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For war opponents, the election year is a moment of great opportunity--and peril. The challenge is to leverage antiwar sentiment into a victory for peace.

Two new books seek to galvanize progressives at a key political moment: Paul Krugman's The Conscience of a Liberal and Jonathan Chait's The Big Con.

The cranky, quirky and sometimes progressive politics practiced by a generation once considered slackers could be a deciding factor in this presidential election.

Faced with a no-brainer fix to close a tax loophole, Senate Democrats are dithering, caught between the interests of their donors and their voters.

Eight Nation contributors make the best case for their candidate.

How can the left be as adept as the right-wing spin machine at communicating its political agenda? Learn how to use the tools.

The life and legacy of a fiery New York teachers' advocate gets caught in the crossfire of a changing liberal landscape.

Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken has won wide support among voters--and conservatives are getting scared.

The left's literary canon has neglected the contributions less-celebrated writers have made to the political significance of literature.

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Don’t despair that a stalwart New Deal liberal is retiring; celebrate the arrival of a new generation of populist movements and the ascendant wing of the Democratic Party.

September 24, 2014

Either neither of them have a place on college campuses, or both do. 

September 15, 2014

A higher minimum wage, better jobs, universal pre-K are the issues that will bring out core voters for the midterms.

March 17, 2014

Vermont independent wants to talk to progressives about a 2016 run, about whether to do so as a Democrat. “If I run,” he says, “my job…is to build the kind of coalition that can win—that can transform politics.”

March 6, 2014

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

March 3, 2014

Are Alec Baldwin and Bill Maher right about the network?

February 28, 2014

De Blasio wants mayors to turn up the heat on members of Congress who ignore cities.

January 23, 2014

Restauranteur and activist Andy Shallal is making a long shot bid for DC mayor. 

January 22, 2014

The mayor’s move will extend paid sick days to hundreds of thousands of workers—an old fashioned form of economic justice in an era when “innovation” is the buzzword.

January 21, 2014

Here it is fourteen days into the Bill de Blasio mayoralty, and we’re still talking about a tax plan that was supposedly “dead on arrival” even before the Democratic primary back in September.

 

January 14, 2014