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MORE COMMON GOOD!...

MORE COMMON GOOD! Over at TAP Online , we�ve posted the first portion of a major study by John Halpin and Ruy Teixeira of the Center for American Progress Action Fund (and other affiliations, in Ruy�s case) called �The Politics of Definition.� The authors have written this paper as a sort of 2006 version of the famous �The Politics of Evasion� by Bill Galston and Elaine Kamarck , the 1989 study that helped lay the groundwork for the Clintonian centrism of 1992. Except that Halpin�s and Teixeira�s goals for progressives and Democrats are a little different. Their conclusions -- totally by coincidence, really! -- are very similar to Tomasky �s in the current cover essay . The paper is 18,000 words long, so we�re going to be rolling it out in four parts over the next few days. Part I gives a general lay-of-the-land discussion, and presents a close parsing of electoral and demographic data showing progressive electoral...

Breakfast with Dr. Dean

On Wednesday, April 12, we held our third Prospect breakfast, this one featuring Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean. Journalists in attendance included Michael Tomasky and Mark Leon Goldberg from The American Prospect ; Jane Mayer, The New Yorker ; James Fallows and Josh Green, The Atlantic ; Thomas Edsall, The Washington Post ; Ari Berman, The Nation ; Walter Shapiro and Michael Scherer, Salon ; Jules Witcover, Tribune Media; Amy Sullivan, The Washington Monthly ; Ellen Ratner, Talk Radio News Service; Terence Samuel, AOL.com; David Grossman, politicstv.com; Matt Stoller of MyDD.com and Josh Orton, Air America Radio. A full transcript follows: Dean: Let me just do a brief overview of what's been going on in the last year at the DNC. We've basically rebuilt the DNC with a different emphasis on what we're doing. We're primarily now a grass-roots organization. We've raised $57 million in the last year, which is 20 percent more than anybody had in previous years, and we'...

JUST POSTED ON...

JUST POSTED ON TAP: DON�T DO IT. Matt makes the case against war with Iran. --The Editors...

DINING WITH DEAN....

DINING WITH DEAN. From Tuesday�s American Prospect breakfast with Howard Dean : Walter Shapiro: Governor, from where you sit, is the fact that there will be two caucuses between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary a done deal, or is this still open for negotiation, as to whether there will be caucuses and/or whether New Hampshire will have its traditional unmolested Iowa/New Hampshire role in American history? Howard Dean: We don�t molest anybody. We leave that to the deputy press secretary of the Homeland Security agency. For this and more, listen to this recording of the event. --The Editors...

JUST POSTED ON...

JUST POSTED ON TAP: THE OUTRAGE GAP. The last thing Democrats need is an electorate on the fence, says Terence Samuel. --The Editors

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