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The Vatican Meets the Occupiers

Will we soon see a distinguished-looking older man in long white robes walking among the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York’s Zuccotti Park?

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Perry, Cain and Flat Earth Government

It’s one of the strangest things in our politics: The only “big” ideas Republicans and conservatives seem to offer these days revolve around novel and sometimes bizarre ways of cutting taxes on rich people.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Lincoln’s Lessons for Obama

Can President Obama take advantage of the egalitarian sentiment let loose in the country by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations? The best response comes not from polls but from history.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rick Santorum’s Family Provocation

Lost in the hubbub over Herman Cain’s love affair with the number 9 during last week’s Republican debate were some compelling observations by Rick Santorum about “the breakdown of the American family” and its relationship to poverty.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE


The Rise of the Reverse Houdinis

Senate Republicans sent a signal in voting as a bloc against President Obama’s jobs bill: Don’t just do something, stand there. But doing nothing is at least preferable to the ideas coming out of their party’s presidential candidates.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE


Refuting Straw Liberals

It’s not often that a sound bite from a Democratic candidate gets so under the skin of my distinguished colleague George F. Will that he feels moved to quote it in full and then devote an entire column to refuting it.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Stein (CC-BY-SA)

The Week Politics Changed

American politics reached a pivot point this week. A new story line will now define how voters and the media see what’s going on.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



Mark Taylor (CC-BY)

Can the Left Stage a Tea Party?

This week, progressives will highlight a new effort to pursue the road not taken at a conference convened by the Campaign for America’s Future that opens Monday.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Why They Hate Warren Buffett

You can’t accuse a big capitalist of “class warfare.” That’s why the right wing despises Warren Buffett and is trying so hard to shut him up.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



CA Corrections

Only Conservatives Can End the Death Penalty

Forgive me, fellow liberals, but we’re not going to be the ones who lead this fight.

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 READ MORE


When Socialism Saves Capitalism

Have you noticed that one of the Obama administration’s most successful programs is also its most “socialist” initiative?

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE


Perry and the GOP’s Feckless Establishment

The Republican Establishment is said to have grave qualms about Gov. Rick Perry. Here’s the problem: There is no Republican Establishment. It squandered its authority by building up the tea party’s brigades and then fearing them too much to do anything to check their power.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by PZS from a photo by Dustin Ground (CC-BY-SA)

Sept. 11 and ‘A New Birth of Freedom’

After we honor the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we need to leave the day behind.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



Library of Congress / Howard Liberman

The Last Labor Day?

We may still celebrate Labor Day, but our culture has given up on honoring workers as worthy of genuine respect.

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Paradox Problem

Call it the Party-of-Government Paradox: If the nation’s capital looks dysfunctional, it will come back to hurt President Obama and the Democrats, even if the Republicans are primarily responsible for the dysfunction.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



Library of Congress / Dick DeMarsico

The Real Dr. King: An Extremist for Justice

We tend to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. we want to honor, not the Martin Luther King Jr. who actually existed.

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Can’t Win for Winning

It’s remarkable how reluctant Obama’s opponents are to acknowledge that despite all the predictions that his policy of limited engagement in Libya could never work, it actually did.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Save His Presidency

President Obama has only one option as he ponders a world economy teetering on the edge: He needs to go big, go long and go global.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Summer of Discontent

It’s not easy being Mitt Romney, the man who is right there in front of them but whom so many Republicans keep looking past.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The New Old Obama

The mood of the White House crowd and past experience suggest that a new Obama—or, in many ways, the old Obama of 2008—is about to appear.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE


Wisconsin: Conservatives Win, Liberals Gain

There will be no magic potion, no instant formula for Democrats and progressives struggling to come back from their disastrous 2010 election losses.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Can America Still Lead?

The world is looking to the United States to help power a recovery and provide leadership at a time when we are suffocatingly inward-looking—and when ultraconservatives are so dogmatic about slashing government that they are prepared to boot away our nation’s influence.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Yes to Moderation, No to Centrism

What the country yearns for is moderation. What we hear about is the political center. But centrism has become the enemy of moderation.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

After the Debt Ceiling Fiasco

Most Americans care more about jobs and the economy than debt, which is why Mitt Romney is campaigning on those issues while President Obama is caught up in the tea party’s priorities.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



futureatlas.com (CC-BY)

Blowing Up the House

We are witnessing the disintegration of tea party Republicanism.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


Why Did Congress Waste Six Months?

The House Republican strategy to link a normally routine increase in the nation’s debt limit with a crusade to slash spending has already had a high cost, threatening the nation’s credit rating and making the United States look dysfunctional and incompetent to the rest of the world.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Can’t Celebrate Yet

The wounded are especially dangerous fighters. President Obama now occupies the high ground in the debt ceiling debate, having called the Republicans’ bluff on the debt. He showed that deficit reduction is not now, and never has been, the GOP’s priority. He dare not get overconfident.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE


Washington Dysfunction: A Scorecard

Here’s why getting to a deal on the debt ceiling is so complicated.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE



Detail of a draft of the Declaration of Independence from Wikimedia Commons

What Our Declaration Really Said

Our nation confronts a challenge this Fourth of July that we face but rarely: We are at odds over the meaning of our history and why, to quote our Declaration of Independence, “governments are instituted.”

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE



Phil Roeder (CC-BY)

Defending the Supremely Powerful

The United States Supreme Court now sees its central task as comforting the already comfortable and afflicting those already afflicted.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and the Agony of Prudence

Among Dana Carvey’s most brilliant sketches on “Saturday Night Live” were his dead-perfect impersonations of President George H.W. Bush, which made a permanent contribution to America’s political language. “Not gonna do it!” Carvey-as-Bush would say. “Wouldn’t be prudent!”

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE


Huntsman: Yes, He Might

Here are the key questions about Jon Huntsman’s presidential candidacy: Is he the American version of David Cameron? And is the Republican Party ready for a Cameron moment?

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE



Bill S (CC-BY-ND)

Rigging the 2012 Election

An attack on the right to vote is under way across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot.

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 READ MORE


Michele Bachmann Makes Dubya Look Good

Perhaps I should thank the current crop of Republican presidential candidates for providing me with an experience I never, ever expected to have: During this week’s debate in New Hampshire, I had a moment of nostalgia for George W. Bush.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE



Center for American Progress Action Fund (CC-BY-ND)

Gridlocking the Lives of the Jobless

Welcome to the miserable world of no-way-out politics. The economy needs another jolt, but Congress is in gridlock.

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE



Pete Simon (CC-BY)

Tweeting Our Way to Oblivion

Do we really need to encourage politicians to limit their thoughts to 140 characters or make them think we want the same details about their lives that we expect from pop stars and marquee athletes?

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune

The Canary in the GOP Coal Mine

In an age of media flying circuses where you never know who is running for president and who is just trying to boost book sales and speaking fees, Mitt Romney did it the old-fashioned way.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE


No Need to Demagogue the Ryan Plan

Republicans who invented “death panels” out of whole cloth and insisted, falsely, that Obama’s health proposal was nothing but a “government takeover” have a lot of nerve complaining about the “demagoguery” against Rep. Paul Ryan.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE


Our Imagination Deficit

While the United States remains utterly frozen in a debate about budget deficits and all the things that government shouldn’t do, other countries are marrying public and private resources to make themselves stronger and more competitive.

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE



Matthew Reichbach (CC-BY)

The Tea Party Is Yesterday’s News

When will Republicans realize that the anti-government cries they think they hear from “the people” are the voices of no more than 20 percent to 25 percent of the electorate who constitute the die-hard conservative core?

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE


Boehner’s Catholic Lessons

When the headline is “Catholic Progressives Challenge Conservative Politician on Social Justice,” this is something new and complicated. It’s far easier to write the 10th story of the week about Newt Gingrich.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


Will Symbols Trump Logic?

Republicans holding the increase of the debt ceiling hostage to their efforts to eviscerate programs know perfectly well that Congress will not risk a financial crisis.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



Eli Pousson (CC-BY-SA)

Lincoln Would Weep

Republicans are unhappy with their field of presidential candidates and yearn for someone who will come along to save them. But here’s what the GOP doesn’t want to confront: Its problem lies not in its candidates, but in itself.

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE


Will the Courts Wreck Health Care?

As if our political system was not having enough trouble already, we now confront the possibility that a highly partisan judiciary will undo a modest health care reform that is a first step toward resolving a slew of other difficulties.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE


Needed: A Better Ruling Class

A funny thing happened to the American ruling class: It stopped being concerned with the health of society as a whole and became almost entirely obsessed with money.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE


At Last: A President, Not a Ref

President Obama has finally decided to take his own side in the philosophical struggle that is the true engine of this nation’s budget debate.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE


The End of Shutdowns

One image perfectly captured the absurd, irrational and wholly unnecessary confrontation over whether to shut down the federal government on the basis of differences over a small part of the budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Right’s War on Moderation

However the shutdown saga ends, the negotiating styles of the two sides ought to tell moderates that they can no longer pretend that the two ends of our politics are equally “extreme.”

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE


The End of Progressive Government?

Put the two parts of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget together—tax cuts for the rich, program cuts for the poor—and its radically redistributionist purposes become clear. Timid Democrats would never dare embark on class warfare on this scale the other way around.

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama, Meet Obama

Someone should introduce the Barack Obama who addressed the nation Monday on Libya to the Barack Obama who has been dancing around the edge of the budget fight.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE


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