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Working or Not, HealthCare.gov Has Ruined Everything

Matthew Yglesias reflects on the damage to the progressive cause

(Newser) - HealthCare.gov is working . Sort of . And certainly, some Democrats will take heart in that. But so what? Even if the modest fixes have saved the site and the law—as Dana Milbank argued today in the Washington Post —the problems have already done serious, lasting damage to the... More »

ObamaCare Is the Ugly Child of Lame Centrism

Democrats wound up with this mess because they lacked conviction

(Newser) - There are many reasons the Affordable Care Act's rollout has been such a disaster, and sure, some of them have (R)s next to their names. "But a large part of the problem was the underlying ideological outlook that shaped the original proposal," Princeton professor Julian Zelizer argues... More »

Progressives Hate the Idea of Sen. Cory Booker

He's more interested in the wealthy than the poor is a common refrain

(Newser) - Cory Booker now looks poised to become Senator Cory Booker in this fall's special election in New Jersey, a feat that would make the high-profile Newark mayor only the fourth black person elected to the Senate. So why are there so many raspberries coming from the left after last... More »

Obama's True Predecessor: Reagan

The Gipper is Obama's 'role model,' writes EJ Dionne Jr.

(Newser) - President Obama is following in the footsteps not of a liberal giant, but of a conservative one: His "role model is Ronald Reagan," writes EJ Dionne Jr. in the Washington Post . Obama himself admitted as much during his 2008 campaign, when he said that "Ronald Reagan changed... More »

Cliff Deal Could Be 'Pyrrhic Victory' for Left

Krugman: Obama can't back down in the battles ahead

(Newser) - Democrats arguably won a "tactical victory" with the zero-hour fiscal cliff tax compromise, Paul Krugman writes in the New York Times . The deal, after all, reduced income inequality, extended unemployment and some other progressive policies, and, best of all, didn't cut entitlements, which "was by no means... More »

We Need New Fixes for Inequality

The economists think the right and left are both out of ideas

(Newser) - Wealth inequality is a growing problem around the globe, but when politicians debate it "it mostly produces heat, not light," grumbles the Economist in a new op-ed. "At the core, there is a failure of ideas." Conservatives don't think inequality matters, and liberals think raising... More »

The Left's Dirty 20th-Century Secret

Eugenics: once loved by British intellectual lefties

(Newser) - Liberals, it's time to confront the biggest skeleton in your political closet: eugenics. Or so argues Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian . Back in the 1930s and 40s, major figures like George Bernard Shaw and John Maynard Keynes supported eugenics, the notion that disabled and poor people should be prevented... More »

Van Jones Is Back With New Lefty Group

Former 'green energy' czar has founded progressive movement

(Newser) - Once vilified as a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who called Republicans "***holes," Van Jones is back with a new grass-roots movement, Politico reports. Ousted from his White House post as "green energy" czar 2 years ago, Jones has helped found the American Dream Movement, a coalition of hundreds... More »

We Need a Progressive Tea Party

Progressives must bring us back to the center: EJ Dionne

(Newser) - Ever since President Obama got elected, the right has controlled the media conversation. We’ve gotten a picture of a president much further left than he really is, which has hurt progressives and moderates, writes EJ Dionne in the Washington Post : “The political center doesn’t stand a chance... More »

Warren Shows Liberals How It's Done

A clear message is more effective than 'Occupying' Wall Street

(Newser) - The Tea Party may get all the press, but progressives are pretty angry, too, these days—and frustrated that President Obama doesn’t ever seem to share their anger. Thankfully “they now have senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren,” writes Joanna Weiss in the Boston Globe . In the much-ballyhooed rant... More »

Lefty Bloggers: Obama 'Just Not That Into Us'

Netroots Nation convention bemoans dashed progressive hopes

(Newser) - One emotion running high at this year’s annual meeting of liberal bloggers: disappointment in the president. One popular panel at the Netroots Nation Convention was even titled, “What to Do When the President’s Just Not That Into You," and featured an editor at Daily Kos noting,... More »

George Soros Sours on Obama

Tells other donors their money may be better spent elsewhere

(Newser) - Plenty of President Obama's supporters are disappointed after the midterms in his performance, but this one in particular has very deep pockets. Here's the quote attributed to progressive-minded billionaire George Soros: "We have just lost this election, we need to draw a line. And if this president can't do... More »

2010's Lesson: Move to Center

America wasn't ready for a new progressive era

(Newser) - Democrats didn’t just get stomped because of the economy, and they didn’t just have a communication problem. “The public heard us,” writes retiring Sen. Evan Bayh in the New York Times , “but disagreed with our approach.” Democrats overestimated their mandate. Exit polls in 2008... More »

Thousands Rally in DC to Counter Tea Party

Labor unions, civil rights groups organize 'One Nation' event

(Newser) - Left-leaning supporters staged a rally of their own in Washington today. Tens of thousands of progressives gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the "One Nation Working Together" rally, reports the Washington Post . The goal of the event—organized by groups including the NAACP and the AFL-CIO—... More »

This Is a Man, Not a Superhero

Progressives have proved too ready to abandon Obama

(Newser) - Critics of Barack Obama are taking last week's confrontation by Velma Hart , a struggling middle-class black supporter, as proof that the president has lost even the support of African-American voters. Hart, who told Obama she was "still waiting for change" couldn't "have done a better job for the... More »

Psst, Liberals: Conservativism Is Alive

Don't confuse principles with party politics

(Newser) - The ascent of Barack Obama in 2008 had liberal pundits declaring that conservatism was dead, or all but. In a Wall Street Journal essay today, Peter Berkowitz singles out three of his favorites ("complete collapse of the four-decade project ...") and chides the writers for a fatal mistake:... More »

Progressives Start F*ck Tea Campaign

T-shirts cost $22.50

(Newser) - Progressives are taking off the kid gloves. They've tried dismissing the validity of the tea party movement but now have a new approach: f*ck them. The Agenda Project has launched a "F*ck Tea" project, complete with T-shirts, coffee mugs, and more merchandise to come. The point is simply to... More »

Gibbs: 'Professional Left' Should Be Drug-Tested

He bristles at criticism from progressives

(Newser) - After catching flak for suggesting that Democrats might lose the House , Robert Gibbs isn't exactly shying away from controversial statements. In an interview with the Hill , the White House press chief called out the "professional left" for its withering criticism of President Obama. “I hear these people saying... More »

Obama, Stop Snubbing Progressives

This one's easy: Pick Elizabeth Warren

(Newser) - President Obama is having well-documented troubles with progressives , partly because their "sky-high expectations" have collided with political reality, writes Paul Krugman. But the president deserves a fair share of the scorn because of his "consistent snubbing of those who made him what he is." The latest: his... More »

Obama Tries to Win Back Progressives in Surprise Video

He tapes a message for the Netroots Nation meeting

(Newser) - President Obama reached out to disgruntled liberal activists and bloggers today, assuring them his administration is committed to their causes and urging them to help elect Democrats in November. "Change hasn't come fast enough for too many Americans. I know that," Obama said in a surprise video appearance... More »

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