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Liberals Find Community — And That Could Be Big

Like the Tea Party right, liberals are flocking to their own media campfires for warmth, talking points, and calls to action. The Tea Party’s membership was never huge in numbers, but the movement knew how to turn communal passions into political clout. Members jeered politicians and joined enthusiastic protests. But their real power came from marching as a group to party primaries and other elections that less engaged voters ignored.

April 6, 2017
Trump voters

Why We Shouldn’t Let Resentment Define Us

It’s a fallacy to believe progressives can fix America’s acrimony by changing their attitudes. I am all for reaching out. But it helps to have someone else reaching back.

March 13, 2017

How The #Resistance Is Tapping Into The Tea Party’s Playbook

If other social movements are any guide, the biggest challenge the anti-Trump resistance faces in the weeks and months ahead is bringing some structure and strategy to these fragmented groups. On the flip-side, too much streamlining risks losing the grassroots authenticity that gets the attention of politicians.

February 17, 2017
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Why The New Sanders Group Our Revolution Is Leaving Many Bernie Backers Scratching Their Heads

A batch of petitions launched by skeptics questions Our Revolution’s agenda, inclusion of supporters and endorsements.

September 1, 2016

Sanders Could Help Democrats And Progressives In Down-Ballot California Races

Bernie Sanders’ decision to stay in the Democratic primary race — and the competitive nature of that race in the state of California — could very well pay dividends for the Democratic Party in the less glamorous, but impactful down-ballot races.

June 7, 2016
The crowd cheers as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Fort Collins

Bernie Nation Can’t Get Behind Hillary Clinton

The extreme left now mirrors the extreme right, each reflecting the anger and unbending rigidity of the other. And the idea that politics is the art of compromise, where everybody gets something but nobody gets everything, seems a lost artifact from a distant age.

May 1, 2016
Supporters of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders react to primary election results during a campaign rally in Phoenix

What We Get Wrong About Presidential Power

In “Listen, Liberal” the author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? mounts a scathing indictment of the Clintons and their Democratic Party.

April 25, 2016

Sanders Is A Fighter, But Not In The Fray

The senator from Vermont, now running for president, is a lovable talker — but talk is almost all he’s ever done.

July 7, 2015

5 Ways Hillary Clinton And Progressives Could Win The Democratic Primary

Unless a viable opponent arises, most Democratic debate will take place inside Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Here are five ways the front-runner can signal that she plans to win with progressives and heed their priorities.

April 20, 2015

Correction: Obama Is Not A Liberal

Obama ran as a liberal Democrat in the 2008 presidential primary, edging out centrist Hillary Clinton from the left. But Obama is not a liberal.

April 10, 2015

An Exciting Democracy Movement Arises In Chicago

Meet the progressive movement that’s shaking up with Windy City.

February 18, 2015

‘The Imperial Congress’

Here’s how progressives can stand up to the Republican legislature.

December 1, 2014

Top 10 Political Films For Progressives

Looking for a break from the news? Here’s a list of great political movies that are certain to pique your interest.

October 13, 2014

Sen. Warren Is Tribune Of Left And Its Fondest White House Wish

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau DETROIT — “Is this the line for the groupies?” Amanda Knief asked the question with a laugh, but liberal fervor for Sen. Elizabeth Warren runs deep, as evidenced by the fans who’d gathered some 90 minutes before the Massachusetts Democrat took the stage in Detroit recently at the nation’s […]

July 31, 2014

The Liberals’ Defense Counsel

BOSTON — Elizabeth Warren is cast as many things: a populist, a left-winger, the paladin against the bankers and the rich, the Democrats’ alternative to Hillary Clinton, the policy wonk with a heart. The senior senator from Massachusetts is certainly a populist and her heart is with those foreclosed upon and exploited by shady financial […]

May 19, 2014

De Blasio, Unbowed

NEW YORK — To say that Mayor Bill de Blasio is unbowed after some difficult moments in his first few months in office is not entirely true. The 6-foot-5 progressive bows regularly so he won’t overwhelm interlocutors who don’t meet NBA specs. But de Blasio offers no apologies for waging war on economic inequality, for […]

April 21, 2014

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Ends In Rare Victory For Obama And Progressives

Progressives have a lot to be disappointed about in the Obama presidency. Inequality remains stark and the jobs picture downright scary. The healthcare law — while it will save many lives – lacks a public option and further entrenches private insurance companies. But on a key question of social justice, fairness, and equality, the president […]

September 19, 2011