Paul Blest

The Dangerous Ideology That Threatens the Future of the Democratic Party

Earlier this week, Andy Slavitt, a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Barack Obama, launched the “nonpartisan, non-profit” United States of Care. According to its website, the organization seeks to “build and mobilize a movement to achieve long-lasting solutions that make health care better for everyone.” How are we going to get there? By putting “healthcare over politics.”

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The GOP's Attack on Health Care Is the Opening Gambit in an Audacious Political Project

Before postponing a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Trumpcare's latest incarnation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hid the legislation from his Democratic colleagues and the public, refused to hold a single committee hearing and limited debate time on the bill to just 20 hours.

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The New York Times Shamefully Smears Bernie Sanders in Its Latest Lurch Right

After Donald Trump's stunning victory last November, major media outlets have enjoyed a surge in donations from concerned citizens hoping to restore a Fourth Estate that buckled and finally collapsed under the weight of the 2016 election. “Trump is the best thing to ever happen to the Times’ subscription strategy,” executive editor Dean Baquet told CNN in February. “Every time he tweets it drives subscriptions wildly.”

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Could This New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidate Show Democrats How to Win Nationwide?

What does it mean to be a progressive in the Trump era? Since last year’s Democratic primary, the word has been thrown around a lot with little explanation. Hillary Clinton ran on a brand of “pragmatic” progressivism—which looked a lot more like incrementalism—while Bernie Sanders ran as a social democrat on a platform of reducing inequality and improving economic opportunity.

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Why Is One of the Bluest States in the Country Reinstating the Death Penalty?

The volatility of the Trump administration has energized liberals and progressives for the first time since 2008, readying them for a fight to take back the House, governors’ mansions and state legislatures across the country. Sadly, their political party doesn't seem up to the challenge. 

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Why the GOP Establishment Is Getting Steamrolled by Donald Trump

For months now, the Republican establishment has been trying to put forth someone — anyone — who could both reasonably be elected in November and placate conservatives who are looking to select one of their own after the failed runs of Mitt Romney and John McCain. Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio have all played this part in one way or another.

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The Bernie Sanders Era Is Upon Us: Why Iowa Was a Watershed Moment for American Politics

On Monday night, a self-described socialist who has spent his entire career railing against the two-party system brought his first primary matchup — with the most visible and popular non-presidential Democrat over the past quarter-century — down to a couple of coin tosses. It is truly the most remarkable and unexpected event in American politics in a long time, and it could leave a lasting impression on the Democratic Party, the American left, and in particular on how those two entities interact with each other for years.

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Bernie Sanders Could Do the Impossible: Why Hillary Clinton’s 'Electability' Argument Has Fallen Apart

Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign has excited progressives and socialists alike in a way that’s unparalleled in modern American history. So far, however, Hillary Clinton has been able to draw substantial support from people who are sympathetic to Sanders’s views and his record, but believe that Clinton is the most electable candidate in the general election against what is sure to be an ultraconservative goblin. However, as polls over the past couple of months have shown, Sanders is showing signs that he’s every bit as a electable as Clinton — and when matched up against certain Republican candidates, he’s polling even better than she is.

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