Bernie Sanders: Plain-speaking on the death of the middle class

Bernie Sanders–now a declared candidate for President–is not new to the business of truth-telling. The following article, originally published here in 2013, chronicles one of his finest moments… Want to hear the real story on the destruction of the middle class in this country?  Without spin? Without obfuscation? Watch this excerpt of a rare moment…

Extending unemployment payments — a matter of fairness: Progressive Blog Digest

The Senate passes unemployment payments, Obama ramps up the pressure. What will the House Repubs do?  See today’s full Progressive Blog Digest here.   The Senate: http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/unemployment-insurance-advances-senate/ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/07/1267814/-Unemployment-aid-moves-forward-nbsp-in-nbsp-Senate http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/07/unemployment-benefits-senate-vote_n_4554728.html http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/jobless-aid-advances-despite-gop-obstruction http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/01/07/a-surprising-step-forward-for-unemployment-benefits/ Obama: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/07/obama-to-congress-do-your-job-and-extend-unemployment-benefits.html http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/07/1267823/-President-Obama-pushes-for-unemployment-benefits-extension The House: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/01/07/house-gop-leaders-coach-rank-and-file-on-discussing-unemployment/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd House Republican leaders sent a memo this week to the entire GOP conference with talking points designed to…

Dems: Stop being “disappointed” and defensive

This is Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s response to Republican state legislators who tried to trap him into a public embarrassment regarding Medicaid expansion. …That is why I was disappointed to learn today that you had reneged on our agreement for a constructive dialogue on this matter. Given the assurances my office received in good faith…

What winning feels like: Progressive Blog Digest

The usual pundits and chin-pullers are all upset now that the Democratic reform to the filibuster will upset the spirit of bipartisanship and comity between the parties. You know, that spirit of bipartisanship and comity that the Republicans were so committed to? Nasty old Democrats! http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/11/22/pundits-bemoan-end-of-filibuster/ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/22/1257589/-Let-the-filibuster-reform-pearl-clutching-nbsp-commence http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/11/nuclear-option-and-bipartisan-fantasies.html More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/11/22/morning-plum-no-nuclear-option-will-not-make-washington-partisanship-worse/ No, nuclear option will not…

It’s Washington’s turn to learn from baseball

From time to time, Congress has involved itself in the world of baseball.  Now it’s time for Congress to look at baseball for a possible solution to its current gridlock. CNN contributor Bob Greene recently wrote about how baseball has experienced considerable gridlock over the past half-century.  Who would think that our national pastime would…

How to run against the Tea Party: Go left

We are properly focused on the short-term concerns about Republican obstinance in Congress. One way or another, we will get beyond this. The result may be as small as the United States being slightly damaged or as large as our planet sustaining a major economic blow. At this point, the right wing Republicans either don’t…

The New Denial: How much of partisan gridlock is driven by race?

Recently, historian Taylor Branch said, “Everybody says partisan gridlock is poisoning America, but nobody asks how much of it, underneath, is driven by race and racial resentment?” Speaking on CBS’ Face the Nation, Branch was joined by NAACP president Ben Jealous who said, “You know, when I was a journalist in Jackson, Mississippi, in the…