TomPaine.com Joins the New OurFuture.org

The resources of TomPaine.com and its rich, groundbreaking tradition of sharp progressive commentary have been incorporated into a newly redesigned OurFuture.org. The result is a website designed to lead a […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Is Your Moo Shu Safe?

In an act of small bravery, I got Chinese take-out from Hunan Gourmet last night. Hunan Gourmet has long been one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in my area […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Once again, the Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. On ABC’s This Week, Newt Gingrich was given free publicity for his new book, without being challenged on the ridiculous […]
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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It’s Our Health. It’s Our Government.

Two political realities only some in Washington currently grasp. Health care is consistently one the top three issues voters cite as priorities for the next president. And about two-thirds of […]
Bill Scher
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Saving the Planet, Saving the Economy

Al Gore has said, “If the President made climate change the organizing principle, the filter through which everything else had to flow, then that could really make a huge difference.” […]
Bill Scher
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NH Voters Agree: Fix The Economy

Republicans, Democrats and independents in New Hampshire all agree: the economy isn’t working for them. The exit poll of voters in the Dem primary, 44% of whom were independents, spoke […]
Bill Scher
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Digging The Economic Hole Deeper

Last month, President tried to give a “don’t worry, be happy” pep talk on the economy, only to be confronted with an actual voter, and being forced to acknowledge the […]
Bill Scher
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Bill Kristol’s Perfect Start

Bill Kristol’s New York Times column debuted today. It included a factual error, attributing a Michael Medved quote to Michelle Malkin. That was an appropriate beginning, as Kristol will surely […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows start off the New Year going 0-for3 for the Watchdog. While CBS’ Bob Schieffer and NBC’s Tim Russert did ask Sen. McCain about his support for staying […]
Bill Scher
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Iowa Reflections on NPR

Earlier this morning, I was on NPR’s Bryant Park Project discussing the meaning of the Iowa results, along with Erick Erickson of Red State. Erick acknowledged the deep dislike of […]
Bill Scher
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What Iowa Voters Want

We don’t know who will win the Iowa caucuses, but we do know what Iowa voters want. As the leading Democrats seek to eek out a final lead, each delivered […]
Bill Scher
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What Iowa Voters Want

We don’t know who will win the Iowa caucuses, but we do know what Iowa voters want. As the leading Democrats seek to eek out a final lead, each delivered […]
Bill Scher
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Over a $100 Barrel

When the price of oil broke $80 a barrel more than three months ago, I noted that George W. Bush ran in 2000 on a pledge to drive down oil […]
Bill Scher
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“Who’s Minding The Store?”

On Friday, PBS’ The Newshour caught up with our old friend Nancy Nord, the toy industry’s good friend heading up your Consumer Product Safety Commission. And she was in full […]
Bill Scher
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The Danger of Compromise

It’s understandable that congressional Democrats would go ahead with an energy bill that raises auto fuel-efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon, after conservatives filibustered bolder renewable energy provisions. They […]
Bill Scher
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Sunday Shows Bat .001 on Global Warming

Since we began our Weekend Watchdog feature eight months ago, we’ve called on the Sunday shows to ask questions about global warming and clean energy seven times. Not once have […]
Bill Scher
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We Write Letters

After California’s insurance regulator charged Blue Shield with illegally dropping health coverage for more than 200 of its customers, Institute for America’s Future’s own Diane Archer wrote a letter to […]
Bill Scher
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Record-Breaking Obstruction: How It Screwed You

On this historic yet soon-to-be infamous day of record-breaking conservative obstruction, our “Block and Blame” report (PDF) reminds me of Sen. Trent Lott’s all-too-candid words from April, “The strategy of […]
Bill Scher
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The Mortgage Crisis: Yet Another Conservative Failure

On Sunday, ABC’s This Week failed to hold Alan Greenspan accountable for his role in the mortgage crisis. But today, the New York Times did, picking up where Salon.com left […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Another sorry day for the Sunday shows as they go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. Despite last week being the week when Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change […]
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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New Book on How Progressives Can Win

As we head into a critical political year, a new compelling book has laid out the road map for progressive victory: Bob Creamer’s “Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight. […]
Bill Scher
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Obstructionpalooza

Quite a week for progress-haters. President Bush vetoes, for the second time, health insurance for millions more kids. The conservative minority in the Senate (and oil-drenched Dem Mary Landrieu) scraped […]
Bill Scher
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Shared Responsibility For the Mortgage Crisis

Over at the Huffington Post, market analyst (and 1990s dot-com bubble puffer) Henry Blodget asks the inevitable conservative question about the mortgage meltdown: …in what universe is it fair and […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

A rare event: Tim Russert of Meet the Press heard the calls of the people asked a Watchdog question. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was asked, since our intelligence now says […]
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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Conservative Obstruction: Part 57

The bold clean energy bill that passed the House yesterday was blocked in the Senate today by yet another filibuster from the conservative minority. The bill had majority support from […]
Bill Scher
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Who Ya Gonna Call?

First, Bush’s Katrina hotline is disconnected. Now, for his new mortgage hotline, he gives out the wrong number. Pathetic, but appropriate, as his mortgage rate freeze plan is so severely […]
Bill Scher
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Meet a Billionaire Paying a Lower Tax Rate Than You

It wasn’t fair of me yesterday to pick on just hedge fund managers for lobbying to protect their discount income tax rate, instead of closing that loophole to pay for […]
Bill Scher
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The Disconnect

The disconnect between certain folks in Washington with the rest of the country is striking. With most Americans unhappy with the state of the economy, (despite the best efforts of […]
Bill Scher
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Cost of Doing Business

Markets self-regulate, conservatives tell us. Just get government off our backs, companies tell us (after we pocket whatever subsidies we can grab). The Washington Post reported Tuesday on the safety […]
Robert Borosage
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Energy Bill Gets Better

In what, quite frankly, is a bizarre turn of events, the energy bill going to the House floor today will be even stronger than reported earlier. The bill now includes […]
Bill Scher
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How Bush Helped Create the AMT Problem

President Bush is continuing to attack Congress for not yet passing legislation to prevent the Alternative Minimum Tax from making millions of Americans unfairly pay a greater than necessary share […]
Bill Scher
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No Time For Cynicism on Energy

One of the reasons why I wrote yesterday’s post on the energy bill deal was in anticipation of articles like today’s in the New York Times. …despite the tougher 35 […]
Bill Scher
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Small Step, Big Victory on Energy

A majority in both houses of Congress, reflecting the desires of the American people, wants to shift the direction of our energy policy away from the fossil fuel past and […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Dizzying highs and agonizing lows for the Watchdog this Sunday. On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace didn’t ask Karl Rove about his lie regarding the Iraq war authorization vote. […]
Bill Scher
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