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Liberals need to find a means to bridge the gap between Americans'
belief in liberal solutions and their willingness to trust liberals to
enact them.

The attempt to fashion a distinct Democratic identity was temporarily
halted when Elaine Kamarck and William Galston published a self-serving
call for Democrats to move to the "center." But nearly every Senate
Democrat voted for a raise in the minimum wage, a clear move exclusive
to the party.

Power and the Idealists clings to the notion that the Iraq War was
waged for humanitarian ideals, while At the Point of a Gun
documents the inner torment of humanitarian interventionists who,
without forgetting Rwanda and Bosnia, have gazed into the Iraqi abyss.

It's a tight race, but if Tim Kaine becomes the next governor of
Virginia, Democrats gain what they desperately need to win back
Congress: a big win in a Southern state.

Progressives lack a common set of that tie a movement together. But
they can build on conservatives' proven strategy of slowly creating a
broad consensus.

With leading Republicans facing the slammer and Bush in a tailspin,
fate has given liberals a huge opportunity. Americans already
share our values--we need a new language to help connect peoples'
deepest needs to the liberal vision.

How can the left build a new majority? EMILY's List has a big piece
of the answer.

The Gulf Coast hurricanes could dislodge decades-long conservative
domination of US politics, but only if Democrats offer an alternative
vision of government and society to voters.

Antiwar Democrats in Washington are facing a moment of truth: Now is the time to raise the volume on the previously taboo discussion of a real exit strategy from Iraq.

The reconstruction of New Orleans could set the stage for a comprehensive legislative initiative akin to the New Deal.

Blogs

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

Part of their program is to reform how council authority is wielded. How will that affect Bill de Blasio's agenda?

 

January 9, 2014