TomPaine.com is an online public affairs journal of progressive analysis and commentary. Every weekday, we go beyond the news to deliver well-informed, provocative and credible progressive perspectives on the pressing issues affecting the nation and the world. TomPaine.com combines depth with immediacy to equip progressives to compete effectively in the 21st century’s marketplace of ideas.
TomPaine.com was founded in 1999 by John Moyers in conjunction with a series of hard-hitting opinion page ads in The New York Times. We take our inspiration from Thomas Paine—the revolutionary thinker and activist known for his incisive, biting commentaries. His most famous pamphlet, Common Sense , mobilized public opinion in support of the American Revolution. Widely available and written in powerful and accessible prose, the pamphlet appealed to a broad cross section of people, from farmers to bankers. Invoking the democratic spirit, Paine famously argued that "the cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind."
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Isaiah J. Poole: Executive Editor
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Isaiah J. Poole comes to TomPaine.com from Congressional Quarterly, where he covered congressional leadership and tracked major bills through Congress. He has worked for more than 25 years as an editor and reporter for various newspapers, mostly in Washington, and has written articles on topics ranging from presidential politics to pop culture. He is also a founding member of the Washington Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He is a native Washingtonian.
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