Dept. of Interior Recommended Federal Charges vs. DADT Protesters – 3 Hours Before They Demonstrated

By: Monday August 29, 2011 8:14 pm

There were several jaw-dropping moments from the Dan Choi trial today, but none more dramatic than the moment Lt. LaChance of the Park Police admitted he was advised by Solicitor Randolph Myers of the Department of Interior to press federal charges against the DADT protesters on November 15 — three hours before they began protesting.

DADT: Change Shouldn’t Have Been This Hard

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 11:24 am

It is with great joy that I note the Senate passage and today’s signing by President Obama of a bill that should lead to the eventual repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” The policy was pure discrimination, and has no place in a fair and equal society. But the events of the last few days [...]

Reid Urging Lieberman to Run in 2012

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 8:03 am

He’s the least popular man in the Senate with the public: only 24% of Connecticut voters say they’d vote for him again. His sheer bottom-scraping numbers are causing likely opponents to drool at the thought of challenging him. But in the House of Lords, they love him. Politico reports “Senior Democrats” are urging Joe Lieberman to run again

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Fix: Filibuster Again Used to Oppress Minorities

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 2:12 pm

The defense authorization bill containing a repeal of the discriminative “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy failed today in the Senate for a second time this year because it could only secure a majority of 57 votes. Once again, the shameful history of the filibuster being mainly a tool of bigots used to crush the rights [...]

DADT: A Political Disaster Entirely of Obama’s Making

By: Monday November 15, 2010 12:12 pm

With chances fading quickly that Congress will end the policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” The Hill has concluded this will be a political disaster for Obama. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may not be able to secure enough votes to pass the bill because of language repealing the ban on gays in the [...]

Jon Walker: What Obama Could Do Now

By: Tuesday October 19, 2010 10:34 am

Jobs creation is the top concern for Americans right now, and it is near criminal that we don’t have more members on the board of the Federal Reserve who are committed to fulfilling their mandate to increase employment. Ending the waste would be a massive step towards reduce our deficit. Drug re-importation, ending DADT and medical marijuana are supported by overwhelming majorities of Americans. The list above is not only smart policy, but also represent smart political moves that Obama is fully capable of taking.

What Obama Could Have Done Instead of Berating His Voters: Suspend DADT

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 5:15 am

President Obama has, for some reason, taken time off from his busy schedule to berate his own supporters for “taking their ball and going home.” What is a far more productive thing that Obama could have done with those ten minutes? He could have used his power as Commander in Chief to suspend discharges related [...]

The Ugly Irony of Republicans Invoking “Minority Rights” to Kill DADT – And Democrats’ Pathetic Response

By: Friday September 24, 2010 4:30 pm

This week, Senate Republicans actually had the gall to cite “minority rights” as the reason for their fight to keep in place legal government discrimination against minorities, such as homosexuals via “Don’t Ask ,Don’t Tell.” From the Roll Call article, Minority’s Rights Under Senate Rules Add to Power Struggle: Senate Republicans cited their minority rights [...]

Progressive Activism: What Works

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 8:52 am

While progressives have had some successes around the edges, it’s largely been Sherman’s March to the Sea for the corporate agenda during the Clinton-Bush-Obama years. Nothing progressives have achieved can compare to NAFTA, the lucrative wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush tax cuts, and the bank/insurance industry/PhRMA bailouts. Now Congress is preparing to dismantle [...]

Don’t Be Shocked When The Democratic Base Does Not Turn Out In 2010

By: Thursday December 10, 2009 9:38 am

It is time for a fair warning to all Democrats currently in Congress: Don’t be shocked when your bases does not turn out next year. The public option is still supported by 59% of Americans and 80% of self-identified Democrats. Despite its overwhelming popularity, the Democrats in the Senate have been working tirelessly to kill [...]