Take Back the American Dream Conference: Building Off the #OccupyWallStreet Movement

By: Monday October 3, 2011 8:55 am

The Campaign for America’s Future expected their conference to be a launching pad for an American Dream Movement that would be a counterpart to the Tea Party, a left populist movement that would branch out across the country. And that movement has built itself up over the past couple months, and was in part responsible [...]

Progressive Caucus Could Move Back to Single Chairperson

By: Monday November 15, 2010 2:10 pm

I suppose a lot of people here have little use for the Progressive Caucus. I wouldn’t venture to say they covered themselves in glory in this Congress. They still face problems of internal cohesion and discipline, as well as using candidate recruitment and fundraising as a tool for progressive outcomes. I think at least some [...]

Portrait of HAMP Failure: How HAMP Went from the Bank’s Counter Offer to the Whole Enchilada

By: Monday September 13, 2010 12:46 pm

Part I of this series, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII. Before I release the latest Portrait of HAMP Failure, I thought it would be worth taking a look back at how we got here, how we ended up with a federal loan modification that operates entirely at the [...]

DISCLOSE Act Senate Vote on Motion to Proceed Set for Tuesday

By: Monday July 26, 2010 7:31 am

One thing I missed while at Netroots Nation is the fact that the DISCLOSE Act will get a vote on a motion to proceed tomorrow in the Senate, in all likelihood, with a newer version from Chuck Schumer that includes some changes from the House version, some good, some bad: Schumer has left intact a [...]

America’s Future Now: Donna Edwards, Dick Durbin on Citizens United

By: Monday June 7, 2010 12:51 pm

The afternoon session on money in politics has begun, with Rep. Donna Edwards, Sen, Dick Durbin, and I believe Rev. Jesse Jackson (he was scheduled, but he hasn’t taken the stage yet). I’ll semi-liveblog if anything interesting happens and if my battery cooperates. I actually want to ask Durbin about Chuck Schumer’s torpedo of the [...]

The Congressional Black Caucus And Their Lobbyist-Funded Galas

By: Monday February 15, 2010 7:18 am

The New York Times printed an exposé of the Congressional Black Caucus that needs to be read. Basically, their foundation sucks up corporate money, which would be news to constituents back home. It has a traditional political fund-raising arm subject to federal rules. But it also has a network of nonprofit groups and charities that [...]

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