Michael Brenner: A Smile for Charlie Rangel

Charlie Rangel does not want our cheers. He doesn’t need our cheers. His public life has never been a melodrama; celebrity politics is not his game. His career and accomplishments are the only fitting accolades. However the House rebukes him, whatever columnists say about him, that’s what counts and it can’t be taken away. In […]

MT-2012 President: Republicans Lead, Two Races Close (PPP 11/10-13)

Public Policy Polling (D) 11/10-13/10; 1,176 likely voters, 2.9% margin of error Mode: Automated phone PPP release Montana 2012 President 46% Gingrich, 44% Obama 51% Huckabee, 41% Obama 47% Palin, 45% Obama 50% Romney, 29% Obama Obama Job Approval 41% Approve, 54% Disapprove Favorable / Unfavorable Newt Gingrich: 34 / 47 Mike Huckabee: 46 / […]

Andy Igrejas: States Are Getting Tough on Toxics — Will Congress?

I’ll be the first to admit it: I live in Washington, D.C., and I spend a lot of time talking to inside-the-beltway types about what Congress will and will not do. It’s easy to forget that, sometimes, big change happens without Congress — and despite the efforts of well-funded corporate lobbyists. Case in point is […]

George Soros: Give Elsewhere ‘If This President Can’t Do What We Want’

WASHINGTON — At a private meeting on Tuesday afternoon, George Soros, a longtime supporter of progressive causes, voiced blunt criticism of the Obama administration, going so far as to suggest that Democratic donors direct their support somewhere other than the president. The Hungarian-American financier was speaking to a small side gathering of donors who had […]

Andrea Lyon: Witness to Innocence

Last Sunday, I had the privilege of being asked to talk to a group of exonerees from death row at the end of a conference held here in Chicago by an organization called Witness to Innocence . I spoke about the state of the death penalty here in Illinois and around the country and about […]

Alex Koroknay-Palicz: Ann Coulter’s Ageism Will Doom the Republican Party

This week, professional anger-tainment star, Ann Coulter, wrote a predictably provocative article for TownHall in which she calls for the repeal of the 26th Amendment, the Vietnam era Amendment which lowered the voting age to 18 in the United States. Taking it one incendiary step further (she certainly has a knack for that) Coulter suggests […]

Richard Kirsch: Schakowsky’s Deficit Plan Shows How to Get Things Done

Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0. Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a member of the president’s deficit reduction commission, put out a straight-forward plan yesterday that demonstrates what you can do if you believe that we need a strong middle class to build a strong economy. Unlike the recommendations of the commission’s chairs, Alan Simpson and Erskine […]

Richard Klass: Time for Something Special

There are 47 days including yesterday, 16 November when Congress opened its lame duck session and 3 January 2011 when the 112th Congress opens. Of those, three are holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day), seven are Sunday, and six plus New Years Day are Saturdays. Most Americans would say that excluding holidays and Sundays, […]

Dennis Kucinich To Challenge Democrat For Key House Position

Kucinich, a hero to anti-war liberals and a two-time candidate for president, wants to be in position to defend the administration with the same pugnacity that he used fighting his way up through the tough ward politics on Cleveland’s west side. But he is not the heir apparent to the ranking minority position on the […]