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Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Most Americans want pretty much the same outcome from healthcare reform, and it’s not what either major-party candidate is offering.

On key issues pertaining to the economic crisis, voters should expect "razor-thin" differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

How did Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga, founder and publisher of the Daily Kos—the largest progressive community blog in the United States—go from a Reagan-loving conservative to a successful entrepreneur in the progressive movement?

Finally! The announced departure of Lawrence Summers as the president’s top economic adviser is welcome news.

Inequality has risen under Republicans and Democrats when they’ve embraced neoliberalism.

Expanding the public safety exception to Miranda may not make much difference on the ground. But Holder's push suggests the Obama administration has bought Bush's framing on terrorism.

Three senators caved and supported the
nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. as Supreme Court Chief Justice. But
one lawmaker, banking on the public's cynicism of the oil industry,
wants to tax its windfall profits.

Three days before the election, I took part in a television panel with former White House flack Joe Lockhart, who was doing his best to hold up his end of the tattered Gore-Lieberman banner. When the show was over, I asked him what he really thought and he said, "I'm pinning everything on the Electoral College." It now takes an effort of memory to recall, but this was what all the Democratic elite were saying that week. So the sudden moral emphasis on the popular vote is slightly unseemly, especially in view of the fact that the vote hasn't been counted yet.

There's an easy way to take your own pulse, and that of anyone you know, concerning the vertiginous events of the night of November 7. Was the apparent non-outcome really a "mess" or a crisis? Or was the pre-existing system a sordid mess and a crisis waiting to happen? If you choose the second explanation, then the meltdown of all the fixers and self-appointed gatekeepers and pseudo-experts, as well as being a source of joy, is also an unparalleled opportunity, an occasion for a long-postponed national seminar on democracy and how to get it.

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Martin O’Malley raises a fine concern about Bush-versus-Clinton politics.

March 30, 2015

House Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly approve extending absurd corporate tax breaks.

December 5, 2014

Ferguson teaches us that in elections for local law-enforcement posts the most fundamental choices are made.

November 26, 2014

Black voters who consistently turnout for Democrats are trying to show the party the way forward, if only it would pay attention.

November 5, 2014

As deceptive right-wing attacks on Social Security continue, some Democrats have gone on the offensive—seeking to expand rather than cut the vital program.

July 17, 2014

North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones is a conservative backer of fair elections. Big Money wants him out of the House.

April 7, 2014

The return of the left-wing fantasy that there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans.

March 3, 2014

If Republicans want to be more appealing, they should return to their roots as a party that put “the man (and woman) before the dollar.”

February 18, 2014

Republicans and Democrats in the House vote 332-94 for a bad budget plan.

December 13, 2013

WRITING CONTEST FINALIST: The tradition of debate that has always defined American democracy seems to have escaped us.

October 2, 2013