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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
Jill Stein raises money for election recount to test the integrity of voter systems

Will Jill Stein Be 2016’s Ralph Nader?

Cornel West, one of Bernie Sanders’ most prominent supporters, who is now supporting the Stein campaign, told Vice in 2012, “American politics are not a matter of voting your moral conscience — if I voted my moral conscience it would probably be for Jill Stein.” Does he signal a shift away from Hillary Clinton?

July 15, 2016
Elizabeth Warren, candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, addresses the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo

Elizabeth Warren’s Still In Hot Water With Fellow Progressives Over Her Clinton Endorsement

“I Iiked Elizabeth Warren until the time she started being so opportunistic,” said Ted Zatlyn, a Sanders supporter and former managing editor for the Los Angeles Free Press, a now-defunct granddaddy of alt weeklies in California. He described Warren as a politician “in the negative sense.”

July 7, 2016
Flag burning protected under First Amendment

Progressive Patriotism — Not An Oxymoron

Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals. The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans—across the political spectrum—have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.

July 4, 2016
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

What Does Joe Biden Do Now?

Just months ago, Joe Biden was seriously mulling a third and final run for the presidency. Today, the vice president is preparing for a more supportive role during the general election matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

June 9, 2016
Bernie Sanders artwork by Amanda Burkman is displayed during the candidate's campaign rally at Colton Hall in Monterey, California, May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Fiala

Robert Reich: Dear Bernie, A Note Of Thanks

“Let me tell you this: You’ve already succeeded.”

June 9, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrives to speak during an election rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Sanders’ Next Fight: A More Liberal Democratic Platform

With his prospects of becoming the Democratic nominee for president fading, Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for what he thinks is the next best thing: the party platform. It’s a document of policy positions and goals few are likely to read and the White House will barely notice.

May 9, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk during a commercial break at the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates' debate in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

What Clinton And Sanders Owe Progressives

Their underlying argument is more than a century old, reprising an internecine progressive fight that goes back to the 1912 election, when Former President Theodore Roosevelt, Democrat Woodrow Wilson, and Socialist Eugene Debs rounded out the most remarkable field of candidates American voters were ever offered.

April 19, 2016
Hillary Clinton

This Progressive Doesn’t Need Your Lectures

One of the hallmarks of a progressive is a willingness to challenge a power structure that leaves too many people looking up and seeing the bottom of a boot.

February 4, 2016
Bernie Sanders

Hillary And Bernie In Combat Over ‘Progressive’ Label

Sanders appears to be on the verge of writing out vast swaths of Democratic politicians (and voters) from having a claim to a real progressive identity.

February 3, 2016

Progressive Frenemies

It seems that there is a big struggle over the Democratic Party’s soul and the meaning of progressivism. After all, that’s what the media talk about incessantly.

May 21, 2015

The Magnetic Left: How Non-Candidates Are Changing The Conversation

By capturing the spotlight and forcing the conversation, progressives are gently nudging the Democratic party’s needle towards broad reforms.

May 12, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Inequality And One City: Bill de Blasio And The New York Experiment, Year One’

When New York City elected as its new mayor, Bill de Blasio, a tectonic shift occurred in the political landscape of not merely the five boroughs, but the nation.

April 19, 2015

The Left Is Building A Movement Of Movements To Pressure Hillary

In the absence of a genuine challenger to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — in the absence, most particularly, of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy — a sort of movement of leftist movements has emerged to bring pressure on the presumptive nominee.

April 9, 2015

The Pope Isn’t A Party Boss

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s first salary as a community organizer was paid by a Catholic group and his earliest social justice work was rooted in Catholic social doctrine. He identified with Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, then Chicago’s archbishop, whose consistent ethic of life encompassed a dedication to the poor, a concern over the human costs of […]

March 27, 2014