The Ideas Primary Comes To YearlyKos

Back in March, Campaign for America’s Future Co-Director Robert Borosage lamented the state of the presidential campaign in his piece for The Nation, “When’s the Idea Primary?” He concluded: Activists, […]
Bill Scher
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Energy Bill Update

During the past few days, there have been some positive developments as the House continues to put together its energy bill. While Senate conservatives previously blocked consideration of increased renewable […]
Bill Scher
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For Our Next Obstruction…

…let’s deny kids health insurance! This time, the obstruction may not come from the Senate conservatives, but from Mr. Lame Duck himself, President Bush. Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed […]
Bill Scher
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One Night of Pressure Removes One Obstruction

An attempt to break the conservative minority filibuster of a proposal to effectively end the Iraq occupation fell short today. A majority of 53 senators, including four Republicans and one […]
Bill Scher
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Conservatives Block Vote on Ending The War

Minutes ago, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid asked for unanimous consent to move to a vote on the Levin-Reed amendment to effectively end the occupation. Sen. Minority Whip Trent Lott […]
Bill Scher
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Whatever Happened to “Extraordinary Circumstances”?

I’ll say this for Sen. John McCain. He thinks ahead. During today’s Senate floor debate, Sen. Carl Levin urged McCain and his fellow conservatives to refrain from filibustering his Iraq […]
Bill Scher
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Reid’s Bold Move

When you’re Senate Majority Leader, everyone’s fighting for your ear. Today, the netroots have Harry Reid’s ear, instead of the punditocracy. This blog has long been calling for Senate leaders […]
Bill Scher
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Moore To CNN: “I Ain’t Ever Going Away”

On Saturday, Micheal Moore posted an open letter to CNN, blasting the network: “still no apology, no retraction, no correction of your glaring mistakes.” Warning CNN that “I ain’t ever […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Surge advocates were not held to account on the Sunday shows yesterday, as called for by the Watchdog. On NBC’s Meet The Press, Sen. Lindsey Graham was not reminded by […]
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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Arbitrary Justice, Hidden Truth

Purely by chance, I was in the middle of reading Katharine Graham’s autobiography when President Bush commuted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence. I had just reached the part where Graham, […]
Eric Lotke
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A Climate Crisis Message That Works

Yesterday, MoveOn.org announced that former Sen. John Edwards won the straw poll following its Virtual Town Hall Meeting on the Climate Crisis (co-sponsored by Campaign for America’s Future and others). […]
Bill Scher
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Dr. Gupta’s Bias

Michael Moore and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta faced off yesterday on Larry King Live, following Moore’s on-air criticism of Gupta’s anti-SiCKO piece which accused Moore of “fudg[ing] some facts.” Moore, […]
Bill Scher
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Middle Ground or Firm Ground?

A new bipartisan global warming “cap-and-trade” bill is being unveiled today by Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and Arlen Specter, R-Penn., and the sponsors are succeeding in getting the media to […]
Bill Scher
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Michael Moore-CNN Smackdown

Yesterday, Michael Moore slapped CNN silly. CNN’s The Situation Room ran a piece taking inaccurate shots at Moore’s SiCKO right before having Moore on to be interviewed. Moore proceeded to […]
Bill Scher
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Debate, But Not Obstruction

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has lately been taking a tough line on ending the Iraq war. That comes in the face of weeks of stubborn Republican opposition to any […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Dingell Playing Troublemaker?

As I’ve reported twice before, Rep. John Dingell, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and longtime ally of automakers, has been sending mixed messages about his intentions on […]
Bill Scher
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Presidential Pack Pushes Clean Energy Economy

As MoveOn.org’s Eli Pariser predicted Friday, Saturday’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting on the Climate Crisis was highlighted by the leading presidential candidates embracing a “cap-and-auction” approach to slash global warming […]
Bill Scher
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‘SiCKO’ Builds A Movement

Americans want big changes in our heath care system. And now Michael Moore's great new film, “SiCKO,” is helping to turn a desire for change into a crusade for change. […]
Roger Hickey
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

For the third week in a row, the Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. None of the shows raised the possibility that the commutation of Scooter Libby’s jail sentence […]
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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Apollo, MoveOn & Boxer Lay Out Climate Solutions

Earlier today, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Apollo Alliance President Jerome Ringo and MoveOn.org’s Eli Pariser addressed the media, offered their support for tomorrow’s global event Live Earth, and turned the […]
Bill Scher
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The Role for Biofuels

One of the many contentious issues in crafting clean energy policies is the role of biofuels — particularly ethanol, which now primarily comes from corn. They help reduce the need […]
Bill Scher
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Framing The Climate Crisis Solution

Saturday’s Live Earth global event will hopefully take the global warming issue beyond raising awareness and towards rallying support around a comprehensive solution. As Eric Alterman and I said in […]
Bill Scher
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SiCKO Sparks Local Health Care Activism

Michael Moore’s SiCKO is not only impacting the box office — earning the 2nd-highest opening in history for a documentary — it’s also sparking health care activism at the local […]
Bill Scher
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“Sicko” Vs. A Sick Show

“Sicko” is required viewing, not because it’s a contender for the Oscar for Best Picture—though given this year’s paltry offerings, anything is possible—but because it is far better than the […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Bloggingheads on the Obstructionists

I had the pleasure of doing a BloggingHeads.tv segment with Eric Alterman, where we had a lively discussion about how to handle the obstructionist conservative minority, how SiCKO will impact […]
Bill Scher
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Bloggers Put The Heat On The Obstructionists

Over the weekend, bloggers responded to Robert Borosage’s call to “Expose The Obstructionists” and sign our petition, urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to force conservatives to filibuster popular legislation […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

For the second week in a row, the Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. ABC’s This Week allowed Sen. Joe Lieberman to go on-and-on about bipartisanship, yet failed to […]
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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Outlook Good for “Green-Collar” Job Training

In my update on energy legislation in the House, I neglected to mention that included in the energy package is funding for training in high-skill, clean energy jobs. That’s a […]
Bill Scher
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Expose The Obstructionists

Americans elected a new Congress to get things done. But the conservative minority has chosen a strategy of obstruction in the Senate. They have used the threat of a filibuster […]
Robert Borosage
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House Energy Moves

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several House committee chairman held a press conference earlier today to announce their initial energy independence package. Depending on how things play out, it could make […]
Bill Scher
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How We Can Retire Ann Coulter

How to deal with a noxious but prominent commentator like Ann Coulter? Confront her bigoted remarks and outright falsehoods? Or ignore her in hopes of dimming her spotlight? It would […]
Bill Scher
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Failure of Compromise: (2nd) Immigration Edition

When the mess of an immigration compromise collapsed earlier this month in the Senate, I wrote: One can only hope Congress’ leaders finally absorb the lesson. The conservative minority will […]
Bill Scher
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Matthews and Coulter: No Shame

Desperate TV producers, caught in a competition for ratings, are clearly without shame. Chris Matthews, a knowledgeable and experienced commentator, is under ratings pressure at MSNBC. The result is a […]
Robert Borosage
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Dingell In The Crucible

You may not know it, but there’s lots of hot energy bill action going on in the halls of the House, following last week’s passage of the Senate version. Today, […]
Bill Scher
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Latest Filibuster Blocks Free Choice

Minutes ago, Senate conservatives filibustered progress and stifled the voice of the majority once again. They killed the Employee Free Choice Act, which would have minimized employer interference in the […]
Bill Scher
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Conservative Activism Grips Our Supreme Court

Way too many folks rolled over when John Roberts and Sam Alito were nominated for the Supreme Court. And now we’re seeing the consequences. In my recent book, I characterized […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

After an above average performance last week, the Sunday shows fell backwards, going 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. Not only did Fox News Sunday fail to ask Sen. Trent Lott about […]
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