David France’s bold, powerful, heart-wrenching documentary How to Survive a Plague follows the evolution of ACT UP NY and its Treatment Action Group (TAG), capturing the outrage, agony and activism that changed the social, political and medical fabric of the United States from the 1980s with the beginning of the AIDS crisis. Director/co-writer David France and Howard Gertler, one of the film’s producers, are our guests tonight.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 10, 2012 12:20 pm|
While the Republican national convention appears to have barely moved the polling in Mitt Romney’s direction, early signs indicate that President Obama received a modest but significant bounce from his convention. The Gallup daily tracking poll out today has Obama with a five point lead over Romney among registered voters.
|By: Dean Baker Sunday September 9, 2012 5:00 pm|
The Democrats’ discussion of the loss of the Clinton budget surpluses is a tale of paradise lost. Unfortunately, it was an illusory paradise that serious people should not concern themselves with. That is why it is disappointing to see Ezra Klein give us more tales of the evaporating budget surplus.
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday September 9, 2012 9:30 am|
Polls show Mitt Romney lost badly to President Obama in the Battle of Conventions. Obama appears to have gained ground during the GOP convention and to have widened his lead over Romney during the Democratic convention.
So what does Romney do? He doubles down on culture war lies, implying over the weekend that Obama plans to remove the word “God” from the nation’s coins. Call it coining lies. I have to ask once again, should Romney somehow manage to win, why would anyone grant his victory legitimacy?
|By: RFShunt Friday September 7, 2012 6:00 pm|
If the Democratic National Convention showed us anything it’s that when Democrats truly, desperately need to connect with Americans they reach for strong progressive ideas.
When they know, in this post-Citizens-United landscape, that they will be hopelessly outgunned in the 30 second TV soundbite battlefield; when they understand that the media will dilute their strongest points in endless he-said, she-said “balanced” journalism; when they are faced with the only opportunity they will have to speak directly to the electorate in those 3 days from the convention floor – they opt for our ideas, progressive ideas.
This is good news.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 6, 2012 8:12 am|
Last night with his speech at the Democratic National Convention Bill Clinton reminded everyone why he has been such a successful politician. While his speech was long and rambling at a few moments, it was well delivered. He probably did the best job he could trying to sell the difficult arguments the Obama team is making; although the economy is still bad, it is better and will continue to get better with four more years.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 6, 2012 6:00 am|
Bill Clinton gave a heck of a speech tonight. I’d put up the transcript, but it’s only about 35% of the speech; the vast majority of it came off the hip. What’s incredible about this is that Clinton didn’t fill the rest of that time by telling old war stories; he filled it with a fairly detailed set of policy arguments, about Medicare, Medicaid, the economy, taxes, the deficit (I personally could have done without that one), jobs, energy, and pretty much everything in the domestic portfolio of a modern President, with distinct lists of variances between the two candidates on these issues.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 5, 2012 12:39 pm|
The flip side to the fact that deficit spending in a recession is responsible is that the story of the 1990s, the story of prosperity through surpluses, was actually deeply irresponsible, laying the conditions for the current crisis. Joe Weisenthal has a masterful article out, drawing on the work of UMKC professor and MMT theorist Stephanie Kelton, explaining how Clinton’s balanced budgets created trouble for the economy. I’m not certain I buy all of it, but it’s too important not to share.
|By: Michelle Chen Sunday September 2, 2012 5:00 pm|
The Romney camp’s new attack line on the Obama administration–that he “gutted” the work requirements imposed on families receiving public assistance–has been widely debunked as a distortion of a mundane policy memo. But the real scandal here isn’t what Obama did or didn’t do to “workfare”; it’s that both parties have gutted the welfare system as a whole to conduct a cruel social experiment on impoverished families.
|By: Peterr Saturday August 18, 2012 9:00 am|
After the invitation went out to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to speak at the annual “Al Smith Dinner” — a huge Roman Catholic charitable fundraiser in New York City, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has been getting slammed by the Catholic right wing. Given how the USCCB has been ratcheting up the rhetoric against Democrats (especially Roman Catholic Democrats) for years, no one should be surprised at this reaction. As the prophet said, those who sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind.
I hope Cardinal Dolan likes the breeze.