An MVP in the World Series of Consumerism?

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Larry Wines: Don’t even think about stopping to think, or you might miss an online bargain today, or fail to do your part in setting new profit statistics for some multinational megagiant corporation who gets their stuff for 9% of what you pay for it.

Progressives Have No Reason for Pessimism

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Randy Shaw: The real message of the Obamacare website delay is that in the age of the Internet and social media, the traditional media still has the capacity to create and sustain a false political narrative—and to get progressives to believe it.

What Is Progressivism?

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Walter Moss: What unites us, as it did the early Progressives, is resistance to–in Muir’s memorable phrase–“trying to make everything dollarable.”

Had John Kennedy Lived

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Joseph Palermo: One of the reasons why the Kennedy assassination continues to affect millions of people the way it does, even 50 years later, is the sense that we are still fighting the same battle today.

Can Obama Rise Again?

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Brent Budowsky: The winning strategy for Obama is the give ’em hell truth-telling against do-nothing Republicans that reelected Truman and turned Congress Democratic in 1948.

A Presidency Adrift?

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Brent Budowsky: Despite appalling levels of joblessness in America, with so many workers being so depressed they’ve dropped out of the workforce entirely, for nearly four years, the president has been largely a bystander who has not fought to rally the nation to support a major jobs plan.

Hating Obama, Hating Lincoln

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Berry Craig: Republicans see Obama as imperiling their version of “civilization,” meaning a country run by conservative, straight, white male Christians who think capitalism is God’s economic system.

Shuffling Federal Paperwork

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Walter Brasch: Deep in an obscure federal building is Wilson P. Throckmorton, the first secretary of the Department of Administration. With him are his two key assistants, career administrators Samuel J. Stonewall and Waldo P. Rockbottom.

The 5 Things Congress Should Be Working On

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David Love: With only a week left until a potentially apocalyptic default on the federal debt, which could wreck the world economy, the approval rating of the Tea-Party-led Congress is at an abysmal all-time low, hovering somewhere between 5 percent and 11 percent, depending on who you ask. Apparently, and not surprisingly, hostage taking does not count as productive work by the American people.

Is GOP Al-Qaida’s Best Friend?

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Jerry Drucker: The Tea Party’s reckless government shutdown game is causing their al-Qaida brethren terrorists to jump with joy, rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the huge damage the GOP is inflicting.

When Government Becomes a Circus

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Bill Fletcher, Jr.: If the political Left were a stronger force in US society, we might actually be talking about contending for power. But at present the alternative systems tend to be arising on the political Right and are deeply authoritarian and racist.

Why Progressives Should Take Heart

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Michael Sigman: Voter suppression is the last refuge of scoundrels, and they are still swinging for the fences. But in the 2012 elections, highly successful efforts were waged to fight back against these efforts, and the pushback was successful.

Green Eggs and Scam

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Tom Degan: The funniest thing about Ted Cruz’s nearly day-long tirade was the fact that when his time was up, he proceeded to vote for funding the very thing he had been wailing against all through the day and all through the night.