The Anti-Liberal Media Strikes Again

The New York Times “Caucus” blog asserts: “There’s also the matter of whether Senator Obama is too liberal to bring about the change and bipartisan unity he speaks about.” Has […]
Bill Scher

It’s not the French; it’s US

Our McCain ad struck a chord, eliciting both reason and vitriol. It strikes me that it is worth being clear what the ad says and doesn’t say. Other than the […]
Robert Borosage

Read The Speech

Pat Buchanan’s latest rantings, put in their place by Isaiah, are merely the starkest evidence of a conservative effort to undermine the objective of Sen. Barack Obama’s historic “A More […]
Bill Scher

The Society of the Owned: Moral Hazards

Part Seven of a Series Imagine that you’ve come upon two people who have somehow fallen into a very deep hole, which neither of them can climb out of on […]
Terrance Heath

Pat Buchanan’s Racist Rant

MSNBC has another Imus problem, and his name is Pat Buchanan. In fact, the racist drivel that Buchanan has recently penned (posted on Human Events, among other places) is arguably […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Holding guests accountable for their past statements proved too much for the Sunday shows, which went 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. On CBS’ Face The Nation, Sen. Lindsey Graham was not […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher

Merci, John McCain, for Killing American Jobs

The Campaign for America’s Future has released a 30-second video that mocks Sen. John McCain’s involvement in an Air Force tanker contract that, as a result of McCain’s intervention, has […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Issue No. 1: The Economy

Given the headlines of the past few weeks, it’s perhaps no surprise that the number one issue on the minds of Take Back America participants is the economy, according to […]
Isaiah J. Poole

“… For All”

I sat on the panel on “Blog Power: 2008 and Beyond” at the Take Back America conference Tuesday, alongside Pam Spaulding, Digby, Tracy Russo, and Chris Bowers. Towards the end, […]
Terrance Heath

An Honor For ‘A Born-Again American’

Norman Lear was the too-rare Hollywood producer who could get television audiences to laugh heartily and think deeply at the same time. Television shows like “All in the Family,” “The […]
Isaiah J. Poole

An Historic Mobilization of Progressive Power

One of the underappreciated success stories of 2008 is the growing ability of the progressive movement to accumulate resources and use them to push toward a set of common goals. […]
Isaiah J. Poole

The New Green Deal

At the “New Green Deal” luncheon, Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx just delivered one of the most powerful presentations heard at Take Back America 2008, detailing her efforts to […]
Bill Scher

The Power of Blogs: Beyond 2008

Earlier this morning at Take Back America 2008, some of the leading lights of the progressive blogosphere — Chris Bowers, Digby, Terrance Heath, Tracy Russo and Pam Spaulding — gathered […]
Bill Scher

Lessons from the 1960s for 21st-Century Change

In the heat of the 1960s civil rights movement, Rev. Jesse Jackson was a young lieutenant to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Roger Wilkins was a White House […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Towards Health Care For All

Starting with Monday’s panel, “Health Care For All: The Plan to Get There,” during Take Back America we’re talking about health care. Every day. It’s obvious why. Health care is […]
Terrance Heath

“This Is Our Time”: Progressives Poised to Win

A rattled Wall Street. Families imperiled by record foreclosures and rising unemployment. A stymied Congress. A five-year war in Iraq that continues to take lives. The Take Back America conference […]
Isaiah J. Poole

A Well Oiled Insurgency

In a previous post last week I alluded to the news that right now Iraq has something we haven’t had in a while: a budget surplus. Apparently, oil revenues are […]
Terrance Heath

Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher

The Society of the Owned, Pt. 6: Just Drop Off the Key

When free market fundamentalists like those in the Bush administration start at federal government action, after two interest rate cuts didn’t do much to stall stop the economy sliding into […]
Terrance Heath

Greedy Troglodytes Attack Teachers

What is it about teachers that reactionaries don’t like? Maybe it’s because an educated electorate poses a threat to those who seek to control the public—”Danger: Educated Union Member” is […]
Tula Connell

Conservatism Is Dying

Modern conservatism is dying. There’s still an election to be held, but conservatism as we’ve known it since Ronald Reagan is failing—ground down in the desert of Iraq, drowned in […]

Take Back America? Yes We Can, If…

On the eve of this year’s “Take Back America” conference, that phrase is no longer a rallying cry to a distant goal—it is something that now, more than ever, progressives […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Hiding (From) The Truth

So, say you’re the Bush administration. If you’ve invaded a country and launched an occupation that’s cost thousands of American lives, untold Iraqi lives, and shattered others, and left some […]
Terrance Heath

The Progressive Mandate: Handle With Care

Pollster Celinda Lake says that this year can be as pivotal for progressives as 1980 was for conservatives—but only if the progressive movement takes crucial steps to solidify its ideological […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Disturbing job losses. Contentious fight over whether telecom companies can break the law and violate consumer privacy without accountability. Critical legislation that could put us on the path to a […]
Bill Scher

Complacent Conservatism

A new study suggests that conservatives are happier than liberals. But before conservatives start gloating, there’s something else to consider. Being happy is a cinch, if you can rationalize not caring about injustice and inequality.
Terrance Heath

Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher

Fiddling While the Economy Burns

You would think that after the latest dismal jobs report that the Bush administration would stop the spinning. But, no. For two straight months, the Bureau of of Labor Statistics […]
Isaiah J. Poole

The Society of the Owned: The Rage of a Middle Class

Part Five of a series. Something’s happening out there. It’s happening quietly in some places and not-so-quietly in others. It’s happening around kitchen tables and in living rooms across the […]
Terrance Heath

Obstruction Alert: Renewable Energy Stalled in Senate

A stubborn conservative minority in the U.S. Senate in December stood in the way of sensible energy legislation that would shift tax breaks away from Big Oil, which doesn’t need […]
Isaiah J. Poole

The Society of the Owned: Caught in the Middle

Part Four of a series. Let’s return, once more, to our metaphorical intersection from parts two and three of the series. Except, where we once imagined a doomed pedestrian just […]
Terrance Heath

Sour Notes on Social Security

Like an “American Idol” reject, John McCain keeps warbling George W. Bush’s greatest flops. The latest is Social Security privatization, a proposal so roundly rejected by the American people when […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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