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.

Republicans Like Leopards Never Change Their Spots

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Sy Slavin: Republicans like the proverbial leopards never change their spots. In 1935 they tried to kill Social Security – today using the same vile tactics; they are trying to do the same.

The Speaker’s Heavy Hand

Speaker John Perez

Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Speaker John Perez and Assemblymember Anthony Portantino have disagreed again. This time the disagreement could result in Portantino’s staff being furloughed.

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Forecasting the 2010 Congressional Elections

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Ted Vaill: There is hope, in spite of what the pundits say, if we work hard over the next two months to get progressive Democrats elected.

LA Progressive: August 15 to 21, 2010 — Articles

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Articles by Sharon Kyle, Ed Rampell, Marian Wang, Joseph Palermo, Rev. Irene Monroe, John Peeler, Randy Shaw, Shamus Cooke, Andrea Nill, Steve Hochstadt, Mike Price, Tanya Acker, Ron Wolff, Norman Solomon, Robert Reich, H. Scott Prosterman, Tina Dupuy, Sylvia Moore, Lucia Brawley, Berry Craig, Ivan Eland, Sherwood Ross, Jasmyne Cannick, Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen, Seth Hoy, Linda Milazzo

The Newtiness of Newt

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Michael Sigman: Newt’s bilious public statements, along with damning quotes in the Esquire piece from his second wife (out of three, so far) Marianne and from former long-time Republican congressman Mickey Edwards, suggest that Newt’s regeneration does not appear to have included a new heart.

Civil Rights and Wrongs Onstage at Two L.A. Theatres

Carry It On! Bill Durhamm and Rowena Johnson (Photo Miriam Geer)

Ed Rampell: Art emerges out of our collective psyche to reflect our times, and it’s fascinating to see how L.A. theatre is responding to the current attack on our civil, human and constitutional rights and liberties.

Keep Grant on the 50

Berry Craig: When Reagan said he was a “states’ rights” guy, “he was elbow deep in the same old race-baiting Southern strategy of Goldwater and Nixon” and “tapping out the code,” Bob Herbert wrote in the New York Times in 2007. “It was understood that when politicians started chirping about ‘states’ rights’ to white people in places like Neshoba County they were saying that when it comes down to you and the blacks, we’re with you. And Reagan meant it.”

End of the Line for the CDP Caucuses?

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Any political party solely dedicated to get out the vote (GOTV) or electioneering is 
doomed. Today, tomorrow, soon. Ask the Republicans. Mickey Edwards, 
former Republican Congressman from Oklahoma, has stated that the demise of the 
Republican Party derives from the day that they decided to turn 
the Party into an “incumbents-only” GOTV machine.

Brooks to Thurmond to Wilson: Is There Something in the Water in South Carolina?

Senator Strom Thurmond

Rep. Joe Wilson’s rude outburst during President Obama’s health address follows, faintly, in a long tradition of South Carolinian legislative indecorum. Historian Steven Conn reviews the record.

UK Perspective: Where Have You Gone Teddy, Tip, and Ronnie?

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President Obama presented a strong hybrid speech last night. He reached out to Republicans who clearly will not vote for it, encouraged Democrats to grow a spine, and went back to his community organising sharp elbowed Chicago political style.

Chris Matthews Is Becoming the Left’s Bill O’Reilly

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by Charley James – As a progressive, one of the things that I appreciate about MSNBC’s evening line-up is that although its people have a liberal point of view, they stick to actual facts rather than slide down into the slimy half-truths and outright lies that Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and the other on Fox’s [...]

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