Snakes and Ladders at Netroots Nation

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RJ Eskow: When it comes to influencing the presidential campaign, this year’s Netroots Nation was a missed opportunity. Ready for Warren had an extraordinary impact on the convention, however, and there will be other opportunities.

Sarah Palin Rolls Out the “I” Word

Impeach Obama

Tom Degan: The fact that this blabbering nincompoop was once selected for the second spot on a national ticket defies any sense of rationality. Gee, we do live in wonderful times, don’t we?

Crowdsourcing Our Way Out of the Crisis of Democracy

Democracy Rebellion

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Across the nation people are engaged in democracy rebellions as many re-examine the nation’s roots, especially with the 4th of July weekend just passing.

4th of July Racist Parade Float Creates Outrage

Racist Parade Float

Larry Wines: We were prepared to heap shame on Norfolk, Nebraska, and opine that it’s little wonder they are a backwater in a fly-over state. But not so fast.

Howard Baker, A Lion That Roared

Senator Howard Baker

Lance Simmens: Howard Baker was not averse to partisan politics, it would be naïve to suggest otherwise, but in the formative years that I spent in Washington, DC and the halls of Congress it was accepted that compromise and civility would ultimately triumph and keep the engine of progress moving forward.

On the Anniversary of her Disappearance, Amelia Earhart Still Inspires Us

Amelia Earhart Disappearance Anniversary

Larry Wines: Amelia Earhart vanished on a long ago July 2nd while attempting to become the first woman to fly around the world. In so many ways, she still speaks to us, a compelling feminine presence from long before the feminist movement, a determined woman who made up her mind to achieve bold things, and set about doing them.

12 Most Inhumane Presidents

Most Inhumane Presidents

Al Carroll: Hopefully more scholars and more of the public will rank as I have, based on moral judgment or humanitarian longing, rather than on partisanship, ideological affinity, or what they think makes American presidencies look good or Americans feel good about themselves.

Remembering Howard Baker

Howard Baker

Larry Wines: Always respected on both sides of the aisle, Howard Baker came from the days when Republican politicians were sane.

Hashing Out Our Problems #SMM

hashtag activism

Hashtag activism is a growing trend on twitter. #BringBackOurGirls gained attention worldwide with more than 3 million people tweeting with the hashtag. This isn’t the only instance of the hashtag making an impact.

White Power Rising

White Power Rising

Tom Hayden: We who were raised on the myths of pluralism and melting pots often have a hard time grasping the persistent growth of a Tea Party that still spouts the very doctrines which we believed were obsolete 50 years ago.

Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You; He Already Has You

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William Astore: You’ve been drafted into the American national security state. That much is evident from Edward Snowden’s revelations.

Neo-Con Travel Agency Open For Business

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JP Sotille: That’s right, America. If you’re planning early for the upcoming holiday season, the travel bugs over at the Weekly Standard invite you to “…study with the boss in Jerusalem this winter at a weeklong seminar” appealingly titled “The Case for Nationalism.”

Join the March for Democracy

March for Democracy 350

Sharon Kyle: LA Progressive holds the notion that as long as big money wields power and control of our government, the people will not have true representation. The California March for Democracy needs your support.

From School Bullying to School Shootings

Preventing Bullying

Tara Culp-Ressler: School administrators need to get better at addressing the overall school climate and educating students more specifically about gender-based bullying, like sexual harassment, homophobic harassment, and harassment for gender non-conformity.

Deep Cuts That Save Dollars Make No Sense

Cutting Social Welfare Programs

Nick Cano: We do not have enough such leaders right now. Instead, we have zombie leaders. They shuffle through the halls of the Capitol, mumbling their “Cut-Cut” mantra and legislating misery, and they are dead inside in all the ways that mark a person as human, humane or humble.

An Assault Upon Our Civility

Open Carry Texas

Walter Brasch: Perhaps the next action by Open Carry Texas will be to take their weapons into ERs and claim that guns in hospitals are necessary to protect the critically wounded from being further assaulted by nurses carrying sawed-off shotguns in their smocks.

Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: If You See Something, Say Something

Whistleblowers

Norman Solomon: Whistleblowers don’t sign up to be whistleblowers. Almost always, they begin their work as true believers in the system that conscience later compels them to challenge.

The Irrepressible Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Lance Simmens: She simply said she was not satisfied with the speech that she had rehearsed and decided to do her own. She struck me as that way, always doing things on her own terms.

California Carnage

California Carnage

Tom Degan: A father’s anguished words following the latest, totally expected rampage of gun violence – this time in California – didn’t really have much effect on the people in a position to do something to stem the carnage.

The Revolution That Won’t Start Without Us

The Revolution That Won't Start Without Us

Rick Broderick: For uprisings, spontaneous or otherwise, to succeed there must be advanced planning, long-term organizing that spreads across the decades, and, yes, a trained cadre of committed revolutionaries willing and able to risk everything.

Sunshine On A Cloudy Day: A Screed

Danny Schechter: It's hard to keep a good conspiracy theory going when the espionage business seems to be having such hard times too, caught up in its own Dante-like circles of paranoia, unable to forecast much and doomed to making old mistakes.

Danny Schechter: It’s hard to keep a good conspiracy theory going when the espionage business seems to be having such hard times too, caught up in its own Dante-like circles of paranoia, unable to forecast much and doomed to making old mistakes.

Time for a Latino President?

Latino President

Rudy Acuña: Hardly had the nomination for HUD Secretary been made before the drums began beating for a Latino President with most forgetting that Julian Castro is only 39 years old and his resume is as thin as Barack Obama’s whose notoriety was based on a sole convention speech.

Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters

Sane Gun Laws

Walter Brasch: Politicians with spines of Jello went into the fetal position before the financially-lucrative NRA support, and refused to improve laws about background checks for gun sales.

Our Religion of the Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers

Tina Dupuy: If we were contemporaries of these mystical Founding Freedom Priests, we’d have more complicated feelings about them. Just like we have about our modern presidents.

Is the ‘New Populism’ Real?

New Populism

RJ Eskow: Profound social change — whether in the agrarian economy of the 1900s, the growth of labor rights, civil rights, women’s rights, or in other transformative historical moments — has always begun with a popular movement.

Big Box Warehouse Blight

Monster Warehouses

Carlton Davis: This erosion of employee rights is the new reality of employment in America. There are no prospects for long-term employment. There are few opportunities for advancement.

Politics and Humor: Reflections on Robert Gates’s Duty

Robert Gates

Walter Moss: “I think a sense of humor and a sense of the absurd reflects a balance and a perspective on the world that is very healthy. Of all the presidents that I worked for, there are only two who had no discernible sense of humor: Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. I rest my case.”

Saying Goodbye to Rush Hour on the 405

Leaving Los Angeles

Colette LaBouff: Teaching yoga in Roswell, New Mexico ain’t glamorous. But there’s something magnificent about living in a place where there’s nothing to do but think.

Emulating Malcolm X

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Bill Fletcher Jr.: Malcolm X’s transformation cannot be understood outside of a recognition that his adoption of a belief system and a commitment to something larger than himself involved a dedication to the building of organization.

The ATV Caper: Mesquite Flavored Petulance

Cliven Bundy Protests

Kathleen Wallace: did read about Homeland Security showing up at a local Utah parade in a tank. I really have no idea why they would do something like that other than they probably like tearing around in that nasty, destructive machine and it was an excuse to do just that.

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