The Democrats' electoral loss this month can be attributed in good part to the failure of the party to coalesce behind a set of progressive issues that the American people are highly supportive of. Besides for benching their star quarterback, Democrats went pandering for votes without a strong, unifying national platform to bring out Democratic voters. The party now stands at a crossroads and it must choose wisely.Read More
President Obama has reached a historic climate pact with China, requiring the Chinese to transition fast to zero-emission energy and peak carbon emissions. The United States will also aggressively reduce emissions. China has never been on board before on this comprehensive a global plan to tackle carbon emissions. President Obama has made history again, and as usual, Republicans are mad that he did.Read More
This is getting to be a pattern - the GOP can't win presidential elections, and Democrats can't hold their own in midterms. The demographics are undoubtedly shifting to favor Democrats, but we seem to only vote in "sexy" elections (i.e. for president), while Republicans have built an impressive voter base that votes every time. In 2014, Democratic ideas won on the ballot everywhere. Democrats didn't. If Democrats are to stop this death spiral in American politics, Democrats have to stop being ashamed of being Democrats.Read More
As the dust settle from election night settles, two things have become crystal clear: Republicans won, and Democrats lost big by running away from our party's biggest political and substantive asset. The Democratic campaign establishment benched the first Democratic president to win the White House with a majority of the popular vote twice, but expected the Obama coalition to save their hinds. They benched the president whose record has nothing to be ashamed of it. And they lost.Read More
Every midterm, Democrats stay home and Republicans get out. And liberal pundits and bloggers give us a million and one excuses for a sadistic punishment for an imperfect system and incomplete progress. Stop the excuses. Until we learn to treat voting with the respect of a civic responsibility rather than with cavalier sophomoric afterthought, the enemies of progress will keep winning.Read More
Republicans have been screaming about the Constitutional crisis of having a black president exercise executive discretion in implementing the law. But it turns out that the big lawsuit for delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare they announced with so much fanfare remains yet to filed. And a Congressional Research Service report on the matter requested by Republicans in the House reveal why it might never be.Read More
That's a screenshot of gas prices around me, in the heart of Silicon Valley, California. Gas prices are usually 30-40 cents higher here than national average, and my local Costco now has gas for under $3.
Actually, it's not just me. NBC is reporting that gas prices have dropped to a 4-year low to a national average of $3.08. That is an even more impressive number given the fact that 4 years ago, the economy was in a lot worse shape. The per-gallon price is also down 29 cents from a year ago.
#Obamasfault. Just wanted to say.
Last week, FBI Director James Comey - the man who refused to sign off on the Bush-Cheney torture program - spoke on the issue of privacy and technology, pointing out that default encryption on many modern devices is now so good that even the device makers can't crack it. This can be a problem for law enforcement trying to obtain a suspect's communication and/or plans under a valid fourth amendment warrant: if one cannot see what's on the device, the warrant is effectively circumvented. Greenwald's lackeys at The Intercent ran to discredit Comey and defend the right of child rapists to circumvent the Fourth Amendment.Read More
Feeling anxious about the midterm elections? Feeling helpless because the elections that decide Senate control are happening far away from where you live? There's an app for that! MoveOn is running a GOTV campaign to reach 5 million progressive voters in key states by election day. You can either sit at home, watch polls, and fret, or you can act to change the outcome of the election.Read More