Who Will Win Town Hall Immigration Battle?

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Randy Shaw: The future of immigration reform could well to be decided in the next three weeks. And this will occur not in the halls of Congress but in Congressional Town Hall meetings across the nation.

Good Timing for a Progressive Partnership

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Peter Dreier: Progressive activists sometimes joke that if you put three lefties in the same room you’ll soon have five different organizations. Personal egos, ideological splits, and competition for funding often lead to fissures, factions, and “family” disputes.

Groundhog Day in Obama Land

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Randy Shaw: The President is repeating his own failed script from 2009, once again shifting right just as the GOP is on the ropes and his own base is primed for mobilizing.

Health Care Reform: California’s Next Steps

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Diane Lefer: With the general practitioner or family practice doctor now a vanishing breed, yes we could and should put in place incentives to encourage more medical students to go into the field. But we also need to address the problem without delay.

The Obama Campaign’s Strategic Genius

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Randy Shaw: Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan was less about pleasing the Party’s base than about trying to shift the conversation away from the issues that Obama’s campaign team have made this election about.

Romney Channels Monty Python

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Charley James: This morning, I finally figured it out. Mitt Romney is an upper class twit. He’s the living, breathing, personification of the classic Monty Python’s sketch.

Supremes’ Decision Points Way Past America’s Division

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Bob Letcher: A citizenry cannot claim at once BOTH to value having each other’s back, figuratively, AND to oppose sharing the cost of caring for each other’s back, literally.

Bad Medicine: Walmart’s Rx for Employee Healthcare

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Bobbi Murray: Walmart, an employer whose success was shaped by the globalization and the free market ideology espoused by the Reagan revolution, always looks out for Number One.

Charley James Returns: Now, What Was I Saying … ?

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Charley James: I’d turned my back on modern health care to wait for Godot after a virulent cancer returned for the third time. Then, traditional Chinese medicine did what regular docs couldn’t. I beat the odds and was coming back – until a 1%-er caught up with me. Over the past three years, my life got turned upside down. Just like America’s.

The Biggest Impact of Lugar Primary Defeat

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Randy Shaw: Centrist solutions are what kept slavery going for decades, and what allowed Senators who backed Jim Crow laws to be treated as respected figures in the national press.

Climate-Change Denier Group Feels the Heat

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Steven Mikulan: As much as Heartland may wish to deny certain fundamentals of science, there are signs that its gonzo billboard ads have created a classic cause and effect backlash among some supporters.

Socialism: A GOP Plan Signed by Obama

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Tina Dupuy: Is it perfect? No. Could it be improved? Absolutely. However, ObamaCare is the opposite of socialism, it’s a market solution.

Purpose Driven Lies and Gender Equality

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Tina Dupuy: Both Arizona and Kansas are considering bills giving your doctor the legal authority to withhold potentially crucial information about your health and, in this case, your child’s.

Health Care: Affordability Is Accessibility

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Tina Dupuy: If it’s out of your price range – it’s out of your grasp. It doesn’t matter if the pill is offered over-the-counter or in vending machines – if you can’t afford it – you can’t have it.

How Congressional Gridlock Wreaks Havoc on Our Streets

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Jackie Cornejo: While Republicans and Democrats are fighting each other tooth and nail on health care reform, Medicare, defense spending and almost everything else, nationwide our roads are crumbling. Literally.

Outsourcing America’s Health Care

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Walter Brasch: “Megabucks/U.S. closes its auxiliary operations, and then contracts with Mexican companies for a fifth of the cost in the U.S. They do the work, ship it back to the U.S., and Megabucks bills Blue Cross the full rate as if it was done locally.”

Uniting Occupy and Labor Over Health Care

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Shamus Cooke: In order to unite all working Americans into a powerful coalition, Medicare for All should be demanded, so that all Americans will see their interests reflected in the fight.

GOP Debates: Shock and Aww Two More This Week!?

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Tina Dupuy: You know what’s never been said? “We should have MORE Republican primary debates.” Why? Because there are (by my count) 734,589 debates this election cycle and not enough hours in the day (spent working harder for less money) to watch eight Republican candidates stand around agreeing with each other for two hours every night.

Occupy Wall Street: Children of the Lost Decade Revolt

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Tina Dupuy: Like the Egypt and Tunisia uprisings, Occupy Wall Street are youths worried about their futures’ downgrade. It’s about the lack of prospects in the “land of opportunity.”

The Great Health Care Takeaway

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Shamus Cooke: Most workers now understand that there is a difference between apparently having health care and actually having health care: if you are technically “insured” but cannot afford doctor visits due to high deductibles and co-pays, you really aren’t insured.

Healthcare: What Democrats Should Have Learned By Now

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Robert Reich: Had the President and the Democrats stuck to their guns during the health-care debate and insisted on Medicare for all, or at least a public option, they wouldn’t now be facing the possible unraveling of the new health care law.

How Debt Ceiling Crisis Reelects Obama

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Tom Hall: The mainstream media has had little to say about Obama’s accomplishments. Why would they? The mainstream media is owned by, and serves, a handful of huge corporations in New York.

Netroots at Crossroads in Minneapolis This Weekend

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Paul Hogarth: I look forward to this Conference as a way of re-engaging in the national struggle, and harnessing the energy everyone with a Wi-Fi connection can take to fight for progressive change.

The Case for Actual Death Panels

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Tina Dupuy: The person who rubbed our face in our own mortality, the most famous and wacky of Death with Dignity advocates, Dr. Kevorkian is no longer with us. He’d probably appreciate the irony in calling his death a loss for the dying.

Republicans Keep Flunking on Union Issues, but Trumka Puts Democrats on Notice, Too

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Berry Craig: Many union members were deeply disappointed when Congress failed to do more to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Unions wanted more health care reform than Congress delivered, too.

Pawlenty Slams Obama on Immigration

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Andrea Nill: Obama always made clear that immigration reform stood in a line with health care reform, energy legislation, and financial regulatory changes and that at least a few Republicans are needed to pass a bill.

GOP on Health Care: Twist and Shout

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Tina Dupuy: What’s the new Republican idea on health care? Is their new idea to kill their old idea? That’s not actually an idea.

Foreign-Born to Help Fill Gap in U.S. Doctors

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Michele Waslin: As many as 150,000 doctors could be needed in the next 15 years. Immigrants will most certainly be helpful in filling the gap.

Report from an Unclear Front

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Bob Letcher: In the face of last year’s healthcare reform efforts, opponents screamed the inherently violent and hardly constructive “Kill the bill”; now, it’s opponents of reducing collective bargaining rights for public employees who are screaming the still inherently violent and hardly constructive “Kill the bill”.

We Twisted King’s Dream, So We Live With His Nightmare

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Tim Wise: If double-digit unemployment had been viewed as the emergency it is, when only people of color were experiencing it (as they typically have been, in good times or bad, year after year throughout this century), perhaps lawmakers might have seen fit to address the problem.

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