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Monday, October 23, 2017
FDR
Trumpism, Center

It’s Beyond Parody How Beyond Parody Trump Is

As his campaign floundered last October, Trump went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to lay out his “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” Now he says that expecting him to accomplish anything within his first 100 days is a “ridiculous” standard. He’s welshing again, as he always does.

April 24, 2017
Trump, Supreme Court

Trumping Judicial Review

Given the hard-right boundary-pushing of this White House, there is good reason to expect that the administration will press, subvert, and ignore the Court as it deems necessary, daring the House to draw up articles of impeachment in order to maintain checks and balances in Washington.

March 1, 2017
Refugees

America’s Long History Of Anti-Refugee Policies

American presidents have periodically curtailed the entry of individuals or groups in the name of national security. Such measures invariably have proven controversial, often unleashing a fiery public debate about the relative merits of protecting the homeland at the cost of undermining our values.

February 28, 2017
John Dingell, Twitter King

Jonn Dingell Is The Trump-Twitter Destroyer America Needs

While still serving in Congress as a spry 88-year-old in 2014, John Dingell was recognized by BuzzFeed as “probably the best person on Twitter” after an errant tweet from an Environmental Protection Agency account led him to tweeting about the shock of learning what a “Kardashian” is.

February 17, 2017
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
Trump, Immigration, DACA

Trump Promises To Call Congress Into A Special Session On Obamacare

The Constitution gives the president the authority “on extraordinary occasions, to convene both houses (of Congress) or either of them.” Since the amendment was adopted in 1933, presidents have only exercised their power to convene Congress four times.

November 2, 2016

Hillary Was No ‘Enabler,’ Nor Were Eleanor and Jackie

Of course Hillary Clinton knew that her husband fooled around. So did Eleanor Roosevelt and Jackie Kennedy.

October 6, 2016

Ghosts Of History: Why America Recoils From Donald Trump

Listening to Trump assume the leadership of the Republican Party, a degrading event compared to death by many Republicans, inevitably brought thoughts of that party’s founding president.

July 22, 2016
Bernie Sanders Campaign 2016 Aled Lewis

New Sanders Posters Channel The New Deal’s Spirit

Their message is simple: “Not me, Us.”

February 23, 2016
Hillary Clinton Campaigning

What Hillary Said About Paid Leave, Child Care, Inequality — Yesterday And 20 Years Ago

Twenty years ago, when President Clinton was running for reelection against the odds, Hillary hedged her message — and yet she was prescient in addressing the harms of an increasingly unfair economy.

June 15, 2015

Historic Mansions And Houses Of New York’s Hudson River Valley

The mansions and historic houses of New York’s Hudson River Valley have lots to offer all year long.

November 11, 2014

The Stiglitz Code: How Taxing Capital Can Counter Inequality

Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that tax reform is the key to addressing inequality in a new Roosevelt Institute paper released today. Click here to listen to Stiglitz describe the key arguments of the paper. Click here to read his recent congressional testimony on why inequality matters and what can be done about it. The American economy is at a crossroads. […]

May 28, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘The Fight For Four Freedoms: What Made FDR And The Greatest Generation Truly Great’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you The Fight for Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great by Harvey J. Kaye, Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin. Kaye provides an enlightening and important historical account of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fight for the freedom from want and fear, […]

May 10, 2014

WATCH: Jon Meacham Offers The Worst Criticism Of Obama’s Executive Orders

During a Thursday morning appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham offered an incredibly silly criticism of President Obama’s plan to use executive orders to advance his agenda, when he picked two of the worst possible examples to “prove” his point that such a move would be unprecedented. “We make fun of […]

January 30, 2014

Obama Should Look To Roosevelt In Fight Against Inequality, Right Wing

Seventy years ago, on January 11, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his 11th Annual Message on the State of the Union. The United States was at war.  But the president spoke not only of the struggle and of what Americans had to do to hasten victory over the Axis Powers. He also spoke of what […]

January 11, 2014