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The Bush Administration's solutions for the subprime mortgage crisis are too little, too late. Americans need a New Deal-style agency to manage domestic reconstruction.

Most New Deal programs were anything but race- and gender-neutral in their impact. They were both racially discrminatory and a boon to many black Americans.

For Roosevelt, the New Deal was a way of advancing freedom, which depended on economic as much as political rights.

Today's relentless arguments against a higher minimum wage suggest that Roosevelt's battle is not yet won.

The New Deal spirit of "persistent experimentation" yielded impressive results for the country. American leaders can recapture that spirit.

The New Deal brought with it programs that served not only the good of the people and the economy but also the environment. We need that now more than ever.

What was it about the New Deal and Roosevelt that make the man and the era relevant today?

To commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the New Deal, The Nation invited a panel of activists, writers, scholars and artists to reflect on its lasting lessons.

It's time for progressives to demand a bolder, "transformational" politics.

Maryland progressive activist Donna Edwards upset veteran Congressman Al
Wynn in a Democratic "fight for the soul of the party" primary,
confirming that sentiment for change extends well beyond

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Coverage of Newtown, the great Walmart walkout and 2012's most valuable progressives.

December 22, 2012

As he takes the lead in the fight to defend Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the senator has much to teach progressives about how to do politics right.

December 5, 2012

Obstruction has ruled in Albany for too long. The governor must push for a Democratic majority in the New York State Senate.

November 27, 2012

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is standing up to austerity hawks, promoting a “Deal For All” that protects social spending and invests in real growth. 

November 19, 2012

A record turnout for non–white male voters gave the president a mandate to champion.

November 9, 2012

The president won big. Democrats added Senate seats and won the majority of the votes cast for the US House. It’s a mandate. Don’t squander it.

November 9, 2012

President Obama won big on election night, garnering a wider margin of victory than many of his predecessors. Now’s the time for him to act.

November 8, 2012

Social movements must believe in themselves as much as they believe in any politician, and keep fighting for true change. 

November 7, 2012

Protecting freedom does not mean shielding a market from restrictions—it means fighting for economic justice and equality. 

November 5, 2012

Regardless of who wins the presidential election, progressives need to devise a strategy for building a majority.

November 2, 2012