Progressive Politics

New Haven's New Mayor is an African-American Female, But Is She Progressive?

New Haven's New Mayor is an African-American Female, But Is She Progressive?
Toni Harp's almost-certain victory next week in the New Haven mayoral race will make history: she will become the first female mayor in the history of the Elm City, and one of only a handful of black female mayors in the country. That should be cause for celebration by everyone. Still, progressives in one of the most progressive cities in one of the most progressive states in America cannot help but be dispirited that, as Harp's electoral "mandate" will be almost completely devoid of progressive priorities.
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Bridge and Tunnel Proud: Lessons NJ Can Take from Eventual NYC Mayor de Blasio

Bridge and Tunnel Proud: Lessons NJ Can Take from Eventual NYC Mayor de Blasio
Yesterday, unapologetically liberal candidate Bill de Blasio clinched the New York City Mayoral primary and will likely go on to win the general election. If you had told the pundits six weeks ago that Bill de Blasio wouldn’t just win the primary but hit the magic 40 percent necessary to avoid a runoff, most would have laughed in your face. It’s a major win, and it has real implications for progressive activists on both sides of the Hudson.
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Plan D: Options for Obama if All Goes South in 2014

Plan D: Options for Obama if All Goes South in 2014
Sad but true, there are about a hundred Republican members of the Congress who are more interested in pursuing their extreme right-wing agenda than governing the country. It involves destroying as much of the old New Deal infrastructure as possible by “starving the beast”, with no regard to the harm done to the poorer and less healthy Americans in the process.
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Wingnuts of America, I Salute You

Wingnuts of America, I Salute You
Go on. Sip your tea, wear funny hats, shoulder muskets, and carry placards with hateful slogans, because you and your ideas belong with the flintlock era. Once again, I salute you farewell and wish you and your ilk good riddance.
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America's Future: Three New Books Offer Different Viewpoints

A plethora of new books suggest America has entered a state of rapid decline. Two recent works on this subject, both heavily footnoted, are worthy of attention. One is by an elitist on the right and the other by one on the left. In contrast, a third new book is full of hope.
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The 'Sam Bacile' Election

We must engage the world that exists, not the one we’d like to imagine (as the neocons should have learned). And in the Islamic world, like anywhere else, there are opportunistic politicians eager to exploit slights to their religion to enhance their power. Fatwas are indeed the craziest religious decrees ever devised, but might the targeted assassinations of “militants” by drones be seen as a kind of secular “fatwa?” Contrary to the views of Maher, Harris, and others the Muslim religion is not any more inherently “violent” than any other. Their riffs are entertaining and correct to ridicule fanaticism, but they ignore the more thorny questions relating to the tortured history the Islamic world has had with “the West.”
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