Politics

In 2008, Democratic Socialists Endorsed Him. Now, a DSA Member Is Primarying Him.
Backed by Brand New Congress, Anthony Clark is challenging Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), in a sign of how far left politics have moved.
Salim Muwakkil
Ranked Choice Voting Is On a Roll: 6 States Have Opted In for the 2020 Democratic Primary
We can get rid of the "spoiler" effect and make our elections more democratic. In fact, it's already happening in states across the country.
David Daley
Julián Castro’s Troubling Record in San Antonio
While Castro may now boast of his progressive bona fides, his record shows a history of embracing austerity and neoliberal reforms.
Branko Marcetic
Biden and the Obama Admin Are Finally Getting the Reckoning They Deserve
From immigration to tax deals, Thursday night’s debate saw the troubling records of both Biden and the Obama administration put on trial. It’s long overdue.
Branko Marcetic
Bernie Sanders Has Laid Out the Stakes of the 2020 Election: Democratic Socialism or Barbarism
In a widely touted speech, Sanders explained why an unapologetic democratic socialist vision is the only antidote to the oligarchy and authoritarianism embodied by President Trump.
Miles Kampf-Lassin
“Electability” Is Astrology for Pundits
Expert predictions often represent little more than calcified prejudice.
Jonathan Cohn
The DNC’s New Finance Chair Embodies Everything the Left Hates About the Democratic Establishment
It’s not just his past criticisms of Bernie Sanders: Chris Korge has a long history of undermining the party’s progressive wing.
Branko Marcetic
No One Should Ever Listen to Anything Rahm Emanuel Has to Say About Politics
Rahm Emanuel is now a pundit at the Atlantic. But no amount of rebranding can change the fact that his political career has been an abject failure.
Miles Kampf-Lassin
Young Democrats Are Furious Over the DCCC’s Blacklist Punishing Insurgents
At a time of rising energy on the Democrats' left flank, the DCCC is giving a crash course in how to alienate young progressives.
Branko Marcetic
The 2020 Candidates Are Dodging the Reparations Question
Here's what they get wrong, and how to get it right.
Janaé Bonsu
Joe Biden Is Railing Against Hedge Fund Managers, But He Has a Long History of Courting Them
Biden may cast himself as the champion of working people, but he's seeking support from the same financial elite that he chides on the 2020 campaign trail.
Branko Marcetic
Biden Says He’s the Workers’ Candidate, But He Has Worked To Cut Medicare and Social Security
The universal retirement programs are Biden’s go-to sacrificial lambs.
Branko Marcetic
These 2020 Candidates Are the Darlings of Wall Street. The Numbers Are Proof.
Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand are among the top beneficiaries of Wall Street money, despite their rhetoric about regulating the banking industry.
Branko Marcetic
Chicago’s Elections Brought a Lot of Good News for Progressives—and Democratic Socialists
Rahm Emanuel is gone, and a new crop of left-wing city council members is coming to power.
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank
The Case for Using Ranked Choice Voting in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries
To make the 2020 primary campaign more democratic, we should demand a system that takes all voter preferences into account. That system is ranked choice voting.
Adam Eichen
The Media Must Face Up to Its Role in Inflaming a Frenzy Over Russiagate
By claiming Trump was colluding with Putin, media outlets distracted from the president’s overt crimes while escalating tensions with Russia. They should own up to their failures.
Branko Marcetic
Both Chicago Mayoral Candidates Claim to Be Progressive. Here’s a Close Look Into Their Records.
Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle have each run under the “progressive” mantle. Yet their records—and conversations with movement organizers—tell a more complicated story.
Camille Erickson
Beto O’Rourke Swings and Misses with Working-Class Michigan Voters
O’Rourke’s tabletop tour can’t hide his problematic record on workers’ rights.
Valerie Vande Panne
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