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After House Results, Grumbles About Pelosi Surface

And centrists reportedly blame liberal members for pushing ideology that's a turnoff

(Newser) - As Joe Biden inches closer to a White House win, Democrats are starting to celebrate. But the mood wasn't one of elation during a Thursday conference call among House Dems, who sources tell the Washington Post engaged in a three-hour-plus "bitter exchange" in which centrists accused more progressive... More »

It's Official: Progressive Ousts Longtime NYC Congressman

AP calls the race for Jamaal Bowman, leaving Democrat Eliot Engel out after 16 terms

(Newser) - Former middle-school teacher Jamaal Bowman declared victory shortly after the June 23 New York primary in his race against longtime New York City Congressman Eliot Engel. But with a large haul of mail-in ballots to be counted due to the pandemic, Bowman wasn't able to officially be deemed the... More »

Newcomer Declares Victory in AOC-Like Stunner

Jamaal Bowman says he has ousted longtime Congressman Eliot Engel in New York City

(Newser) - The race hasn't been officially called, but it appears that longtime New York City Congressman Eliot Engel is being ousted by a political novice in the mold of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The newcomer is Jamaal Bowman, a 44-year-old middle school principal and progressive, who declared victory in the Democratic primary... More »

Bernie Gets New Boost From Ex-Rival

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio endorses Vermont senator for president

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders just got a high-profile endorsement from one of his former rivals for the Oval Office. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who dropped out of the presidential race himself in September, gave the Vermont senator the thumbs-up on Friday, which the New York Times notes is the... More »

White Progressives, Enough With 'Latinx'

Giancarlo Sopo says it's actually offensive to many Latinos

(Newser) - "Latinos" and "Hispanics"? OK. "Latinx?" We'll pass. That's pretty much what Giancarlo Sopo argues in USA Today about an increasingly popular progressive term. "What began in the 2000s among activists has now gained currency among marketers, media personalities and progressives," he writes.... More »

New Friction Emerges Between Pelosi, AOC

House speaker is tired of tweets from progressive Democrats

(Newser) - "You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats in a closed-door meeting Wednesday, chiding members who've been airing frustrations over Twitter. "Do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just... More »

Rich Liberals Are Creating 'Unlivable' US Cities

In 'NYT,' Farhad Manjoo says Dems have a NIMBY attitude that belies their progressive stance

(Newser) - California is suffering from an "emergency that feels like a dystopian showcase of American inequality." That's the take of Farhad Manjoo in the New York Times , who writes that the Golden State is weighed down by a "livability" problem, plagued with a lack of affordable housing,... More »

Progressive Dems 'Killed Amazon, the Biggest Beast Around'

In the battle of the centrists vs. progressives, the progressives emerged victorious

(Newser) - In the battle of the centrists versus the progressives, the progressives emerged victorious. At least that's the contention of left-of-center Democrats in New York, who are flashing the "V" sign after Amazon announced it was nixing its plans to build a second headquarters in Queens. The Wall Street ... More »

Since Inauguration, 2.2K Progressives Decided to Run for Office

1K did so in the days after immigration order

(Newser) - A group determined to turn opposition to President Trump's policies into real change has signed up more than 1,000 young people to run for state or local office in the space of a few days. The Run for Something group, which is seeking people under 35 with progressive... More »

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 »

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