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Democratic Party

What It Means To Be Truly Liberal On Abortion

Donald Trump has mastered the authoritarian act, and that’s how he attracted his brigade of humble followers. Some on the left seem to envy this ability to force obedience through threats and attacks. But that approach doesn’t work on issue-oriented voters, doubly so on matters requiring nuance. Abortion is one such issue. Thus, one cannot fathom the ongoing crusade by abortion rights activists to crush Heath Mello, a moderate Democrat running for mayor of Omaha.

April 24, 2017
Ossoff

Purple Georgia 6th: Ossoff Scores Big Win But Faces June Runoff

Democrat Jon Ossoff ended up as the top vote getter in a crowded field of 18 candidates vying to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives. With 185 of 210 precincts reporting, he held 48.3 percent of the vote – just shy of the 50 percent he needed to become the first Democrat to represent Atlanta’s affluent northern suburbs since the 1970s.

That would tee up a June 20 runoff with Republican Karen Handel, who was headed to a second-place finish with 19.5 percent of the vote.

April 19, 2017
special election

In Special Election, GOP Barely Holds Kansas’ Fourth Congressional District

Republican Ron Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson by six points, in a district the GOP won last November by 31 points.

April 11, 2017
Guaranteed Job

Calling Trump’s Bluff: A Guaranteed Job For Every American Who Wants To Work

The job guarantee asserts that, if individuals bear a moral duty to work, then society and employers bear a reciprocal moral duty to provide good, dignified work for all. It would finally make real the ideal, stated in Franklin Roosevelt’s “Economic Bill of Rights,” that every American possesses a “right to a useful and remunerative job” and “to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.” Not a paternalistic aid, and not some tribute to aristocratic virtue, but a right to be claimed and exercised

March 25, 2017
A woman is silhouetted against a projected image of the Democratic National Committee during its Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting in Washington May 31, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Does The Race For Democratic Party Leader Matter?

The awkward confrontation between Democrats’ old guard and a rebellious set of young activists is an apt metaphor for the party’s current conundrum as it tries to respond to the populist angst rippling through America.

February 21, 2017
Ellison, DNC

It’s Time To Change The Democratic Party

The race for Democratic National Committee chair is not just about who has the glamour and skills to turn around a party that spent more than $1 billion last year, lost more than 1,000 statewide and congressional seats during Obama’s presidency, and has the least power in 75 years. It’s about how that turnaround will be done.

February 13, 2017
Democratic, healthy, resistance

The Democratic Party Finds Its Voice In The Protests Against President Trump

The fight over the future of the Democratic Party has been decided in the streets. The swelling crowds at women’s marches and the chanting airport cadres protesting President Donald Trump’s new immigration plan have finally pushed the party to the left after years of mincing steps in that direction.

February 7, 2017
Can the Democratic Party mobilize energy that drove Women's March?

How To Save The Democratic Party So It Can Save The World

Author and Harvard government professor Theda Skocpol argues that the Democratic Party is our best — and possibly only — hope to combat the “strong possibility of a long-term authoritarian right turn in US politics.”

February 5, 2017
Identity Politics

The Identity Politics Red Herring

The fight to make the Democratic Party a more representative institution was not a fight around advertising but was directly connected to the demands of historically excluded groups to be included, not as window dressing but as central players. This entire history is being denied in the name of upholding some sort of supposedly pure fight for economic justice.

January 12, 2017
Left needs to organize like Tea Party

Democrats Need Something Better Than A Tea Party

Yes, the left needs a movement that rivals the Tea Party movement’s passion, reach and influence. But rather than happening with the encouragement and funding of the party’s rich donors, it might have to happen in spite of them.

January 12, 2017

Sorry, Liberals. We Have To Talk About Economics — And Race.

Ignoring race to focus solely on economics helps the GOP, and that won’t even be an option considering whom Trump’s policies will target, argues columnist Greg Sargent. But author Ian Haney-López asserts that the Democratic Party presenting itself as “a coalition of minorities, each with discrete identities but united by a few shared interests” won’t reverse the trends that have fed massive inequality either. Instead, Democrats must confront the right’s white identity politics for what it is: a scam against the entire American working class.

January 2, 2017
Obama, Trump

Who Are We Americans Now? And Who Will We Become Under Trump?

We are now on the verge of one of the greatest U-turns in the history of national policy and politics. It may well change the basic workings of our government and private institutions and the role of the United States in the world. The impact is likely to be profound. Since government is a national looking glass, Americans will see themselves reflected in their government in an altogether different way from the Obama years. Many will look at that reflection and insist, “That’s not who we are.” But to the world—and to many Americans—that is who Americans will be, unless we organize and resist.

January 1, 2017
John McCain disputed Trump on Russian hacking of US presidential election

Despite Trump, McCain Vows To Probe Russian Election Hacking

“Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American,” said Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham in a public statement. “This cannot become a partisan issue. The stakes are too high for our country.”

December 11, 2016
Xavier Becerra, newly nominated California attorney general, will resist Trump agenda

Democratic California Prepares To Resist Trump Agenda

“Immigrants are a part of California’s history, our culture, and our society,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat from Los Angeles, responding to Trump’s calls to deport undocumented immigrants and build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. “We are telling the next Administration and Congress: if you want to get to them, you have to go through us.”

December 5, 2016
End of identity politics

The End Of ‘Identity Liberalism’? It Can’t Happen Too Soon

Identity politics rooted in race, gender and cultural identity invariably leads to tribalism—the great enemy of democracy. As Mark Lilla wrote, “the first identity movement in American politics was the Ku Klux Klan.”

November 30, 2016
liberals protest against trump

5 Ways You Can Fight Back Against Donald Trump

I doubt I’ll ever forgive myself for the mistakes I’ve made, but — like you — now all I can do is fight back against Trump. Here is what I think we need to do next.

November 14, 2016
Democratic ash heap

Democratic Aspirations Are Headed For The Ash Heap

The Democratic Party is bleeding out and near death, too. It may not be terminal, but it is certainly comatose. It may recover, but even if it does, its health will be fragile for years to come.

November 11, 2016
At the Rolling Thunder rally in Washington DC with Donald Trump

Review: Listen, Liberals! And Hear The Political Rage Of America’s Dispossessed

The clash of deeply felt racial and class grievances, compounded by cultural wounds on both sides of the identity divide, is crowding out the progressive brand of populism that America once had and so sorely needs.

November 6, 2016
Most Americans believe Russia is hacking Democrats to influence US election

Poll: Most Americans (And Most Republicans) Say Russia Is Hacking Democrats

Most American adults – 62 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of Republicans – think Putin is supporting Trump for the White House, the poll found.

October 28, 2016
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Loses Internet Access, Blames Ecuador

Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said on Monday that its founder Julian Assange’s internet was shut down by the government of Ecuador.

October 17, 2016
Ohio voters cast their votes at the polls for early voting in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Medina Ohio

Senior Democrat: ‘No Doubt’ Russia Behind Hacks On U.S. Election Systems

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said he doubts hackers could falsify vote tallies to affect the election outcome. Officials and experts have said the decentralized and outdated nature of U.S. voting technology makes such hacks more unlikely.

October 3, 2016

FBI Probes Suspected Foreign Hacks Targeting Phones Of Democratic Party Officials

The FBI is investigating suspected foreign attempts to hack mobile phones used by Democratic Party officials as recently as the past month.

September 27, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets audience members during a campaign stop at the 49th Annual Salute to Labor in Hampton, Illinois, U.S. September 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Democrats’ Hopes For Senate Majority Hang By A Slim Thread

The Democrats’ ability to appoint and confirm the next U.S. Supreme Court majority, which will shape the court’s values for years, is hanging by a thread and will be determined by U.S. Senate races in a half-dozen presidential swing states.

September 5, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Fearful Trump Supporters Hold All Of Us Hostage

Trump has managed to persuade many working-class whites that illegal immigrants destroy neighborhoods, peddle drugs, murder innocents and drive down wages. They take well-paying jobs, he says, from citizens who deserve them.

September 3, 2016
Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event with Vice-President Joe Biden in Scranton, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

Is The Left Really Wary Of Clinton?

The political media thrives on a boiling pot. Clinton’s widening lead in the polls drains some drama from the big story. The political punditry needs to drum up conflict, so why not revisit the alleged schism between Clinton and archliberals?

August 18, 2016