Poll: Shutdown Could Cost GOP the House

By: Monday October 7, 2013 7:49 am

All the public polling data over the past two weeks shows this shutdown is hurting the Republican party. The only real question is how badly.

 

Time to Bell the Obama Cat

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 7:04 pm

The story goes that some mice became very upset about the cat in the house and convened an emergency meeting. They finally came up with the idea of tying a bell around the cat’s neck, so the dangerous feline could no longer catch victims unawares. The plan gained a lot of enthusiastic praise, until one mouse piped up with a question that preceded a long silence: “Who’s going to bell the cat?”

You Don’t Have to Love AIPAC to Oppose Hagel

By: Sunday January 6, 2013 6:00 pm

If you follow foreign policy discussions at all you will have noticed the recent commotion around the potential (and now they say planned) nomination of Republican former Senator and current Chevron board member Chuck Hagel to become Obama’s Secretary of Defense.

MoveOn Asks Justice Department to Investigate Romney’s False Statements on Federal Disclosure Forms

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 6:30 pm

MoveOn.org has sent a finding of fact to the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department, asking that they initiate an investigation into whether Mitt Romney lied on a federal financial disclosure form.

This is an issue that arose back in July, during the debate over precisely when Romney left his job at Bain Capital.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Karpf, The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy

By: Saturday July 21, 2012 1:59 pm

Dave Karpf’s exceptional book The MoveOn Effect examines and explains the rise of the Netroots, putting organizations like MoveOn.org, the PCCC, and DailyKos (and, I daresay, Firedoglake!) in historical and academic context. There is a rich study of political institutions and organizations that Karpf is able to tap into to better plumb the depths of what we have now, how it is different from what came before, and where we might be heading. Dave not only brings an academic and historical point of view, but he brings an activist point of view. For many years, he’s been a leader in the Sierra Club, serving on their National Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010.

Occupy Hilo Occupies Helco

By: Sunday March 4, 2012 9:45 am

I would like to think that if we hadn’t had such a deluge on Wednesday, we would’ve had an even larger turnout.

Protesters Demonstrate in Front of Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Meeting in Chicago

By: Monday January 23, 2012 1:45 pm

Protesters have gathered outside a meeting taking place in Chicago today between officials with the Obama Administration and some state Attorneys General or members of their staff, aimed at reaching agreement on a low-ball settlement with leading banks over foreclosure fraud. The proposed settlement would give homeowners a pittance in exchange for a broad release of liability from prosecution for the banks.

Liberal Groups Aim to Take Back the Occupy Movement

By: Monday December 5, 2011 10:50 am

Occupiers from occupations all over the United States are headed to Washington, DC, for three days of action that are being organized under the banner, “Take Back the Capitol.” But is their agenda as bold as the people likely to participate?

Democrats Lining Up in Support of More Populist Obama Stances

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 6:07 am

The biggest problem with the White House’s definitional strategy on the American Jobs Act was that Democrats didn’t really give it the full-throated support it needed to draw that contrast. By the end of last week, the White House was circling the wagons on that, and Democratic leaders stepped out to say that the jobs plan would have the support of the caucus. But those initial grumblings really hurt the unified message.

Are we on the way toward the same problem with the deficit reduction plan delivered today, similarly designed to draw contrast between taxes on millionaires or cuts to vital programs? So far, this looks a bit better.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bill Zimmerman, Troublemaker – A Memoir From the Front Lines of the Sixties

By: Sunday June 26, 2011 1:59 pm

One distinctive thing about Zimmerman’s personal story is the fact that he chose to live his life as a full time ‘troublemaker’ (committed leftwing activist), abandoning his extremely promising career as a creative and recognized scientist. He got his PhD in psychology at the University of Chicago in 1967, based on path breaking research on brain function in sleep, and gave up his academic career even though he had every expectation of continuing achievement. Why and how he made this life change reveals a lot about the society of that time—and now—so I hope we can delve into this dimension of his experience.

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