In the First Debate, Trump Failed to Achieve the Reagan Effect

Trump offered a return to top-end tax cuts and deregulation with a populist trade posture. Clinton called for public investment to rebuild the country. Both indicted the failed policies of the past: Clinton, trickle-down; Trump, trade.
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The Trump Campaign Shakeup: Going To The Mattresses

Donald Trump is probably betting that if he can’t convince a majority to vote for him, he may just be able to convince them to vote against Hillary Clinton. Get ready. They’re going to the mattresses. This race is going to get far uglier.
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The Populist Uprising Isn’t Over; It’s Only Just Begun

Tom Frank says populism may be permanently discredited by Trump's bigotry. Clinton's decisive victory will be the triumph of the establishment center, the Davos elites. But this election won't end a struggle that has only just begun.
Robert Borosage

The Economic Debate and the Failed Consensus

A policy debate almost broke out in the presidential election when the two candidates traveled to Michigan to lay out contrasting economic agendas. What became clear is that the old establishment consensus will not hold.
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Hillary Clinton and the Choice

Hillary Clinton stepped into history last night, accepting the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. She reminded Democrats that they were the "party of working people" and set up the choice that voters will face this fall.
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Obama “Passes the Baton”

Democrats rolled out the big guns last night – Biden, Kaine, Bloomberg, Obama. They posed the choice: experience vs. risk, most qualified vs. least qualified, optimism vs. pessimism. And Obama "passed the baton" to Hillary Clinton.
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The Democratic Convention: The Big Dawg Still Can Howl

Bill Clinton provided a masterful portrait of Hillary Clinton last night at the Democratic Convention, making the case that she is the "change maker" that Americans are looking for – an image marred only by close allies going off-script.
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Sanders: The Struggle Continues

Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton last night at the Democratic Convention, arguing forcefully that she would fight for reforms central to his campaign. He also pledged to continue his political revolution to transform this country.
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Embracing the New Populist Moment

The failure of the political establishment has been exposed, but the center still holds. So what’s next? Tthe progressive movement should focus on defining issues and politics from the bottom up.
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The Sanders Endorsement and the Political Revolution

When Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton Tuesday in New Hampshire, he made the case that the political revolution that has begun to build must now turn its attention to defeating Donald Trump. He got that right.
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The Democratic Party Platform: Progress and Resistance

The Democratic Party platform committee met in Orlando over the weekend. Sanders forces gained new progress on affordable college, health care and the $15.00 minimum wage. Resistance continued over the TPP and climate reforms.
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Jobs Report: Change Still Needed

A reported 287,000 new jobs were created in June, erasing concerns that the economy might be cratering. But the cheery jobs figures can't mask the continuing need for change to make this economy work for working people.
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Democrats and the TPP: Who Speaks for the Future?

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Yet President Obama insists that the party platform take no position on the TPP. This weekend Democrats will decide who speaks for the future.
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For Vice President: Senator Jeff Merkley

Hillary Clinton is now deciding on her running mate. Dozens of potential names are mentioned. Too often the lists omit the name of the one person most fit for the job: Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. Let's look at the politics.
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Clinton on the Economy; Trump Ever Offensive

Hillary Clinton took time from the volley of insults with Donald Trump to lay out her economic policy. Donald Trump in a scripted address used recycled insults of Clinton to paint himself as the agent of change. So it begins.
Robert Borosage

What Will Bernie Do?

The mainstream media is playing a mug's game – fanning drama about what Bernie Sanders will do now that the primaries are over. The fact is, we know exactly what Bernie will do. The question is what Hillary Clinton will do.
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Clinton Makes History; For Sanders “The Struggle Continues”

Hillary Clinton established herself as the "presumptive nominee" of the Democratic Party last night, the first woman to capture that honor. Bernie Sanders, in a speech the media burlesqued, promised to continue the struggle.
Robert Borosage

May Jobs Report: Ouch!

Startlingly low jobs growth of 38,000 in May, and reductions in previously reported figures for March and April, should warn the Federal Reserve not to raise interest rates. This economy isn't overheating, it's cooling off.
Robert Borosage

Common Sense on the Democratic Presidential Race

With Donald Trump tied with Hillary Clinton in early polls, hysteria is building among Democrats. Much venom is directed at Bernie Sanders, with Clinton surrogates telling him to pack it in. Here's a little common sense on the race.
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Does the Democratic Party Platform Matter?

Bernie Sanders says he will push hard to get his agenda written into the Democratic Party platform. But candidates are free to ignore the platform. Platforms are only important if citizen movements make them important.
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What Does Bernie Want?

He hopes to win the nomination. And he intends to build a “political revolution” to change the direction of the party and the country. As a movement builder, he has every reason to stay in the race.
Robert Borosage

The Test of Leadership as Sanders Rolls in Oregon

Bernie Sanders won Oregon big yesterday and ended in a virtual tie in Kentucky. His campaign continues to gain energy as its chances of victory decline. This poses a test of leadership – less for Sanders than for Clinton.
Robert Borosage

Bernie Takes West Virginia

Bernie Sanders won West Virginia big last night. Even in the face of a mainstream media essentially declaring the race over, voters in the West Virginia Democratic primary chose Sanders -- and sent a message to Democrats.
Robert Borosage

April Jobs Report: Is The Economy Slowing?

The Labor Department reports continued but slowing jobs growth, on the heels of a Federal Reserve report that the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.5 percent in the first quarter. The stock market is back, but the people aren't.
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Bernie Sanders Wins Indiana – And The Political Debate

Bernie Sanders sweeps to victory in Wonder bread Indiana. Donald Trump blows Ted Cruz out of the Republican race. The Donald is officially the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. And Sanders shows he still has some legs left.
Robert Borosage

The Atlantic Primaries: Trump and Clinton Consolidate

With big wins Tuesday, Donald Trump is on the verge of locking up the GOP nomination. and Hillary Clinton consolidated her Democratic lead. Bernie Sanders, his supporters demanding nothing less, will carry the fight to the convention.
Robert Borosage

Clinton’s Defense of Big Money Won’t Cut It

Clinton wants Sanders to stop criticizing her fundraising. Her defenses of her money chase contradict the basic case reformers and most Democrats make against Citizens United and big money in politics. Voters should not be misled by the
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The Big Apple Goes With the Home Team

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won their home state last night. New Yorkers gave Ted Cruz a full helping of their values, and none of their delegates. Bernie Sanders' loss broke his momentum, but he'll fare better in upcoming primaries.
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Tax Day: Global Corporations Prefer to Defer

Today is tax day. Ordinary Americans rush to file their taxes to avoid paying fines. Global corporations prefer to defer. They book $2.4 trillion as foreign profits and pay no U.S. taxes on them. This is one way the game is rigged.
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The Big Apple Debate

Last night's debate in New York was as contentious as the city, and as clarifying as debates can be. Sanders and Clinton clearly have had more than enough of each other, but this campaign will continue through the convention
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Sanders Wins Wyoming, Surge Continues

Bernie Sanders won the Wyoming caucuses on Saturday by double digits. That is seven contests in a row and eight of nine. The race is a long way from over, but the challenges keep getting bigger as the campaign heads into New York.
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Wisconsin Adds Momentum To The Sanders Revolution

Pundits dismissing Bernie Sanders' chances to win the Democratic nomination say he has to win over 55 percent of the vote in remaining contests to catch up to Hillary Clinton. He’s now done that or better in each of the last six races.
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Interfaith Coalition Calls for Moral Action on the Economy

On Monday, an interfaith coalition representing religious leaders across the country calls on every presidential candidate to pledge to provide government contract workers with a living wage and the right to a union.
Robert Borosage

March Jobs Report: Moving Up, With No Way Out

The Labor Department reports continued jobs growth in March, the 73rd month of private sector jobs growth. But wages remain stagnant. The economy continues to recover – but not the people.
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The Presidential Race: The West Weighs in

In the shadow of the terror in Brussels, voters flocked to the polls in Arizona, and caucused in Utah and Idaho Tuesday. Bernie Sanders keeps rising; Trump's support holds. This race is a long way from over.
Robert Borosage

Mini-Super Tuesday: The Campaigns Remain Contested

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won big in primaries Tuesday. Marco Rubio hung it up. While the frontrunners extended their leads, the fight for the nomination of both parties will continue right to their conventions.
Robert Borosage

March Madness: Sanders Takes Michigan in Huge Upset

In a stunning upset, Bernie Sanders went from 20 points down in polls to victory in the Michigan primary Tuesday. As Donald Trump consolidated his lead on the Republican side, Sanders demonstrated the Democratic race has just begun.
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