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Issue: Party Animal

Issue number: 9

Only by relinquishing some autonomy will teachers finally be able to attain the true professional status they deserve. Read more

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A guide to the fifteen political operatives who run Obama's world. Read more

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The congressman from Alabama discusses the finer points of the executive-legislative relationship, and why he expects Obama to navigate that relationship better than Clinton did. Read more

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History teaches us that presidents have to move quickly to enact progressive reforms before the window of opportunity closes forever. It's a lesson Barack Obama should take to heart. Read more

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Richard Rorty's provocative pragmatism reached an audience far beyond academic philosophers. A new biography unfortunately ends before he ascends to that larger stage. Read more

Books

There is a basic difference between the economic philosophies of John McCain and Barack Obama. Read more

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Today's social-justice activists start with very different conditions than those that existed in the 1960s. Read more

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Progressive organizations are finally becoming more conscious about setting the agenda and fighting for a worldview. Read more

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Fixing the economic crisis will require a drastic revision of the ideological assumptions that have dominated American political discourse for a generation. Read more

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By espousing a brand of liberalism that's heavy on personal freedom and light on divisive social issues, Democrats are finally being heard in the Mountain West. Read more

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The story of how the right convinced some centrist liberals to endorse the idea of an "entitlements crisis" shows how difficult -- and necessary -- it will be for the next president to resist conventional wisdom. Read more

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Republicans have exploited the Democratic Party's failure to own the education-reform issue--and students have paid the price. Read more

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It took liberals 30 years to take conservatism seriously. Now we're obsessed with it. E.J. Dionne considers four new books about the end of the conservative era. Read more

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Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher Read more

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Victory could pose an existential challenge for the grass-roots groups that arose in opposition to Bush. A MoveOn.org veteran examines the challenge and its opportunities. Read more

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