The Lessons We Learned From Jon Ossoff’s Defeat

The efforts to build an independent capacity to recruit, train, and support populist candidates up and down the ticket should be redoubled. The push to crystallize a bold agenda for change and debate it across the country is vital.
Robert Borosage
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Infighting Is Good for the Democratic Party

The debate within the Democratic Party isn’t a diversion or a liability; it is a necessary step on the road to recovery. Progressives have energy, passion, and a bold agenda for change. Isn’t it time to debate ideas and strategy?
Robert Borosage
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Is Britain Also Feeling the Bern?

Bernie Sanders is in England to boost Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party’s candidate for prime minister in the snap election June 8. Corbyn is surging in British polls, and running a populist campaign that pledges radical economic reform.
Robert Borosage
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The Great Betrayal: Donald Trump’s Budget

Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget raises a long, fat middle finger to the working class voters who helped to put him in office; it's a stunning betrayal. Far worse is that it opens the door for Republicans in Congress to do extreme damage.
Robert Borosage
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For Democrats, Resistance Trumps Ideas

Democratic Party luminaries say they want “new, fresh, bold, provocative ideas that can move us forward.” But when they gathered this week, they found it hard to focus on jobs, climate and how to get big money out of our politics.
Robert Borosage
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Donald Trump Is Waging a War on Workers

On almost every measure, Trump is making life worse for the working class. His stunts and boasts claim credit for new jobs, but these stunts cover the reality: Trump is shafting the very working people who supported him.
Robert Borosage
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How the “People’s Budget” Can Help Redress Inequality

The Progressive Caucus frames its budget around the central challenge of our time: how to make this economy work for working people, and redress the savage inequality that is undermining our democracy. It offers us a strategy to get there.
Robert Borosage
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The Stunning Disappearance of Candidate Trump

Trump's neck-snapping series of flip-flops on signature populist issues have been met with deep sighs of relief, but this should worry Democrats and anyone concerned about the future of our country.
Robert Borosage
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Obama From the Rearview Mirror

Barack Obama’s stature will only grow in the rearview mirror. We already miss his dignity, his grace, and intelligence. Trump may be intent on repealing everything Obama accomplished, but he will inevitably ennoble him in the process.
Robert Borosage
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Democrats Shouldn’t Be Trying to Banish Tulsi Gabbard

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard caught fire from fellow Democrats for her cautious view of Trump's missile strike on Syria. But she is right to exercise prudence, and other Dems should follow her example.
Robert Borosage
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Trump’s Syria Strike Displays Arrogance, Not Toughness

Donald Trump's bombing of Syria is the most irresponsible act of his circus presidency thus far. It is a continuation of the costly fantasy of the U.S. as the “indispensable nation,” willing and able to police the world.
Robert Borosage
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Don’t Let Trump’s Bedlam Distract from Betrayals

Jeb Bush dubbed Donald Trump the "chaos candidate," and this is the one claim he's lived up to. As president, Trump is swiftly shedding his most popular populist economic promises with the ease of a confidence man.
Robert Borosage
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Roger Wilkins: A Man of Honor for a Tempestuous Time

Words fail to give full measure to Roger Wilkins, who left us just after his 85th birthday. A great champion of social justice, proud father and good friend, he will be missed.
Robert Borosage
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Democrats Should Focus More on Jobs, Less on Russia

Democrats must confront the moral horrors of Trump's policies head-on: jobs, healthcare, civil rights and the Supreme Court are all under attack. We must defend these first, even if there's a 'smell of treason' in the air.
Robert Borosage
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Finding New Solutions for Foreign Policy

Trump’s first weeks in office have been horrifyingly erratic. But the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment's conventional wisdom is, in many ways, even more disconnected from reality than the president’s tweets.
Robert Borosage

We Must Create Good Jobs: Sherrod Brown Shows the Way Forward

Jobs may have increased in February, but our challenge as a nation is to create good jobs that provide dignity for all. Senator Sherrod Brown's insightful new report - Working Too Hard for Too Little - shows us how to get there.
Robert Borosage
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Don’t Be Fooled by Trump’s Latest Reality Show

Trump can play a president on television, but that's about it. He promises the moon with a straight face, while peddling the same old conservative snake oil in new bottles.
Robert Borosage
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Keith Ellison’s Quest for DNC Chair

Rep. Keith Ellison offers a lifeline to the Democratic Party that is floundering. The question is whether the Democratic National Committee's 447 members will accept it when they choose their new chair on Saturday.
Robert Borosage
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Resisting Trump Is Not Enough

Trump is in the White House in large part because of the establishment’s failures over the past decades. Progressives need to advance a concrete agenda, and that means taking on Democrats-in-Name-Only.
Robert Borosage
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Donald Trump Has Pulled an Epic Bait-and-Switch

Waiting on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s desk is Trump’s order instructing him to launch a review aimed at dismantling much of the financial regulation passed after Wall Street’s wilding blew up the economy.
Robert Borosage
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Trump’s Perverse Populism

Donald Trump’s inaugural address stunned Washington elites. Yet it deserves attention for it reveals how Trump’s right-wing populism distorts America’s populist tradition.
Robert Borosage
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The Poisonous Politics of David Brock

Brock is not a man of the left. His institutions are not grounded in the populist-progressive movement. He’s an agent of the Democratic establishment, funded significantly by its biggest donors.
Robert Borosage
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How to Expose Trump’s Dastardly Bait-and-Switch

To expose Donald Trump's bait-and-switch on the economy, it will be vital to follow the money, and expose the corruptions and the lies. Challenging Trump’s appointments will provide the first opportunity to pierce the veil.
Robert Borosage
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House Democrats: New Leadership, New Energy

House Democrats pick their leaders this week. The betting is that they will retain the squad of septuagenarians that have led them over the last years. But it is long past time to groom new leaders.
Robert Borosage
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Taking on Trump: Lessons from the Reagan Years

How do Democrats respond to Donald Trump? With his first appointments, Trump has doubled down on the extremes. Democrats might learn from the 1980s, when they won many battles against Reagan, but lost the war.
Robert Borosage
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How We Can Fight Trump

In the wake of Trump’s victory, the traditional rituals were observed. Hillary Clinton gave a graceful concession speech; President Obama and Trump called for Americans to come together. The only true response was in the streets.
Robert Borosage
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Why Trump Won

Obama’s coalition will continue to grow in number. But Democrats better learn how to sing from Bernie Sanders' gospel to have any hope of becoming a majority party again.
Robert Borosage
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Why Is Washington Still Pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Bizarrely, first thing after this election is over, President Obama, the Republican leaders of the House and Senate and the business lobby are planning to launch a full-court press to drive the TPP through a lame-duck session of Congress.
Robert Borosage
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Progressives Pushing on Executive Appointments? Scandal!

Even as they push hard to get Clinton elected, Progressive Senators and organizations are gearing up to influence her future appointments. This has rendered Wall Street apoplectic -- which proves how important it is.
Robert Borosage
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The Geniuses Who Brought You the Iraq War Are at It Again

The “Blob”—the epithet Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes used to scorn Washington’s inbred, vainglorious, bipartisan foreign-policy elite—is striking back. The Blob has driven us into one folly after another. And it is calling for more.
Robert Borosage
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It’s Game Over After the Las Vegas Debate

Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States. But while Clinton grows more confident making the progressive case on domestic and social issues, she seems intent on doubling down on our failed efforts to police the globe.
Robert Borosage
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Inequality Is Still the Defining Issue of Our Time

Jason Furman, chair of the Council on Economic Advisors, argues that Obama “narrowed the inequality gap” more than any president in 50 years. But don’t take down the barricades. Inequality remains extreme and continues to widen.
Robert Borosage
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The Second Presidential Debate: Gutter-Ball Edition

The brief and rare exchanges on ideas were revealing ... But the clash of ideas was a sideshow. This “debate” was an exchange of insults, egged on by the moderators. The only redeeming feature is that it will be hard to get lower than that.
Robert Borosage
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Why Is This Election So Close?

Clinton’s problem—both in the Democratic primaries and in the general election—is that she is inescapably part of a political establishment that has failed Americans badly.
Robert Borosage
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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.
Robert Borosage
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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.
Robert Borosage
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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
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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.
Robert Borosage
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