For Abe Lincoln, on his Birthday

With respect to Honest Abe on his birthday (February 12), I update his Gettysburg Address – at a time that tests whether our nation, or any nation conceived as ours, can still endure.

Is Bernie Sanders the Ronald Reagan of 2016?

As Bernie Sanders rises in the polls and does better than expected, the alarms about his electability in the general election grow in volume and intensity. But Insurgent candidates don’t always lose.
Robert Borosage
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New Hampshire: Populist Uprising

New Hampshire voters turned out in large numbers and sent a message to both parties: it is time for change. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won; the establishment candidates lost. The message could not have been clearer.
Robert Borosage
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Clipping America’s Hedge Funds

Getting the names and faces of hedge fund billionaires before the public can help us tell a vivid story of what’s gone wrong with our economy and our politics — and help us build a movement to slice away at that billionaire power.
Stephen Lerner
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Why We Must Try

Instead of “Yes we can,” many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: “We shouldn’t even try.” I understand their defeatism. But here’s the problem. There’s no way to reform the system without rocking the boat.

What We Know About The Progressive Future: Here Come The Millennials

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.
Sara Robinson
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The Iowa Winnow

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.
Robert Borosage

Labor For Bernie Is Booming In Iowa

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.

Iowa’s Big Winner: Senator Bernie Sanders

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.
Robert Borosage

The Washington Post’s Curious Swipe at Bernie Sanders

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.
Robert Borosage

The Volcanic Core Fueling the 2016 Election

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.

Sanders Proves the Pundits Wrong

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.
Jim Hightower

Buying A Ticket Out of The Powerball Economy

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.”
Terrance Heath

Who Lost the White Working Class?

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.

The Message From MLK – Be An Agitator

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.

Hate Costs Workers Dearly

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.
Fred Redmond

The Democratic Choice: Change or Continuity

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.
Robert Borosage

A New Warning Against Taking Black and Brown Votes For Granted

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Obama: The First Farewell

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.
Robert Borosage

MoveOn Political Action Endorses Bernie Sanders

"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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Millennials in Poll Fake Right, Go Left

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Does Hillary Clinton Need To Distance Herself From Obama?

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.
Bill Scher

This Global Ruling Is Just Not Cool

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.
Jim Hightower

Why Sanders’ Economic Plan Is Best For The 99 Percent

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.
Roger Hickey

2016: When the Voting Starts

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.
Robert Borosage
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