Hacker Defines Strong Public Plan (It Ain’t Co-Ops)

Today, the Institute for America’s Future released a new report by policy architect of the public health insurance option Jacob Hacker, sizing up the existing House and Senate bills, and […]
Bill Scher

Someone To Craft Manufacturing Policy

Bloomberg News reports that the Obama administration may elevate Ron Bloom, head of the government’s auto task force, to a job that would set U.S. manufacturing policy more broadly. The […]
Steven Capozzola

You Either Support America’s Manufacturers Or You Don’t

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has done it again. In contrast to their stated interest in supporting American manufacturers, they’ve criticized someone who wants to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. In […]
Steven Capozzola

Boehner To PhRMA: Please Be Greedier

Almost as telling as the fact that a whopping 62% of Republicans think the federal government should stay out of Medicare is the following vignette. First, let’s make sure everyone […]
Brian Dockstader

You Can’t Compromise Away What Is Not In The Bill

The new NBC/WSJ poll is being interpreted by some as evidence that opposition is growing against the President’s health care plan, but reading the whole poll tells a different story. […]
Bill Scher

Health Care: Let the Majority Be Heard

The editors of the Wall Street Journal say that the public option in health care reform has been “sent to the death panel.” Obama “concedes” the public option, reports the […]
Robert Borosage

The Day In Bipartisan Futility

Let’s recap the day’s health care developments. The #2 Republican in the Senate called the attempted co-op compromise a “Trojan Horse” and “a step towards government-run health care in this […]
Bill Scher

Joe The Plumber Doesn’t Know He Was Being Ironic

We all remember the lovable “Joe” the “Plumber”, just your typical Joe Sixpack, average American, undecided about whether he was going to vote for the evil socialist tyrant or Grandpappy […]
Brian Dockstader

Triumph of the Willfully Ignorant

Sarah Palin, and the Sarah Palins of American politics, have won a significant victory. If you want to know who has the last word on policy, look no further than […]
Terrance Heath

How Bad Do You Want The Public Option?

As noted in today’s Progressive Breakfast, the White House’s stance on a public health insurance option is not new. The President and his staff have always made a strong argument […]
Bill Scher

Valerie Jarrett Tells Progressives To ‘Bring It On’

When Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior adviser, addressed sometimes tough questions from bloggers and activists at the Netroots Nation conference in Pittsburgh, there was a consistent theme: If progressives are […]
Isaiah J. Poole

We Are All Steeworkers

So I took a tour of a steel plant today. There was a lot of hot, molten steel, but also high-tech computerized systems running the show, making sure just enough […]
Tula Connell

LiveBlogging Howard Dean

Sara Robinson liveblogs Howard Dean’s talk at Netroots Nation, starting at 9am ET Friday morning. Come on by and join the chat! 8:55 There are a lot of people here, […]
Sara Robinson

A Self-Help Book for Societies

By every measure that matters, relatively equal nations far outperform nations where income and wealth concentrate at the top. A powerful new analysis from the UK explores these contrasts — […]

Speak Up to Stop Unfair Trade

They came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t […]
Leo Gerard

There WIll Be Blood

Recently, Mike Lux posed a question to GOP leadership: What will it take you condemn the hatefulness? Glenn Beck has said Barack Obama hates white people, and jokes about assassinating […]
Terrance Heath

Sarah Palin Thinks You Are Stupid

O Sarah Palin, the gift that keeps on giving, no matter how earnestly we say, “no, really, we insist, we’ve had enough.” We said this after Dr. Palin’s informative essay, […]
Brian Dockstader

Fascist America II: The Last Turnoff

Writing about fascism for an American audience is always a fraught business. Invariably, a third of the readers will dismiss the topic (and your faithful blogger’s basic sanity) out of […]
Sara Robinson

’10 Percent’ Campaign Against Bank Usury

When Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in May tried to get a 15 percent limit on credit card rates added to a bill imposing new regulations on the industry, the amendment […]
Isaiah J. Poole

The Quiet Revolution in Criminal Justice Reform

A panel of federal judges has ruled that conditions in California’s overcrowded prisons violate the constitution. Quoting Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s words from 2006, the court found that “immediate action is […]
Alan Jenkins

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Mob Fail Edition

This week’s LiberalOasis Radio Show, broadcast Saturday 12 PM on WHMP led with my analysis of the right-wing mobs disrupting congressional town halls, and how they are backfiring on conservative […]
Bill Scher

You’re Wrong, Eric Cantor: The Stimulus Is Working

It’s surprising that it took a full 69 minutes from the moment the Bureau of Labor Statistics July jobs report was released for the condemnatory news release from House Republican […]
Isaiah J. Poole

For the Love of Profit

There is a simple answer to the far right’s new favorite chant against health care reform — "What’s Wrong With Pro
Terrance Heath

Progressives Successfully Alter The Town Hall Narrative

Our own Roger Hickey was featured on MSNBC’s The Ed Show yesterday, discussing the broad progressive response to the lobbyist-funded right-wing attempt to seize the congressional town halls. Visit msnbc.com […]
Bill Scher

Dick’s Army

Another day, another town hall meeting, another angry mob of right-wing fanatics promoting lies and trying to shout down democratic discourse. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) was just one of many […]
Brian Dockstader
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