Progressive Push-Back On Health Care Reform

The Progressive Caucus and its allies are holding a press conference this afternoon to emphasize their bottom line on health care: If it doesn’t have a strong public option, it […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Firing Back on the Birthers: Where’s Their Evidence?

Amid the huge media pile-on that’s gradually taking down the Birther fantasy, nobody’s actually bothered to point out that almost every element of their argument is based on a near-total […]
Sara Robinson
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The Debtor’s Dance: the U.S.-China Exchange

Obama’s opening speech set the stakes: "The relationship between the United States and China will shape the 21st century, which makes it as important as any bilateral relationship in the […]
Robert Borosage
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Birthers Winning The Health Care Message War?

Last week I noted that right-wing Birther conspiracy theorists were simultaneously fueling right-wing rage against health care reform, distorting perceptions of public opinion in Washington and making current legislation appear […]
Bill Scher
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Back to Black Man 101

Henry Louis Gates and I are very different people. He is a Harvard Professor. The closest I got to the Ivy League was a weekend visit to Yale. He is […]
Terrance Heath
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How Mortgage Lending Became An ‘American Casino’

A cabal that includes the nation’s largest financial institutions, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and some leading right-wing think tanks has succeeded in postponing congressional consideration of a consumer financial […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Race and Law Enforcement: What We Do Know

Only two people know what actually went down between Professor Henry Louis Gates and Sergeant James Crowley last week, and even they disagree—apparently in good faith—about what transpired. So as […]
Alan Jenkins
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Why I Am Pro-Corporate

I am pro-corporate. I’ll go a step further with that and proclaim that I believe that there are no bad corporations, and that I haven’t seen any corporations do anything […]

Workers Rights Are Civil Rights

This week the minimum wage rose by 70 cents to $7.25 an hour, a beggar’s lot really, but still corporations across America decried it. Good times or bad, somehow Wall […]
Leo Gerard
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The Health Care Debate: Another Country Heard From

One of the big differences between the 1993 Hillarycare debate and our current conversation is that we’re hearing a lot more fact and lot less fiction about how other countries’ […]
Sara Robinson
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Will The Birthers Kill Health Care Reform?

The Weekly World News reports this week: “The official copy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate was stolen this week by Republicans wishing to halt his health care reform … A […]
Bill Scher
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Dude, Where’s My Industrial Policy?

Increasingly people are asking about our country’s plan for restoring and reinventing the economy. And that means thinking about manufacturing – the root of economic power. How will we revive […]

American Protectionism is a Myth

A post by Leo Gerard and Scott N. Paul Our nation faces rising unemployment, staggering debts, shrinking trade, and no sense of when (and if) a real recovery — one […]
Leo Gerard
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Making It In America

Washington’s special genius is for gridlock. As we’re seeing in the health care debate, the entire system is designed to frustrate action — even when Democrats have a popular president, […]
Robert Borosage
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Getting Mad At The Fed—And Getting Even

Normally, working-class people don’t think much about the Federal Reserve and, as a recent article in The New York Times suggests, the Federal Reserve doesn’t spend much time thinking about […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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We Need More Health Care Debate! = Filibuster

Today for the second day in a row, the President made formal remarks exposing the true agenda of the “don’t rush health care” posse: “I understand that some will try […]
Bill Scher
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Making It In America: A Key Progressive Objective

The widespread frustration with this nation’s perceived lack of urgency and focus on industrial policy was captured well in Monday’s New York Times article on the subject, which contained this […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Obama v. Jindal. Round 2. Health Care. It’s Not Pretty.

Five months ago, Republican rising star Gov. Bobby Jindal was tapped to formally respond to President Barack Obama’s address to the joint session of Congress. Jindal’s fact-challenged speech, dismissive of […]
Bill Scher
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From Tax Breaks to Tax Hits

In the struggle for a less unequal America, could the House health care surtax on the wealthy turn out to be a game-changer? The push to overhaul the system that […]

How the Right Works: Pay for Principles

Some stories don’t really require elaboration. This from Politico’s Playbook this a.m. The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for […]
Robert Borosage
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Stronger Trade Policies From Obama’s Trade Representative

In Pittsburgh today, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that the Obama administration will take a more aggressive approach to supporting American industrial workers through greater protection of labor rights […]
Steven Capozzola
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Harry Alford’s Condescension

The right-wing blogosphere is abuzz over the supposed smackdown between Sen. Barbara Boxer and Harry C. Alford, who portrays himself as an “African American and a veteran” who is insulted […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Choice: Second Stimulus Or ‘Lost Decade’

It’s worth slogging through the minutes of the June Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meeting. Read the deliberations of the Fed board members and staff and you see an economic […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Let The Financial Inquest Begin

Now that congressional leaders have named the members of the Financial Services Inquiry Commission—what is often referred to as the "Pecora Commission"—we are going to see once again who is […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Thank You Sarah Palin

Thank you Sarah Palin, for crystallizing the choice facing us on climate and energy. With her Washington Post oped, Sarah Palin is taking her position as the most popular Republican […]
Bill Scher
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Hobbled, We’re Losing The Global Energy Race

When the U.S. added modest “Buy American” provisions to the February stimulus bill to help keep (some) U.S. assistance in the U.S. economy, people cried foul.   — “A classic protectionist […]
Eric Lotke
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For the Health of the Nation: Ensure a Public Option

Just days ago, America celebrated her birthday with fireworks, spontaneous renditions of the Star Spangled Banner and chants of, “We’re Number One!” In a crucial area, health care, the chant […]
Leo Gerard
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You Get The Recovery You Pay For

From the beginning of this economic crisis, policy makers seem to have forgotten (or perhaps learned too well) a basic economic rule. It’s one I used to have paraphrased in […]
Terrance Heath
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USA Today Can’t Read Its Own Health Care Poll

A new USA Today/Gallup poll confirms the public supports health care reform paid for with a progressive tax plan. The paper reports: “By 56%-33%, those surveyed endorse the idea of […]
Bill Scher
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Beyond Kyoto: Time to Switch Targets?

To curb climate change, suggests a new report from a top-notch global scientific team, we really ought to start focusing on rich people, not rich nations. The world’s most influential […]

Don’t Tax Benefits

Americans are demanding health care reform that guarantees them quality, affordable insurance, reduces the burden of health costs on employers and individuals and provides backup coverage through a public health […]
Roger Hickey
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