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White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Tax Cave Is Worse Than Expected

Based on what The New York Times describes as President Obama’s “substantial concessions to Republicans,” Democrats in Congress have reason to fret. Not only did Obama agree to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, but he caved in to Republican demands to neuter the estate tax. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Can Democrats ‘Up Their Game’?

Being the party of “new and improved” surely beats getting trapped in a fight whose terms were set entirely by Republicans.

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE

The Grinch Who Stole Washington

Why did Republicans go to the trouble and expense of winning the midterm elections?

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE

Where Is Obama Going?

Is President Obama’s strategy of offering pre-emptive concessions destined to make enemies of his potential friends in the electorate without winning over any of his adversaries?

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE

Blaming Obama’s America First

We are about to enter a two-year period in which the Beltway Republicans will always blame Obama’s America first—you know, the America that happens to disagree with much of the conservative agenda, the America from which they want to “take back” the country, as if the rest of us represent an alien force.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / aSILVA (CC-BY-ND)

California Snubs Republican Landslide

California’s rejection of the Republican tidal wave is complete. After three weeks of counting, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has emerged the victor in the state’s attorney general race. ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE

The Health Insurance Industry’s Vendetta Against Michael Moore

Health insurance executives at an industry strategy session on how to respond to Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary “Sicko” thought they may have to implement a plan “to push Moore off a cliff,” says whistle-blower Wendell Potter.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE

While You Were Sleeping, California Made New Election Laws

Politicians have ways of protecting themselves from ordinary people, but Californians have passed a series of ballot measures mandating that election districts—from school boards to Congress—be redrawn by 14 randomly selected citizens.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE

Thanksgiving for Nothing

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 ENLARGE

AP / Jeff Widener

Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion

There is no hope left for achieving significant reform or restoring our democracy through established mechanisms of power. We must take to the streets, armed with the tiny acts of truth and kindness that throughout history have exposed the oppressor’s cruelty.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE

Center for American Progress Action Fund / UNLV / Geri Kodey (CC-BY-ND)

Senate May Consider Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

Senate boss Harry Reid, pictured, says that before his majority shrinks, he intends to push ahead with a vote that could potentially allow gays to serve openly in the military. The measure is currently tied to a defense authorization bill that Reid plans to bring up during the lame duck session.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Speaker Pelosi (CC-BY)

House Leadership Same As It Ever Was

John Boehner will be the next speaker of the House. Now on to the bigger news: Nancy Pelosi’s leadership was retained by the surviving House Democrats. She will be minority leader, having beaten one Heath Shuler, 150-43.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / rikkis_refuge (CC-BY)

Republicans Give Up Pork

Senate Republicans have agreed not to use earmarks, the bacon delivery system favored by many a senator. It’s a party decision, but there’s movement for a floor vote banning earmarks altogether, and the White House and some Democrats are on board.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Rodrigo Abd

Kandahar: The Latest Casualty of an Invisible War

The military’s major campaign in Kandahar has been largely ignored. The American public cannot have a debate on the war if it is not even mentioned in public.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE

A Lame and Spineless Duck?

The lame-duck session of Congress that kicks off this week will test whether Democrats have spines made of Play-Doh, and whether President Obama has decided to pretend that capitulation is conciliation.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Charlie Litchfield

Connecting the Dots on the Great Disconnect

The nation is dividing into ever-more-irreconcilable niches—like fans of competing teams, rather than members of a greater whole with shared purpose.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE

Rank-and-File Frustration

“Why don’t they fight back?” That’s the question I’ve been hearing from the Democratic Party’s stunned and dispirited base.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Obama Blinks on Tax Cuts for the Rich

Democrats of all stripes are voicing their horror after the White House indicated it might cave to Republicans and extend the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy. It’s one issue that has managed to unite and excite the Dems, and for which polls are overwhelmingly on their side, so it’s not surprising that there’s already a petition opposing the surrender.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE

Do Only Conservative Victories Count?

In 2008, the largest number of voters in American history gave the Democrats their largest share of the presidential vote in 44 years and big majorities in the House and Senate.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE

When Liberals Attack

Glenn Greenwald of Salon and Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC share a lot of views, but the two got into a shouting match over the value of conservative Democrats in the aftermath of the tea party holocaust. Here the two hash out their differences, with a little “West Wing” digestif.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

More Than a Failure to Communicate

The day after his shellacking, the bruised president offered a sober, tripartite analysis of voters’ message.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE

Washington Laughs at ‘Revolution’

Washingtonians giggle at the new and the recycled anti-Washington loudmouths coming or coming back to our capital city. There are no outsiders inside the Beltway.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky on Misguided Outrage

Today on the list: President Obama confirms that his is a Republican health care plan, Noam Chomsky considers “a level of anger ... like nothing I can recall in my lifetime,” and a random act of culture that brings a Macy’s crowd to its feet.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Matt York

A Recipe for Fascism

American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE

Why Pelosi Wants to Stay

I spoke with Nancy Pelosi less than 24 hours before she announced she wanted to stay on as Democratic leader, and everything she said made clear that she’s not ready to allow millions of dollars in Republican attack ads to drive her from public life.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

A Speaker Who Stood Out

Amid the wreckage of Tuesday’s GOP rampage, there’s one person for whom I feel awful: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She’s losing her job not because she does it poorly, but because she does it so well.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE

From Uprising to Hostile Takeover ... and Back Again

At the end of this $4 billion We-Didn’t-Start-the-Fire-worthy vaudeville known as the 2010 election, what do we have to show for it?

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE

A Third Party?

It may not get much done, but the first session of the 112th Congress, convening in January, will be fun to watch.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / 416style (CC-BY)

David Sirota Tells Conservative Democrats to Go Fuck Themselves

The columnist and radio host, who appears on this site every week, has issued a salty rant over the conservative Democrats and pundits who are already blaming liberals for their party’s losses.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE

The Tea Party and the Midterms

The fleeting thrill of ousting a particular elected official (or even dozens of them) ultimately will not bring much comfort to anyone inspired by more than mere partisan fury.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / T (CC-BY)

Blue Dogs Get Taken to the Pound

We will inevitably hear that the lesson of Tuesday’s election is that the Democrats need to move to the right. That thinking, in 1994, led to the Blue Dog Coalition of conservative Democrats. But the Blue Dogs went down hard Tuesday. Nearly half of the Blue Dogs running lost.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE

Rich Media, Poor Democracy

As the 2010 elections come to a close, the biggest winner of all remains undeclared: the broadcasters. The biggest loser: democracy.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE

And Now for the Next Battle

President Obama allowed Republicans to define the terms of the nation’s political argument for the past two years and permitted them to draw battle lines the way they wanted. Neither he nor his party can let that happen again.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE

Dominican University of California / George Nikitin (CC-BY-ND)

Californians Put Down Their Joints, Give Jerry Brown Another Shot

In a state where personal marijuana use is virtually legal, Californians decided not to go all the way and decriminalize recreational marijuana consumption. Defying the national trend, however, Golden Staters just said no to Republican rule. (More results after the jump)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE

Message for the Day After

Good afternoon. Well, we got thumped. I’m disappointed, but I continue to believe that our actions were necessary and correct.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Cliff Owen

Republicans Take the House, Democrats Keep the Senate (Update)

The GOP had a huge night in the House of Representatives, but the Democrats showed some fight in the Senate, which they held. (continued after the jump)

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE

Democrats Prefer Google

Today on the list: Sanity beats fear in Brazil, the GOP plan to stop Sarah Palin and marketers say Google is to Democrats what Fox News is to Republicans. Plus: the sex lives of truffles.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Rodrigo Abd

The World Is Safer Without a Republican House

A Republican victory has the potential to keep the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, derail the beleaguered peace process and worsen U.S. security.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE

Impending Midterm Election Doom

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 ENLARGE

No Final Victories

It was just four years ago that the Democratic Party began its comeback in what now seems like another country.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE

Trick or Treat

Posted on Oct 31, 2010 ENLARGE

Exercise Your Right

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 ENLARGE

Pack Your Trunk

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 ENLARGE    

It’s the Stupidity, Stupid

What could cause the intensifying politics of free-market fundamentalism at the very historical moment that proves the failure of such an ideology? Two new academic studies suggest all roads lead to ignorance.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE

Obama Does ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart was respectful but tough as the president defended his accomplishments and made the case for his party. Highlight of the night: President Obama said “Larry Summers did a heckuva job ...” to which Stewart replied, “You don’t want to use that phrase, dude.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Joe Sestak’s Witching Hour

If there is one candidate who truly wishes that Christine O’Donnell had not won the Republican senatorial nomination in Delaware, it is the Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Rob Lee

The Incredible Shrinking Deficit

Republicans pulled off a pretty neat trick, running up huge deficits and then making it their party’s big issue. Not to be outdone, the Democrats have managed to make $1.3 trillion look small. (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE

Good Head

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 ENLARGE    

What If? So What?

What if President Obama and the Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill had pushed through an authentic, righteous, no-holds-barred progressive agenda, perhaps with a thick overlay of pitchfork populism?

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE

The Scandal of 2010

If you travel any place where there is a contested race for the House or Senate, you are bombarded with attack ads, almost all against Democrats, paid for by groups that do not have to reveal where their money comes from.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE

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