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LBJ’s Way

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

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Party Loyalty: Why the Supreme Court Is Wrecking Our Democracy

It’s a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an oligarchy and a democratic republic.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



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When Obamacare Was ‘Doomed’

Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong?

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Cares About the Value of Work?

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., favors a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour, but she also has other ideas that would help Americans at the bottom of the income structure to earn more.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



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The Pope Isn’t a Party Boss

President Obama’s first salary as a community organizer was paid by a Catholic group and his earliest social justice work was rooted in Catholic social doctrine. So why don’t the bishops like him?

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Health Care’s Real Stakes

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression—finally.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



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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



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No Hope Politics

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

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Francis’ Anti-Imperial Papacy

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope a year ago, only a few expected that he would confront so many challenges simultaneously.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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The Right’s New Clothes

Are conservatives interested in new ideas, or are they merely infatuated with the idea of new ideas?

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Closing the D.C. Reality Gap

To understand the country’s frustration with politics, we shouldn’t focus primarily on “gridlock” and “polarization.” The larger problem is a disconnect between what the nation’s capital is talking about and what most citizens are worried about.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



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No Ground For ‘Stand Your Ground’

The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



An Idea Conservatives Should Love

Raising the minimum wage achieves many of the goals conservative politicians regularly extol.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



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John Boehner’s Sunshine Band

From now on, it’s the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah House.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE



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How a Couple of Austrians Messed Up Washington

One of my favorite moments during the 2012 Republican presidential contest came when Ron Paul, fresh from his strong showing in Iowa, triumphantly told his supporters: “We’re all Austrians now!”

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Must the Obamacare Debate Be Stupid?

By broadening access to health insurance, the Affordable Care Act ends the tyranny of “job lock,” which is what the much-misrepresented Congressional Budget Office study of the law released on Tuesday shows.

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Is the GOP Giving Up Tea?

Republicans are so confident they can ride anti-Obamacare sentiment to electoral victory that they’re growing ever-more impatient with the tea party’s fanaticism. Immigration reform may be the result.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



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The President and the Post-Obama Era

President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is about more than the final three years of his presidency. Its purpose should be to influence the next decade of American political life and begin shaping the post-Obama era.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Chris Christie’s Dual Political Personalities

It’s rare that you can look at your television screen and see not only what is happening but also what might have been.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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The Toughest Liberal in the House Is Retiring, Worries About ‘Dark Money’

Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., hails from a time when liberals didn’t apologize for trying to make the country fairer and notes that he won his first race on the basis of only two promises: “to end the Vietnam War and to enact single-payer health care.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Chris Christie Is Conservatives’ Worst Nightmare

What is the greatest fear of conservatives when they warn against the dangers of big government?

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Marijuana Injustices

I have come to believe that we should legalize or at least decriminalize marijuana use. The way we enforce marijuana laws is unconscionable.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



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2013: Not As Bad As You Think

Something else happened this year that may, over time, prove far more important than the great website flop.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



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The De Blasio-Bloomberg Paradox

The standard line on New York City’s Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who takes office next Wednesday, is that he’s the antithesis of outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That’s not quite true.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE


The GOP’s Fight Has Just Begun

The Republican civil war, like all civil wars, is even messier than it looks.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Family Values Hypocrisy

Politicians talk about family values but do almost nothing to help families. They talk about parental responsibility but do almost nothing to help parents. They talk about self-sufficiency but do precious little to make self-sufficiency a reality for those who must struggle hardest to achieve it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE


The Inadequate, Necessary Budget Deal

It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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The Return of the Working Class Hero

For more than three decades, working class Americans receded as cultural heroes, replaced in the popular imagination by swashbuckling entrepreneurs, brilliant innovators, and shrewd investors who make millions at the touch of a computer key.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE


Obama’s Bigger Playing Field

The debate over the Affordable Care Act can stay small, focusing on website failures and other short-term difficulties facing the law. Or it can get bigger, with wider insurance coverage seen as part of a larger struggle for social justice in a nation growing steadily less equal.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The Heart of Francis’ Mission

Christianity has often been used over the centuries to prop up the powerful. But from the beginning, the Christian message has been subversive of political systems, judgmental toward those at the top, and demanding of all who take it seriously.

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What We Lost

Whenever we reflect on the horror of Nov. 22, 1963, we mourn not only the murder of a graceful and inspiring leader but also a steady ebbing in the years thereafter of our faith in what we could achieve through public life and common endeavor.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE


A More Benevolent Nation?

Tired of gloom and ceaseless talk of American decline? Me too. So let’s celebrate an important way in which the United States has become stronger—and a genuinely kinder and gentler nation.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Needs His Friends Back

President Obama is furiously fending off those “winter of discontent” stories, and it’s not even winter yet.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



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What’s the Matter With Motherhood?

If you’re a conservative strongly opposed to abortion, shouldn’t you want to give all the help you can to women who want to bring their children into the world?

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


America Shifts Left

The center of gravity in American politics moved left in Tuesday’s off-year elections.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Noise Around Obamacare

The ace political and baseball prognosticator Nate Silver titled his book about prediction and statistical mastery “The Signal and the Noise.” Rarely has it been more important to distinguish between the two than in the uproar over the launch of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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First, Admit the Problem

Here’s the mistake made by President Obama and the Democrats that nobody is talking about: They have been too fearful of confronting our country’s three-year obsession with the wrong problem.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Don’t Give Up on the Uninsured

Obamacare is working—in states that have followed the essential design of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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A Case for Hope

“Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.” It was the early 20th century socialist Eugene V. Debs who pointed to the utility of this extra Beatitude.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Can’t Waste This Moment

The key in politics is to snatch victory from the jaws of victory. 

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The Heartbreak of Extremism

The only thing keeping our country from being its growing, innovative and successful self is genuinely and unnecessarily stupid politics.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Tea Party’s Last Stand

If the nation is lucky, this October will mark the beginning of the end of the tea party.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE


A Different Sort of Shutdown

Republicans are badly divided over the government shutdown while Democrats are united.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE


Mission Accomplished: The Tea Party Shutdown

The right-wing extremists got exactly what they wanted. Now, what will the country do about it?

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Most Important Diplomacy

President Obama’s foreign policy now seems to be defined by a series of ironies.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE


Obamacare’s Strange Bedfellows

An unapologetic conservative is fighting the tea party and his own Republican Legislature because he thinks the less privileged people of Ohio deserve health coverage.

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE


The Shutdown’s Real Goal

The coming battles over budgets, the debt ceiling, a government shutdown and Obamacare are not elements of a large political game.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Colorado’s Morality Lesson on Guns

You have to hand it to the gun manufacturers lobby. Children may be slaughtered, the death toll from firearms may keep mounting, but these guys are unrelenting and know how to play politics.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Polarization Is Distorting the Syria Debate

It’s a paradox: While hawks criticize Obama for not being willing to act boldly enough against Assad, doves criticize him for being too willing to risk a wider war.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Syria and the Return of Dissent

The mood of the public and of many in Congress is summarized easily: “No more Iraqs.”

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE


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