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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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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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 […]
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Slowly Turning The Energy Ship Around

When the energy bill hit the floor of the Senate, I echoed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid observation that it’s “just the first step.” And I also raised concerns that […]
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Progressives Have The Mojo Now

The Take Back America Conference this year drew 3,000 leaders and activists from 40 states, 150 speakers, a bloggers’ boulevard and radio row larger than ever, and an energy that […]
Robert Borosage
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Poll: Progressives Favor Obama

Politico.com just announced the results of the presidential straw poll of Take Back America attendees. The percentages are: Obama 29 Edwards 26 Clinton 17 Richardson 9 Gore (write-in) 8 Kucinich […]
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What The Boos Were About

Sen. Hillary Clinton being booed during her remarks is likely to be the big story coming out of Day 3 of Take Back America. What the boos were actually about […]
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An Unabashed ‘Hope-Monger’

The pundits have been saying that Sen. Barack Obama lost his stride at the most recent presidential debates, but there was no evidence of that Tuesday when he made a […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Edwards: ‘No More Triangulating’

For an audience that was eager to hear a presidential candidate say that they would not compromise progressive principles for political expediency, former Sen. John Edwards knew what to say. […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Richardson Names Names

Presidential hopeful Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., addressed Take Back America earlier this hour, and as far as I know, this was the first time he criticized Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. […]
Bill Scher
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Borosage Plays Hardball On Iraq

Campaign for America’s Future co-director Robert L. Borosage debated staunch Iraq war defender Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., on the MSNBC news talk show “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” Borosage offered a […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Freshman Class Message: Don’t Back Down

The three freshman progressive senators who participated in the “kitchen table” discussion at Take Back America Monday night all said they would support a strategy of not backing down from […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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From Conservative Failure to Progressive Action

The Take Back America session was titled “How Conservatism Has Failed,” but with the strong desire for positive change, discussion quickly moved to how to turn that failure into progressive […]
Bill Scher
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Don’t Fall Out Over Iraq

Freshman congressman Keith Ellison took on one of the movement’s most serious problems when he told progressives not to allow their frustrations with Congress’ inability to stop the war in […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Take Back America: ‘This Is Our Time’

These are opening remarks at the fifth annual Take Back America Conference in Washington, a meeting of 3,000 leaders and activists from across the country and across the tribes of […]
Robert Borosage
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Better than usual performance from our Sunday shows this week. (Perhaps I set the bar too low this time.) Face The Nation’s Bob Schieffer asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell […]
Bill Scher
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Changes at TomPaine.com

Isaiah J. Poole is the executive editor of TomPaine.com. We’ve made some changes to TomPaine.com that will make it faster-paced, more interactive and more compelling. You will notice that we […]
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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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Take Back America Just 3 Days Away!

Excitement is at a fever pitch as the Take Back America conference is a mere three days away. To sate your appetite until then, over at the TBA blog, we […]
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One Vote Short

According to the New York Times, renewable energy backers are just one vote short of the 60 needed to break any filibuster.
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Bring On The Energy Filibuster

A majority of the Senate supports adding a provision to the Senate energy bill now under consideration that would require that 15 percent of our nation’s electricity come from renewable energy sources […]
Bill Scher
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Renewable Energy: Make Conservatives Filibuster

The following, a more fleshed-out version of my earlier energy bill post, was originally published at The Huffington Post A majority of the Senate supports adding a provision to the […]
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Filibuster Threat Stalls Renewable Energy Mandate

The 56 votes killing a phony “clean” electricity amendment proved to be ominous. As support for the actual clean electricity amendment is short of 60 votes, according to CQ Today(subscription […]
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One Dirty Amendment Gets Scrubbed

Good news on the Senate floor today. Sen. Pete Domenici’s attempt to count coal and nuclear towards clean energy standards for electricity was beaten back in the Senate just minutes […]
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