Freshman Class Message: Don’t Back Down

The three freshman progressive senators who participated in the “kitchen table” discussion at Take Back America Monday night all said they would support a strategy of not backing down from […]
Isaiah J. Poole

From Conservative Failure to Progressive Action

The Take Back America session was titled “How Conservatism Has Failed,” but with the strong desire for positive change, discussion quickly moved to how to turn that failure into progressive […]
Bill Scher

Don’t Fall Out Over Iraq

Freshman congressman Keith Ellison took on one of the movement’s most serious problems when he told progressives not to allow their frustrations with Congress’ inability to stop the war in […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Take Back America: ‘This Is Our Time’

These are opening remarks at the fifth annual Take Back America Conference in Washington, a meeting of 3,000 leaders and activists from across the country and across the tribes of […]
Robert Borosage

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Better than usual performance from our Sunday shows this week. (Perhaps I set the bar too low this time.) Face The Nation’s Bob Schieffer asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell […]
Bill Scher

Changes at TomPaine.com

Isaiah J. Poole is the executive editor of TomPaine.com. We’ve made some changes to TomPaine.com that will make it faster-paced, more interactive and more compelling. You will notice that we […]
Isaiah J. Poole

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

Take Back America Just 3 Days Away!

Excitement is at a fever pitch as the Take Back America conference is a mere three days away. To sate your appetite until then, over at the TBA blog, we […]
Bill Scher

One Vote Short

According to the New York Times, renewable energy backers are just one vote short of the 60 needed to break any filibuster.
Bill Scher

Bring On The Energy Filibuster

A majority of the Senate supports adding a provision to the Senate energy bill now under consideration that would require that 15 percent of our nation’s electricity come from renewable energy sources […]
Bill Scher

Renewable Energy: Make Conservatives Filibuster

The following, a more fleshed-out version of my earlier energy bill post, was originally published at The Huffington Post A majority of the Senate supports adding a provision to the […]
Bill Scher

Filibuster Threat Stalls Renewable Energy Mandate

The 56 votes killing a phony “clean” electricity amendment proved to be ominous. As support for the actual clean electricity amendment is short of 60 votes, according to CQ Today(subscription […]
Bill Scher

One Dirty Amendment Gets Scrubbed

Good news on the Senate floor today. Sen. Pete Domenici’s attempt to count coal and nuclear towards clean energy standards for electricity was beaten back in the Senate just minutes […]
Bill Scher

Cleaner Liquid Coal?

This morning, the Senate is continuing to debate on the floor renewable energy standards for electricity, but according to Environment & Energy Daily (subscription required), much maneuvering is happening off […]
Bill Scher

Bank Shot: Bush Shafts Enron’s Victims

Wall Street’s investment banks just got another one step closer to making defrauding investors an accepted line of business. And Enron’s employees who lost their pensions and the small investors […]
Robert Borosage

Will the Energy Bill Get Dirty? (Part II)

Right now on the Senate floor, senators are debating dueling amendments from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., on a possible “portfolio standard,” which the Apollo Alliance […]
Bill Scher

Will the Energy Bill Get Dirty?

Both the New York Times and Washington Post report today that there is a move to include in the Senate energy bill $10 billion of federal loans for liquid coal […]
Bill Scher

Green-Collar Victory

The Senate energy bill floor debate got off to a good start, as an Apollo Alliance-backed amendment sailed through on a voice vote, authorizing resources to train workers for high-skill, […]
Bill Scher

Busting The “Conservative Nation” Myth

There is more ammunition progressive leaders can use to push for a bold policy agenda in a new report by the Campaign for America’s Future and Media Matters for America. […]
Isaiah J. Poole

The TBA Interview: Tracy Van Slyke

Over at the Take Back America blog, we talk to Program Coordinator for the Media Consortium Tracy Van Slyke, who will addressing the conference about media reform. Click here to […]
Bill Scher

Green-Collar Jobs Amendment Passes

The Senate energy bill floor debate got off to a good start, as an Apollo Alliance-backed amendment sailed through on a voice vote, authorizing resources to train workers for high-skill, […]
Bill Scher

Energy Bill Hits The Floor

With the immigration compromise failing last week, the Senate floor has turned to energy, and senators are expected to take at least two weeks to debate and possibly amend the […]
Bill Scher

Presidential Straw Poll!

Big Take Back America news: Politico.com will be administering one of the first presidential straw polls at the conference. Find out more at the Take Back America blog.
Bill Scher

The TBA Interview: Diane Archer

Over at the Take Back America blog, the next installment of The TBA Interview is with Medicare Rights Center founder Diane Archer, as she talks about her Take Back America […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:McCain Still Dodging

It was another 0-for-3 week on the Sunday shows, as the hosts failed to ask any of the Watchdog’s questions about the war in Iraq and President Bush’s greenwashing at the […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:McCain Still Dodging

It was another 0-for-3 week on the Sunday shows, as the hosts failed to ask any of the Watchdog’s questions about the war in Iraq and President Bush’s greenwashing at the […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:McCain Still Dodging

It was another 0-for-3 week on the Sunday shows, as the hosts failed to ask any of the Watchdog’s questions about the war in Iraq and President Bush’s greenwashing at the […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:McCain Still Dodging

It was another 0-for-3 week on the Sunday shows, as the hosts failed to ask any of the Watchdog’s questions about the war in Iraq and President Bush’s greenwashing at the […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Another 0-for-3 week for the Sunday shows, as they failed to ask any of the Watchdog’s questions. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos did not force Sen. John McCain to respond to citizen […]
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

Failure Of Compromise, Again

Last month, I summed up the first few months of the new Congress in the post, “The Failure of Compromise”, which noted: Time and time again, Democratic leaders have sought […]
Bill Scher

The Failure of Compromise: Immigration Edition

Last month, I summed up the first few months of the new Congress in the post, “The Failure of Compromise”, which noted: Time and time again, Democratic leaders have sought […]
Bill Scher

Abstinence (Mis)education Wins

Via Feministing, a House appropriations subcommittee went ahead and increased funds for abstinence-only education programs. Click here for my earlier post on this issue.
Bill Scher

The TBA Interview: David Sirota

In the run-up to Take Back America 2007 (just 11 days away!), over at the Take Back America blog, we’re going to be interviewing some of the great speakers on […]
Bill Scher

Only Good For Unsolicited Gropes

From the New York Times: On climate change, the White House has said it would hold firm against concrete long-term targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a major priority for […]
Bill Scher

Will Congress Keep Ineffective Abstinence Ed?

Last month, CQ Today reported that House leaders were planning to let expire funds for abstinence-only education, a proven failure at getting teens to abstain from sex. But last night, […]
Bill Scher

Dems Limp on Abstinence Funds?

House leaders had been planning to let expire funds for abstinence-only education, a proven failure at getting teens to abstain from sex, CQ Today reported last month. But last night, […]
Bill Scher

Pelosi Scrubs Dirty Air Proposal

Yesterday, TomPaine.com’s Alec Dubro called attention to a draft bill from coal-friendly Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va. — with tacit support from auto industry pal Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. — which […]
Bill Scher

Wanna Speak at Take Back America?

Head on over to the Take Back America 2007 blog, to find out how you can host your own “Self-Organized Session” and be part of the official Take Back America […]
Bill Scher

Bush Leads On Global Warming … Into the Abyss

Conservatives like to use China as an excuse not to do anything serious on global warming. Why impose a cap on greenhouse gas emissions if China won’t? The counter-argument is […]
Bill Scher
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