Gullible’s Travails: Abuse and Scandal Around Obama

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John Peeler: Obama’s also gullible in failing, after more than four years, to grasp just how obsessed the Republicans are with making him fail, without regard to the consequences for the country.

Pushing Budget Reform State by State

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Randy Shaw: While progressives debate whether President Obama could have used his “bully pulpit” to overcome GOP opposition to reviving the nation’s economy, let’s accept that in 2013-14 activists can more effectively address economic justice measures at the state level.

NRA Liars and Congressional Cowards

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Walter Brasch: Until the members of Congress develop that one iota of courage that President Obama asked for, the United States will continue to have the highest number of guns per population of 178 countries—and also rank among the world’s top 10 countries in the rate of deaths per population from guns.

Obama’s Still Shopping for a Grand Bargain

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Shamus Cooke: At the end of the day a so-called progressive Democrat is still a Democrat, and the Democratic Party has re-made its image to reflect the interests of its new big donors from Wall Street, who now feel as comfortable buying Democrats as they do purchasing a Republican politician.

Why Immigration Reform Now?

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Anthony Samad: The Black-Brown racial conflict can’t be the manipulator that makes us all pawns in the game. Immigration reform is a great opportunity to talk about race relations reform in America.

How to Beat Republican Fanatics: Call Their Bluff, Go Over Cliff

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Robert Reich: The fanatics in the GOP have to be held accountable or they’ll continue to hold the nation hostage to their extremism. Even if it takes until the 2014 midterms to loosen their hold, the cost is worth it.

President Obama and the Road Forward

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Carl Matthes: Our country is entering an exciting era. We all are proud of our President and all of us pledge to do our part to ensure a continuing growth of Liberal and Progressive ideas and policies.

Let’s Stop Talking About 2016!

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Randy Shaw: Americans may “hate” politics, but the media cannot get enough of it. Since Obama’s re-election we have been deluged with stories not simply about Hillary Clinton, but also about Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush positioning themselves for runs in 2016.

A Rice Worth Fighting For

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Karen Finney: Such a fight would galvanize support for Obama among progressives, creating goodwill he might need heading in to the “fiscal cliff” and budget discussions, which could require unpopular concessions from the president.

New Mandate, New ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Math

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Richard “RJ” Escow: The voters have asked President Obama and his fellow Democrats not to “shirk a fight” over economic issues. We look forward to seeing the democratic process unfold as a much-needed fight against economic injustice is played out in the public arena.

Obama Makes Strong Case for Second Term

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Randy Shaw: President Barack Obama came out of the box breathing fire last night, offering the strongest debate performance of his political career.

The Great Realignment

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Brent Budowsky: President Obama blew it, but he can still lead Democrats to a landslide victory in 2012 by understanding the sources of the third great realignment in more than a century, which should have been realized after his election in 2008.

Why Obama, Progressives Are Winning on Issues

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Randy Shaw: Obama’s campaign is giving progressives something they have not experienced since FDR: a clear cut ideological victory for progressive economic strategies and values. And Republicans know it.

Who Is the Client State?

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Stanley Kutler: Will Netanyahu now force American Jews to choose between the stakes and interests of their own government, or his own political needs and ambitions? Who can doubt the outcome?

After Dempsey Warning, Israel May Curb War Threat

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Gareth Porther and Jim Lobe: Obama’s explicit warning that he will not accept a unilateral Israeli attack against Iran may force Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step back from his ostensible threat of war.

Is Barack Obama a Radical Socialist, a Pro-Business Sell-Out, Both, or Neither?

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Peter Dreier: These contradictory views of Obama reflect not only the nation’s ideological chasm but also a country whose stances on economic and social issues are constantly in flux.

Homelessness: Cheaper to Fix Than to Let Fester

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any of the social, economic and political ills facing the United States will cost tens of billions to fix, from updating the power grid and building a high-speed rail network to dealing with climate change and revitalizing public education. Solving the problem of homelessness should be easy because it will cost billions less to fix [...]

Clearing the Air on Immigrants, the Military, and Deferred Action

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Michele Waslin: There are serious questions about whom and how many would qualify for deferred action through the military route. The answer is close to zero.

Dictatorship of Dollars

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Brent Budowsky: The armies of the dictatorship of dollars have mobilized for the grand battle of the gathering storm. Kennedy was only elected in 1960 because he ran with Johnson. Democrats have no margin for error in 2012.

Convincing Young Voters Obama Was the Change Candidate Obama Promised

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Anthony Samad: The President must tell more of what he’s done, where it becomes evidence that Candidate Obama went to work for the people once he became President Obama.

Obama’s Afghanistan Speech: A Guide to the Perplexed

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Tom Hayden: Obama spoke directly to public opinion when he refused to leave “immediately,” on the grounds that Afghanistan will need “an opportunity to stabilize,” an observation which the vast majority of Americans will accept, for now.

Supreme Court on Trial

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Brent Budowsky: Chief Justice John Roberts is a brilliant and charming man, but he is a man with a hard ideological agenda who is taking the court in dangerous and in some important ways unprecedented directions.

The U.S. Can No Longer Afford Its Empire

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Ivan Eland: The Cold War is long over, and the concomitant rationale (dubious even then) for using an interventionist U.S. foreign policy to attempt to run the world is now obsolete and even dangerous in an era of blowback terrorism. Many empires throughout history have collapsed or withered away because their aspirations were too big for their wallets; the U.S. is in that perilous position now. Therefore, the United States should dramatically retract its defense perimeter, thus cutting the U.S. security budget by half and saving more than $500 billion a year.

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

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Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act resident Barack Obama signed his first act into law on January 29, 2009. The act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, reverses a 2007 Supreme Court decision which held that employers are protected from lawsuits over race or gender pay discrimination if the claims are based on decisions made by [...]

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