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Is Max Baucus the New Phil Gramm?

Friends and Colleagues: Is Senator Max Baucus about to do to America’s health care system what Senator Phil Gramm already did to the nation’s banking system? Let’s hope someone stops Baucus before it’s too late. As I observe in a

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“Health Care and Hate in Alhambra” — on the ground at a health care town meeting

Friends and Colleagues: I attended a town meeting on health care reform in Alhambra on Tuesday night, sponsored by my Congressman, Adam Schiff, a moderate Democrat.  I wanted to see if the right-wingers and the Republicans would once again outmaneuver

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“We Need More Protest…” – The Nation

Friends and Colleagues: Why is there so little protest in response to these hard economic times? That’s the question I address in an article on The Nation website today. If progressives are serious about economic and health care reform, we

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What Is a Reasonable Compromise on Health Care Reform?

Friends and Colleagues: The debate over health care reform is heating up.  Within a few months, Congress is likely to pass a health care bill.  It is possible that it could be a fundamental reform that makes America a much

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Progressive Patriotism – Things for Progressives and Liberals to Think About, and Do, on July 4th

Friends and Colleagues: In honor of July 4th, Dick Flacks and I have posted an article, “Progressives Take Back the Flag” on Huffington Post. We write that: “This July 4 feels different. We no longer have a president in the

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Upcoming Battles Over Reform: Business Keeps Crying Wolf to Challenge Obama Agenda

Friends: The right-wing lunatic fringe of the Republican Party (Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Dick Cheney, and the GOP leadership in the House and Senate) are becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream America. Because they have nothing positive

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In Support of a White House Farm

Since the presidential campaign, good food advocates have been calling on President Obama to incorporate progressive thinking into his food and agriculture platform. Although his choice for Secretary of Agriculture was disappointing and we’ve heard no word on the creation

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Will Obama invest in children’s health?

Barack Obama can affect whether a child’s life is shortened prematurely by 15 years. The oft-quoted statistic that one in three children born in 2000 will be diabetic in their lifetime demonstrates we are at a tipping point, both figuratively

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Obama Embraces Chicago Factory Sit-in

I’ve written a piece in the HuffingtonPost  about the dramatic sit-in currently underway by 240 workers in a Chicago factory. Since Friday, these workers, members of the United Electrical workers union, have illegally occupied their Chicago factory after their employer

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Why liberals need labor

Despite its paltry membership (12.1% of the workforce), the U.S. labor movement remains the nation’s most potent force for progressive change and the most effective vehicle for electing Democrats. As Kelly Candaele and I point out in our article in

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