Obama Makes An Important Trade Move

The Obama administration has announced that it will bring its first trade case against China in the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has launched a case against China […]
Steven Capozzola

Gut-Check Time on Shackling Wall Street

The administration has rolled out its financial reform plan, which the president accurately calls the “the boldest set of reforms in financial regulation in 75 years.” Rep. Barney Frank, the […]
Robert Borosage

Mythbusting An Insurance Lobby Attack Ad (Updated!)

This morning my breakfast was ruined, ruined by an anti-health care reform ad on TV. Now I’ve seen innumerable slimy, disingenuous attacks ads in my days, but for some reason […]
Brian Dockstader

Obama’s Chance To Stand Up To China

President Obama will get an opportunity in the coming weeks to show American workers that he has the mettle to get tough with China when that country flouts the basic […]
Isaiah J. Poole

RNC’s Michael Steele Becomes A Union Man

Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele appears to be suffering from philosophical identity confusion. He’s got an organization named United STEELE Workers Union, white hardhat emblem and all, collecting members for […]
Leo Gerard

Proving We Can Afford Public Plan Choice

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has been doing his best to block the most critical element of health care reform—a public health insurance option that can keep private insurers honest. Behind […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Firing Back on Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism

It’s been a wild couple of weeks for those of us in the wingnutology business. Our services have been in tremendous demand as the mainstream media tries to sort out […]
Sara Robinson

Financial Reform: Up To Us To Change The Game

There’s a reason why lawbreakers don’t get to negotiate the terms of their punishment or their parole. There is no bartering to be done between the protectors of law and […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Private Muscle And The Public Option In Health Care

We’re headed into the end game for health care reform. The president has put himself in the arena. The insurance lobby is unleashing the scare campaign. A strong bill will […]
Robert Borosage

Business Mandate Good For Business

As the health care debate heats up, it becomes clearer why most politicians flinch from tackling major reforms, and why it’s so difficult to engage grassroots citizens to influence policy […]
Bill Scher

Missing Luke

I learned last week that my friend and law school classmate Luke Cole had died in a car accident while vacationing with his wife in Uganda. Luke was an incredible […]
Alan Jenkins

Memo to the Right Wing: Put Up or Shut Up

Dear Conservatives: Your fellow Americans demand an answer — and we want it now. Just one simple question: Are you deliberately trying to start a civil war? Just answer the […]
Sara Robinson

Made in America: Corporate PR, Not Practice

   Big Business wants it both ways: It wants to wrap itself in the ol’ red, white and blue while feeding the decline of the U.S. economy through its actual […]
Tula Connell

Wall Street Journal Throws Citi Under The Bus

I stopped reading The Wall Street Journal editorial page when it soared off into wingnuttery, writing tomes on the imaginary conspiracy to off Vince Foster and other fantasies. The news […]
Robert Borosage

Say ‘No Way’ To Third Way’s Health Care Hybrid

Third Way, an organization of so-called centrist Democrats, is promoting what it calls a “hybrid” proposal for a health insurance public plan option that it says progressives should be able […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Cap and Save (the Economy)

To rescue the global economy from reckless power suits, we just may need a ‘maximum wage.’ So say Australia’s top labor leaders and a fairly daring cohort of MPs in […]

The Federal Reserve Scrubs Its Image

Facing congressional criticism for secreting the names of the banks that have benefited from the trillions in Fed guarantees, swaps, loans, and what have you, the Federal Reserve has decided […]
Robert Borosage

The Next Fight: Immigration Reform

Republicans have been running on immigration as a signature issue for the past several elections, so it’s ironic that progressives are the ones with the most to gain from solving […]
Sara Robinson

Progressives Draw The Line On Health Care

Most people attending the America’s Future Now conference are clear about one thing when it comes to health care: They are not prepared to compromise away the choice of a […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Making Change: Progressives in the Obama Moment

President Obama has deep and strong support from progressives. But in Washington, the media is increasingly focused on areas where Obama’s base is disappointed or restive In recent weeks, we […]
Robert Borosage

The Future of America and Manufacturing

In my house, we take a deep breath before calling or answering a call from Detroit. My spouse’s family live in the suburbs of Detroit, and all work in the […]
Terrance Heath

Breaking Down the Status Quo in Six Easy Steps

One of the things I’m really liking about the new regime is the way the stark, terrified silence of the Bush years is giving way to noisy, energetic public discussion […]
Sara Robinson

Betting on Failure: The Right’s Story

Congressional Republicans are marginally more popular and significantly less contagious than the swine flu. Even conservatives are keeping their distance. House leader John Boehner’s perpetual tan has become a presidential […]
Robert Borosage

Center-Left America

The wind is at our backs. The media still calls America a “center-right” nation, but “center-left” is closer to the truth. On issues ranging from health care to energy, the […]

The United States Needs a Cohesive Industrial Policy

Clyde Prestowitz is absolutely right that the United States needs a cohesive, forward-looking national industrial policy. And furthermore, he is correct in pointing out the “policies of China, Japan, Korea […]
Steven Capozzola

The Weekly Audit: Why Accountability Matters

With workers all over the globe trudging through a catastrophic recession, it’s almost a given that governments will be battling the economic slide for a long time. Part of the […]
Zach Carter
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