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Ververidis Vasilis /

Where’s the Bread and Butter?

The 2014 campaign is being waged against a backdrop of national news dominated by everything except the core economic worries of most Americans.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE

Hillary’s Book Tour

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE

Ninian Reid (CC BY 2.0)

Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Bank on Students’ Emergency Loan Refinancing Act to Get Obama’s Endorsement

After some initial resistance, President Obama is expected to announce his support Monday for an overhaul of the federal student loan program proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE

Original image by Shutterstock

Your Complete Guide to California’s Most Important Congressional Race

If you’re voting in Tuesday’s primary, or you want to know more about the significance of one of the most important contests this term, read this.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Navy/Chief Hospital Corpsman Josh Ives

Will Congress Be as Brave as Shinseki?

If you want a prime example of what’s wrong with our politics, study the response to the veterans’ health care scandal. You would think from the coverage that the only issue that mattered to politicians was whether Gen. Eric Shinseki should be fired.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE

Randy Miramontez /

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown All But Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

She’s not just ready to run, Jerry Brown told The Washington Post, “Hillary Clinton has the presence, the experience and the support of the vast majority of Democrats in a way that I have not seen in my lifetime.”

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE

LehaKoK /

California Gold Rush: The Race for the Hottest Job in Congress

California’s 33rd Congressional istrict is home to some of the Democrats’ wealthiest donors and one of the party’s most progressive leaders. No fewer than 17 candidates are running to pick up the keys to the treasure chest, but is any a worthy heir?

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE


In VA Scandal, Accountability for All—Including Congress

Unlike most of Congress, especially on the Republican side, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki opposed the incompetent war plans of the George W. Bush administration that left so many American service men and women grievously wounded.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE

miker /

GOP Still Swallowing the Tea

What’s happening in the Republican primaries is less a defeat for the tea party than a surrender by the GOP establishment, which is winning key races by accepting the tea party’s radical anti-government philosophy.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE


Democrats Push to Restart CDC Funding for Gun Violence Research

New legislation would increase CDC funding for gun violence research from zero dollars to $10 million. The NRA calls the push “unethical” and an “abuse of taxpayer funds.”

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Impeach Clarence Thomas?

While the Constitution allows even Supreme Court justices to be impeached, it has happened only once in our nation’s history.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

The Democrats’ Strategic Ambiguity

Bragging about what they’ve achieved is what incumbent politicians do. But as Democrats struggle to hang on to the Senate this year (and try against the odds to take over the House), they are not in the usual boasting mood.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE

Featureflash /

Did the GOP Obsession With Monica Lewinsky Contribute to 9/11? Is the Benghazi Hysteria Deja Vu?

The re-emergence in the news of Monica Lewinsky is also a reminder of one of the lowest deeds in modern politics, the impeachment of Bill Clinton by House Republicans in December 1998.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE


Why Obamacare Can’t Lower Costs

The president and his advisers based their health care plan on a bogus premise, which is why it will continue to provide opponents of the law with ammunition.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Lawrence Jackson

The Consequential Obama

In both the domestic and foreign spheres, Obama has had transformational impact. And there is more to come.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE


The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)

More Americans than ever believe the economy is rigged in favor of Wall Street and big business and their enablers in Washington.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE


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Elizabeth Warren

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE


Time for Some Happy Talk

Despite Republican claims to the contrary, things are definitely looking up. Democrats ought to be clicking their heels and spreading the good news.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE

JStone /

The Hillary Difference

President Obama’s difficulties do not appear to be hurting Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency in 2016.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE

Tax Credits (CC BY 2.0)

Will the Senate Be Able to Reverse the Supreme Court’s Disastrous McCutcheon Decision?

The Senate could soon consider a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and states the ability to limit money in politics, possibly reversing the effect of recent Supreme Court rulings. But the amendment doesn’t appear to have the votes to pass.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE


It’s Going to Be Close, but Republicans Have a Good Shot at Taking the Senate

Running the same simulation 250,000 times, the New York Times’ Upshot blog gives Republicans a 53 percent chance of taking back the Senate.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE


The Key to 2014

The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE

Divided Government

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE

Pay Equality

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE

By Frank Wolfe (LBJ Library) via Wikimedia Commons

LBJ’s Way

The Johnson comeback brings with it a new appreciation of the durability of the reforms enacted on his watch.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE


Republicans Say No to Workers, Women, Gays and Mine Safety All in One Day

Claiming to stand for “working families,” Republicans in Congress voted down measures that would increase the minimum wage, protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination, broaden equal pay guarantees for women, and finally do something about mine safety four years after the Upper Big Branch disaster. How was your Wednesday?

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE

Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour

Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. But we need to be more ambitious.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE

Gabriel Jorby (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Dear America: Climate Change’s Threatening Water, Plants, Animals No Matter What Party You Belong To

A Gallup poll has found that only 35 percent of Americans are concerned about climate change, and that proportion is barely up from the previous year.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE


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Voting Laws: The Last Stand of the Old and the White

When the Constitution of the first modern democracy, the United States of America, was written, only about 10 percent of the population of the 13 states was granted the right to vote: white men who owned property.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Cliff Owen

Scott Walker Doesn’t Want You to Vote

Across the land, Republican state legislators have shouted “voter fraud, voter fraud” to justify various schemes to restrict voting. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now leading the charge.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE

Where Did All the Republican Israel Critics Go?

Democrats are no longer as chummy with Israel as the GOP has become; big data’s on everybody’s mind these days; meanwhile, a Finnish columnist offers his perspective on the Ukraine and Russia conflict from a different vantage point. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE

Catholic Church (England and Wales) (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Is Pope Francis Good for the Democrats? Obama in the Vatican

Could the enormous popularity of Pope Francis spill over into American politics?

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 READ MORE

stocklight /

Bill Clinton Urges Democrats to Embrace Health Care Reform

As the midterm elections approach, both public opinion data and the facts on the ground are taking a significant turn.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE


Big Business Rewards California Democrats for Passing Model ALEC Legislation

It may be “the most anti-consumer bill ever introduced in California,” and it was approved and signed into law by Democrats.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE

DonkeyHotey (CC BY 2.0)

Is Russia a ‘Regional Power’ or ‘Geopolitical Threat’? Obama Argues With Romney From the Hague

The peculiar American two-party system followed President Obama to the Hague on Tuesday, where he gave a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, leader of a neoliberal, market-oriented party with a secular orientation.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE

Obamacare Game

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE

plavevski /

Will Putin Bring Us Together?

Vladimir Putin’s grab of Crimea has exposed the paradoxes in American attitudes toward foreign policy.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE


A Midterm Imperative

Here is what Democrats should learn from their party’s loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won’t work.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

No Hope Politics

Listlessness is bad politics. Defensiveness is poor strategy. And resignation is never inspiring.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Senate v. CIA and Climate Change

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists examine a behind-the-scenes fight over interoffice spying between the U.S. Senate and the CIA. Also, the libertarian-conservative split on the U.S.’s proper role in the Ukraine crisis and Senate Democrats’ fruitless all-nighter on climate change.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE

Right Wing

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE

Issa Pulls the Plug

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Presidential Epitaph Has Been Written: ‘What Was the Point?’

Somehow I missed Gary Younge’s provocative, fair and devastating review of the Obama presidency in The Guardian. Others didn’t, and it’s making quite a stir.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE


To Defeat GOP’s Restrictive Voting Laws, Debunk ‘Voter Fraud’

Growing up in Jim Crow Arkansas, Bill Clinton saw how the state’s dominant political and racial elite maintained power by suppressing the rights of minority voters who threatened its authority—and as a young activist, worked to bring down that illegitimate power structure.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


How Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill Would Have Hurt the Religious

Social and religious conservatives should have been the first to oppose the Arizona Legislature’s effort to allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE

The Liberal Love of ‘Inequality’

Like “neoliberalism,” former Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank writes at Salon, the tone of the term “inequality” is “needlessly clinical, giving the whole debate a technical and bloodless air.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE

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