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Barack Obama, Meet Sisyphus

President Obama’s health care victory marked the beginning of a new phase in the administration’s political struggles, not a final triumph.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE

Debate: Hamas vs. Fatah

Many in the Western media present Palestinian politics as a primitive, suicide-bombing expression of anti-Israeli anger. But nothing could be further from the truth. Watch a long-form debate between the two largest political factions, Fatah and Hamas, as they discuss reconciliation and the future of resistance.

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 READ MORE

Sunny Charlie Crist’s Rain Cloud

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now the underdog in a tough Senate primary, longs for a political world that seems to have vanished.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE

Jeremy Scahill Says ‘We’re at a Ground Zero Moment to Save Real Journalism’

The winner of the second annual Izzy Award, named after muckraking journalist I.F. Stone, discusses independent media and this critical moment in journalism.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE

Take Two Doses of Caution and Call Me in 2014

No one really knows how such sweeping changes to the health care system are going to play out.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jose Luis Magana

Will True Conservatives Stand Up?

The debate over the health care bill, which mercifully came to a close Sunday night, was not American conservatism’s finest hour.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE

Tea Party Bigotry Can’t Stop History

On Sunday, as comprehensive health care reform was becoming a reality, some people couldn’t bear what they saw.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / laura padgett

House Passes Health Care Reform

After a long day of dealing and debate, the Democrats passed health care reform by a slim vote of 219 to 212.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE

Good Debt, Bad Debt

There is a pathetic quality to our discussion of deficits and fiscal responsibility because we never face up to how much we need government to do.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE

Rep. Kennedy Is Mad as Hell

Is it fair to call this a meltdown? The war in Afghanistan—and the media’s lack of interest in it—is certainly a subject worth losing one’s temper over. Rep. Patrick Kennedy had trouble using his indoor voice during Wednesday’s debate in the House.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jason Reed, pool

Kucinich: ‘Heads They Win, Tails We Lose’ (Update: Transcript)

Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn’t buckling under pressure to vote for the president’s health care reform bill: “Every plan that’s put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry.”

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jason Reed, pool

Kucinich: ‘Heads They Win, Tails We Lose’

Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn’t buckling under pressure to vote for the president’s health care reform bill (“Every plan that’s put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry”).

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


The Politics of Earthquakes

If the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti carry any message for those of us fortunate enough not to live in those places, perhaps it is that government regulation could save your life—while right-wing ideology may kill you someday.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE

Starbucks in Gun Activist Crossfire

Those aspiring screenwriters and novelists clogging up Starbucks may soon have more dramatic material from which to draw inspiration, as the coffee chain has become a reluctant battlefield in the culture wars. Gun enthusiasts and/or nuts have taken to arming themselves before overpaying for coffee. (continued)

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Chris Carlson

Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama

The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE

Can’t We All Just Get Along? No

If we learn nothing else in 2010, can we please finally acknowledge that our partisan divisions are about authentic principles that lead to very different approaches to governing?

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Pat Sullivan

Behind the Tea Party Facade, Just Another Bush-League Republican

Ron Paul proté gé Debra Medina is shaking up the Texas gubernatorial race, but scratch the surface of this rising tea party star and you’ll find a Bush-style big-government hypocrite.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE

Dealing With the Democrats

President Obama’s health care fight is not with the Republicans, but with members of his own party, especially those in the House.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE

Health Care: Pass It or Perish

Now that Obama has finally put a health care proposal on the table, the Democratic leaders in Congress have only one rational course of action: pass the thing, and quickly, or risk their party becoming the loyal minority.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

The Elephant at the Health Care Summit

This week will determine the shape of American politics for the next three years. No, that’s not one of those journalistic exaggerations intended to catch your attention, although I hope it did.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 READ MORE

Hey, Dummy: Climate Change Is Real

We’re the nation that put a man on the moon, so we can’t be stupid. We’re just pretending, right? We’re not really taking seriously the “argument” that the big snowstorms that have hit the Northeast in recent weeks constitute evidence—or even proof—that climate change is some kind of hoax.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE

Why the Democrats Are Losing

If you want to be honest, face these facts: At this moment, President Obama is losing, Democrats are losing and liberals are losing.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE

What Bayh’s Departure Says About the Senate

The Senate, with its endless holds and 60-vote points of order, may be the epitome of a place that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE

Budget Lies Aren’t Helping the Deficit

For 30 years, Republicans and conservative Democrats have precluded factual debates about spending priorities for fear of antagonizing defense contractors, seniors and the wealthy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE

Booze Pirates Fleece Puerto Rico With the Help of Congress

A transfer of billions of dollars in federal aid from public projects in Puerto Rico to one of the world’s largest liquor conglomerates over the next 30 years continues to move forward without any objection from Congress.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE

Rotten Minds, Shriveled Hearts and Human Souls

Should progressives hold themselves to a higher standard than the name-calling and intellectual violence that conservative bloggers routinely engage in? Much could rest on the answer to this question.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Elaine Thompson

The Creed of Objectivity Killed the News

Don’t blame the Internet. The bloodless and soulless journalism of the traditional media left newspapers on the wrong side of the growing class divide and their readers.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE

Outsider in Chief

President Obama’s first State of the Union address didn’t signal a political shift to the left or the right. It sounded more like a shrewd attempt to move from the inside to the outside.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE

In Defense of the Filibuster

This won’t comfort Democrats mourning the loss of their filibuster-proof majority, but the existence of the filibuster is, on balance, a good thing.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Rich Pedroncelli

California’s Folly — Prop. 13

California now struggles with fiscal and social disaster because of a 32-year-old initiative that makes raising revenues and passing budgets nearly impossible.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, carried out a coup d’état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE

Life After Massachusetts Edition

After the jump: A comprehensive roundup of why the Democrats suck, the all-white basketball league and how classical music can be used as punishment for schoolchildren.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE

The Bay State Lesson

Democrats should be worried about the trouble in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate race that forced President Obama to Boston on Sunday for a last-minute campaign rescue mission.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

The End of Wall Street Liberalism

If you held a contest to pick the worst thing a politician could be called at this moment, my nominee would be Wall Street Liberal—which is why President Obama’s new fees on the biggest banks comes just in time.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Alternate Universe

The “war on terror” is a self-perpetuating problem with no solution. Worse, it ultimately will destroy America, not from any actions by whatever “enemy” America conjures up, but rather from the actions undertaken by America itself.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE

Partisan Hysteria Hypes (and Helps) Al-Qaida

The latest terrorist attack against the United States proves that the Republican exploitative response to terror is as predictable as al-Qaida’s urge to kill.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE

Sick With Terror

The underwear bomber has reignited the debates about how best to protect the American people, while a killer that claims 45,000 lives annually—one dead American about every 10 minutes—goes unchecked.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE

Decades From Hell: One Down, One to Go

This was, nationally and globally, a lousy decade. I hate to put a damper on your holiday season, but the next one has every prospect of being worse.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Winning Ugly

When all is said and done the health care reform legislation that President Obama now seems likely to sign into law, while an unlovely mess, will be remembered as a landmark accomplishment.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE

Nancy Pelosi

Democrats Need More Pelosi, Less Reid

The fact is some can play this game and some can’t. Nancy Pelosi delivers time and again. Harry Reid hasn’t. The president and his chief of staff could use some coaching, too.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

The Democrats Blinked

By bowing to Sen. Lieberman and his obstructive pals in both parties on health care reform, Obama has confirmed what Republicans always say about Democrats: They simply aren’t strong enough to govern.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE

Howard Dean
Flickr / Liberal Democrats

Howard Dean: Kill the Health Care Bill

Now that health care reform has been tailored to the demands of Sen. Joe Lieberman, there’s real debate among progressives about whether it’s worth doing at all. Howard Dean writes: “Any measure that expands private insurers’ monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform.” (continued)

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE

In Need of a Watchdog on Health Spending

There was a nice, albeit fleeting, moment in the spring when hospitals, doctors, drug companies and insurers came together at the White House, pledging to do their part to get health care costs under control.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE

Flickr / The Gifted Photographer / CC-BY-SA

Fair and Balanced (and Phony) Science

Evading the challenges of climate change—and the human responsibility to save the planet—is simple enough even for the laziest citizen.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE

The ‘Human’ Factor Missing in Copenhagen

Countries are wrangling over everything about human-induced climate change except the increasing number of humans inducing it.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE

Making Gun Safety (Politically) Safe

When it comes to passing sensible gun laws, Congress typically offers Profiles in Cowardice.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE

Senate Debate to Focus on Abortion

The health care reform bill that made it through the House of Representatives last month didn’t exactly win rave reviews from the pro-choice camp, and now it’s the Senate’s turn to have it out over whether government-subsidized health care should ever include coverage for abortions and, if so, under what circumstances that should be allowed.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

The Health Care Race to Christmas

President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan and his subsequent jobs summit underscored why it’s essential to get a health care bill done quickly.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE

Fighting Extremism With Civility

Jim Leach spent 30 years as a member of Congress. Now he’s an Obama Republican who wants America to return to civility.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 READ MORE

Like It or Not, Health Care Mandate Is Constitutional

Law students may debate whether Congress has the right to mandate health insurance, but in the real world, it’s not a big worry.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE

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