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Protest against Barack Obama

Where their interests overlap, progressive politics can thrive.

Barack Obama and supporters

In a second Obama term, we must organize to win a new social contract for a new economy.

Barack Obama and Timothy Geithner

While preventing a Republican triumph is imperative, we should have no illusions about Obama.

If he wins, he must use his platform and powers to tackle issues from global warming to nuclear arms control.

Occupy Wall Street

In this election and after, we need to write a new story for our changing nation that places care and connection at the center.

Barack Obama

In the contest that comes after November, Obama will be on the wrong team.

A Romney presidency would rob progressive movements of the oxygen required to grow deeper and broader roots.

Senate floor

In four close Western races, the tribal population could tip the balance.


The presidential candidates have barely touched on environmental issues in their campaigns—and they both have plenty to answer for. Here’s what voters want to know.


Republicans are still dreaming about a new presidential candidate. It’s time to move on. 

February 20, 2012

Romney comes off as weak, weird and willing to say anything to be elected. Now, he's starting to seem mean.

February 16, 2012

Conservative millionaires and billionaires don’t see any need for health insurance to cover birth control when aspirin is cheaply available. 

February 16, 2012

How can Obama boost his chances of re-election?

February 15, 2012

President Obama's endorsement of super-PAC money may be the only way to roll back Citizens United.

February 14, 2012

With the president’s poll numbers improving and the economy picking up, the former DNC chair likes his party’s chances in the fall.

February 14, 2012

House Budget Committee chair uses his CPAC speech to hint about an alternative Republican presidential prospect like, er, Paul Ryan.

February 10, 2012

GOP presidential primary turnout is well below 2008 levels, a worrying sign for Republicans in 2012.

February 8, 2012

After eight primaries and caucuses, the ordained GOP front-runner has lost the majority of contests. In Minnesota, 83 percent of Republicans rejected Romney, and turnout was down across the board.

February 8, 2012

Gingrich’s latest smear of city-dwellers demonstrates the economic inversion of his class warfare. 

February 3, 2012