Highlights From The Conference
A Better America Is Possible
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama says it is time to turn the page on an ideology of "can't do, won't do, won't even try to do" conservative government.
Edwards: 'Time For Us To Lead'
John Edwards said that Democrats need a muscular and uncompromising response to today's policy challenges. "No more vacillation, no more triangulation ... no more taking half a loaf."
Hillary's End-The-War Message
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton sparked lively debate with her speech, in which she said, "We are going to end the war in Iraq and finally bring our troops home." Her speech also included a pledge to enact government policies that will help people treated as "invisible" by the current administration.
Kucinich: We Need A Healing Hand
Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich points to a common moral theme that would run through how he would end the war in Iraq, restore America's global credibility, change trade and environmental policy, and even lower instances of domestic violence if he were president.
Richardson Names Names
Gravel: Constitutionally Rocky?
Presidential hopeful Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., addressed Take Back America and -- as far as we know -- this was the first time he criticized Sen. Clinton, Sen. Obama and former Sen. Edwards by name for not supporting his position on Iraq: "I would leave zero troops behind, not a single one."
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Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel shares with progressives a passion to end the Iraq war and disdain for both Bush and Cheney. But read the answer Rick Perlstein got
when he asked Gravel about a clause in the Constitution.
Rally For Employee Free Choice
Thousands of Take Back America participants will rally at the Capitol today to support passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, which is currently being debated in the Senate. Dmitri Iglitzin in TomPaine.com today argues why joining a union should be easier. Tula Connell of the AFL-CIO refutes the lies of opponents.
They're not ready to make nice. The Senate's newest populist members say they're prepared to stand firm against the war in Iraq and for progressive economic policies.
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Now Is Our Time
The Take Back America 2007 conference kicks off with Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert L. Borosage proclaiming conservatives "are done. This is our time."
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Playing 'Hardball' on Iraq
Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert L. Borosage takes on a House Republican who offers a mix of cheerleading and fear-mongering in support of the war in Iraq.
The Real America Is Progressive
It is progressives, not conservatives, who have the mandate for pursuing bold policies for change, according to an in-depth study of polling data by Media Matters for America and the Campaign for America's Future. Read the report and TomPaine.com's commentary.
The People Of 'Take Back America'
Bill Scher has interviewed some of the activists atteneding the Take Back America conference. Read interviews with David Sirota, Diane Archer, Tracy Van Slyke, Andrea Batista Schlesinger
, Marisa Treviño and Oliver Willis.