*+-Brent Budowsky: In the battle of Democrats to keep control of the Senate in 2014 and win a substantial victory in the presidential election 2016, the new rise of Southern Democrats is a very big deal.
*+-Brent Budowsky: The most memorable aspect of Clinton’s carefully orchestrated book tour for Hard Choices could be the discussion about whether she is fully in tune with the temper of our times on matters of wealth and opportunity in America.
*+-Brent Budowsky: We honor what was achieved by the courageous patriots and timeless heroes of many nations who were the great generation. And now the future of the freedom century rests on the shoulders our generation, today.
*+-Brent Budowsky: The tide today is enlightened populism. If Clinton makes the hard choice to seize this tide, the fortune could be a lasting political realignment and the first great Madame President to lift the nation and light the world.
*+-Brent Budowsky: Obama should name a whip-cracking, butt-kicking, hard-charging, retired military officer to spend six months pursuing the SOLE mission of deciding what needs to be done to improve healthcare for vets and going to Congress to get bipartisan support for whatever is needed.
*+-Brent Budowsky: The Republicans raising money using dead Americans in Benghazi is a shame, an outrage and an infamy that must be ended, as this committee must be ended, as the House Republican majority must be ended.
*+-Brent Budowsky: The GOP addresses its partisan and extreme right-wing base with a venom toward others that mocks the legacies of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Clinton addresses the nation as a whole in tones reminiscent of Pope Francis.
*+-Brent Budowsky: Boehner’s ploy to create a House select committee to waste taxpayer dollars running a partisan, political witch hunt about Benghazi is the worst Republican idea since some Republicans in New Jersey tried blocking traffic on a bridge.
*+-Brent Budowsky: Warren combines qualities associated with both Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. She might be the closest embodiment on the political stage of the moral teachings of Pope Francis on matters of economics, finance, social justice, poverty and reform.
*+-Brent Budowsky: One moment Paul says he might support a military attack against Iran. Then he implies he might accept a nuclear-armed Iran and follow a policy of containment. Then he says he won’t tell us what policy he prefers, comparing himself to Ronald Reagan.
-+*Treva Brandon Scharf: Can’t afford a gym membership? Get bored easily by exercise? Don’t want to run into your ex at Equinox? No problem! There’s always the great outdoors – otherwise known as your local park.
-+*Walter Moss: There is little chance that any Republican nominee will put dealing with climate change at the center of his/her agenda, but we progressives should insure that at least the Democratic nominee does.
-+*Annette Bernhardt: The inequality debate often focuses on globalization and new technology, but we know that the decline of unions and the falling real value of the minimum wage have also played critical roles.