sparring partner […]
Bill Scher
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Is It 1929 All Over Again?

It was 79 years ago today that the 1929 Wall Street Crash marked the beginning of America’s slide into the Great Depression. As we find ourselves in the middle of […]
Terrance Heath
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Greenspan: “Shocked Disbelief”

It marks the end of an era. Alan Greenspan, the maestro, defender of the market fundamentalist faith, champion of deregulation, celebrator of exotic banking inventions, admitted Thursday in a hearing […]
Robert Borosage
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Greenspan’s Revisionist History

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan today engaged in an attempt to rewrite history that was so egregious that even CNBC anchor Mark Haines, a free-market cheerleader, was aghast. The […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Meek Shall Not Inherit

In my work-related news reading this morning, I came across an interesting take on Obama’s exchange with “Joe the Plumber.” The truth is that Obama in Ohio spoke the language […]
Terrance Heath
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