Joe The Plumber Doesn’t Know He Was Being Ironic

We all remember the lovable “Joe” the “Plumber”, just your typical Joe Sixpack, average American, undecided about whether he was going to vote for the evil socialist tyrant or Grandpappy […]
Brian Dockstader
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Triumph of the Willfully Ignorant

Sarah Palin, and the Sarah Palins of American politics, have won a significant victory. If you want to know who has the last word on policy, look no further than […]
Terrance Heath
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How Bad Do You Want The Public Option?

As noted in today’s Progressive Breakfast, the White House’s stance on a public health insurance option is not new. The President and his staff have always made a strong argument […]
Bill Scher
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Valerie Jarrett Tells Progressives To ‘Bring It On’

When Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior adviser, addressed sometimes tough questions from bloggers and activists at the Netroots Nation conference in Pittsburgh, there was a consistent theme: If progressives are […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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We Are All Steeworkers

So I took a tour of a steel plant today. There was a lot of hot, molten steel, but also high-tech computerized systems running the show, making sure just enough […]
Tula Connell
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LiveBlogging Howard Dean

Sara Robinson liveblogs Howard Dean’s talk at Netroots Nation, starting at 9am ET Friday morning. Come on by and join the chat! 8:55 There are a lot of people here, […]
Sara Robinson
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A Self-Help Book for Societies

By every measure that matters, relatively equal nations far outperform nations where income and wealth concentrate at the top. A powerful new analysis from the UK explores these contrasts — […]

Speak Up to Stop Unfair Trade

They came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t […]
Leo Gerard
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There WIll Be Blood

Recently, Mike Lux posed a question to GOP leadership: What will it take you condemn the hatefulness? Glenn Beck has said Barack Obama hates white people, and jokes about assassinating […]
Terrance Heath
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Sarah Palin Thinks You Are Stupid

O Sarah Palin, the gift that keeps on giving, no matter how earnestly we say, “no, really, we insist, we’ve had enough.” We said this after Dr. Palin’s informative essay, […]
Brian Dockstader
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Fascist America II: The Last Turnoff

Writing about fascism for an American audience is always a fraught business. Invariably, a third of the readers will dismiss the topic (and your faithful blogger’s basic sanity) out of […]
Sara Robinson
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’10 Percent’ Campaign Against Bank Usury

When Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in May tried to get a 15 percent limit on credit card rates added to a bill imposing new regulations on the industry, the amendment […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Quiet Revolution in Criminal Justice Reform

A panel of federal judges has ruled that conditions in California’s overcrowded prisons violate the constitution. Quoting Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s words from 2006, the court found that “immediate action is […]
Alan Jenkins
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The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Mob Fail Edition

This week’s LiberalOasis Radio Show, broadcast Saturday 12 PM on WHMP led with my analysis of the right-wing mobs disrupting congressional town halls, and how they are backfiring on conservative […]
Bill Scher
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You’re Wrong, Eric Cantor: The Stimulus Is Working

It’s surprising that it took a full 69 minutes from the moment the Bureau of Labor Statistics July jobs report was released for the condemnatory news release from House Republican […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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For the Love of Profit

There is a simple answer to the far right’s new favorite chant against health care reform — "What’s Wrong With Pro
Terrance Heath
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Progressives Successfully Alter The Town Hall Narrative

Our own Roger Hickey was featured on MSNBC’s The Ed Show yesterday, discussing the broad progressive response to the lobbyist-funded right-wing attempt to seize the congressional town halls. Visit msnbc.com […]
Bill Scher
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On Sotomayor, Conservatives Choose The Wrong Side of History

In my personal experience, nothing makes a conservative madder than observing that the history of conservatism is sullied with racism. You’ll immediately get an earful about Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd […]
Bill Scher
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Dick’s Army

Another day, another town hall meeting, another angry mob of right-wing fanatics promoting lies and trying to shout down democratic discourse. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) was just one of many […]
Brian Dockstader
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Jobs Don’t Live Here Anymore

      The unemployment data is due tomorrow, and it’s likely to be bad, with an expected 300,000 to 320,000 jobs
Tula Connell
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Fascist America: Are We There Yet?

All through the dark years of the Bush Administration, progressives watched in horror as Constitutional protections vanished, nativist rhetoric ratcheted up, hate speech turned into intimidation and violence, and the […]
Sara Robinson
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Health Care Reform: Time to Go All In

It is time to go all in to support comprehensive health care reform. The stakes have gotten prohibitive. Republicans have essentially bet the House on it. Obama, for all intents […]
Robert Borosage
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Memo To Marc Ambinder: The Right-Wing Is Not The Middle

Marc Ambinder is spending a lot of blogging energy defending his peeps at CBS for this news report giving the right-wing Birther mob credit for representing concerns about health care […]
Bill Scher
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Birthers = Health Care Deniers

Let me preface this by explaining my rationale for labeling opponents of health care reform “health care deniers”. I call them deniers, in much the same vein as global warming […]
Brian Dockstader
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A Right-Wing Mob Is Not a Majority

We’re seeing more and more YouTube video of hostile constituents berating members of Congress to kill health care reform. Last month was the infamous Rep. Mike Castle town hall where […]
Bill Scher
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