In the face-off between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton last night, the clear winner was populism. It was remarkable to watch both contenders arguing about who is the most progressive candidate.
For most pundits, the most striking thing about the Iowa Caucus was the virtual tie between the two Democratic candidates. Another interesting trend that emerged that night. Bernie Sanders got 85% of the votes of caucus-goers under 30.
There are some surprises, some confirmations and some warnings in a caucus in which overall turnout, first-time turnout and younger voter turnout were all down for Democrats from 2012.
The Iowa caucuses traditionally winnow the field. They give a hint about who is real and who isn't, and usually add their own nutty spice to the dish. Here's a brief rundown of last night's results.
Seeing workers in call centers, smelters at Alcoa, skilled trades workers at John Deere, or servers at the sandwich shops, the support is contagious and nearly universal.
The results of the Iowa caucuses won't be known until late Monday, but we already know the big winner: Senator Bernie Sanders. The "fringe" candidate has shown he is for real. He leaves Iowa with momentum.
On Thursday morning, the Washington Post editors took a swipe at Bernie Sanders, painting him as "like a lot of other politicians." Would that it were so. The editors indict the crusader because they don't like the crusade.
The Washington Post's latest editorial on Bernie Sanders says we can't wish away the plutocratic control of our economy and it is "fantastical" to think otherwise and try.
In the interview Sanders fields questions about the Black Lives Matters protests at his early campaign events and the fact that some blacks feel taken for granted by the Democratic party.
With Republicans likely to at least control the House after the 2016 election, which Democratic presidential candidate has the right approach to deal with the inevitable resistance?
What makes a president transformational? The presidents widely celebrated as transformational all got big things done. But reforms are not sufficient; a president also has to win the ideological argument.
If you’re working harder but getting nowhere, and understand that the system is rigged against you and in favor of the rich, you don’t care about the details of proposed policies and programs. You just want a system that works for you.
Monday's CNN town hall forum brought into sharper relief the fundamental question that Democratic primary voters face: Do we need a technician to repair our politics or a remodeler who can reimagine and rebuild?
Not only is Bernie defying the odds, but he’s doing it by showing that an authentic candidate with an authentic message can generate an authentic people’s movement.
How can the abortion rights movement reverse the trend of losses in state legislatures? By introducing and fighting for proactive legislation laid out in the brand-new "Playbook for Abortion Rights."
The record $1.5 billion jackpot has been won, and Powerball mania has died down for now, but Americans are still stuck with a Powerball economy powered by the “lottery mentality.”
Democrats could still win back the white working class -- putting together a huge coalition of the working class and poor, of whites, blacks, and Latinos, of everyone who has been shafted by the shift in wealth and power to the top.
Die-hard segregationists hurled the accusation at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that he was an “outside agitator.” Here's how he owned that accusation, and left us a message about the value of agitators.
The racial and religious hatred purveyed by the GOP didn’t improve the pay of white workers. That’s because separated, workers are weak. Unions have always known that. To secure power, workers must stand together.
Sunday's Democratic debate put the differences between the two leading candidates in high relief: Hillary Clinton as the candidate of continuity, Bernie Sanders as the candidate of change. The choice is ours.
Steve Phillips challenges Democrats and progressives to stop seeing people of color as "nuisances who need to be silenced for fear of alienating White swing voters" and instead as essential to the progressive coalition.
This is an old-style of politicking. Misleading people by misrepresenting the policy positions in this way borders on a character attack instead of contrasting policy positions.
Tuesday's State of the Union turned into President Obama's first farewell, and an occasion to offer both a common-sense corrective to the campaign trail's hysteria and to reprise some of his favorite themes.
"This vote was not only decisive, but participation was broad-based, with more ballots cast than any other endorsement vote in MoveOn's history," says MoveOn's executive director.
In a poll of people between the ages of 18-29, more identified as conservative on economic policy issues than liberal. But in several areas, majorities sided more with progressives.
In Iowa, grassroots leaders asked tough questions of Democratic presidential candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders about actual solutions to poverty and the other struggles facing real Americans.
With the Democratic National Committee sanctioning so few presidential debates, progressive activists in Iowa this Saturday have organized their own presidential forum in Des Moines – "Putting Families First."
The Supreme Court has again decided to reconsider "settled law." The goal is to bankrupt public employee unions by denying them funding for services they are legally bound to provide to every worker – including nonmembers.
GOP operative Ed Rogers says "this is shaping up to be a change election, and nothing about a Clinton candidacy offers change." But are voters that dissatisfied with the Obama presidency? The numbers don't back it up.
They say that if you get up in the morning and swallow a live toad, nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day. Well, we Americans have just been fed a live toad by the World Trade Organization.
Bernie Sanders offers the best economic plan for the middle class. And he has shown that he is willing to challenge the Republican Party’s rhetoric, rather than offer a pale reflection of it.
The posturing and meaningless polls are behind us. Finally, the presidential race heads towards the first primaries. Real people cast real votes. For progressives, 2016 may well be an interesting time.
This was the year that #BlackLivesMatter mattered. It arrived precisely at a moment of crisis that called for a movement that values and demands respect above respectability, and doesn't hesitate to disrupt “business as usual.”
In keeping with the figgy-pudding and potato latke traditions of the holidays, here’s a recipe for delivering joy to the workers so that they can spread holiday merriment:
In a country with a Constitution beginning with the words, "We the People," should our economy work for all of us instead of just a few of us?
It is time for you and your generation to transform this nation as Americans did in the 1770s – the 1860s – and the 1930s and 1940s – not to mention the 1960s. It is time for you to make America freer, more equal, and more democratic.
Television news has gone off its rocker. The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns.
Republicans put a surprise sneak-law into the big, last-minute “Omnibus” budget bill: it bans the administration from making companies and “charities” disclose who is putting up the bribe money money for political campaigns.
Live from New Hampshire, it's the Saturday Night Democratic Presidential Debate, perversely designed to draw as small an audience as possible. Yet voters would be interested in the real differences in politics and strategy.
We can continue to have a rigged system that enables and encourages predators to take advantage of the public, or we can offer public options that protect and provide services for the public.