Wingnut Week In Review: Clinton Derangement Syndrome

No one drives wingnuts more insane than Hillary Clinton, except possibly Barack Obama. When Clinton launched her presidential campaign this week, and epidemic of "Clinton Derangement Syndrome" broke out on the right.
Terrance Heath
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The Popularity of the New Populism

Populist movements challenge conventional wisdom. They mold opinion rather than reflect it. Yet, the emerging populist agenda – as reflected in the Populism 2015 Platform released this weekend – already enjoys strong public support.
Robert Borosage
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Odd Bedfellows, Lying Together

The TPP isn’t some sort of futuristic flying machine. It’s just another global trade scam coming at us like a volcanic eruption straight out of hell. Now, TPP's supporters have begun a PR campaign to sell it to us.
Jim Hightower
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The Unfinished Business of Financial Reform

We know what changes we need to make financial markets work better. The key steps aren’t hard. It just takes political courage and a strong demand from the public to complete the unfinished business of financial reform.

How To Win The Race For Hillary’s Platform

The real Democratic race is not about whether Hillary will win. Rather, it’s who will win Hillary. If you want populist progressives to successfully influence her platform, then you should come to Washington this weekend for Populism2015.
Bill Scher
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On Tax Day, The Fight for $15 Is Everyone’s Fight.

Today, in what’s being called the largest protest of its kind, thousands of low-wage workers, adjunct professors, elected officials, even CEOs are standing up for a livable wage and an economy that works for everyone.
Terrance Heath
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How a Proposed Medicare Premium Hike Would Weaken Medicare

Raising Medicare premiums, even a small amount for wealthier individuals, as a way to cover the cost of the "doc fix" weakens Medicare for everyone and could pave the way for the privatization of Medicare.
Diane Archer
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Warren Explains How We Solve Inequality and CO2 Pollution

At Monday's 'Good Jobs Green Jobs' conference, Sen. Elizabeth Warren deftly melded her case for a stronger middle class with her call to avert a climate crisis. The next step will be taken at the Populism2015 conference.
Bill Scher
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Bill O’Reilly Declares “Open Season” On Reality

In Fox host Bill O’Reilly’s alternate right-wing universe, Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy means, “If you are a Christian or a white man in the USA, it’s open season on you.”
Terrance Heath
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The “Fight for $15″ and the Return of the Vanishing Worker

The “fight for $15” matters – because the lives of working people matter, and because the success of this effort would help strengthen the American economy. But the significance of April 15's action runs even deeper than that.
Richard Eskow
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The High Cost of Fighting for $15

Minimum wage workers know the risks of striking for pay hikes. They’ve seen bosses fire co-workers. To lose a job is terrifying. Still, thousands will participate in Wednesday's National Day of Action in the fight for $15. That's valor.
Leo Gerard
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Who Is Marco Rubio? Eight Things You Should Know

On Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio became the latest politician to declare what anyone who’s paying attention already knew: He’s running for president. Here is how Rubio will likely trip over his past before the race is over.
Terrance Heath
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Questions for Clinton

The time is ripe for a woman president and it’s ripe for an unabashed progressive populist agenda. If Hillary Clinton seizes this moment and runs with it, she could make history in more ways than one.
Digby
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The End of the U.S. Boom

Economic analysts now say the economy isn't as strong as they thought. There never was much basis for claiming a boom in the U.S. economy and the people claiming otherwise were relying on a very selective reading of the data.
Dean Baker
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Hillary’s In: Challenges for the New Populism

Hillary Clinton has announced her presidential candidacy. This ratchets up the debate on the fundamental question of how to make this economy work for working people. This will be a test for the new populist movements.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: Rand Paul’s Rough Start

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. When Rand Paul announced his candidacy for president in 2016, he probably didn’t envision his campaign launch becoming one of the worst in recent memory. But that’s exactly what it was.
Terrance Heath
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America’s Billionaires Owe You a Thank You Note

This tax season, America’s billionaires are toasting you, the ordinary taxpayer. That’s because you’re the one picking up the tab for our nation’s ailing infrastructure of roads, bridges, and rail transport, among other things.
Chuck Collins
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Social Security: The Anti-Populist Empire Strikes Back

The latest attack on Social Security comes from a “libertarian” finance writer, an editor for the National Review and – inevitably – the editorial board of the Washington Post. But there's a struggle among Democrats, too.
Richard Eskow
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Why We Need More Government, Not Less

Every time a conservative blames an individual for making bad choices, it makes the case for more government. When people are proven to make bad choices we need a “nanny state” to make good choices for them.

Why Populist Progressives Must Embrace The Education Spring

What likely animated voters' desire to oust Rahm Emanuel was his attacks on public schools and school teachers. Until Democrats are solidly supportive of public education, it is difficult to see how they will effectively counter Republicans
Jeff Bryant
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The Conservative Congress Votes Dynasty Over Democracy

Next week, House Republicans plan to vote to eliminate the estate tax, standing tall to defend the inheritances of the multimillionaires. They choose dynasty over democracy in America.
Robert Borosage
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Five Things You Should Know About Rand Paul

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced yesterday that he is running for president. What he’s running from is at least as important as the office he's running for.
Terrance Heath
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The Weak Link: Winning State Elections

The GOP gained more than 300 state legislative seats in the 2014 election and now control 69 state legislative bodies while Democrats hold only 30. Progressives desperately need to engineer a strong comeback in 2016. And we can do it.

Hoosier Hostility: Not the American Way

Marriage-equality-hating Indiana Republicans were joined by counterparts in Arkansas, North Carolina and Georgia in advancing government-sanctioned discrimination. This is not the way Americans treat each other. Well, not in 2015 anyway.
Leo Gerard
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Building a Populist Movement That Can Stop Global Warming

The days when the environmentalism was constantly pitted against economic growth are ending, even if climate science deniers continue to spread fear about economic devastation if we cap our carbon pollution.
Bill Scher
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The Terrible Twos: Central Bank Inflation Targets

The March job numbers came in somewhat worse than most analysts had expected. Many are warning that the economy is weaker than they thought. These warnings are in fact good news. They may slow down the Fed's rush to raise interest rates.
Dean Baker
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