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This is an aggregate blog of our best material at A World of Progress, an online Magazine for the Progressive Human. AWOP covers politics, the environment, GLBTQ issues, living, historical context of the days news plus international coverage. http://www.aworldofprogress.com

MY RECENT POSTS

What you need to know to navigate today’s most critical debates.

Housing is the rotting core of the US recovery (FT)
Robert Reich argues that economists shouldn’t get their hopes up for a strong recovery because the middle class has come to view buying a home as a potential financial deat… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2012 8:00AM

Rick Santorum, political hack

Now that my post-20th-GOP-debate waves of nausea have subsided, I’d like note one good thing that came of the whole ordeal. Their economic agendas are disastrously wrong-headed, and their attacks on President Obama go beyond borderline bigotry. But when the remaining GOP standard bearers att… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 7:00PM

The problem

In the contest between regressives and progressives, regressives have a significant advantage: They’re willing to provide answers to complex problems that are simple, easy to understand, and utterly wrong because they have absolutely no connection to any reality that actually exists and… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 10:41AM

Daily digest – Occupy Springtime

What you need to know to navigate today’s most critical debates.

How to make Occupy catch on (Salon)
In the latest installment of the Roosevelt Institute’s “99% Plan†series, Alice O’Connor writes that progressives can look to history to shape their economic narrative and create a s… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 10:37AM

Clean start 2/27

Welcome to Clean Start, ThinkProgress Green’s morning round-up of the latest in climate and clean energy. Here is what we’re reading. What are you?

“I think blaming the president for high gas prices is like blaming Rudy Giuliani for 9/11,†former Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Gr… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 10:32AM

Morning pride 2/27

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s  round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but let us know what you’re checking out as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

- This photo of a marine  Read full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 10:23AM

Progressive breakfast 2/27

Each morning, Bill Scher and Terrance Heath serve up what progressives need to effect change on the kitchen-table issues families face: jobs, health care, green energy, financial reform, affordable education and retirement security.

MORNING MESSAGE: CEOs Too Big To Fail

OurFuture.org’s SRead full post »

People in America get fired all the time. Break too many plates as a dishwasher, lose too many games as a coach, miss too many deadlines as a reporter, you’re going to be history.

We need this accountability. We couldn’t function, as a healthy society, without it. But accountability has to… Read full post »

It’s the end of February, and one of my friends is still sporting a summer tan. I know it’s phony — and she knows I know it’s phony — but I have long ago stopped teasing her about it. In her never-ending quest to appear to be beautiful and healthy, she has

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When I was 19 0r 20, I had a shirt that stated, in big neon letters, U.S. OUT OF MY UTERUS, across a picture of the womb. I went with friends to Pro-Choice rallies that celebrated the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, granting women the right to choose – we… Read full post »

The Obama administration is proposing to lower corporate taxes from the current 35 percent to 28 percent for most companies and to 25 percent for manufacturers.

The move is supposed to be “revenue neutral†– meaning the administration is also proposing to close assorted corporate tax loo… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2012 9:16AM

Progressive breakfast 2/24

Each morning, Bill Scher and Terrance Heath serve up what progressives need to effect change on the kitchen-table issues families face: jobs, health care, green energy, financial reform, affordable education and retirement security.

Morning Message: Satan Speaks to Santorum – and Has Some Words For… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2012 9:11AM

Clean start 2/24

Welcome to Clean Start, ThinkProgress Green’s morning round-up of the latest in climate and clean energy. Here is what we’re reading. What are you?

On Thursday, Lucy Lawless scaled the derrick of the Noble Discoverer, Shell Oil’s drilling ship that is scheduled to travel from New Zea

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FEBRUARY 24, 2012 9:06AM

Morning pride 2/24

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but let us know what you’re checking out as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

- A Nebraska Senate panel has… Read full post »

What you need to know to navigate today’s most critical debates.

Romney’s Economic Closet (NYT)
Any politician can get caught in a lie, but Paul Krugman notes that Mitt Romney managed to get caught in a truth when he casually admitted that austerity would hurt the economy. Someone should… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2012 8:00AM

2012: The year of the billionaire

Thanks in large part to the phenomenon of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, 2008 was known as the year of the small donor. His decision to accept, if not embrace, the reality of super PACs suggests that the 2012 presidential election — the first post-Citizens United presidential e… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2012 8:00AM

In a world of blithering idiots …

Can it really be true that half this country is a bunch of blithering idiots? They’d have to be to believe the drivel the Republican presidential candidates put out constantly.  Look at Wednesday night’s debate, if by debate you mean “Yet another chance for grown-ass white m… Read full post »

In Will We Choose A Chinese Future, David Sirota asks the core question: “Do we accept an economic competition that asks us to emulate China?” THIS is the choice that the “job creators” are demanding that we make when they say we need to be more “business friendlRead full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2012 10:20AM

Clean start 2/23

Welcome to Clean Start, ThinkProgress Green’s morning round-up of the latest in climate and clean energy. Here is what we’re reading. What are you?

A crucial flood monitoring system used for 46 years on the Connecticut River in Middletown was shut down Friday because of a lack of federa… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2012 10:15AM

Progressive breakfast – 2/23

Each morning, Bill Scher and Terrance Heath serve up what progressives need to effect change on the kitchen-table issues families face: jobs, health care, green energy, financial reform, affordable education and retirement security.

Morning Message: The President’s Corporate Tax Message: Say Wh… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2012 9:11AM

Morning pride 2/23

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s  round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but let us know what you’re checking out as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

- Rick Santorum reiterated… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2012 9:00AM

Daily digest – Volcker overruled

What you need to know to navigate today’s most critical debates.

The Volcker Rule, Made Bloated and Weak (NYT)
Jesse Eisinger writes that lobbyists are trying to make the Volcker Rule implode under the weight of its own complexity, but as Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellows Joseph Stiglitz a… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2012 8:00AM

Journalism and courage

Journalists are mourning the deaths of two of their own. Marie Colvin of London’s Sunday Times and French journalist Remi Olchik were killed Wednesday in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Their deaths came a few days after we learned New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid died of an ast… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 22, 2012 11:46PM

The GOP’s big investors

Have you heard of William Dore, Foster Friess, Sheldon Adelson, Harold Simmons, Peter Thiel, or Bruce Kovner? If not, let me introduce them to you. They’re running for the Republican nomination for president.

I know, I know. You think Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Mitt Romney a… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 22, 2012 9:26AM

Clean start 2/22

Welcome to Clean Start, ThinkProgress Green’s morning round-up of the latest in climate and clean energy. Here is what we’re reading. What are you?

In remarks to a crowd of about 250 people Tuesday night, former senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) appeared to suggest that President Obama has a… Read full post »